Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health®

Endorsement® provides recognition of specialized knowledge and expertise in professionals working with or on behalf children, birth through six, and their families.

Endorsement® is meant to honor professionals who apply infant & early childhood mental health principles to their practice. It is granted through documentation and verification of the required specialized education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences. Endorsement® is not a license but an overlay that complements one’s professional license and/or other credentials.  

The Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-E®) system is one of the first and most comprehensive efforts, nationally and internationally, to identify best practice competencies across disciplines and practice settings, offering multiple career pathways for professional development in the infant, early childhood and family field.  As of December 2016, there are 1,864 professionals who have earned IMH-E® across the world.

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 and skills of early childhood mental health professionals across multiple disciplines and service sectors.  Similar to the IMH-E®, which has provided professionals working with or on behalf of infants, toddlers and families a credential that recognizes their specialized knowledge and skills in the infant-family field, we want to recognize the professionals working with and on behalf of children ages 3 up to 6 years old and their families who are also applying important infant and early childhood mental health principles into their work.  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.  We anticipate that the ECMH-E® will be "live" and open to new applicants in 2018!