The Washington Association for Infant Mental Health

Requirements at a Glance

 Level I: Infant Family Associate
Level II: Infant Family Specialist
Level III: Infant Mental Health Specialist
Level IV: Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical, Policy, Research/Faculty)
Education/ExperienceCDA or AA degree, OR 2+ years work experience in infant/early childhood family fieldBachelor‰'s or Master‰'s degree AND 2+ years paid work in infant/early childhood family fieldMaster‰'s degree or Ph.D. AND 2+ years‰ paid post-Master‰'s work in infant/ early childhood family fieldMaster‰'s degree, Ph.D. or M.D. AND 3+ years‰ paid post-degree work in infant/ early childhood family field
Specialized Training in Infant Mental Health (0-3)Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in Competency Guidelines®) have been met. While 30 hours is the minimum, more are typically necessary to fulfill this requirement.
15 annual renewal hours of IMH training are required to maintain Endorsement.
Professional PortfolioAll applicants will submit a professional portfolio demonstrating that s/he has met both the requirements and competencies specified at each level.
Code of Ethics & Endorsement AgreementSignedSignedSignedSigned
Reflective Supervision and/or
Consultation
N/A24 hours within
1-2 year period while working with infants, early childhood and families
50 hours within
1-2 year period while working with infants, early childhood and families
50 hours within
1-2 year period while
working with infants, early childhood and families
Three Reference Ratings
1. Current supervisor
2. Someone with Level II, III, or IV Endorsement OR equivalent experience
3. Colleague or parent/service recipient
1. Current supervisor
2. Teacher, trainer, consultant or parent/service recipient
3. Reflective supervisor with Level II, III, or IV-C Endorsement OR equivalent experience
1. Current supervisor
2. Teacher, trainer, consultant or parent/service recipient
3. Reflective supervisor with Level III or IV-C Endorsement OR equivalent experience
1. Current supervisor
2. Reflective supervisor with Level III or IV Endorsement OR equivalent experience
3. Supervisee, student, or colleague
Passing Exam Score N/AN/AMultiple Choice & EssayMultiple Choice & Essay
Service Examples
(Examples include, but are not limited to, these professional titles)
Promotion
Child Care Educator, Play Group Leader, Doula
Prevention/Intervention
Home Visitor, Early Intervention Provider, NICU Nurse, Parent Educator, CPS Worker
Intervention/Treatment
Mental Health Clinician/ Supervisor, Clinical Nurse Practitioner, Psychologist
Leadership
Infant and Family Program Supervisor, Administrator, Researcher, Faculty Member, Policy Specialist, Physician
WA-AIMH Membership$80 annually$80 annually$80 annually$80 annually
Registration Fee$25$25$25$25
Processing Fee$25$100$300$400
Total Cost$130$205$405$505
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