Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies

Training Guidelines PDF All professionals with young children and their families need proper training to provide family-centered, diversity informed, and developmentally appropriate services across the continuum of infant-family and early childhood mental health. During the last 20 years, professionals in California and throughout the country have worked to identify the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to provide effective infant-family and early childhood mental health services.

The California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, provides a framework that outlines a coherent foundation of the knowledge and skills necessary to work with very young children and their families with a focus on early relationships and early mental health.

The Guidelines include:

  1. Key areas of knowledge
  2. Key concepts within each domain
  3. Recommendations for clinical experience/reflective practice facilitation
  4. Guidelines for coursework, training, and reflective practice facilitation
  5. Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioner requirements (PDF) for:
    1. Knowledge domain—key concepts, competencies and training hours
    2. Clinical experience/reflective practice facilitation domain hours
  6. Mental Health Specialist requirements (PDF) for:
    1. Knowledge domain—key concepts, competencies and training hours
    2. Clinical experience/reflective practice facilitation domain hours
  7. Key concepts, competencies and training required for Reflective Practice Facilitators (PDF)
  8. Summary of endorsement categories and related knowledge, training and clinical experience and reflective practice facilitation requirements (PDF)