IMH Endorsement

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 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

New Endorsement Category: Infant Family Reflective Supervisor and Early Childhood Reflective Supervisor

In the spring of 2020, a group of associations for infant mental health (AIMHs) came together and discussed their shared struggle around their ability to support, engage, and strengthen their multidisciplinary infant and early childhood mental health workforces specific to reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) capacity building.  Specifically, they identified two requirements, distinct to Infant/Early Childhood Family Specialist (I/ECFS) Endorsement applicants, that caused barriers:

  • Only Masters-prepared I/ECFS endorsed professionals could provide RSC
  • Masters-prepared I/ECFS Endorsement applicants were unable to receive RSC from another Masters-prepared I/ECFS

They wrote a proposal, “Advocating for Change to RSC Requirements I/ECFS Endorsement”, in which they highlighted the following as the impetus behind examining the above requirements further: “When viewed from an equity, inclusion, and diversity lens, these requirements perpetuate a system of power and privilege by placing the greatest value on one’s attainment of higher education – a system that is inequitably accessible across communities.  The Endorsement, a competencies-based workforce development system, is meant to honor professionals who apply IECMH principles to their practice.  These requirements assign the preponderate value to formal education as opposed to competencies.”

Staff and leaders from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (Alliance) and AIMHs across the nation unanimously agreed that the I/ECFS requirements needed to be looked at to eliminate barriers around provision of RSC.  Because the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) holds the copyright for the Competency Guidelines (MI-AIMH Copyright © 2017) and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (Endorsement), the MI-AIMH Endorsement Committee is charged with upholding the standards set forth in the Competency Guidelines.  In June 2020, the MI-AIMH Endorsement Committee recommended a task force be created to consider the proposal more deeply.

The Alliance assembled a group of 9 members, who met for 14-months and composed and submitted a final proposal to the MI-AIMH Endorsement Committee for approval.  The members of the task force represented AIMHs in Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington.  The task force was co-facilitated by Faith Eidson, Ashley McCormick, and Andrea Penick, all of whom are Alliance staff and members of MI-AIMH.

The task force set a goal to gather information and understand about how the current requirements for the I/ECFS categories of Endorsement impact the workforce, particularly looking at how they impact AIMHs’ ability to offer a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Endorsement system.

In order to gather information about impact and to assemble strong recommendations for future requirements, the task force interviewed a diverse range of infant and early childhood professionals in the field to gather their experiences and stories.  In the end, 15 individuals were interviewed and 4 focus groups participated in the process.  Those who participated were asked:

  • What are the qualities of your reflective supervision that have helped with your professional development?
  • What barriers have you seen or experienced around reflective supervision?
  • Describe your experience/importance of integrating reflections around racial identity, personal identity, and power in RS?
  • What requirements do you think a qualified provider of RS for IECMH professionals working in home visiting, early intervention and mental health consultation, should have?

A group of task force members and Alliance affiliated researchers conducted a preliminary data analysis of the interviews and focus groups.  Sarah Shea, PhD, and Andrea Penick then conducted additional qualitative analysis in order to identify major themes.  The main themes were discussed in the context of implications for the task force’s work to identify the essential qualities, skills, and capacities for RSC providers.  The data analysis deeply informed the final proposal, which included creating new categories of Endorsement, Infant/Early Childhood Family Reflective Supervisors (I/ECFRS) for those who work within early intervention/prevention and provide RSC to those who work within early intervention/prevention.

The new category, I/ECFRS, will be added to the Competency Guidelines during the next revision (estimated 2023). 

I/ECFRS Category Requirements

https://coaimh.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IECFRS-Category-Requirements.pdf

What Is The Alliance?

The Alliance is a newly forming, formal, global organization that includes those states and countries whose infant mental health (IMH) associations have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH). Each IMH association that purchases a license becomes a member of the Alliance, with representation in the governance of the organization. To date, US IMH associations and international associations participate.

Of additional importance, and because of its national and international reach, the Alliance includes the Infant Mental Health Journal (IMHJ) (owned by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health) with approximately 3,000 subscribers worldwide.  Equally important is Early Attachments: IMH Home Visiting®, also developed in Michigan, and unique in its use of infant-parent psychotherapy (IPP) when working with very high-risk infants and their families.  Both are important components of the Alliance, contributing to the promotion of IMH nationally and internationally.

Why An Alliance?

