IFECMH Personnel Competencies

EITI is also proud to sponsor trainings that fulfill requirements for the Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (IFCMH) Personnel Competencies and assist participants in building a portfolio aimed at specializing in infant mental health.


Both IFECMH Core Provider or IFECHM Specialist must meet requirements within two domains- knowledge and experience. Participants are able to track credit hours within the domains, and EITI offers assistance with portfolio development. Portfolio review and certification is overseen by WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention (CPEI), and details are available through their website.


Domain 1: Key concepts & competencies (Knowledge)       

A) Parenting, Family Functioning & Parent-Child Relationships                                               

B) Infant, Toddler & Preschool Development                         

C) Biological and Psychosocial Factors Impacting Outcomes                

D) Risk & Resiliency

E) Observation, Screening & Assessment

F) Diagnosis & Intervention

G) Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Collaboration

H) Ethics


Domain 2: Experience

1) Clinical experience

2) Reflective Practice/ Facilitation (individual & group)


Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (IFECMH) Core Providers
IFECMH Core Providers include professionals who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or extensive training and 8 to 10 years of experience in reflective facilitation in a related field. IFECMH Core Providers practice in multiple human development and education disciplines including early intervention, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, special education, human development, audiology, social work, and pediatrics.


Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists
IFECMH Specialists include individuals from relevant professional practice disciplines who have a Master’s degree or higher and/or a license/credential, and who have achieved the mental health specialist competencies recommended in the Guidelines.

IFECMH Specialists include, but are not limited to, professionals in the mental health fields. They provide prenatal, infant-family, and early childhood mental health services within their scope of practice in the areas of promotion, preventive intervention, and treatment.


Advanced practitioners can also work towards becoming Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Reflective Practice Facilitators. For more information, click here  









A full version of the IFCMH Training Guidelines can be found here.