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

  • Home Visitor
  • First Steps provider
  • NICU Nurse
  • Parent educator
  • Child Protective Service worker




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

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 transcripts required

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.

Work Experience
Minimum two years of 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:
  • Served a minimum of 10 families of infants/toddler (birth to 36 months)
  • A primary focus of the services provided is the social-emotional needs of infant/toddler, and
  • Services include attention to the relationships surrounding the infant/toddler

Reflective Supervision/Consultation
Minimum 24 clock hours within a one- to two-year timeframe; post-Bachelor’s, relationship-based, reflective supervision or consultation, individually or in a group while providing services to infants, very young children, and families. Provider of reflective supervision/consultation must have earned or meet the requirements for Endorsement® at Level III or IV-Clinical. For Bachelor’s-prepared Level II applicants, reflective supervision/consultation that meets the criteria for Endorsement may come from a Master’s-prepared professional who has earned or meets the requirements for Endorsement® at Level II.

Professional Reference Ratings
Total of three ratings:
  • One from current program supervisor, teacher, trainer, or consultant
  • One from person providing reflective supervision/consultation
  • One from another supervisor, teacher, trainer, consultant, or colleague
Note: At least one rating must come from someone who has earned Endorsement® at Level II, III, or IV

Code of Ethics and Endorsement® Agreement

Documentation of Competencies
Application will document that competencies have been adequately met through course work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences. Written examination not required for applicants seeking Endorsement® at Level II.

Download Level II Competency Guidelines

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