In line with MI-AIMH’s strategic plan, the Alliance is currently incorporated as a non-profit organization with 501C3 status.  The intent is to build a strong infrastructure for the Alliance by December 31, 2016. A Founding Board of Directors, made up of 6 MI-AIMH leaders and 5 leaders from out-of-state, has met for the past year, to establish the legal structure for The Alliance. With bylaws approved, a Board of Directors elected, and staff appointed, the Alliance will be a stronger national and international entity. The overarching goals of the Alliance are to:

  • Respond to interest from new IMH associations in both the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement®
  • Provide technical assistance to those who have newly licensed the workforce development system
  • Assure fidelity in the use of the Endorsement® process to guide workforce developmentIncrease access to the Infant Mental Health Journal as well as evaluation and expansion of the IMH Home Visiting model.

Benefits Of The Alliance

Under the leadership of MI-AIMH, members of the Alliance benefit from having access to technical assistance related to the use of the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement® process to guide workforce development, assuring fidelity to the system. Alliance members, including MI-AIMH, have access to IMH faculty, training materials and learning tools across states, e.g. observational assessments to chart change in reflective practice skills; reflective consultation groups; evaluation data and grants received for the benefit of the whole.  The Alliance encourages regional alignments of IMH associations to market and promote the Competency Guidelines® as a basis for workforce development, e.g. Northeast Regional. Of additional interest, the Alliance provides opportunities to link closely with other state and national organizations or initiatives that have shared goals, e.g. the Ounce of Prevention Fund and its on-line training initiative or the newly funded Center for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation at Georgetown.  Perhaps most importantly, the Alliance, formally continues what has been so vital to the informal network of the League of States – the expansion of working relationships across states to promote IMH research, training, practice, and policy development.

News from The Alliance

  • To date, 1,640 people across the country have earned Endorsement®
  • The Alliance Founding Board and the MI-AIMH Executive Board, under the guidance of nonprofit specialists, Plunkett Cooney, Inc., approved the ByLaws for the newly forming Alliance, setting the state for formal organization
  • MI-AIMH, under Nichole Paradis’s direction, has managed technical assistance reviews with all states new to the Alliance
  • MI-AIMH and Alliance leaders, under Ashley McCormick’s direction, have developed 3 new webinars to assist all applicants, reviewers and advisors in using and supporting others in the application process
  • MI-AIMH and Alliance leaders, under Faith Eidson’s direction, have engaged in regional quality review sessions to assure consistency in exam scoring across states
  • MI-AIMH and Alliance leaders, under Nichole Paradis and Faith Eidson’s direction, have developed a MI-AIMH and Alliance priority: to expand the Endorsement® criteria to include Early Childhood Mental Health
  • MI-AIMH, under the direction of Kate Rosenblum and Maria Muzik at the University of Michigan, and in partnership with Mary Ludtke of the Michigan Department of Human Services, Betty Tableman, the research team MITRE, and community IMH home visiting program staff, have successfully secured funding for expansion of the evaluation of the IMH Home Visiting model, now a promising practice, in Michigan
  • MI-AIMH, under the direction of Sheryl Goldberg, and in partnership with Alliance members, is organizing and sponsoring the 1st Annual Alliance Reflective Supervision/Consultation Symposium for MI-AIMH members and Alliance members to be held in August in Ann Arbor, Michigan (more information to come)

In summary, there is much to celebrate and a great deal of hard work ahead to firmly establish the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

For additional information, please visit the Alliance website: https://www.allianceaimh.org

Nichole Paradis, LMSW, IMH-E®, Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical

Steps to Endorsement by CoAIMH

  1. Become a member of CoAIMH https://coaimh.org/membership/ or IMH Association Membership
  2. Determine which Endorsement is best for you: IMH-E® or ECMH-E®
  3. Determine which Endorsement category is best for you based on your scope of practice: promotion, prevention, intervention, or leadership
  4. Register on EASy  https://coaimh.myeasy.org/  CoAIMH’s web-based system for compiling applications for Endorsement.  The first time you visit EASy, select “Register” under “New Applicant”
  5. To register, EASy requires you to provide a brief description of your work, education, and RSC experiences.  Complete and submit, including payment of the EASy Registration Fee
  6. Log into EASy using the username and password issued to you via email from EASy and begin to prepare your application!
  7. Work on your application!  Contact the Endorsement Coordinator for support at co.endorsement.coordinator@gmail.com
  8. Once completed, submit your application along with the Processing Fee
  9. Your application will undergo an application review.  For Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist & Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor applicants, you’ll also need to successfully pass an Endorsement exam
  10. Endorsement!
  11. Proudly use your Endorsement credential to tell employers, parents, health and legal practitioners, and insurance providers that you have expertise related to the social and emotional development of infants and young children in families!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-E®)

Each IMH-E® category has specific work, education, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation requirements, specific to pregnant women, young children, aged 0-36 months, and their families.  In addition, IMH-E® applicants will demonstrate achievement of competencies, as defined in the desired category.  This table represents only a summary of the IMH-E® categories.

https://coaimh.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IECMH-Requirements.pdf 

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

2 For Infant 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 Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical applicants need to fulfill the requirement of being a provider of RS/C for 3+ years.

