Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®
Getting Started: Endorsement Portfolio Preparation
Getting Started A optional but strongly recommended self-study that wil help you assess your experiences prior to beginning the endorsement process
The following links will take you to short Endorsement® webinars that may be useful for new applicants
What is Endorsement? (7 minutes)
How to: Register on EASy (6 minutes)
How to: Resetting Password/Editing Profile on EASy (3 minutes)
A key piece of the endorsement process is completing the Porfolio. Requirements depend on the endorsement category for which you are applying. Regardless of the level of endorsement, the entire portfolio system is now completed electronically through the EASy system.
Start ONLINE Endorsement Application and Portfolio Click here
The Elements of the Portfolio that you will be asked to complete in the EASy System are:
Preliminary Application (with a $15 fee for Levels I & II, $25 for Level III & IV)
Proof of membership in CT-AIMH or other infant mental health association
Signed Code of Ethics (Provided to you in EASy)
Signed Endorsement Agreement (Provided to you in EASy)
Work Experience: Candidates provide a list of paid work experiences
with and/or related to infants, toddlers, young children and their caregivers, as specified in each category. Candidates include a detailed description of the responsibilities as well as the name of the direct supervisor. See FAQ page for more information about work experience requirements.
Educational Level Attained: Candidates list all formal educational programs and/or degrees from both undergraduate and graduate work. Candidate includes sealed official transcripts from each college or university attended in the professional portfolio packet. See FAQ page for more information about educational attainment.
**Graduates from a college or university program or post-graduate certificate program in infant mental health must submit documentation of completion of the program, such as a copy of diploma or certificate.
In-Service Training: A minimum of 30 clock hours of specialized in-service training experiences are required at all four categories of endorsement. Please be aware that in-service training is one of the ways that an applicant can meet required competencies. If an endorsement applicant has not had course work at the undergraduate or graduate level that is specifically related to the competencies, he/she may find that more than 30 hours are necessary to fill in any competency gaps. Candidates include competencies (knowledge/skill areas) covered at each training event attended, e.g., cultural competence, screening & assessment, developmental guidance. Please list no more than 3 knowledge/skill areas for training events of 1 to 2 hours, no more than 6 knowledge/skill areas for training events of 6 to 8 hours, and so on. See FAQ page for more information about in-service training requirements.
Eligible specialized in-service training meets the following criteria:
• Is culturally sensitive, relationship-focused and promotes infant mental health
• Relates to 1 or more of the knowledge/skill areas in the CT-AIMH Competency Guidelines
• Is specific to the category of endorsement at which candidate is applying
Candidates include all infant mental health-related conference keynote addresses and workshops in the in-service training section . Please note that only one conference counts toward the minimum of 30 clock hours of in-service training experiences.
Confirmation of Hours of Reflective Supervision: Each category of endorsement requires a certain amount of hours of reflective supervision, with an increasing number of hours required at each category of endorsement. See FAQ page for more information about reflective supervision requirements and documentation.
Official Transcript: In a sealed envelope from all colleges/universities attended (NOT ELECTRONIC)
Reference Letters: 3 Reference Ratings of your choice
Processing Fee (Check made out to CT-AIMH)
Category 1: $25
Category 2: $100
Category 3: $200
Category 4: $300
NOTE: The Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement (ECMH-E®) is a workforce development initiative with the potential to positively impact the depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding the skills of early childhood mental health professionals across multiple disciplines and service sectors. Just as the IMH-E®recognizes professions who work with or on behalf of infants, toddlers and families, we know there are many there are also many professions working in or on behalf of children ages 3 up to 6 years old and their families who are applying important infant and early childhood mental health principles into their work and we want those professionals to be recognized as well! The ECMH-E®will provide a pathway to Endorsement for professionals who incorporate key infant and early childhood mental health competencies into their work with and on behalf of children ages 3 up to 6 years old and their families.
Submitting Portfolio Materials
Portfolios will be reviewed twice a year, usually in January and June. Exams for Categories III and IV will also be held twice a year, usually in May and October.
Category I & II candidates may submit finished portfolio materials with the endorsement fee to the CT-AIMH Central Office at any time during the year. Each candidate is advised to review the portfolio materials with the assigned endorsement advisor before final submission to the CT-AIMH Central Office. Conversation with the assigned endorsement advisor offers the candidate assurance that all information has been included as requested and alerts the applicant to missing pieces or gaps.
Category III & IV candidates must submit finished portfolio materials with the endorsement fee to the CT-AIMH Central Office no later than six weeks prior to the exam date in order to assure adequate time for review, approval and test scheduling. Each candidate must review the portfolio materials with the assigned endorsement advisor before final submission to the CT-AIMH Central Office. As described above, conversation with the assigned endorsement advisor offers reassurance that all information has been included as requested and alerts the applicant to missing pieces, or gaps.
All portfolios are carefully reviewed by two volunteer members who have earned endorsement and/or are members of the Endorsement Committee. Reviews are conducted using an eight-page checklist that includes all the knowledge and skill areas, including reflective supervision or consultation experiences, under the broader competency categories. After examining your official transcripts, the reference rating forms, and your lists of specialized work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences, each reviewer will make recommendations about whether to endorse (Category I and II) or to approve you to sit for the exam (Category III and IV) or may suggest that you pursue further training and/or reflective supervision and then be re-reviewed after a period of time.
**Annual renewal of endorsement requires continued membership in CT-AIMH or another infant mental health association and annual documentation of 15 hours (minimum) of training experiences which promote infant mental health practice; reflective supervision/consultation recommended for endorsed members at Categories II, III & IV (Clinical).