Those who earn Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and
Early Childhood Mental Health® (Endorsement®) have demonstrated completion of specialized education,
work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C) experiences that lead to competency in
the promotion and/or practice of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH). The intention of
Endorsement® is to:
Our nationally-recognized Endorsement® process is a career development pathway that honors professionals’ specialized education, skills and work experiences through a credential designed to demonstrate proficiency in the field. Endorsement® is open to SCIMHA members of any discipline serving infants, young children and families who are interested in demonstrating expertise in infant and early childhood mental health.
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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 ongoing support of the Endorsement® work in South Carolina using Child Care Development Block Grant funds. In adopting I-ECMH 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 families through workforce development and shared resources for infant and early childhood mental health associations. As of today, there are 32 states and 2 countries that are apart of the Alliance, all of which hold reciprocity of Endorsement® (see map).