Overview of Early Childhood Family Specialist Competencies
|Official transcripts from all degrees earned including Bachelor’s, Master’s, and/or Doctorate
degrees. Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required.
Minimum two years of paid, post-Bachelor’s, professional work experience providing prevention
|Minimum 24 clock hours within one- to two-year timeframe; post-Bachelor’s, relationship-based,
reflective supervision or consultation, individually or in a group while providing services to children
3 up to 6 years old and families.
Applicants for Early Childhood Family Specialist (ECFS) Endorsement® will receive reflective
|Please note: At least one rating must come from someone endorsed as an: IFS, ECFS, IMHS, ECMHS,
IMHM, or ECMHM. Reference raters must be familiar with the applicant’s capacity to implement
infant and early childhood mental health principles into practice.
Total of 3 required:
|Code of Ethics &
|Application will demonstrate that competencies have been adequately met through course
work, in-service training, work/volunteer experiences, and reflective supervision/consultation
experience. Written examination not required for applicants seeking Early Childhood Family
|Membership in the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Association|
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