Welcome to the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health at WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention…

…your virtual forum for best practice, evidence-based information and resources that support the healthy social and emotional development of children under the age of 5 and professional development of practitioners in the field of infant-family and early childhood mental health. Here you’ll find (read more)

Launching an Endorsement Candidate Status

Overwhelmed by the thought of completing the endorsement process?  Enroll as a candidate to initiate your endorsement application while continuing to accumulate training and direct service hours to meet the full endorsement criteria.

Endorsement candidates will receive extra application support, connections to training and reflective practice resources and the option to participate with others in group application web calls during their preliminary application phase.

The candidate status will be valid for a period of 5 years. Click here to find out more!

Number of California Endorsees Is Growing!

There are now over 460 people who have received endorsement from the California Center at WestEd. Endorsed as either Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioners or Mental Health Specialists, these practitioners have met the high standard of training and experience criteria established by the California Center at WestEd. Many have also been approved as Reflective Practice Facilitators and Mentors. A full list of endorsees organized by county is available here.

Guidelines for IFECMH Training Programs

The California Center has developed a guideline checklist for training programs that align the content of their classes to the key concepts and competencies of the California Compendium of Training Guidelines, Personnel Competencies, and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health.  

The training program certificate will assist applicants for California Center for IFECMH endorsements in their knowledge learning and experience documentation.