Detailed information specific to each category can be downloaded from the Competency Guidelines link below.

 https://coaimh.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/MI-AIMH-Competency-Guidelines-IMH-ECMH-WEB-.pdf

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.

Resources:

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

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 table represents only a summary of the ECMH Endorsement categories.

https://coaimh.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IECMH-Requirements.pdf

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.

Detailed information specific to each category can be downloaded from the Competency Guidelines link below

https://coaimh.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/MI-AIMH-Competency-Guidelines-IMH-ECMH-WEB-.pdf

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.

Resources:

All Endorsed professionals are required to complete a minimum of 15-clock hours* of relationship-based education and training, pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health (e.g. regional training, related course work at colleges or universities, infant mental health conference attendance) each year**, submit 12 hours of receiving reflective supervision from an Endorsed provider (Categories-IECFS, IECMHS, IECMHM-Clinical) and maintain a current CoAIMH or IMH Association membership in order to remain on CoAIMH’s Endorsement Registry. Documentation of training hours are submitted along with CoAIMH membership renewal each January.

*Up to 7 hours spent in the role of IMH-E® Application Reviewer and/or IECMH-E® Exam Reviewer counts toward the 15 hours each year.

All endorsees must renew CoAIMH or IMH Association membership by December 31st of each renewal year.

The following fees will be as follows:

CoAIMH Membership Fees-$90 (Includes renewal fee)

IMH Association Renewal Fee-$40 plus proof of 2023 IMH membership

Any renewals not submitted by December 31, 2022: IMH-E® Endorsement placed on inactive status.

Late Endorsement Renewal

January 1, 2023 – March 31, 2023: $40 Renewal Fee*** in addition to annual CoAIMH or IMH Association Membership

Renewals not submitted by March 31, 2023: IMH-E® Endorsement removed from the registry.

The following will need to be completed in order for the IMH-E® Endorsement to return to active status

Step 1: Contact the Endorsement Coordinator at co.endorsement.coordinator@gmail.com and request to have IMH-E® Endorsement restored. The Endorsement Coordinator will discuss fees and document to complete.

Step 2:  Renew your CoAIMH or IMH Association membership.

Step 3:  Update your endorsement credentials in EASy:

  • Register or log into existing application on EASy;
  • Add education, work, in-service training and reflective supervision/consultation experiences that have been accrued since removal from the registry;
  • Get three updated reference ratings (via EASy); and
  • Pay Endorsement Processing Fee (varies dependent upon category).

Continuing education requirements can be submitted ONLY via EASy.

If you have an EASy login, please follow this procedure for renewal:

  1. Log into EASy and add your trainings for the previous year (EX: 2023 renewal, enter 2022 trainings) under TRAININGS
  2. Check to see if your Endorsement and Ethics agreements are signed.
  3. Change your status to “Submit for Renewal” from the Dashboard under “my apps.”

All renewals must be done via the EASy system beginning in 2021.

If you do not have an EASy login, please contact co.endorsement.coordinator@gmail.com

Reference Ratings for Endorsement

Reference ratings for Endorsement are critically important.  They are our primary source for documenting an applicant’s skills in the domains of Reflection, Working with Others and Thinking.  Reference rating forms are filled out electronically via EASy https://coaimh.myeasy.org/  An Endorsement applicant enters the name and email address of the rater and then the EASy system emails the rater a secure link for completing the form.

Reviewing the questions from the reference rating form is recommended both for applicants and raters.  The questions can be used in a supervision session to mutually assess the applicant’s professional progress.

Tips for Applicants:

  • If the reference is your supervisor (program and/or reflective), consider looking over the questions together in supervision and requesting feedback
  • Ask your reference provider if they would be willing to complete a form (electronically) for you
  • Be sure each reference is familiar enough with your work, knowledge, & skills to provide ratings (if rater scores “I do not have enough information to rate/comment” more than 6 times, the reference cannot be counted)
  • You must decide whether or not to sign a waiver for each reference. If you sign it, you waive your right to access the content of the form. Some raters will not complete a reference unless the waiver is signed to ensure the rater’s scores and remarks will remain confidential

Tips for Raters:

