Endorsement Requirements and Competencies

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Endorsement Requirements and Competencies

Endorsement Levels
There are four levels of Endorsement. They are designed to target different professional areas within the infant-family field. See the Endorsement levels outlined below, and click on each one for a corresponding chart of specific requirements and competencies.

Infant Family Associate (Level I):  This designation is intended to target individuals working in child-care settings, child care directors, advocates, professionals without an advanced degree working on policy change, case managers, intake specialists, Head Start and Early Head Start*

Infant Family Specialist (Level II):  This designation is intended for ECI, CPS, therapists, nurses, social workers and other providers*

Infant Mental Health Specialist (Level III):  This designation is intended for graduate level mental health providers who provide therapeutic services*

Infant Mental Health Mentor (Level IV):  There are 3 additional designations listed within the Infant Mental Health Mentor designation: Clinical (C), Policy (P), and Research/Faculty (R/F). These designations target professionals with advanced degrees who have experience providing infant mental health reflective supervision and other leadership (C), who are leaders in policy and/or program administration related to the infant-family field (P), or are leaders in university-level teaching and/or published research related to the infant-family field (R/F).*

 

*Please note that these are only examples of the types of jobs a provider may have at this designation. This is not an exhaustive list. Moreover, the levels are not meant to act as a hierarchy, but rather as categories to organize the wide range of occupations that exist in this field. Providers are encouraged to contact First3Years’ Endorsement coordinator with questions (Ashley Borthick, (469) 763-5511, aborthick@first3yearstx.org).

 

 

Level I

Level II

Level III

Level IV

Work Experience

CDA or Associate’s degree or 2 years early childhood experience and/or 2 years in the infant, early childhood, and family field Minimum 2 years paid, providing services that promote infant mental health for infants, toddlers, and their families Minimum 2 years post Master’s, paid, providing infant mental health intervention to infants, toddlers, and their families Minimum 3 years post Master’s, paid, as a practice leader in the infant, toddler, and family field in one of the 3 designation areas

Educational Experience

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree Master’s or post-graduate degree Master’s, post-graduate, doctorate, post-doctorate degree

In-Service Training

Minimum 30 hours               Minimum 30 hours            Minimum 30 hours            Minimum 30 hours

Reflective Supervision

Not required Minimum 24 clock hours within a one to two year time period while working with infants, toddlers, and their families Minimum 50 clock hours within a one to two year time period while working with infants, toddlers, and their families Required only for Clinical: Minimum 50 clock hours within a one to two year time period while working with infants, toddlers, and their families

Reference Ratings

Three                                Three                                Three                              Three

Code of Ethics

Signed                               Signed                              Signed                             Signed

Endorsement Agreement

Signed                               Signed                              Signed                             Signed

Membership in First3Years

Yes                                    Yes                                   Yes                                 Yes

Professional Application

Candidate will submit a professional application on EASy (Endorsement Application System) that demonstrates that he/she has met both the requirements and the competencies specified at each level.

Written Exam

No                                     No Yes                                 Yes

Application Fee

$15 $15 $25 $25

Processing Fee

$25 $50 $200 $300
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