SCIMHA is responsible for implementing South Carolina’s Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®. The I-ECMH Competencies and Endorsement® system is a nationally recognized, evidence-based system of I-ECMH standards promoting professional development pathways for all infant, child, and family-serving workforce sectors. The I-ECMH Competencies and Endorsement® system offers guidance for professional development pathways to build a skilled and competent workforce that understands the profound impact that a child’s early experiences have on short-term and later life success.
The Endorsement® is a quality assurance model verifying that individuals serving young children and families are using principles, best practice skills, and reflective work experiences that lead to increased confidence, competence and credibility in strengthening the social and emotional health of very young children and their families.
In adopting the IECMH Competencies and Endorsement®, SCIMHA became a part of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®, formed with the goal of ensuring consistency in professional standards across state lines, promoting the relational health of infants, young children, and their families, supporting professionals who serve infants, young children, and families through workforce development and shared resources for infant and early childhood mental health associations.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET INVOLVED? Endorsement® is open to ANY South Carolina professional interested in demonstrating her/his expertise in infant and early childhood mental health. Want to know more? Check out our Endorsement® Orientation Webinar (below,) and let us know of your interest! Send us an email to email@example.com.
Determining which Endorsement® category is right for you.
Use the following videos to help you learn more about each category of Endorsement®.
SCIMHA gratefully acknowledges support from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) for the creation of the Endorsement® materials, and from the SC Department of Social Services for initial funding for South Carolina implementation.