Level III PicService examples of the Infant Mental Health Specialist include but are not limited to the following professional titles:

  • Mental health clinician
  • Clinical nurse practitioner
  • Infant mental health specialist




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

Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Education (Med), Doctorate in Education (EdD), Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) or other degree specific to one’s professional focus in infant mental health; university certificate program, and/or course work in areas such as infant/very young child development, family-centered practice, cultural sensitivity, family relationship and dynamics, assessment, and intervention, in accordance with Endorsement® Competencies. Official transcripts are 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.

Specialized Work Experience
Two years, postgraduate, supervised work experiences providing culturally sensitive, relationship-focused, infant mental health services. This specialized work experience must be with both the infant/very young child and his/her biological, foster, or adoptive parent on behalf of the parent-infant relationship. Infant mental health services will include concrete assistance, advocacy, emotional support, developmental guidance, early relationship assessment, and parent-infant/very young child relationship-based therapies and practices. Those who meet criteria for Level III are working with the relationship between the infant/toddler and his/her primary caregiver to explicitly address any unresolved separations, traumas, grief, and/or losses that may be affecting the emerging attachment relationship between a caregiver(s) and the infant/toddler.

Reflective Supervision/Consultation
Minimum 30 clock hours within a one- to two-year timeframe; relationship-focused, reflective supervision/consultation with an approved supervisor/consultant, individually or in a group, while providing services to infants, very young children, and families.

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, or consultant; colleague; or supervisee (if candidate is a supervisor)
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
  • Successful completion of the IAITMH written examination

Download Level III Competency Guidelines

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