  • Have you known the applicant for at least a year?
  • If the applicant is part of an RSC group that you facilitate, have you heard enough from this applicant to feel that you know their skills well enough to rate them? (We cannot count ratings with 6 or more “I do not have enough information to rate/comment” scores)
  • For IMH-E®, Is the applicant providing direct service to families of infants/toddlers (0-36 months)?
  • For ECMH-E®, Is the applicant providing direct service to families of young children (3 up to 6-years)?
  • If it is an IMHM/ECMHM- Clinical applicant, are you familiar with their skills as a provider of RSC (and not only as a practitioner)?
  • Consider reviewing the reference rating questions (see below) with the applicant periodically to help track your assessment of their progress over time
  • If you have reservations, have you shared them directly with the applicant?
  • Are you aware of whether or not the applicant has signed the waiver? If not signed, the applicant has the right to know the content of your rating
  • If you have reservations, consider either declining the request to provide a reference or indicating that you do not recommend. We occasionally see very low scores, but with an overall recommendation to endorse, which can be confusing for reviewers and applicants

The CoAIMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health (IECMH-E®) is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant and family field. It does not replace licensure or certification, but instead is meant as evidence of specialization in the field. The IMH-E® is cross-sector and multidisciplinary including professionals from child and/or human development, education, nursing, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, public health, social work, and others. Endorsement® indicates an individual’s efforts to specialize in the promotion/practice of infant mental health within his/her own discipline.

Those who have earned Endorsement® have demonstrated that the individual has completed specialized education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences (as defined in Endorsement® criteria) that have led to competency in the promotion and/or practice of infant mental health. Endorsement® does not guarantee the ability to practice as a mental health professional, although many who have earned Endorsement® are licensed mental health professionals.

PLEASE NOTE: Annual renewal is required to remain on the Endorsement® Registry. Please see the endorsement renewal requirements here or contact the Endorsement Coordinator for details.

*IECMH-E® denotes Endorsementments in both IMH & ECMH.

