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Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® Registry

Early Childhood Family Associate

Anna Barlow

Ashley Beasley

Dawn Beers

Harrison Black

Jennifer Burns

Michael Byrd

Christal Coker

Amanda Cooper

Tristicia Cowser

ReBechia Currey-Givhan

Mariah Cushman

Katelyn Dodd

Edie Dugger

Tonya Fernambucq

Antonio Givhan

Kelsey Givner

Alice Grantham

Amy Hasty

Tiffany Hill

Amanda Johnson

Morgan Lane

Leslie Lemmon

Erynn Lusk

Lindsey Madi

Dana Merren

Lakeysha Monroe

Carmen Parker

Lakeeshia Sandlin

Jessica Scott

Marche' Scott

Courtney Shivetts

Janet Summerhill

Bobbette Taylor

Virginia Tharp

Alicia Thurmond

Tanika LaShun Turner

Misty Wheeler

Kesha Whitehead

Early Childhood Family Specialist

Amy Brakenhoff

Beth Jones

Rebecca Land

Cynthia Patterson

Caitlin Powell

Nicole Ryans

Joy Winchester

 Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor – Research/Faculty

April Kendrick

Endorsement involves a standardized process to determine that a professional has accumulated specialized experiences in the infant and early childhood field and has signed a Code of Ethics. All applicants receive a copy of the Code of Ethics. An applicant’s experiences are documented by the submission of an application that details competency-based training, specialized work experiences, and for most, reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) experiences. The application also includes official transcripts and three reference ratings. Endorsees as Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor have passed an exam that includes measures of theoretical knowledge, direct service skills, and their capacity to apply these principles into practice. This exam is scored by a team of two reviewers who are blind to the identity of the examinee.  


To maintain Endorsement also requires ongoing training and, in the cases of Infant/Early Childhood Family Specialist, Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor-Clinical, ongoing RSC. Endorsees are also required to re-commit to upholding the Code of Ethics annually. Beginning in January of 2022, this commitment includes signing an attestation that the endorsee has not been sanctioned by a licensing board. 


Endorsement is not a professional license or a certificate. First 5 Alabama Endorsement cannot guarantee the quality of service of any endorsed professional. First 5 Alabama Endorsement  does not include a process by which complaints or concerns regarding ethics can be filed.  If First 5 Alabama becomes aware of possible ethics violations by an endorsed professional, complainants are encouraged to, when applicable, contact the individual's professional licensing board. The First 5 Alabama Endorsement does not offer monitoring for ethics violations, however if First 5 Alabama learns that an endorsed professional has been sanctioned by a licensing board, the individual’s name is moved to the Inactive Endorsement Registry. Those professionals will follow the policy for reactivation to the Active Endorsement Registry once the licensing board’s sanctions have been lifted.

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