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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-informed 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.

"What is Endorsement®? " Learn more about Endorsement®

Are YOU interested in seeking Endorsement®?
Complete this Endorsement Registration Form or just fill in the form below and let's get started! 

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.

The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health consists of over half the states in the country and continues to grow (see map).

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 info@scimha.org.

What are the direct fees associated with becoming Endorsed? 

Good through 2020

Family Associate

Family Specialist

Mental Health Specialist

Mental Health Mentor

Year One

Individual SCIMHA Membership





EASy Registration





Endorsement Application














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.

SCIMHA is a 501(c)3 organization

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