Preparing for the Endorsement Exam

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Part One
(60 Multiple Choice Questions - 90 mins)
Same for all Level III, Level IV-Clincial, Level IV-Policy, and Level IV-Research Faculty candidates

Your study of the following topics, learned in a university program, through intensive infant mental health in-service trainings & workshops, and self-study is the third component.

Opportunities to reflect on what is learned with colleagues and senior clinicians helps to better ensure integration of theory into practice.

• Pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn period.
• Attachment theory and early relationship development.
• Caregiving practices and caregiving behaviors.
• Family, parenting and child care issues.
• Infant and toddler development in all domains: social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical.
• Temperament and individual differences in infancy and early childhood.
• Indicators of risk, identified disturbance or disorder, as well as capacity, in infancy, early childhood, and early parenthood.
• Infant mental health practice.
• Best practice infant mental health assessment, diagnoses, and treatment approaches.
• Cultural competence.
• Familiarity with standardized screening & assessment tools
• Familiarity with service delivery systems that cater to infants, toddlers, and their families
• Reflective supervisory practice (Level IV - Clinical)

Infant Mental Health Specialist (Level III)
Part Two - Response to two of three Clinical Vignettes - 90 minutes

Your work experiences with infants and toddlers and families, where you are working from a relationship-based perspective practicing infant mental health, are crucial.

Your experience of reflective supervision, individual or group, is also important.

Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical (Level IV)
Part Two - Response to two of three Clinical Vignette/Scenarios - 90 minutes

One clinical vignette/Scenario is a supervisory vignette/scenario and must be answered from the perspective of the supervisor.

One of two clinical vignettes/scenarios must be answered from the perspective of the infant mental health specialist/practitioner:

• Your work experiences with infants and toddlers and families, where you are working from a relationship-based perspective practicing infant mental health, are crucial.

• Your experience of reflective supervision, individual or group is also important.

• Your experience as a supervisor/consultant who has provided or is providing reflective supervision to practitioners working with infants, toddlers, young children and parents/caregivers is a third important guide.

Infant Mental Health Mentor - Policy (Level IV)
Part Two: Policy Response to a Qualitative Question

You will rely on your extensive leadership experience with the infant-family field ensuring the promotion and practice of infant mental health. In particular, you are encouraged to consider:

• Funding.

• Systems development.

• All that is required to promote change across systems

Infant Mental Health Mentor - Research/Faculty (Level IV)
Part Two: Research Response to a Qualitative Question

You will rely on your extensive research and teaching experience in the infant-family field related to the study of pregnancy, infancy, early childhood and early parenthood; attachment security and relationship needs; risk and resiliency in the early years; caregiving practices; early assessment and intervention strategies, and the mental health needs of infants and toddlers, to name a few.