  1. Jessica Alexander, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  2. Tiffany Allen, PsyD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  3. Soad Altaai, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  4. Sherri Amen, BS, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  5. Jordana Ash, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  6. Elisa Aucancela, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  7. Katherine Bair, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  8. Kim Bacher, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  9. Christy Balentine, PhD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  10. Elle Bane, BS, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  11. Stacey Barnum, AA, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  12. Mim Bartos, OTR/L, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  13. Holly Bean, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  14. Katie Beers, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  15. Margaret Bellamy, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Specialist
  16. Shannon Bekman, PhD, IECMH-E® Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  17. Erin Pounds-Bell, MS, IECMH-E® Infant and Early Childhood Family Specialist
  18. Julianna Bellipanni, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  19. Debra Ann Benalli, MA-LPCC, LADAC, IECMH-E® Infant and Early Childhood Family Specialist
  20. Lauren Berkovits, Ph.D., IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  21. Katie Brass, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  22. Kate Brockman, NCC, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  23. Stacey Bromberg, Ph.D., IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  24. Patrice Brown, EdD, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate
  25. Joy Browne, PhD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  26. Melissa Buchholz, PsyD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  27. Ally Carrillo, MA, CCC-SLP, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  28. Leigh Carlson-Hernandez, BS, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  29. Katrina Carter, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  30. Erica Cervantez, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  31. Luisanna Chavez, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  32. Dedra Chavis, MA, LPCC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  33. Wendy Chenoweth, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  34. Alexa Grace Christensen, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  35. Crystal P. Christensen, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  36. Kayla Chung, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  37. Amy Cobb, MS, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  38. Christine Jackson Cole, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  39. Liz Costaldo, MA ECSE, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)
  40. Corinna Crandall, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  41. Colleen Crowley, MSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  42. Tiffany Cumming, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  43. Kinsey Davenport, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  44. Margaret Davey, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  45. Margaret Davis, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  46. Michelle Davis, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  47. Sarah Delgado, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  48. Barbara Deloian, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)
  49. Nicole Donatto, BS, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  50. Mary Dodd, MA, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  51. Alyssa Duran, MS, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Specialist
  52. Frances Echeverria, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  53. Emily Barfuss Egbert, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  54. Susan Englebert, BS, BA, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  55. Paulina Erices, BS, MS, IBCLC, RLC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  56. Alisha Lacombe-Emile, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  57. Debra Ewing, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  58. Sharla Fellers, BA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  59. Koraima Flores, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  60. Andrea Foote, PsyD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  61. Mari Foster, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  62. Karen Frankel, PhD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  63. Laura Free, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  64. Emily Fried, MS Ed, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  65. Megan Frieling, BS, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  66. April Galligan, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  67. Bethany Garrett-Myers, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  68. Natalie Gart, PsyD., IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  69. Cindy Geiger, MA, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  70. Mary Gilden, MA, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  71. Letha Gillisse, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Specialist
  72. Eva Glaser, LPC, BC-DMT, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health SPecialist
  73. Hilary Glassman, MSW, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  74. Sheryl Goldberg, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  75. Jerica Gonzalez, BA, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  76. Christina Gomez, MS. LMFT, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  77. Erika Grohmann, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  78. Barbara Gueldner, PhD, MSE, NCSP, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  79. Megan Hale, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  80. Shanna Hancock, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate
  81. Kailey Hand, LPC, NCC, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Specialist
  82. Sierra Hansen, M.Ed., ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Specialist
  83. Regina Hariri, MS, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  84. Amy Harmon, AM, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  85. Brooke E. Harris, MA, LPC, RPT-S, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  86. Amy Harrison, M.Ed, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Specialist
  87. Stacy Hart, NCC, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  88. Noelle Hause, EdD, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  89. Brittany Healy, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  90. Holly Hedman, LCSW, CACII, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  91. Anne Hersom, MS ECSE, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  92. Darryl Hitchcock, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  93. Mariah Hofmeister, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  94. Jaclyn Hickey, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  95. Sue Horn, MSW, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  96. Stefanie Hudgins, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  97. Heather Hyland, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  98. Eva Jankovsky, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  99. Lauren Jassil, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  100. Briana Johannesen, PsyD., IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  101. Gena Leonard-Johnson, LCSW, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Specialist
  102. Ty Johnson, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  103. Amanda Kearney, LMFT, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  104. Theresa Kegerreis, RN, BSN, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  105. Mira Killmeyer, ECMH-E®, Early Childhood Family Associate
  106. Kaycie Kimmich, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  107. Jessica Kirkman Leone, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  108. Jennifer R. Kniffen-Turner, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  109. Julia Kozusko, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)
  110. Kimberly Koditek, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  111. Kendra Kohlhaas, PhD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  112. Lorraine Kubicek, PhD IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Research/Faculty)
  113. Bailey Lenart, BA, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate
  114. Laura Lichti, MA, LPC, RPT, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  115. Tara Lieurance, BA, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  116. Josety Lara, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate
  117. Melissa Lockman, LSW, MA, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  118. Adele Vestal Lonas, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  119. Sarah Looney, MA, ECSE, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  120. Claudia Alejandra Lopez, IECMH-E® Infant and Early Childhood Family Associate
  121. Kassy Lopez, PhD, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate
  122. Amy Lowright, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  123. Claudia Magana, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate
  124. Heather Magyar, MA, ECSE, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  125. Stephanie Malone, DPT, CIMI, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  126. Petora Manetto-Spratt, PT, DPT, PCS, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  127. Emily Mariani, MA, CCC-SLP, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  128. Alison Marshall, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  129. Jennifer Martin, MS, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  130. Cecile Marquez, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  131. Lisa Matter, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  132. Debbie Mayer, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  133. Lynn McCourt, MS, CCC-SLP, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  134. Lisa McCormick, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  135. Cheri McElhiney, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  136. Heather McFadden, LCSW, IECMH-E® Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist
  137. Sarah McNamee, LCSW, MBA, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  138. Emily McNeil, LPC, BC-DMT, CIMI, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  139. Sara McVaugh, BS, OTR/L, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  140. Jennifer Memmen, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  141. Kelly Mead, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  142. Amanda Mills, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  143. Molly Milusnic, AAS, BS, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  144. Sophie Mitchell, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate
  145. Megan Monaghan, M.A. Ed., IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  146. Kiira Moore, MS, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  147. Zakiyyah Moore, BS, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  148. Ana Muneton, AA, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  149. Marlena Murray, MSW, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  150. Crystal Munoz, BA, IECMH-E® Infant and Early Childhood Family Associate
  151. Amy Nation, MA, IECMH-E® Infant and Early Family Specialist
  152. Kyle Ohl, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  153. Missy Oller, BS, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  154. Aislinn Pando, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  155. Shannon Parker, BS, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  156. Lauren Patton, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  157. Ursula Perez, AS, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  158. Dora Fernandez Perez, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  159. Kristie Phillips, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  160. Margaret E. Picard, PsyD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mental (Clinical)
  161. Matthew Powell, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  162. Michele Provost, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)
  163. Juanita Puga, BA, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  164. Mona Ready, MA, ECSE, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  165. Christine Robernalt, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  166. Lynn Roberts, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  167. Sarah Roberts, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  168. Brenda Rodriguez, AAS, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  169. Betsy Rogers, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  170. Sarah Romack, BS, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  171. Silvia Romero, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  172. Mariela Rosario, BA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  173. Michelle Rosenwald, MS, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  174. Michelle Roy, Ph.D., IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  175. Laurie Ryan, M.A., IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  176. Charmayne N. Sandoval, LCSW, ADA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  177. Abbey Schneider, MFTc, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  178. Elizabeth Schwemlein, MS, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  179. Carla Sciarrino, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  180. Ana Sequeira, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  181. Lori A. Sheering, MA, Ed., IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  182. Amanda Shimkus, MA, OTR/L, SIPT Certified, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  183. Leah Sidney, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  184. Heather Soderberg, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  185. Megan Stanton, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  186. Kristine Dawn Strayer, MA, CCC-SLP, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  187. Viviana Tarango, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate
  188. Kym Spring-Thompson, PsyD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  189. Kelly Stainback-Tracy, MPH, PT, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  190. Megan Stanton, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  191. Danielle Storevik, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  192. Ashley Sward, PsyD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  193. Ayelet Talmi, PhD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  194. Aixa Tofilo, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  195. Elizabeth (Buffy) Trent, Psy.D., IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  196. Tracy Troeger, MS, HDFS, MA ECSE, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  197. Lisa Troisi, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  198. Kathryn Trujillo, ECMH-E® Infant Family Associate
  199. Sarai Trujillo, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  200. Veronica Valles, BA, M.Ed, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  201. Heather Noelle Vaughn, MS, OTRL, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  202. Tracy Vozar, Ph.D., IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Research/Faculty)
  203. Shelley Waters, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  204. Dayna Webb, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  205. Jane West, MS, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist
  206. Katie-Beth Whitcomb, ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Specialist
  207. Heidi Whitney, LCSW,IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  208. Abigail Williams, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  209. Joy Wishtun, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  210. Hannah Wurster,Ph.D., MFTC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
  211. Deborah Young, EdS, PhD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Research/Faculty)
  212. Julie Zabolio, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
  213. Jean Zuendel, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist

