2. EASy applicants must have a current membership with AimEarlyIdaho. If you need to join or renew AimEarlyIdaho membership, you can do so at AimEarlyIdaho.org
3. EASy will email you a username and password
4. Build your professional application, including work, in-service training and supervisory experiences. This reflects your capabilities within the infant and family field as identified for each level of endorsement.
5. You will be asked to list the names and email addresses for the 3 individuals who will complete reference rating forms on your behalf. EASy will send an email to each reference rater; the whole process is done electronically. Please ask your reference raters for a personal email address so they will receive the secure link to complete the form on EASy.
6. Once your application is complete (ALL sections, including reference ratings and transcripts uploaded by AimEarlyIdaho), you may “Submit” by clicking the button that appears on your EASy dashboard. This includes paying the Endorsement Processing Fee (hyperlink to processing fee chart) by credit card via PayPal.
7. Applications are reviewed semi-annually, check our Events calendar to see when the next review will take place.
8. Level I & II applicants receive an Endorsement® decision after at least two trained volunteers who have earned Endorsement® and/or are members of the Endorsement® Committee examine and approve the application
9. Level III & IV applicants move on to the written Endorsement® exam after at least two trained volunteers who have earned Endorsement® and/or are members of the Endorsement® Committee examine and approve their application. AimEarlyIdaho offers the written exam twice a year, usually in the Fall and Spring. Please check our Events calendar to see when the next exam will take place
|Level I: Infant Family Associate||$15.00||$25.00|
|Level II: Infant Family Specialist||$15.00||$100.00|
|Level III: Infant Mental Health Specialist||$25.00||$200.00|
|Level IV: Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)||$25.00||$300.00|
|Level IV: Infant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)||$25.00||$300.00|
|Level IV: Infant Mental Health Mentor (Research/Faculty)||$25.00||$300.00|
1. Endorsement® provides a set of competencies for professional development in the infant and family field.
2. Endorsement® assures that persons providing culturally sensitive, relationship-focused services promoting infant mental health meet standards that are approved by a highly recognized professional organization for the discipline of infant mental health.
3. Endorsement® recognizes the importance of continuing education and training for professionals in the infant and family field. Those who earn the endorsement demonstrate their commitment to this principle as they provide services that promote infant mental health with a high level of quality and integrity.
Although most of the competencies are documented by the completion of a university-based certificate in IMH, certificate holders who apply for endorsement must still include at least 30 hours of specialized in-service training.
Reflective Supervision / Consultation
Infant Family Associate (I) applicants are not required to receive RS/C, however, AimEarlyIdaho recommends that all infant/toddler professionals seek RS/C
Infant Family Specialist
Infant Family Specialist (II) applicants must receive a minimum of 24 clock hours of RS/C in no less than one year and no more than a two-year time frame. To meet the criteria for Endorsement®, RS/C must come from someone who is endorsed at Level III or Level IV-Clinical. The only exception is for applicants who are pursuing Level II and are Bachelor’s prepared; they can receive qualified RS/C from someone who has earned Level II Endorsement® AND is Master’s prepared
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Infant Mental Health Specialist (III) applicants must have received a minimum of 50 clock hours of RS/C within the same time 1-2 year time frame. Reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) that meets criteria for Endorsement® must come from someone who is endorsed at Level III or Level IV-Clinical
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical (IV-C) applicants must have received a minimum of 50 clock hours of RS/C within the same time 1-2 year time frame. Reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) that meets criteria for Endorsement® must come from someone who is endorsed at Level III or Level IV-Clinical
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Policy
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Policy (IV-P) applicants are not required to receive RS/C, however, AimEarlyIdaho recommends that all infant/toddler professionals seek RS/C
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Research/Faculty
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Research Faculty (IV-R/F) applicants are not required to receive RS/C, however, AimEarlyIdaho recommends that all infant/toddler professionals seek RS/C
As in relationship-focused practice with families, RS/C is most effective when it occurs in the context of a relationship that has an opportunity to develop by meeting regularly with the same supervisor/consultant over a period of time. Therefore, AimEarlyIdaho expects that Endorsement® applicants will have received the majority of their hours (24 clock hour minimum for Level II and 50 clock hours for Levels III & IV-Clinical) to come from just one source with the balance coming from no more than one other source. The hours for Level II, III, and IV-Clinical applicants need to have occurred in a period of time that is more than one year and less than two years.
