Practitioners working with infants, young children, and their families come from diverse fields. Every individual who provides services to a baby should be trained in the basic concepts of infant-family mental health and early development. The knowledge, skills, and reflective practice needs vary for different professionals and are outlined in the California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Revised (PDF).
- Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioner (TMHP)
- Mental Health Specialist (MHS)
- Reflective Practice Facilitators I (RPF I) and Reflective Practice Facilitators II (RPF II)
- Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor (RPFM)
The categories describe how a practitioner might achieve infant-family and early childhood mental health competency at the level of either a Transdisciplinary Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioner or an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Reflective Practice Facilitators (RPF) can offer reflective practice opportunities while Reflective Practice Mentors provide reflective practice and mentorship to the Reflective Practice Facilitators.