Categories of Endorsement

AAIMH WA will endorse workers and professionals from the many disciplines in the infant and family field, in the following four categories:

  • Infant Family Worker (IFW)
  • Infant Family Practitioner (IFP)
  • Infant Mental Health Practitioner (IMHP)
  • Infant Mental Health Mentor (IMHM)


Each category is designed to capture a different perspective and experience in this multidisciplinary field of work with babies and very young children (0-36 months) and their families.

The four categories are not hierarchical. They recognise skills and knowledge, training and position responsibilities that conform with best practice standards.


Which category is the best fit for you? 

Category Brief description

Infant Family Worker
(IFW)

Focus on promotion


Workers, practitioners and professionals who are in a position to strengthen the social and emotional development of infants.
For example: early childhood educators, child health nurses, parenting course facilitators, community support workers and others

Qualifications/experience: two years work experience with infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months or certificate/diploma from an accredited provider.

Infant Family Practitioner
(IFP)

Focus on prevention and intervention


Professionals and practitioners whose work experience comes from providing services with a primary focus on the social-emotional needs of infants and toddlers, with attention to the relationships surrounding the infant/toddler.
For example: child health nurses, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals (OT, speech therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers) and others

Qualifications/experience: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years paid post-Bachelor's professional work experience providing services that promote infant mental health.

Infant Mental Health Practitioner
(IMHP)

Focus on clinical intervention
and/or treatment


Professionals whose role includes intervention or treatment of the infant/toddlers' primary caregiving relationship.
For example: child psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, early intervention practitioners, mental health clinicians and consultants, social workers and others

Qualifications/experience: Master’s degree and two years post-graduate, supervised work experience

Infant Mental Health Mentor
(IMHM)

Focus on leadership


Professionals who have a Master’s and/or Doctoral degree in a relevant field, or are a qualified medical doctor, and meet the requirements in any of the following three categories:

- Clinical: Meets the specialised work experience criteria specified for Infant Mental Health Practitioners plus three years post-graduate experience providing infant mental health reflective supervision/ consultation and other leadership activities at regional or state level.

- Policy: Three years post-graduate experience as a leader in policy and/or programme administration related to the infant/family field and other leadership activities at regional or state level.

- Research/Academic: Three years post-graduate experience as a leader in university-level teaching and/or published research related to the infant/family field and other leadership activities at regional or state level.


Requirements summary and fees

Categories and fees Education Training Experience Reflective Supervision
Infant Family
Worker
(IFW)
Official transcript from a certificate of diploma course from an accredited provider in related area 30+ hours of defined training or portfolio Certificate or diploma course from an accredited provider in a related area Not required
Fees:
  • Registration: $50
  • Processing of application: $50
Infant Family
Practitioner
(IFP)
Bachelor's or Master's degree in defined fields 30+ hours of defined training 2 years post-Bachelor's professional IMH work 24+ hours over 1-2 years of reflective practice
Fees:
  • Registration: $50
  • Processing of application: $100

Infant Mental Health Practitioner
(IMHP)
Master's or Doctorate in defined fields 30+hours of defined training 2 years post-grad supervised IMH work experience (direct services) to infant/caregivers, OR one year supervised postgraduate practicum 50 hours over 1-2 years of reflective practice
Fees:
  • Registration: $50
  • Processing of application: $300

Infant Mental Health Mentor Clinical
(IMHM-C)
Master's or Doctorate in defined fields 30+hours of defined training Meets IMHP requirements + 3 years post-grad providing IMH reflective practice supervision/consultation and defined leadership activities 50 hours over 1-2 years of reflective practice
Fees:
  • Registration: $50
  • Processing of application: $400

Infant Mental Health Mentor Policy
IMHM-P
Master's or Doctorate in defined fields 30+hours of defined training 3 years post-grad experience in Policy/Administration related to IMH field and defined leadership activities OPTIONAL:
50 hours over 1-2 years of reflective practice
Fees:
  • Registration: $50
  • Processing of application: $400

      Infant Mental Health Mentor Research/Academic
      IMHM-R/A
      Master's or Doctorate in defined fields 30+hours of defined training 3 years 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 of reflective practice
      Fees:
      • Registration: $50
      • Processing of application: $400


      The flow chart visualises the pathway for each category and may help you select the appropriate category: AAIMH WA Endorsement® Flowchart

      The complete details of requirements for each category are listed in the relevant sections of the AAIMH Competency Guidelines®  and can be downloaded below.

      The impact maps provide a visual diagram of how the competencies are linked to responsibilities, outcomes, service objectives and service goals. (The maps are best viewed enlarged to A3 for clarity.)


      If you are unsure about the appropriate category for you, please contact the Endorsement Coordinator at endorsementwa@aaimhi.org

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      If you have any questions or need assistance with your registration or application, contact the Endorsement Coordinator at endorsementwa@aaimhi.org