Infant Family Associate – for individuals whose primary focus is promotion of infant mental health. This includes child care workers, non-profit coordinators, play group leaders, doulas & midwives, lactation specialists, school counselors, and many others. This category is also available for professionals who may fit into a different category of Endorsement but do not yet meet all of the eligibility requirements.
Requirements for IFA Endorsement®
Membership in Infancy Onward
Code of Ethics
Reflective Supervision or Consultation (RSC)
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This is just a summary; for the full description of the requirements by Endorsement® category, please consult the Competency Guidelines®
IFA applicants need to meet the Education OR the Work requirement they do not need to meet both.
For IFA applicants, volunteer experience may meet the work criterion if it was a) supervised experience with women during pregnancy or with infants, toddlers & families AND b) included specialized training. *Examples include CASA, Doula, or Child Life Specialist