Infant Mental Health Specialist, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Infant Mental Health Mentor, and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor Endorsement applicants must pass an exam prior to earning Endorsement. The exam has two parts; both are based on the Competency Guidelines. The Getting Started Guide https://coaimh.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/CoAIMH-Getting-Started-Guide.pdf is an important reference in preparing for the exam.

Applicants are encouraged to engage their provider of RSC to think together about the applicant’s professional journey, capacity for reflection, and understanding of parallel process all in relation to readiness for the exam. The paper version of the reference rating form can be used to solicit feedback related to knowledge and skill areas of the competencies. If you are interested in reviewing PDF versions of the reference rating items with your RSC provider, you can see them here (hyperlink to the reference rating subpage).  If gaps in knowledge are identified, use the resource list to identify readings that will fulfill the gaps.  If the provider of RSC expresses reservations related to the capacity to apply IECMH principles into practice, the applicant is encouraged to continue with RSC and the on-going assessment of skills in the areas of Reflection, Thinking, and Working with Others.

Part One (60 Multiple Choice Questions – 90 minutes)

The multiple-choice, or quantitative, section is primarily focused on infant and early childhood mental health knowledge specific to work with infants, young children, and their families.  Most questions will be related to direct service, but there will be some questions related to reflective supervision/consultation, policy, and research. The multiple-choice section is the same for all Specialist and Mentor applicants. Knowledge gained through course work, specialized in-service training, and self-study will be most useful in this section of the exam.  IMH-E® applicants are expected to have knowledge on pregnant women, infants, young children (up to age 3), and families. ECMH-E® applicants are expected to have knowledge on pregnant women, infants, young children (up to age 6), and families.

Part Two (Vignettes – 90 minutes)

The qualitative section will ask for responses to vignettes. This section is intended to measure the applicant’s capacity to apply their knowledge of IECMH principles into practice and to demonstrate a reflective, relationship-based approach.  While all of the competency areas are important, the ones under the Reflection, Thinking, and Working with Others domains are important to the qualitative section for Specialists and Mentors – Clinical.

The Administration domain is the primary focus of the Policy exam. Policy applicants are asked to demonstrate a capacity to promote IECMH principles and practices within and across systems.

The Research & Evaluation domain is the primary focus of the Research/Faculty exam.  In the Research/Faculty exam, one scenario is more specific to teaching; the other scenario is more specific to empirical research. Research/Faculty applicants will demonstrate a commitment to IECMH principles and practices related to research or course planning and instruction.

Resources

Why did Colorado decide to adopt the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® (IECMH Endorsement®)?

In 2010, Colorado infant and early childhood stakeholders began engaging in consistent conversations about how best to support our state’s multidisciplinary early childhood workforce. Because the IECMH Endorsement® has a cross-disciplinary relevance and structure, these stakeholders believed it would ensure that Colorado’s early childhood workforce was working from the same foundation of best practice competencies. Additionally, the IECMH Endorsement® fits under the workforce development component of our state’s Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Plan. CoAIMH ultimately purchased the license for the IMH Endorsement® in 2011 and the ECMH Endorsement in 2019.

Is Colorado the only state that offers the IMH Endorsement®?

