Infant Mental Health

Requirements for Endorsement® Levels

Requirements for Endorsement® Levels

*All Endorsement® Requirement information is adapted from Mi-AIMH website, with permission. 

 

Infant Family Associate (I)

Infant Family Associate Requirements

Education and/or Work Experience Any academic degree, including Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate
OR
Official transcript/certificate from Child Development Associate (CDA)
OR
Official transcript from Associate’s degree (AD) in related area
OR
Two years of infant and early childhood-related paid work experience (include official transcripts from any college courses completed)
Training Minimum 30 clock hours of relationship-based education and training pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health. Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in Competency Guidelines®) have been met
Professional Reference Ratings Total of three ratings:
1. One must come from a current supervisor
2. At least one must come from an individual who meets MI-AIMH Endorsement® requirements at Level II, III, or IV OR is familiar with the Competency Guidelines® and vetted by MACMH-IEC*
3. One can come from a colleague, or a parent/recipient of services (paid or volunteer), teacher, CDA mentor, Board member
Code of Ethics &
Endorsement® Agreement
Signed
Documentation of Competencies Application will document that competencies have been adequately met through course work, paid and/or volunteer work experiences, or in-service training. Written examination not required for applicants seeking Infant Family Associate Endorsement®
Professional Membership Membership in MACMH-IEC or another infant mental health association.

*The vetting of a reference rater who is not Endorsed® consists of a phone call with the proposed rater so MACMH-IEC staff can determine if proposed rater has a copy of the Competency Guidelines® and is familiar enough with them to rate the applicant’s knowledge and skills as defined in them. The decision to accept the vetted reference rater will be documented by Endorsement Coordinator in the References section of the applicant’s EASy application.

BEGINNING JANUARY 2018: Annual Endorsement® Renewal Requirements (Infant Family Associate) 

Education & Training Minimum of 15 clock hours per year of relationship-based education and training, pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health (eg, regional training, related course work at colleges or universities, infant mental health conference attendance, participation in IMH association sponsored activities such as book club, mentorship group). Documentation of training hours submitted with membership renewal
Professional Membership Annual renewal of membership in MACMH-IEC
Reflective Supervision/Consultation All Endorsed professionals are encouraged to seek reflective supervision or consultation

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Infant Family Specialist (II)

Infant Family Specialist Requirements

Education Minimum of Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Bachelor of Nursing (BSN); and including Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Nursing (MSN), Master of Applied Studies (MAS), PhD, EdD, PsyD, official transcript
Training Minimum 30 clock hours of relationship-based education and training pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health. Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in Competency Guidelines®) have been met
Work Experience Minimum two years of paid, post-Bachelor’s, professional work experience providing services that promote infant mental health. Work experience meets this criterion as long as the applicant has:
1. Served a minimum of 10 families of infants/toddlers (birth to 36 months), and
2. A primary focus of the services provided is the social-emotional needs of infant/toddler, and
3. Services include attention to the relationships surrounding the infant/toddler
Reflective Supervision/Consultation Minimum 24 clock hours within one- to two-year timeframe; post-Bachelor’s, relationship-based, reflective supervision or consultation, individually or in a group while providing services to infants, very young children, and families. Provider of reflective supervision/consultation must have earned Endorsement® at III or IV-Clinical. For Bachelor’s-prepared II applicants, reflective supervision/consultation that meets criteria for Endorsement® may come from a Master’s-prepared professional who has earned II
Professional Reference Ratings
Please note: At least one rating must come from someone Endorsed at II, III, or IV.
Total of three ratings:
1. One from current program supervisor
2. One from person providing reflective supervision/consultation
3. One from another supervisor, teacher, trainer, consultant, colleague, or parent/recipient of service (paid or volunteer)
Code of Ethics &
Endorsement® Agreement
Signed
Documentation of Competencies Application will document that competencies have been adequately met through course work, work/volunteer experience, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences. Written examination not required for applicants seeking Infant Family Specialist Endorsement®
Professional Membership Membership in MACMH-IEC or another infant mental health association

 

BEGINNING JANUARY 2018: Annual Endorsement® Renewal Requirements (Infant Family Specialist)

Education & Training Minimum of 15 clock hours per year of relationship-based education and training, pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health (eg, regional training, related course work at colleges or universities, infant mental health conference attendance, participation in IMH association-sponsored activities such as book club, mentorship group). Documentation of training hours submitted with membership renewal
Professional Membership Annual renewal of membership in MACMH-IEC or another infant mental health association
Reflective Supervision/Consultation MACMH-IEC requires that all professionals endorsed as Infant Family Specialists receive a minimum of 12 hours of reflective supervision or consultation annually

Download PDF Here:Infant Family Specialist II DESCRIPTION

 

 

Infant Mental Health Specialist (III)

