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Observation, Screening & Assessment

IFECMH Knowledge Area

The skill of observation may be one of the most powerful tools for early intervention in the scope of early childhood mental health. Professionals with the IFECMH endorsement can support and educate families during the screening and assessment process while also ensuring that the proper referrals (if needed) are taking place.

Some of the competencies that must be achieved include:

  • Selects and uses a variety of formal and informal observation and screening tools and practices¬†appropriate for infants, young children, and their families.

  • Conducts observation and other informal assessment procedures in a variety of settings natural to the family, as appropriate.

  • Assists family to make initial contact with appropriate professionals and/or agencies.

Please click here to visit the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health website for a complete list of the required competencies.


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