The UK Infant Mental Health Competency Framework (IMHCF): from pregnancy to age 2 years aims to inspire perinatal and infant mental health (IMH) practitioners by identifying the knowledge and skills needed to be effective in IMH practice.The competencies are fundamental to practice and are in three progressive levels.
At Level 1 you need to understand the knowledge base and Level 2 requires you to apply the knowledge into your work (putting it into practice). Level 3 is applicable to practitioners who manage and supervise.
What do the competencies include?
As an IMH practitioner you will need to know what the competencies are. They are presented in seven domains and each domain includes relevant topics. The domains are areas you are already working in on a daily basis. Take a look below:
Domain 1: Relationship Based Practice
Domain 2: Normal and Atypical Development
Domain 3: Factors that Influence Caregiving
Domain 4: Assessment of Caregiving
Domain 5: Supporting Caregiving
Domain 6: Reflective Practice and Supervision
Domain 7: Working within Relevant and Professional Framework