No. As of January 2021, Colorado is one of 32 state infant mental health associations and two international associations who have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and/or the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health®.

These state and international members make up the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health® (The Alliance). The members of the Alliance honor reciprocity of the IECMH Endorsement® across states, i.e., if a professional earns IECMH Endorsement® as an IECMH Specialist in Arizona and then later moves to Colorado, the IECMH Endorsement® as an IECMH Specialist will be honored by the professional’s new state.

What is the benefit for obtaining my IMH Endorsement®?

Obtaining your IECMH Endorsement® from CoAIMH verifies that an applicant has attained a level of education as specified, participated in specialized in-service trainings, worked with guidance from mentors or supervisors, and acquired knowledge to promote the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive, relationship-focused services to infants, toddlers, young children, parents, other caregivers and families.

Endorsed professionals are building the capacity of the infant and early childhood workforce by gaining shared competencies across disciplines. Achieving the IECMH Endorsement® sends a message to centers/agencies, peers and colleagues, families, and the community at large that the professional encompasses the set of skills and knowledge necessary to implement best practices for supporting infants, toddlers, and their families.

In a survey of newly Endorsed professionals (across all categories), the following benefits were shared:

  • More knowledgeable about infant mental health
  • Strengthened confidence in providing services
  • Better equipped to identify the supports that a family might need
  • Developed an appreciation for reflective supervision
  • Helped remove judgment when providing services
  • Re-inspired the work
  • Increased credibility when collaborating with other agencies

Other benefits have begun to surface across Alliance members. For example, some Colorado agencies prefer hiring applicants who have or are working toward the IECMH Endorsement®. Some states have implemented pay increases for Endorsed professionals, while others are advocating for Endorsed professionals to be able to bill Medicaid for their services. As these developments are constantly evolving, please feel free to check in with CoAIMH for status updates and news.

What if I work with children older than the age of 3?

From 2010-2020 CoAIMH has offered Infant Mental Health Endorsement, (IMH-E®) for those working in the infant/family field with babies and toddlers (0-3) and their families from all areas of the workforce. There are 4 Categories of Endorsement within IMH-E® that align with scope of work, education, and training experiences.

As of January 2021, CoAIMH is now additionally able to offer the Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement (ECMH-E®) for those who are working primarily with children
(3-6) and their families. There are also 4 Categories of Endorsement within ECMH-E® that align with scope of work, education, and training experiences with this particular population.

What if I don’t have a mental health background?

That’s okay! The framework of the IECMH Endorsement® is to support the infant and early childhood workforce, which is a multidisciplinary field. CoAIMH has supported a variety of professionals through the IECMH Endorsement® application process, including but not limited to home visitors, early care and education teachers/caregivers, early childhood mental health consultants, Early Intervention providers, psychologists, licensed social workers, research faculty, pediatricians, doulas, and policymakers/administrators. Even though all of these professionals were not necessarily trained in mental health, their role is critical to supporting the mental health of infants and toddlers.

Infant Mental Health is:

The developing capacity from birth to 3 to:

  • Experience, regulate, and express emotions
  • Form close relationships
  • Explore the environment and learn

…all in the context of family, community, and cultural expectations for young children.

(Zero to Three Infant Mental Health Task Force, 2011)

How long does the Endorsement process take?

Applying for the IECMH Endorsement® is an individual professional and personal journey. On average, it takes an applicant 12-18 months from application registration to submission of their final application. Achieving your Endorsement is a journey, not a race.

Each person will take a different amount of time depending on their formal education, specific training, and the amount of Reflective Supervision/Consultation received. Please contact the Endorsement Director with specific questions.

CoAIMH is committed to recognizing the expertise of professionals working with infants, toddlers and their families as well as promoting their professional development. To this aim, we  provided a number of resources to support applicants throughout the process of achieving Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®.

Which category of Endorsement is right for me?

Do you work primarily with children 0-3 and their families? *IMH-E® may be right for you. OR  Do you work primarily with children 3-6? *ECMH-E® may be right for you.

*IMH-E® denotes an endorsement in Infant Mental Health. ECMH-E® denotes an endorsement in Early Childhood Mental Health. IECMH-E® indicates that someone has been endorsed in both.

Deciding upon what category of endorsement is right for you is an important step in the process and one in which there may be many questions. Start by looking through the Competency Guidelines that spell out the requirements for each category. {add updated competency guidelines link here}  Please contact the Endorsement Director at kristin@coaimh.org to answer any of your questions.

IMPORTANT: All Endorsement applicants are required to receive all RC/S hours from an Endorsed provider in order to meet the requirements for Endorsement. Additional details, frequently asked questions, and other supporting documents can be found here. Please direct all questions to CoAIMH’s Endorsement Director, kristin@coaimh.org

Do I need to have met all of the requirements for Endorsement before I begin my application?

