Requirements and Competency Guidelines® 

Category I
Infant Family Associate
(IFA)

EDUCATION/

TRAINING

College coursework OR CDA Certificate OR

2+ years of infant-related employment

EXPERIENCE

30+ hours of competency based IMH Training

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

Recommended; not required

Category III
Infant Mental
Health Specialist
(IMHS)

EDUCATION/

TRAINING

Master’s/Doctorate degree AND 30+ hours of competency based IMH Training

EXPERIENCE

2+ years of post-MA/MS employment providing Infant Mental Health services  

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

50+ clock hours in 1-2 year period

Category II
Infant Family Specialist
(IFS)

EDUCATION/

TRAINING

Bachelors/Master’s degree AND 30+ hours of competency based IMH Training

EXPERIENCE

2+ years of post-BA/BS employment with infants/toddlers

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

24+ clock hours in 1-2 year period

Category IV
Infant Mental
Health Mentor 
Clinical (IMHM-C)  
Research/Faculty (IMHM-R/F)
Policy (IMHM-P)

EDUCATION/

TRAINING

Master’s/Doctorate degree AND 30+ hours of competency based IMH Training

EXPERIENCE

3+ years as a Infant Mental Health

practice leader

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

50+ clock hours in 1-2 year period (Clinical)

The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health holds the sole license to offer the credential:

Endorsement for Culturally Relevant, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Heath® in the state of Florida.

The Florida Association of Infant Mental Health is part of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

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