Some applicants may have special circumstances, e.g. if the program supervisor changed or if the applicant moved positions. Exceptions regarding the number of reflective supervision/consultation providers should be discussed with Carol Grise, Endorsement Coordinator.
You may find answers to other questions like this in Best Practice Guidelines for Reflective Supervision/Consultation
Specialized In-Service Training
Although the minimum requirement is 30 hours, we expect Endorsement® applicants to document that they have achieved competency in almost all of the categories (as identified at your desired level) via college course work, on-the-job training, in-service opportunities and reflective supervision/consultation. If there are still gaps in your competencies with only 30 hours, include as many others as you need to fill those gaps.
A minimum of two trained application reviewers carefully examine all the material in your application including college transcripts, in-service training record, and reference rating forms. Application reviewers will be looking most closely at the competency areas under Theoretical Foundations, Direct Service Skills, and Reflection. For the areas of Theoretical Foundations (including pregnancy & early parenthood; infant/very young child development & behavior; attachment, separation, trauma, & loss; cultural competence; etc.) and the areas of Direct Service Skills (including observation & listening; screening & assessment; etc.) competency must be documented by course work and/or in-service training. That is, work experience alone is not enough to document competency in areas such as attachment, separation, trauma, & loss or screening & assessment.
A specialized training that is eligible for Endorsement® should meet the following criteria:
- Is culturally sensitive, relationship-focused and promotes infant mental health
- Relates to one or more of the competencies in the AimEarlyIdaho Competency Guidelines
- Is specific to the level of Endorsement® at which you are applying
AimEarlyIdaho offers an optional self-study form called Getting Started Guide that can help you identify your competency strengths and gaps.
Trainings that might not meet criteria would be focused primarily on school-aged children, adolescents or the elderly.
Specialized Work Experience
Family Specialist (II) and Infant Mental Health Specialist (III)?
Infant Mental Health Specialist (III) work experiences are often (but not always) home-based and include the following interventions: advocacy, developmental guidance, emotional support, concrete assistance, and parent-infant/very young child relationship-based therapies and practices. These therapies and practices are intended to explore issues related to attachment, separation, trauma, and unresolved losses as they affect the development, behavior and care of the infant/very young child. The therapies and practices may include but are not limited to parent-infant psychotherapy, interaction guidance, and child-parent psychotherapy.
Competence as an Infant Mental Health Specialist (III) builds with supervised work experience over time with services delivered to the families of infants and toddlers that are relationship-focused and culturally sensitive with an emphasis on examining the role of relationships in reflective supervision.
Infant Family Specialist (II) Requirements:
Minimum two years paid, post Bachelor’s, professional work experience providing services that promote infant mental health. Work experience meets this criterion as long as the applicant has:
1. Served a minimum of 10 families of infants/toddlers (birth to 36 months) and,
2. A primary focus of the services provided is the social-emotional needs of infant/toddler and,
3. Services include attention to the relationships surrounding the infant/toddler
The Endorsement® Exam
- Attachment separation, and loss
- Pregnancy, infant and young child development and behavior
- Relationship-based therapeutic practice
- Infant mental health screening and assessment
- Disorders of infancy/early childhood
- Cultural competence
- Reflective practice
Annual Renewal of Endorsement®
• On-going membership in AIMEARLYIDAHO or another infant mental health association
• 15 clock hours of training related to culturally-sensitive, relationship-focused practice promoting infant mental health
• 12 clock hours of reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C) for Levels II, III, & IV-C is recommended but not required by AimEarlyIdaho at this time.
Using the IMH-E® Mark
Jane Doe, MSW, LMSW, IMH-E® (III)
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Specialized Work Experience