No! In fact, the IECMH Endorsement® is designed to support the professional development of the infant and early childhood workforce. Moving through the application process supports an applicant in developing a professional development plan, and in turn the experiences an applicant gathers from their training, work role, and reflective consultation (if required) supports their application process.

Who do I contact if I need help during the application process?

Supporting applicants is the primary role of CoAIMH’s Endorsement Director. Applicants can contact the Director of Endorsement at kristin@coaimh.org anytime throughout the application process.

Who reviews my IECMH Endorsement® application?

Each IECMH Endorsement® application receives two reviews from Endorsed professionals from Colorado. (In some cases, reviewers from an Alliance member state are needed.) CoAIMH could not offer the IMH Endorsement without the support of our Endorsement Registry.

Who reviews my written IECMH Endorsement® exam?

CoAIMH has a cohort of 15 Endorsed professionals who have been trained by The Alliance to review IECMH Endorsement® exams. The identity of exam reviewers and applicants is kept confidential from each other to avoid any conflicts of interest.

More details about the exam can be found here.

Please contact the Endorsement Coordinator to answer any of your questions at: co.endorsement.coordinator@gmail.com

Prerequisite Requirements

  1. Membership in CoAIMH or another IMH association*
  2. Training/Education as specified and related to infants, toddlers, parents, other caregivers and families
  3. Experience working with infants, toddlers, parents, other caregivers and families as specified at the desired level

*If you are not already a member of CoAIMH (or another infant mental health association), you must join CoAIMH at the time you submit your preliminary application. To join CoAIMH by credit card, go to: Membership. Please email your Membership Confirmation to the endorsement coordinator.

CoAIMH encourages continuing professional growth and development for all members. The Association requires professionals who have successfully completed the CoAIMH Endorsement (IECMH-E®)  to continue membership in CoAIMH or another infant mental health association and to participate annually in 15 hours of culturally sensitive, relationship-based training experiences that promote infant mental health. Documentation of annual training is submitted via the Annual Renewal Form and submitted by Jan 31 of each year. You can link to the CO EASy system here.

Requirements of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsements®

Click here for a table with requirements by Endorsement category.

For additional detail:
Infant Family Associate
Early Childhood Family Associate
Infant Childhood Family Specialist
Early Childhood Family Specialist
Infant Childhood Mental Health Specialist
Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical, Policy, or Research/Faculty
Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor- Clinical, Policy, or Research/Faculty

Reflective Consultation/Supervision

Reflective Consultation/Supervision is a cornerstone in working with infants, toddlers and their families. As you build your application and are considering your experiences with Reflective Supervision, which is a requirement for the Infant/Early Childhood Family Specialist, Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor – Clinical Endorsements, you may find the resources listed below helpful.

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning January 1, 2018, all new Endorsement applicants are required to receive all RC/S hours from an Endorsed provider in order to meet the requirements for Endorsement. Additional details, frequently asked questions, and other supporting documents can be found below. Please direct all questions to CoAIMH’s Endorsement Coordinator.

  1. Best Practice Guidelines for Reflective Supervision (RS/C).This gives an overview of RS/C in the context of Infant Mental Health; describes the knowledge, skills, and practices that are critical to reflective supervision/consultation; and distinguishes between administrative supervision, clinical supervision/consultation and reflective supervision/consultation.
  2. Developing Reflective Practice Supervision/Consultation Skills. This document details the different models for developing reflective practice supervision/consultation skills.
  3. Questions About Applicants’ Reflective Supervision Experience. These questions are useful as you consider how to describe your reflective supervision in your application for Infant Mental Health Endorsement®.

To obtain the Reflective Supervision, CoAIMH has provided a list of supervisors available for contract. Please click here to view the list.

ECMH-E table needs to be added here- I wonder if this is available through the Alliance or has already been completed by another association?

Sounds good. Let me know what you discovery from the alliance or another association in reference to the table. Please add after.

are the requirements the same for the ECMH?

2023 Application Deadlines

January 31, 2023: APPLICATION DEADLINE for IMH-E® categories:

Infant and Early Childhood Family Associate 

Infant and Early Childhood Family Specialist

Infant and Early Childhood Family Reflective Supervisor 

April 30, 2022: APPLICATION DEADLINE for ALL IMH-E® categories 

July 31, 2023-APPLICATION DEADLINE for IMH-E® categories:

Infant and Early Childhood Family Associate 

Infant and Early Childhood Family Specialist

Infant and Early Childhood Family Reflective Supervisor 

October 31, 2022: APPLICATION DEADLINE for ALL IMH-E® and ECMH-E® categories

Questions? Please contact co.endorsement.coordinator@gmail.org.

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