|Early Childhood Family Specialist (ECFS)
|Early Childhood Family Specialist Requirements
No degree required
Minimum 2-years paid, professional work experience providing prevention and/or early intervention services that promote ECMH. Work experience meets this criterion as long as the applicant has:
|Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in the Competency Guidelines®) have been met. Minimum 30 clock hours of relationship-based education and training pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health. Typically, successful ECFS applications include an average of 50 or more hours of specialized training unless the applicant has completed coursework specific to IMH competencies.
A minimum 24 clock hours received of relationship-based, reflective supervision/consultation (RSC), individually or in a group from a qualified provider while having one of the following work experiences:
Qualified providers of RSC must meet Endorsement requirements as an I/ECFRS, I/ECMHS or I/ECMHM-C. If the applicant currently receives RSC from an I/ECMHS or I/ECFS- Masters prepared endorsed provider, they have until April 2024 to switch to an I/ECFRS and or I/ECMHM-C endorsed provider.
Total of three ratings:
|Code of Ethics & Endorsement®
|Documentation of Competencies
|Application will document that competencies have been adequately met through course work, paid and/or volunteer work experience, or in-service training. Written examination is not required for applicants seeking ECFS Endorsement®
|Membership in CT-AIMH or another Infant Mental Health Association
|Annual Endorsement® Renewal Requirements (ECFS)
|Education & Training
|Minimum of 15 clock hours per year of relationship-based education and training, pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health (eg, regional training, related course work at colleges or universities, infant mental health conference attendance, participation in IMH association sponsored activities such as book club, mentorship group). Documentation of training hours is submitted annually with membership renewal via EASy
|Annual renewal of membership in CT-AIMH or another Infant Mental Health Association
|IFS Endorsees must receive 12 hours of RSC every year by an Endorsed® professional (I/ECFRS or I/ECMHM-C)
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