Competency Guidelines

The Competency Guidelines can be used to build a comprehensive infant & early childhood mental health system.

They create a shared framework or “map” for professional development across all sectors and disciplines of the infant, early childhood and family field across the full spectrum of service delivery, including promotion, prevention, treatment and intervention, and macro. Additionally, they outline the requirements for Endorsement by guiding one’s development of knowledge, skills & best practices, gained through specialized experiences (education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation).

The Alliance partners with organizations to promote our mutual commitment to workforce development across the field through competency-informed training, coursework, and experiences. To do this, we develop a crosswalk across the partner organization’s content and the Competency Guidelines.  The Competency Guidelines are aligned with many in-service training/curriculum, evidence-based practice models, certificates, and secondary education programs.  

The Competency Guidelines are comprised of 8 domains and are organized by each scope of service (different pathways to Endorsement)

  • Theoretical Foundations

  • Law, Regulation & Agency Policy

  • Systems Expertise

  • Direct Service Skills

  • Working with Others

  • Communicating

  • Thinking

  • Reflection

“The materials supporting the MassAIMH Competency Guidelines® are copyrighted by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH). MassAIMH is able to make these materials available to our membership and collaborators through a licensing agreement with the MI-AIMH.

Copyright law does allow individuals to print out or make ONE copy of copyrighted material for personal, non-commercial purposes only. None of the copyrighted Endorsement® documents included here may be reproduced, displayed, distributed or otherwise used in any format, including electronically, without the express written consent of MI-AIMH. Legal action will be taken against those who violate the copyright.”

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Early Education and Care and MassAIMH, and a number of additional state agencies and private partners have a strong interest in building the competence of the early childhood and family support workforces around young children’s social-emotional development and mental health.

The primary goal of the MassAIMH Competency Guidelines Task Force has been to crosswalk IECMH competencies to existing state, local, and regional trainings. These trainings are designed to build a more skillful and confident workforce with experiences, materials, and learning tools that support early relationship development. This crosswalk is available in the Professional Development Resource Guide.