To become Endorsed



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); 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.
Work Experience: Minimum two years 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-bachelors, relationship-based, reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C), individually or in a group while providing services to infants, toddlers and families.  Provider of RS/C must have earned Endorsement® as Level III or Level IV.  For Bachelor’s-prepared applicants, RS/C that meets criteria for Endorsement® may come from a Master’s-prepared professional who has earned Endorsement® as Level II.
Professional reference ratings: Total of three professional reference ratings from:

  1. One from current program supervisor, teacher, trainer or consultant.
  2. One from person providing reflective supervision/consultation.
  3. Third rating may be from another supervisor, teacher, trainer, consultant, or from a colleague.


Please note: At least one rating must come from someone Endorsed® at Level II, III or IV.

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, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences. Written examination not required Infant Family Specialists.
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
Reflective Supervision/Consultation: MI-AIMH requires that Endorsed Level II, III and IV-C professionals receive a minimum of 12 hours  RS/C annually.