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 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. Clinical applicants: A minimum of 15 hours must be didactic training about the provision of reflective supervision/consultation.

Specialized Work Experience in at Least One of the Three Categories

Clinical: Meets specialized work experience criteria as specified at Level 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

 

Policy: 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 

 

Research/Faculty: 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, meant to demonstrate some of the activities in which leaders might engage, are not comprehensive. Also, applicants would not need to engage in all the activities listed in order to earn Endorsement® as an Infant Mental Health Mentor

Clinical:

  • 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

Policy:

  • 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

Research/Faculty:

  • Provide leadership in graduate certificate IMH programs

  • Participate in interdepartmental efforts to integrate IMH competencies into appropriate syllabi 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

Required for Clinical; optional for Policy or Research/Faculty
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® as IMHM-C. It is recommended but not required that 25 of the hours of the RS/C received be about the RS/C that the applicant provides to others.

Three Professional Reference Ratings

Please note: At least one reference rating must come from someone who has earned Endorsement® as IFS, IMHS, or IMHM, or vetted as such.

Clinical

  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

Policy

  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

Research/Faculty

  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

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 MI-AIMH written examination

Professional Membership

Membership in ORIMHA or another infant mental health association​

Infant Mental Health Mentor: Endorsement Requirements

There are three designations under Infant Mental Health Mentor (IV) including Clinical, Policy, and Research/Faculty. In both the Competency Detail and the Impact Map, you will notice alphabetic codes in parentheses besides certain competencies. These codes indicate the specific area(s) of responsibility that the competency most directly impacts, as follows:

A: Applies to all designations

 

C: Clinical—practice leaders who provide reflective supervision or consultation to practitioners in the infant and family field

P: Policy—practice leaders in policies and programs

RF: Research/Faculty—practice leaders in research, evaluation, and teaching

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