To Become Endorsed

INFANT FAMILY ASSOCIATE

Requirements:  

Education and/or Work Experience: Official transcript from Child Development Associate (CDA) OR Official transcript from Associate’s degree (AD) in related area OR Two years infant and early childhood-related paid work experience (include official transcripts from any college courses completed toward CDA or AD).
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: Three ratings from:1. At least one of the ratings must be from a current teacher, CDA mentor, instructor, or supervisor

2. At least one of the ratings must come from an individual who meets MI-AIMH Endorsement® requirements as Level II, III or IV OR is familiar with the Competency Guidelines® and vetted by MI-AIMH*

3. One of the ratings can come from a colleague, parent/recipient of services

Code of Ethics & Endorsement® Agreement: Signed
Documentation of Competencies: Professional application will document that competencies have been adequately met through course work, in-service training, or paid work experiences. Written examination not required for applicants seeking Endorsement® as an Infant Family Associate.
Professional Membership: Membership in MI-AIMH or another infant mental health association.

Continuing Endorsement® Requirements:

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).  Documentation of training hours submitted with membership renewal.
Professional Membership: Annual renewal of membership in MI-AIMH or another infant mental health association.

Continuing Endorsement® Recommendations:

Reflective Supervision: MI-AIMH recommends that all Endorsed professionals seek reflective supervision or consultation.

*The vetting of a reference rater who is not Endorsed® consists of a phone call with the proposed rater so MI-AIMH 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.