Endorsement® Requirements
EducationMinimum 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), Master of Applied Studies (MAS), PhD, EdD, PsyD, official transcript
TrainingMinimum 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
Work ExperienceMinimum two years of 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:

1) Served a minimum of 10 families of infants/toddlers (birth to 36 months), and
2) A primary focus of the services provided is the social-emotional needs of infant/toddler, and
3) Services include attention to the relationships surrounding the infant/toddler
Reflective Supervision/ ConsultationMinimum 24 clock hours within one- to two-year timeframe; post-Bachelor’s, relationship-based, reflective supervision or consultation, individually or in a group while providing services to infants, very young children, and families. Provider of reflective supervision/consultation must have earned Endorsement® as IMHS, or IMHM-C. For Bachelor’s-prepared IFS applicants, reflective supervision/consultation that meets criteria for Endorsement® may come from a Master’s-prepared professional who has earned IFS, (Or vetted by ORIMHA to meet these levels)
Professional Reference RatingsTotal of three ratings:
  • One from current program supervisor
  • One from person providing reflective supervision/consultation
  • One from another supervisor, teacher, trainer, consultant, colleague, or parent/recipient of service (paid or volunteer)
Code of Ethics &
Endorsement® AgreementSigned
Documentation of CompetenciesApplication will document that competencies have been adequately met through course work, work/volunteer experience, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences. Written examination not required for applicants seeking Infant Family Specialist Endorsement®
Professional MembershipMembership in ORIMHA or another infant mental health association