Endorsement Requirements -
Infant Family Specialist (LEVEL 2)
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 transcript
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) have been met.
Professional Reference Ratings
Three ratings from:
Please note: At least one rating must come from someone endorsed at Level II, III, or IV.
- current program supervisor, teacher, trainer or consultant
- one from person providing reflective supervision/consultation
- third rating may be from another supervisor, teacher, trainer, consultant, or from a colleague
Code of Ethics and Endorsement Agreement
Documentation of Competencies
Professional portfolio 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 as an Infant Family Specialist.
Membership in OK-AIMH or another infant mental health association
Requirements: Preparation of a Portfolio
Education and Training
Minimum of 15 clock hours per year of relationship-based education and training, pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health (e.g. regional training, related course work at colleges or universities, infant mental health conference attendance). Documentation of training hours submitted with membership renewal.
Annual renewal of membership in OK-AIMH or another infant mental health association
Continuing Endorsement Recommendations
OK-AIMH recommends that all Endorsed professionals seek reflection consultation
Minimum two years 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 infant/toddlers (birth to 36 months) and
- 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
Minimum 24 clock hours within one to two year time frame, post-bachelors, relationship base, reflective supervision or consultation, individually or in a group while providing services to infants, toddlers, and families. Provider of reflective supervision/consultation must have earned endorsement at Level III or IV Clinical. for Bachelor's prepared Level II applicants, reflective supervision/consultation that meets criteria for Endorsement may come from a Master's prepared professional who has earned Level II.