Requirements and Competency Guidelines® 

Category I

College coursework OR CDA Certificate OR

2+ years of infant-related employment

EDUCATION/

TRAINING

EXPERIENCE

30+ hours of competency based IMH Training

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

Recommended; not required

Infant Family Associate
(IFA)
Category III

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

EDUCATION/

TRAINING

EXPERIENCE

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

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

50+ clock hours in 1-2 year period

Infant Mental
Health Specialist
(IMHS)
Category II

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

EDUCATION/

TRAINING

EXPERIENCE

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

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

24+ clock hours in 1-2 year period

Infant Family Specialist
(IFS)
Category IV

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

EDUCATION/

TRAINING

EXPERIENCE

3+ years as a Infant Mental Health

practice leader

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

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

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

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