Infant Mental Health Specialist Requirements

Education Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Education (MEd), Doctorate in Education (EdD), Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) or other degree specific to one’s professional focus in infant mental health; university certificate program, and/or course work in areas such as infant/very young child development, family-centered practice, cultural sensitivity, family relationships and dynamics, assessment, and intervention, in accordance with MI-AIMH Training Guidelines and Endorsement® Competencies. Official transcript(s) required.
Training Minimum 30 clock hours of relationship-based education and training pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health. Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in Competency Guidelines®) have been met.
Specialized Work Experience Two years, postgraduate, supervised work experiences providing culturally sensitive, relationship-focused, infant mental health services. This specialized work experience must be with both the infant/very young child and his/her biological, foster, or adoptive parent on behalf of the parent-infant relationship. Infant mental health services will include concrete assistance, advocacy, emotional support, developmental guidance, early relationship assessment, and parent-infant/very young child relationship-based therapies and practices. These therapies and practices may include but are not limited to parent-infant psychotherapy, interaction guidance, and child-parent psychotherapy and are intended to explore issues related to attachment, separation, trauma, and unresolved losses as they affect the development, behavior, and care of the infant/very young child. Those who meet this criteria are working with the relationship between the infant/toddler and his/her primary caregiver to explicitly address any unresolved separations, traumas, grief, and/or losses that may be affecting the emerging attachment relationship between a caregiver(s) and the infant/toddler. The unresolved losses, or “ghosts” might be from the caregivers’ own early childhood or may be more recent such as a difficult labor & delivery or a diagnosis of a chronic illness, delay, or disability for this infant/toddler.
Reflective Supervision/Consultation Relationship-focused, reflective supervision/consultation, individually or in a group, post-Masters, while providing services to infants, very young children, and families. Provider of reflective supervision/consultation must have earned Endorsement® at III or IV-Clinical. Minimum: 50 clock hours within a one- to two-year timeframe.
Professional Reference Ratings
Please note: At least one rating must come from someone Endorsed at II, III, or IV.
Total of three ratings:

1. One from current program supervisor
2. One from person providing reflective supervision/consultation
3. One from another supervisor, teacher, trainer, or consultant; colleague; or supervisee (if applicant is a supervisor).

Code of Ethics Statement & Endorsement® Agreement Signed.
Documentation of Competencies 1. Application will document that competencies have been adequately met through course work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences.
2. Successful completion of the MACMH-IEC written examination.
Professional Membership Membership in MACMH-IEC

 

BEGINNING JANUARY 2018: Annual Endorsement® Renewal Requirements (IMH Specialist)

Education and Training Minimum of 15 clock hours per year of relationship-based education and training, pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health (e.g. regional training, related course work at colleges or universities, infant mental health conference attendance, participation in IMH association-sponsored activities such as book club, mentorship group). For those who earn Endorsement® at III and provide reflective supervision or consultation to others, at least three of the hours of specialized training must be about reflective supervision or consultation.
Professional Membership Annual renewal of membership in MACMH-IEC or another infant mental health association.
Reflective Supervision/Consultation MACMH-IEC requires that all professionals Endorsed at III receive a minimum of 12 hours of reflective supervision or consultation annually.

Download PDF Here:  Infant Mental Health Specialist III DESCRIPTION

 

 

Infant Mental Health Mentor (IV)

