Competency Guidelines®

A tool for building a comprehensive infant & early childhood mental health system.

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The Competency Guidelines® create a shared framework or "map" for professional development across all sectors and disciplines of the infant, early childhood and family field across the full spectrum of service delivery, including promotion, prevention, treatment and intervention, and macro.  Additionally, they outline the requirements for Endorsement® by guiding one's development of knowledge, skills & best practices, gained through specialized experiences (education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation).

The Competency Guidelines® are comprised of 8 domains:

  • Theoretical Foundations

  • Law, Regulation & Agency Policy

  • Systems Expertise

  • Direct Service Skills

  • Working with Others

  • Communicating

  • Thinking

  • Reflection


The Competency Guidelines® are aligned with many in-service training and evidence-based practice models.  The following crosswalks are available for use and reference: