The Competency Guidelines for Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® (Endorsement) 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 3 years old., and their families. Both the Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-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- to 3-year-olds and their families. IMH-E® is 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® Categories
- Infant Family Associate: Promotion
- Infant Family Specialist: Prevention/Intervention
- Infant Family Reflective Supervisor
- Infant Mental Health Specialist: Clinical Intervention/Treatment
- Infant Mental Health Mentor: Leadership