Levels of Endorsement and Requirements

NYS-AIMH will endorse professionals from many disciplines at the following four levels:

  • Infant Family Associate
  • Infant Family Specialist
  • Infant Mental Health Specialist
  • Infant Mental Health Mentor

Each Level recognizes skills and knowledge, training and position responsibilities that conform with best practice standards.

 Levels Education Training Experience Reflective Practice
Level I

Infant Family Associate

CDA, or Associate’s degree in a related area or 2 years of infant/childhood paid work experience (including college, AA and CDA work) 30+ hours of defined training or portfolio CDA, or Associate’s degree in a related area or 2 years of infant/childhood paid work experience (including college, AA and CDA work)  
Level II 

Infant Family Specialist

Bachelors or Masters degree in defined fields, 30+ hours of training 30+ hours of defined training 2 years post-BA paid IMH work 24+ hours over 1-2 years of reflective practice
Level III

Infant Mental Health Specialist

Masters or Doctorate in defined fields (some possible credit for intensive in-service training) 30+ hours of defined training 2 years post-grad paid IMH direct services to infants/caregivers OR one year supervised graduate internship 50 hours over 1-2 years of reflective practice
Level IV

Clinical Mentor

Masters or Doctorate in defined fields (some possible credit for intensive in-service training) 30+ hours of defined training Level III + 3 years post-grad providing IMH reflective practice supervision/consultation and defined leadership activities 50 hours over 1-2 years of reflective practice
Level IV

Policy

3 years of post-grad experience in Policy/Administration related to IMH field and defined leadership activities OPTIONAL: 50 hours over 1-2 years
Level IV  

Research/Faculty

3 years of post-grad experience as a leader in university-teaching and/or published research and other defined leadership activities OPTIONAL: 50 hours over 1-2 years