- Membership in PA-AIMH or another IMH association
- Training/Education as specified and related to infants, toddlers, parents, other caregivers and families
- Experience working with infants, toddlers, parents, other caregivers and families as specified at the desired level
Requirements of the Infant Mental Health Endorsement®
The endorsement process is a workforce development system that identifies education, training, work experiences and reflective practice requirements at four categories of competency. It is important to note that the categories are not viewed a a hierarchy, but related to the role that a professional may have in the systems that support young children and their families. Please reference "At-A-Glance" chart located on the Endorsement home page for an overview of the requirements for each category.
- Category 1 – Infant Family Associate (i.e. early care and education providers)
- Category 2 – Infant Family Specialist (i.e. family support workers, early intervention)
- Category 3 – Infant Mental Health Specialist (i.e. mental health counselor, medical doctor)
- Category 4 – Infant Mental Health Mentor (i.e. policy director, clinician, researcher)
Reflective Consultation/Supervision is a cornerstone when working with infants, toddlers and their families. Reflective Supervision is a requirement for the Infant Family Specialist, Infant Mental Health Specialist, and Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical Endorsement and will be a part of your application/portfolio. While not a requirement for Infant Family Associate, Infant Mental Health Mentor-Policy, or Infant Mental Health Mentor-Research/Faculty, it is in the best interest of all practitioners who promote IMH, as well as the children and families who will benefit from their services, to engage in reflective practices and reflective supervision/consultation.
Reflective Consultation/Supervision Resources
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