Competency Guidelines® & Crosswalks

Competency Guidelines

The Competency Guidelines® create a shared framework or “map” for professional development across all sectors and disciplines of the infant, early childhood and family field across the full spectrum of service delivery, including promotion, prevention, treatment and intervention, and macro.  

The Competency Guidelines® are comprised of 8 domains:

  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Law, Regulation & Agency Policy
  • Systems Expertise
  • Direct Service Skills
  • Working with Others
  • Communicating
  • Thinking
  • Reflection

The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health are currently working on significant revisions and updates of this document, including updates to categories and requirements. We are mindful to keep the most updated information on our website. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to 

View & Read the Competency Guildelines®

Program Crosswalks 

Multiple crosswalks have been created to bridge the Competency Guidelines to nationally recognized training curricula. Having these documents available for Endorsement applicants can assist them in “connecting the dots” between the training they’ve attended and the appropriate competencies.

The crosswalks give infant and early childhood mental health professionals numerous hours of competency-based training, allowing the training sections of their Endorsement applications to be expedited! Download these currently available crosswalks now!

And keep checking back for updates on crosswalks for North Carolina specific programs we are sponsoring with the use of Preschool Development Grant funds through the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE).