Overview

Endorsement® for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health are internationally recognized credentials that support and recognize the development and proficiency of professionals who work with or on behalf of pregnant women, young children, birth up to 6-years old, and their families. Both the Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-E®) and the Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® (ECMH-E® are based on a set of competencies designed to support and enhance culturally-sensitive, relationship focused practice within the framework of infant and early childhood mental health. An Endorsement® applicant demonstrates acquisition of these competencies through education, work, specialized training, and reflective supervision experiences.

 

Working with our youngest citizens requires specialized training and experience, and IMH-E® ensures professionals have attained a certain level of expertise with 0 – 3 year olds and their families.  ECMH-E® assures that professionals have attained a specific level of expertise with 3 up to 6-year olds and their families. Both IMH-E® and ECMH-E® are relevant for professionals across disciplines including early care and education, prevention and early intervention, home visitation, medicine, child welfare, mental health, policy, academia, and others.

 

Endorsement® is available across four different practice specialties spanning the continuum of care. Individuals apply for the Endorsement® category that best matches their scope of practice.

 

Infant Mental Health Endorsement®

  • Infant Family Associate: Promotion

  • Infant Family Specialist: Prevention/Intervention

  • Infant Mental Health Specialist: Clinical Intervention/Treatment

  • Infant Mental Health Mentor: Leadership

 

Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®

  • Early Childhood Family Associate: Promotion

  • Early Childhood Family Specialist: Prevention/Intervention

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist: Clinical Intervention/Treatment

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor: Leadership

“The materials supporting the First 5 Alabama Competency Guidelines® are copyrighted by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH). The Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee is able to make these materials available to our membership and collaborators through a licensing agreement with the MI-AIMH.

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.”

First 5 Alabama is a Member Organization of
The Alliance is a global organization that includes multiple states and international associations whose infant mental health associations have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® under their associations’ names.
The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
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