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Training FAQs

I have attended well over 30 hours of in service training; should I submit every training I ever attended?

Although the minimum requirement is 30 hours, we expect Endorsement applicants to add enough training hours to demonstrate the competencies you’ve developed through your career. We recommend that you use the Competency Guidelines® to help you decide what trainings and how many hours to add. Once you’ve met the minimum requirements and captured the competencies, you do not need to add any more training hours.

What happens to my Endorsement if I do not renew?

This varies greatly depending on many factors including how long ago you took college courses, how specific the course or training is to infant mental health, number of hours, etc. Be sure to consult the competencies tab in your EASy application.
A minimum of two trained application reviewers carefully examine all the material in your application including college transcripts, in-service training record, and reference rating forms. Application reviewers will be looking most closely at the competency areas. Competency must be documented by course work and/or in-service training. That is, work experience alone is not enough to document competency in areas such as attachment, separation, trauma, & loss or screening & assessment.

How far back can I go when including
trainings that meet criteria for endorsement?

There is no limit on how long ago the training was attended, to be counted towards requirements. However, it is not necessary to submit a comprehensive list of every training ever attended. Your entries should reflect a breadth and depth that demonstrate IECMH competencies.

Are there any trainings, conferences or courses that are mandatory while working toward endorsement?

Trainings do not need to be sponsored by WA-AIMH to be eligible or count towards endorsement. Many trainings you attend for your license or agency requirements qualify towards endorsement. A specialized training that is eligible for Endorsement should meet the following criteria:

  1. Is culturally sensitive, relationship-focused and promote Infant Mental Health

  2. Relates to one or more of the competencies in the Competency Guidelines®

  3. Is specific to the Endorsement for which you are applying.

  4. Learn more about our current trainings.

What is the difference between the specialized work experiences that meet criteria for IFS and IMHS?

Infant Family Specialist (IFS) work experience is typically broader and encompasses many of the ways the applicants might work with the families of infants and toddlers including case management, part C service coordination, parent education and family support.

Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMHS) work experiences are often (but not always) home-based and include the following interventions: advocacy, developmental guidance, emotional support, concrete assistance, and parent-infant/very young child relationship-based therapies and practices. These therapies and practices are intended to explore issues related to attachment, separation, trauma, and unresolved losses as they affect the development, behavior and care of the infant/very young child. The therapies and practices may include but are not limited to parent-infant psychotherapy, interaction guidance, and child-parent psychotherapy.

Does work experience with pregnant women and families count towards the work experience requirements for IFS and IMHS?

Yes, work with pregnant women and families does count towards the required work experience for IFS and IMHS. However, the applicant’s work experience must ALSO include work with infants, toddlers and their families.