Professional competency in providing services that promote healthy social-emotional development during the first years requires a unique knowledge base and skill set. AK-AIMH recognizes professional expertise and promotes development of competency in infant mental health based on the Michigan Alliance for Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines. These Guidelines were developed by experts in the field over a 10 year period. The Competency Guidelines provide a framework for establishing and recognizing expertise of professionals who work with pregnant women and families with children ages birth to 3 years (36 months) old. It should also be noted that infant mental health professionals have identified these competencies as a useful guide for those working with young children up to 5 years (60 months) old.

Each of the four Endorsement Levels has unique competency requirements within eight core areas, including:

  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Law, Regulation, & Agency
  • Systems Expertise
  • Direct Service Skills
  • Working with Others
  • Communicating
  • Thinking
  • Reflection

Please click on the link to view the Competency Guidelines.