Level I PicService examples of the Infant Family Associate include but are not limited to these professional titles:

  • Child care worker
  • Play group leader
  • Doula




Prerequisite Requirements

Professional Membership
Membership in IAITMH or another infant mental health association
If you are not already a member of IAITMH (or another IMH association), you must join IAITMH at the time you submit your preliminary application.

Endorsement® Requirements

Education and/or Work Experience
Official transcript from Child Development Associate (AD)
Official transcript from Associate’s Degree (AD) in related area
Two years of infant and early childhood-related paid work experience (include official transcripts from any college courses completed toward a CDA or AD)

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 below) have been met.

Professional Reference Ratings
Total of three ratings:
  • One must come from a current teacher, CDA mentor, instructor, or supervisor
  • One must come from an individual who meets IAITMH Endorsement® requirements at Level II, III, or IV (preferred) OR is familiar with the Competency Guidelines and vetted by IAITMH
  • One can come from a colleague, or a parent/recipient of services

Code of Ethics and Endorsement® Agreement

Documentation of Competencies
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® at Level I.

Download Level I Competency Guidelines

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