Four Pathways to Endorsement®

Each Infant Mental Health Endorsement® category has specific work, education, in-service training and reflective supervision/consultation requirements, specific to 0-36 month olds and their families.  In addition, Endorsement® applicants will demonstrate achievement of competencies, as defined in the desired category.  This chart represents only a summary of the IMH Endorsement® categories.  Detailed information specific to each category can be downloaded from the links below.

1 Infant Family Associate applicants need to meet the Education OR the Work requirement they do not need to meet both.   2 For Infant Family Associate applicants, volunteer experience may meet the work criterion if it was a) supervised experience with women during pregnancy or with infants, toddlers, & families AND b) included specialized training.  Examples include CASA, Doula, Child Life Specialist.  3 Only Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical applicants need to fulfill the requirement of being a provider of RS/C for 3+ years.

1 Infant Family Associate applicants need to meet the Education OR the Work requirement they do not need to meet both.  

2 For Infant Family Associate applicants, volunteer experience may meet the work criterion if it was a) supervised experience with women during pregnancy or with infants, toddlers, & families AND b) included specialized training.  Examples include CASA, Doula, Child Life Specialist. 

3 Only Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical applicants need to fulfill the requirement of being a provider of RS/C for 3+ years.


Resources: Building a Competent Workforce

  • Weatherston, D.J., & Paradis, N. (2011). Defining Professional Competency in the Infant Mental Health Field. Journal of ZERO TO THREE, 32 (1), 37-43.
  • Weatherston, D., Kaplan-Estrin, M., & Goldberg, S. (2009).  Strengthening and recognizing knowledge, skills, and reflective practice:  the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement® process. Infant Mental Health Journal, 30(6), 648-663.
  • Weatherston, D.J., Dowler Moss, B., & Harris, D.  (2006).  Building Capacity in the Infant and Family Field Through Competency-Based Endorsement:  Three States’ Experiences. Journal of ZERO TO THREE, 26(3), 4-13.