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Specialized In-Service Training

Q. I have attended well over 30 hours of in-service training but I’m not sure if all of it will be accepted. Should I submit a list of every in-service training I’ve ever attended?

Q. How far back can I go when including trainings that meet criteria for endorsement?

Q. Are only CT-AIMH sponsored trainings eligible for endorsement?

Q. I was reading the endorsement requirements for trainings at Level II and it states I need "30 clock hours of relationship-based education training pertaining to the social and emotional development of infants, toddlers and families" and then under Continuing Endorsement Requirements it states: "15 hours per year of relationship-based education training, approved by the organization, specific to the social and emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, and families." Are these two separate requirements or do they overlap?

Q. Are there any in-service trainings, conferences or courses that are mandatory while working toward endorsement?

Q. I heard from a colleague that I could count only one conference in my Professional Portfolio. Is that true?

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Specialized Work Experience

Q. Is there a difference between the specialized work experiences that meet criteria for Infant Family Specialist (Level II) versus Infant Mental Health Specialist (Level III)?

Q. How many infants or toddlers do I need to work with to meet the specialized work criteria?

Q. I have my Master’s degree, so shouldn’t I start at Level III?

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Reflective Supervision

Q. What are the requirements for reflective supervision/consultation at each endorsement level?

Q. When we are listing reflective supervision received, are we only able to list supervisors who were formally trained in reflective supervision? The reason I ask is that I had former supervisors in other work positions whose styles of supervision were very reflective, but I do not know for sure if they were formally trained in that model of supervision?

Q. My direct supervisor is not an infant mental health specialist and would not meet criteria for endorsement. Our team does present cases to a clinical consultant hired from outside the agency once a month at a two-hour meeting, and the consultant is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist, Level III. However, there are six on our team, so I only present cases twice a year. Do any of the hours spent in these case presentations count toward endorsement?

Q. I have received my reflective supervision and consultation from multiple sources, i.e., former supervisor, current supervisor, program consultant, and reflective practice group. Should I include all of these sources?

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