Endorsement Requirements -
Infant Mental Health Mentor (LEVEL 4)
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, in accordance with OK-AIMH Training guidelines and Endorsement Competencies. Official transcript(s) required
Applicants may ask to use intensive in-service training to fulfill some of the recommended course work.
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
(Please note: At least one reference must come from someone who has earned Endorsement at level 2, 3 or 4.)
(1) from current program supervisor, teacher, trainer, consultant or colleague
(1) from person providing reflective supervision/consultation
(1) from person receiving reflective supervision/consultation from the applicant
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, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences.
Successful completion of the OK-AIMH written examination
Membership in OK-AIMH or another infant mental health association
Requirements: Preparation of a Portfolio and Written Exam
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). For those who earn Endorsement at Level IV-Clinical and provide reflective supervision or consultation to others, it is recommended that at least 3 of the hours of specialized training must be about reflective supervision or consultation.
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. It is especially recommended that Endorsed professionals who provide reflective supervision or consultation participate in reflective experiences (individual or group) while providing reflective supervision or consultation to others.
Specialized Work Experience
Clinical: Meets specialized work experience as specified at Level III plus three years post-graduate experience providing infant mental health reflective supervision/consultation and including other leadership activities at the regional or state level
Relationship-focused, relfective supervision/consultation with an approved supervisor/consultant, individually or in a group. Minimum: 50 clock hours within a 1-year minimum and 2-year maximum time frame. (Required for Clinical; optional for Policy or Research/Faculty).
Policy: Three years post-graduate experience as a leader in policy and/or program administration related to the infant/family field and including other leadership activities at the regional or state level
Research/Faculty: Three years post-graduate experience as a leader in university-level teaching and/or published research related to the infant/family field and including other leadership activities at the regional or state level
(1) from current program supervisor, teacher, trainer, consultant, if applicable
(1) from person providing reflective supervision/consultation, if applicable
(If no one available from first two categories, candidate may ask three colleagues)
(1) from current department supervisor or chair if he/she is familiar with IMH. If not, ask a colleague
(1) from person providing reflective supervision/consultation if applicable. If not applicable, candidate may ask a colleague
(1) from a student taught and/or supervised by candidate