Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® (ECMH-E®) Requirements

 

Each ECMH-E® category has specific work, education, in-service training and reflective supervision/consultation requirements, specific to children 3 through 6 years and their families.  In addition, Endorsement® applicants will demonstrate achievement of competencies, as defined in the desired category.  This chart represents only a summary of the ECMH Endorsement® categories.  Detailed information specific to each category can be downloaded from the links below.

Category 1

Early Childhood

Family Associate

CDA, Associate's degree, or two years of early childhood experience

Minimum 30 hours, average 40 hour of in-service training

Signed Code of Ethics

Optional Reflective Supervision/Consultation

3 Reference Ratings (at least 1 must meet requirements for Endorsement® at Category 2, 3, or 4)

No Written Exam

Category 2

Early Childhood

Family Specialist

Bachelor's or Master's degree and two years of post-Bachelor's work experience in the infant/toddler field

Minimum 30 hours, average 50 hour of in-service training

Signed Code of Ethics

Minimum 24 clock hours within a 12-month to 24-month time period while working with 3 up to 6-year olds and families and/or while providing supervision to staff who are providing services to children (3 up to 6-year olds) and their families

3 Reference Ratings (at least 1 must meet requirements for Endorsement® at Category 2, 3, or 4)

No Written Exam

Category 3

Early Childhood

Mental Health Specialist

Master's or Post-Graduate degree and two years of post-Master's work on behalf of caregiver-child relationship

Minimum 30 hours, average 75 hour of in-service training

Signed Code of Ethics

Minimum 50 clock hours within a 12-month to 24-month time period while working with 3 up to 6-year olds and families

3 Reference Ratings (at least 1 must be from supervisor/consultant providing reflective practice)

Written Exam

Category 4

Early Childhood

Mental Health Mentor

Master's or Post-Graduate degree and three years of postgraduate work as a leader in the ECMH field

3 years post-Master's work in the infant, early childhood, and family field

Minimum 30 hours, average 75 hour of in-service training

Signed Code of Ethics

Clinical only:  Minimum 50 clock hours within a 12-month to 24-month time period while working with 3 up to 6-year olds and families.  A minimum of 25-hours of the RSC received should be about the RSC that the applicant provides to others

3 Reference Ratings (clinical leader: at least 1 must be from supervisor/consultant providing reflective practice)

 Written Exam

  1. Early Childhood Family Associate applicants need to meet the Education OR the Work requirement they do not need to meet both.

  2. For Early Childhood Family Associate applicants, volunteer experience may meet the work criterion if it was a) supervised experience with women during pregnancy or with infants, toddlers, & families AND b) included specialized training. Examples include CASA, Doula, Child Life Specialist.

  3. Only Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor - Clinical applicants need to fulfill the requirement of being a provider of RS/C for 3+ years.

 

Getting Started Form

Download the Competency Guidelines®

 

Please note: Copyright law does allow individuals to print out or make ONE copy of copyrighted material for personal, non-commercial purposes only. None of the copyrighted Endorsement® documents included here may be reproduced, displayed, distributed, or otherwise used in any format, including electronically, without the express written consent of MI-AIMH. Legal action will be taken against those who violate the copyright.

 

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