Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-E®) Requirements

 

Each IMH-E® category has specific work, education, in-service training and reflective supervision/consultation requirements, specific to pregnant women, young children, aged 0-36 months, and their families.  In addition, IMH-E® applicants will demonstrate achievement of competencies, as defined in the desired category.  This chart represents only a summary of the IMH-E® categories.  Detailed information specific to each category can be downloaded from the links below.

Category 1

Infant Family Associate

CDA, Associate's degree, or two years of early childhood experience

Minimum 30 hours, average 40 hour of in-service training

Signed Code of Ethics

Optional Reflective Supervision/Consultation

3 Reference Ratings (at least 1 must meet requirements for Endorsement® at Category 2, 3, or 4)

No Written Exam

Category 2

Infant Family Specialist

Bachelor's or Master's degree and two years of post-Bachelor's work experience in the infant/toddler field

Minimum 30 hours, average 50 hour of in-service training

Signed Code of Ethics

Reflective Supervision/Consultation - Minimum 24 clock hours within a 2-year time frame

3 Reference Ratings (at least 1 must meet requirements for Endorsement® at Category 2, 3, or 4)

No Written Exam

Category 3

Infant Mental Health Specialist

Master's or Post-Graduate degree and two years of post-Master's work providing infant mental health services

Minimum 30 hours, average 75 hour of in-service training

Signed Code of Ethics

Reflective Supervision/Consultation - Minimum 50 clock hours within a 2-year time frame

3 Reference Ratings (at least 1 must be from supervisor/consultant providing reflective practice)

Written Exam

Category 4

Infant Mental Health Mentor

Master's or Post-Graduate degree and three years of postgraduate work as a leader in the IMH field

3 years post-Master's work in the infant, early childhood, and family field

Minimum 30 hours, average 75 hour of in-service training

Signed Code of Ethics

Reflective Supervision/Consultation - Minimum 50 clock hours within a 2-year time frame

3 Reference Ratings (clinical leader: at least 1 must be from supervisor/consultant providing reflective practice)

 Written Exam

  1. Infant Family Associate applicants need to meet the Education OR the Work requirement they do not need to meet both.

  2. For Infant Family Associate applicants, volunteer experience may meet the work criterion if it was a) supervised experience with women during pregnancy or with infants, toddlers, & families AND b) included specialized training. Examples include CASA, Doula, Child Life Specialist.

  3. Only Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical applicants need to fulfill the requirement of being a provider of RS/C for 3+ years.

 

Download the Competency Guidelines®

 

Please note: Copyright law does allow individuals to print out or make ONE copy of copyrighted material for personal, non-commercial purposes only. None of the copyrighted Endorsement® documents included here may be reproduced, displayed, distributed, or otherwise used in any format, including electronically, without the express written consent of MI-AIMH. Legal action will be taken against those who violate the copyright.

 

Resources:

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