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Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines

To best serve infants, young children, and families, we must support all professionals who work with them to incorporate core principles of social and emotional health and well-being into their practice.

To address this need, the Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health (RIAIMH) promotes a nationally established set of Competency Guidelines and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (RI-IMH-Endorsement®) for the diverse array of providers in the infant and family workforces.

Building a competent workforce

The Competency Guidelines identify knowledge, skills, and reflective practice approaches that support the development of competency in infant and early childhood mental health across disciplines and in multiple service settings.

Together with RIAIMH’s RI-IMH-Endorsement® process, the Competency Guidelines can help fuel high-quality, systematic workforce development opportunities across Rhode Island’s early childhood system and lead to a more engaged, competent, and committed infant-family workforce. 

Providing a pathway to Endorsement®

The Competency Guidelines form the basis for RI-IMH-Endorsement® through RIAIMH. In order to become Endorsed®, applicants must demonstrate that they have achieved competence in specific areas of expertise through education, work, specialized training, and reflective supervision experiences.

Areas of expertise

The Competencies are organized into the following general areas of expertise:

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

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Review the Competency GuidelinesPlease note: The materials supporting RI-IMH-Endorsement® are copyrighted by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH). RIAIMH is able to make these materials available to our membership and collaborators through a licensing agreement with MI-AIMH. Copyright law allows individuals to print out or make ONE copy of copyrighted material for personal, non-commercial purposes only. Only one download is allowed per user.

RIAIMH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

RIAIMH is a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.


RIAIMH is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

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