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Become a DC: 0-5 
Certified Trainer 

In order to support the professional development of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) professionals, the IECMH Workforce Collaborative (IECMH-WC) invites Apple Health mental health providers to express their interest in becoming a DC: 0-5™ Certified Trainer. Certified trainers will be provided with free training and support.

WA-AIMH recognizes and honors the value of lived experiences as well as how important it is for our board, staff, programs and services to reflect the diversity of our community. We are intentionally and actively seeking out applications from a variety of backgrounds, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and members of the LGBTQ+IA Two Spirit community, people living with disabilities, immigrants and veterans.

What is a DC: 0-5 Certified Trainer?

Only certified trainers can deliver the official DC: 0-5 Clinical and Overview Trainings. The year-long certification process includes comprehensive training, learning supports, and trainer delivery of at least one DC: 0-5 Clinical Training. Certified trainers are authorized to deliver DC: 0-5 trainings to professionals in the state in which the trainer resides and/or works, and must renew their certification every year.

What are the requirements to become a DC: 0-5 Certified Trainer?

DC: 0-5 trainer certification is available to qualified licensed mental health professionals who work in a clinical capacity with children birth through age five and their families receiving Apple Health.

Requirements Include

For a definition of a mental health professional, please see WAC 246-341-0515.

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Completion of the DC: 0-5 Clinical Training by no later than August 1, 2022

Support of clinical services to children birth through age five enrolled in Apple Health

A letter of support from their employer if applicable

3 years of clinical experience in infant and early childhood mental health

3 years of experience delivering training in infant and early childhood mental health (for example, training delivered to staff, at conferences, or in educational settings).

What is needed to be considered for Trainer Certification?

Eligible individuals must submit an expression of interest form describing their qualifications and goals for becoming a trainer. Once selected, applicants must:

  • Submit a cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, and an application form to ZERO TO THREE by September 16, 2022.

  • Submit a letter of support from your employer if applicable.

  • Participate in the DC: 0-5 Training of Trainers on November 1 – 3, 2022, provided by expert faculty from ZERO TO THREE. Participation in all three days of this training is mandatory.

  • Participate in post-training trainer professional development, to include

    • 6 trainer support calls with ZERO TO THREE faculty

    • 3 Community of Learner sessions with ZERO TO THREE faculty

    • 3 Washington State DC: 0-5 Trainer sessions

  • Co-deliver a DC: 0-5 Clinical or Overview Training (optional).

  • Deliver at least one DC: 0-5 Clinical Training by November 3, 2023.

  • Document and submit all trainer activities to ZERO TO THREE by November 3, 2023.

Submit your interest in becoming a DC: 0-5 Certified Trainer by June 30, 2022.

How does the selection process work?

Because there are limited slots available, the IECMH-WC has developed Equitable Selection Guidelines to identify and select a group of qualified IECMH professionals with the interest and capacity to become DC: 0-5 Certified Trainers for Washington.

The IECMH-WC is committed to supporting equitable access to this opportunity, and will use these guidelines to support the decision-making process in selecting trainers from among those who express interest. The goal is to develop a group of trainers who will represent intersections of culture, geography, discipline, language, and professional experience and make meaningful contributions to the IECMH workforce.

Please contact us at

with any questions about the selection process.


DC: 0-5 trainings provided free to

Apple Health Providers through

IECMH Workforce Collaborative 

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