IMH Mentor Requirements

  CLINCIAL POLICY RESEARCH/FACULTY
Education Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Education (MEd), Doctorate in Education (EdD), Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Medical Degree (MD), or other degree specific to one’s professional focus in infant mental health, postgraduate specialization, or university certificate program; in accordance with MACMH-IEC Training Guidelines and Endorsement® Competencies. Official transcript(s) required. Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Education (MEd), Doctorate in Education (EdD), Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Medical Degree (MD), or other degree specific to one’s professional focus in infant mental health, postgraduate specialization, or university certificate program; in accordance with MACMH-IEC Training Guidelines and Endorsement® Competencies. Official transcript(s) required. Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Education (MEd), Doctorate in Education (EdD), Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Medical Degree (MD), or other degree specific to one’s professional focus in infant mental health, postgraduate specialization, or university certificate program; in accordance with MACMH-IEC Training Guidelines and Endorsement® Competencies. Official transcript(s) required.
Training Minimum 30 clock hours of relationship-based education and training pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health. Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in Competency Guidelines®) have been met. A minimum of 15 hours must be didactic training about the provision of reflective supervision/consultation. Minimum 30 clock hours of relationship-based education and training pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health. Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in Competency Guidelines®) have been met. Minimum 30 clock hours of relationship-based education and training pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health. Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in Competency Guidelines®) have been met.
Specialized Work Experience in at least ONE of the Three Categories Meets specialized work experience criteria as specified at IMH Specialist (III) plus three years of postgraduate experience providing infant mental health (IMH) reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C) and other leadership activities at the regional or state Three years of postgraduate experience as a leader in policy and/or program administration related to the infant/family field and other leadership activities at the regional or state. Three years of postgraduate experience as a leader in university- teaching and/or published research related to the infant/family field and other leadership activities at the regional or state.
Examples of Leadership Activities Please note: These lists are meant to demonstrate some of the activities in which leaders might engage, are not comprehensive. Also, applicants would not need to engage in all of the activities listed in order to earn Endorsement® as an IMH Mentor. • Organize and facilitate reflective practice groups and/or IMH study groups
• Provide RS/C to IMH practitioners
• Participate in system of care planning initiatives
• Participate in planning for regional, statewide, or national IMH-specific conferences
• Represent IMH interests in planning for national early childhood, social service, child welfare, behavioral health, and public health conferences
• Work to increase the preference for endorsed personnel in contracts for services, child care rating schemes
• Work to address reimbursement issues for IMH services
• Leadership in local/state IMH association
• Training on IMH principles and/or practices to regional, state, or national groups
• Provide feedback to state agencies on current and proposed policies that promote IMH practices
• Provide presentations on IMH and its role in all early childhood disciplines/systems
• Participate in planning groups promoting IMH within early childhood systems
• Participate in regional, state, and national policy making groups, representing IMH principles
• Publish policy briefs or position statements addressing IMH
• Provide analysis of proposed legislation/policy on populations served through IMH service delivery systems
• Work to address reimbursement issues for IMH services
• Work to increase preference for endorsed personnel in contracts for services, child care rating schemes
• Leadership in local/state IMH association
• Provide leadership in graduate certificate IMH programs
• Participate in interdepartmental efforts to integrate IMH competencies into appropriate syllabi
• Participate as member of doctoral applicant’s committee when IMH-related topics are proposed
• Participate in planning for regional, statewide, or national IMH-specific conferences
• Present and/or publish on topics related to the promotion or practice of IMH
• Leadership in local/state IMH association
Reflective Supervision/Consultation Minimum 50 clock hours relationship-focused, reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C) within a one to two-year timeframe; post Masters, individually or in a group while providing RS/C to infant-family professionals. Applicant’s provider of RS/C must have earned/maintained Endorsement® at Level IV-Clinical. A minimum of 25 hours of the RS/C received should be about the RS/C that the applicant provides to others. Optional. Optional.
Three Professional Reference Ratings Please note: At least one reference rating must come from someone who has earned Endorsement® at II, III or IV. 1. One from current program supervisor
2. One from person providing reflective supervision/consultation to the applicant
3. One from person receiving reflective supervision/consultation from the applicant
1. One from current program supervisor
2. One from person providing reflective supervision/consultation, if applicable
3. If no one available from first two categories, applicant may ask three colleagues
1. One from current department supervisor or chair if he/she is familiar with IMH. If not, ask a colleague
2. One from person providing reflective supervision/consultation, if applicable. If not applicable, applicant may ask a colleague
3. One from a student taught and/or supervised by the applicant
Code of Ethics & Endorsement® Agreement Signed. Signed. Signed.
Documentation of Competencies 1. Application will document that requirements and competencies have been adequately met through specialized education, in-service training, work, and, for Clinical applicants, through reflective supervision/consultation experiences
2. Successful completion of the MACMH-IEC written examination
1. Application will document that requirements and competencies have been adequately met through specialized education, in-service training, work, and, for Clinical applicants, through reflective supervision/consultation experiences
2. Successful completion of the MACMH-IEC written examination
1. Application will document that requirements and competencies have been adequately met through specialized education, in-service training, work, and, for Clinical applicants, through reflective supervision/consultation experiences
2. Successful completion of the MACMH-IEC written examination
Professional Membership Membership in MACMH-IEC or another infant mental health association Membership in MACMH-IEC or another infant mental health association Membership in MACMH-IEC or another infant mental health association

  

BEGINNING JANUARY 2018: Annual Endorsement® Renewal Requirements (IMH Mentor)

Education and Training Minimum of 15 clock hours of relationship-based education and training, pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health (e.g. regional training, related course work at colleges or universities, infant mental health conference attendance, participation in IMH association sponsored activities such as book club, mentorship group). For those who earn Endorsement® at IV-Clinical and provide RS/C to others, it is recommended that at least 3 hours of specialized didactic training be about the provision of RS/C.
Professional Membership Annual renewal of membership in MACMH-IEC.
Reflective Supervision/Consultation MACMH-IEC requires that all professionals endorsed at IV – Clinical receive a minimum of 12 hours of reflective supervision or consultation (RS/C) annually. Professionals who maintain IV-C for a minimum of 3 years are not required to continue receiving RS/C, but it is strongly recommended if the professional is providing direct service and/or RS/C.

Download PDF Here: Infant Mental Health Mentor IV DESCRIPTION