Current Endorsement® Evaluation

We are beginning to gather data across Alliance IMH state associations about the impact of the Endorsement®.  A newly formed Alliance committee, chaired by Lorraine Kubicek, PhD at University of Colorado Denver, is planning an evaluation in an effort to answer key questions about the impact of the Endorsement® on providers, families, and communities of practice.  Among the questions to be answered:

  • How does Endorsement® affect a professional’s sense of competence?
  • What are the outcomes for infants and families who receive services from an endorsed professional as compared to a non-endorsed professional?
  • Do programs who hire or require endorsed professionals have lower staff turnover?

A second important evaluation that is underway is being conducted by Judy Krysik, MSW, PhD at Arizona State University.  This survey of endorsed professionals across all Alliance associations is built on a preliminary data published by the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona; read the full report here.

Informal survey results from Colorado and Michigan: What endorsed professionals are saying

How has Endorsement® changed your understanding of infant mental health?

  • “I have a better understanding of the importance of this work.”
  • “Supervision was very helpful.”
  • “Much more cognizant of the power of ‘just being’ and reflecting as powerful tools that work.”

How has participation in Endorsement® benefited you professionally?

  • “Reminds me to stay current and keep learning everything I possibly can.”
  • “It gave me more training than I would have gotten otherwise.”
  • “Helped me be a better therapist and more marketable.”
  • “Offered more opportunities for professional growth and development.”
  • “The amount of time spent preparing for endorsement helped increase my understanding of IMH work.”

How has participation in Endorsement® benefited the infants and families you serve?

  • “I think it maximizes my capacity to be fully present with them.”
  • “I’m a more ‘well rounded’ clinician due to the requirements for supervision.”
  • “Increased breadth of knowledge and treatment approaches. Increased respect of other leaders in field, inclusion in planning for services in region and state.”

MI-AIMH Endorsement® Receives National Award from The Annapolis Coalition

In 2007, MI-AIMH received a national award from The Annapolis Coalition on Behavioral Health Workforce Education for innovative educational practice in the area of Child and Adolescent workforce education. The Annapolis Coalition is a collective endeavor of diverse organizations and individuals committed to improving workforce recruitment, retention, training, and education. This initiative spans the treatment and prevention of mental health problems and illnesses, substance use disorders, and co-occurring mental and addictive disorders. In recognizing the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Based Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® as a promising strategy for improving workforce development, the Coalition is promoting systems change and workforce reform at the national level.

As reported in From Neurons to Neighborhoods (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000), there is a critical shortage of well-trained professionals who have the knowledge, skills and supervised work experiences to promote healthy social and emotional development, intervene and treat serious early childhood mental health problems. This award recognizes that the MI-AIMH Endorsement® is one of the first and most comprehensive efforts to identify best practice competencies at multiple levels and across disciplines and to offer a pathway for professional development in the infant and family field.