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The Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health (RIAIMH) Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (RI-IMH-Endorsement®) is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant-family field. It does not replace licensure or certification, but instead is meant as evidence of specialization in this field.
RI-IMH-Endorsement® is cross-sector and multidisciplinary, including professionals from child and/or human development, education, nursing, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and others. Endorsement® indicates an individual's efforts to specialize in the promotion/practice of infant mental health within his/her chosen discipline.
RI-IMH-Endorsement® reflects the community’s commitment to supporting a high-quality workforce that integrates best practices for infant mental health into all programs that serve infants, young children, and families.
Benefits: Impact on the Workforce
When asked what Endorsement® means to professionals, they told us that Endorsement® has allowed them to have a better understanding of infant mental health work, that they are better prepared to work with families with very young children, that they obtained more relevant training and reflective supervision than the would have otherwise, and that it increased their credibility. To date, over 2,600 professionals have earned Endorsement® internationally!
Benefits: Impact on Babies, Young Children & Families
When asked about how the Endorsement® process benefits families, professionals told us that they are more "well-rounded" providers due to requirements for reflective supervision and training, that they are better informed about 0-6 yr old development, attachment, and disorders because of studies for the Exam, that they are better advocates in court, and that they have increased breadth of theory and treatment approaches for 0 - 6 year olds.