Step 1a: Become familiar with the endorsement categories and resource materials

  • Review all of the endorsement and competency information thoroughly including the California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Revised (PDF)

Step 1b: Select the category of endorsement you wish to pursue

Step 1c: Gather materials that document your learning experience

Update your resume and obtain electronic files for documentation describing your training, work experience and reflective facilitation

  • Only submit enough information to meet the requirements for endorsement, not everything you have done.
  • Select coursework and training experiences that BEST match each area of Knowledge competencies.

Materials for the Knowledge Domain include:

Transcripts of relevant coursework from universities

Certificates of attendance for community workshops, training conferences, or reflective facilitation practice groups

Publications or training materials you have developed

Agendas for presentations you have done

Agendas and presenter information for community and conference training you have received

Materials for the Clinical Experience and Reflective Faciliatation include:

A list of agencies where you have worked or interned and a list of the kinds of reflective facilitation you have had with each work or intern experience

A letter of recommendation from the individual(s) who has provided reflective supervision including:

  • A statement about your competence in working with children birth-5 and their families
  • A statement about their own experience with children birth-5 and their training in reflective facilitation/supervision

Please note: After January 1, 2017, an endorsed Reflective Practice Facilitator must provide all Reflective Practice Facilitation used for endorsement purposes.Currently, Reflective Practice Facilitators who are providing hours for endorsement will be asked to provide:

  • A recommendation for the endorsement candidate.
  • A brief summary of their own training in work with infants, young children, and their families as well as in reflective practice facilitation.

Step 1d: Check your readiness for endorsement

Compare your assembled documentation to the requirements outlined in the chart – Summary of Endorsement Categories and the Required Knowledge, Training, Clinical Experience, and Reflective Practice Facilitation Requirements (Matrix PDF).

  • You must document three areas for endorsement: Training, Clinical Experience and Reflective Practice Facilitation.

Questions to Consider Training – Training may be obtained in a variety of ways, i.e., through CEU courses, university programs, community training, and special conferences. Ask yourself:

  • Have I met the number of hours of required training in each of the Eight Related Knowledge areas?
  • Has this training helped me achieve the competency described under each related Knowledge area?
  • If I have more than enough training experiences, which experiences most closely match the Related Knowledge areas and the competencies described in each area?

unjustly Clinical Experience/Direct Service– Look at the experience requirements and ask yourself:

  • For which age range will I be seeking endorsement, i.e., Infant-Family (prenatal-35 months), Early Childhood (36-60 months), or Infant-Family and Early Childhood (the full age range from prenatal-60 months)? You will need to document your experience accordingly.
  • In which areas do I have enough experience?
  • If I have more than enough experience, which experience was most relevant to my knowledge of the competencies?
  • Which experiences had some kind of reflective practice facilitation or supervision that I can document? Reflective Practice Facilitation – Ask yourself:

  • How many hours of reflective practice facilitation have I had? Has this been done with a supervisor or Reflective Practice Facilitator who was following the competencies outlined in the Guidelines?
  • Did the reflective practice facilitation I received allow me to explore my own thoughts and reactions to work I was doing with infants, young children, and their families?
  • Does the reflective practice facilitation I received match the age categories in which I am seeking endorsement? (For example, if you are seeking endorsement in the Infant-Family age range, your reflective practice facilitation and facilitator should be able to support your learning needs.)
  • Do I have reflective facilitation hours that I can document and that support learning in the age groups for which I am seeking endorsement?
  • Do my reflective facilitation hours include at least 10 hours of 1:1 reflective facilitation? (Additional requirements can be met in group supervision as long as the group is eight or fewer participants.)
  • Refer to our self-assessment for more questions to help you think about the reflective practice facilitation services you have received.
  • In some work sites, programs may provide opportunities for reflective facilitation. Document the hours that are primarily clinical and not administrative.
  • Many training programs also include reflective facilitation as part of their curriculum.


  • If you think you might not be ready, talk with infant, family, or early childhood mental health resources in your community or refer to the Upcoming Events section on this website for training or reflective practice facilitation opportunities.
  • If you need additional guidance, send an email inquiry to; you will receive a reply via email or telephone.