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Infant Mental Health Leadership Certificate

Upon completion of the requirements outlined in this document, a participant will earn The Virginia Infant Mental Health Leadership Certificate issued by VAIMH. Receipt of this certification ensures early childhood program and/or system leaders are infant mental health informed and able to fully support staff in their program or system in utilizing infant mental health principles and practices in their everyday work with infants, toddlers, and their families in Virginia.

Certification Requirements:

  1. Work in a leadership role such as a Program Administrator/Supervisor/Manager or Director in an infant and/or early childhood program and/or system at the local or state level of an early childhood system serving children birth to 36 months of age and their families; and 

  2. Endorsement at Category II or higher in Virginia’s Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health ®; and

  3. Completion of the required number of hours for the Virginia Infant Mental Health Training and Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative: “Broadening Our Lens: Incorporating Infant Mental Health Theory and Practice” consisting of:

    • 24 Hours of Infant Mental Health Training: Two hours per month for 12 months (Funded by the ECMHVA Initiative and free to participants); and

    • 24 Hours of Group Reflective Supervision (RS): Two hours per month for 12 months (Participants pay for their RS directly to the RS Supervisor)

Leadership Certification Criteria 10.2021 (PDF)