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Infant & Early Childhood* Mental Health Endorsement® Exam
*Early Childhood Endorsement Application & Exam is in pilot stages and not available for community wide use.
Infant Mental Health Specialist, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Infant Mental Health Mentor, and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor Endorsement® applicants must pass an exam prior to earning Endorsement®. The exam has two parts; both are based on the Competency Guidelines®. The Competency Guidelines® document, also referred to as the Getting Started Guide, is an important reference in preparing for the exam.
The multiple-choice, or quantitative, section is primarily focused on IMH knowledge specific to work with infants, young children, and their families. Most questions will be related to direct service, but there will be some questions related to reflective supervision/consultation, policy, and research. The multiple-choice section is the same for all Specialist and Mentor applicants. Knowledge gained through course work, specialized in-service training, and self-study will be most useful in this section of the exam.
The qualitative section will ask for responses to vignettes. This section is intended to measure the applicant’s capacity to apply their knowledge of IECMH principles into practice and to demonstrate a reflective, relationship-based approach. While all of the competency areas are important, the ones under the Reflection, Thinking, and Working with Others domains are important to the qualitative section for Specialists and Mentors - Clinical.
The Administration domain is the primary focus of the Policy exam. Policy applicants are asked to demonstrate a capacity to promote IECMH principles and practices within and across systems.
The Research & Evaluation domain is the primary focus of the Research/Faculty exam. In the Research/Faculty exam, one scenario is more specific to teaching; the other scenario is more specific to empirical research. Research/Faculty applicants will demonstrate a commitment to IECMH principles and practices related to research or course planning and instruction.
Review of keywords: IMH Definitions.docx.pdf
- This guide is intended to be used by all examinees, including Mental Health Specialist and Mental Health Mentors (Clinical, Policy & Research/Faculty) applicants.
- Most of the books will cover multiple knowledge/skill areas found within the Theoretical Foundations, Direct Service Skills and Reflection domains, and some of the books will have overlapping content.
- You are not required to read the entire book.
- Focus on knowledge areas where you found gaps when completing your application and within the application review comments. You can go back into your application and look at your Competency Summary page for this information, or reach out to the Endorsement Coordinator for assistance. email@example.com
- Additionally, we encourage you to speak with your provider of reflective supervision/consultation around your professional experiences, areas of strength and growth, in addition to discussing your capacity for reflection. This resource list should be used in conjunction with the document What to Know About the Endorsement® Exam. If you are not sitting for a Clinical Endorsement category exam, we encourage you to speak to other Endorsed professionals in your category. The Endorsement Coordinator can help set up a meeting or you can look at the RIAIMH Endorsement directory on the RIAIMH website. Endorsement® Registry
Recommended readings for IMHM-Policy applicants:
Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Services, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2000). Early childhood mental health consultation [Monograph]. Washington, D.C.: National Technical
ZERO TO THREE Policy and Advocacy website: https://www.zerotothree.org/policy-and-advocacy
Tableman, B., & Paradis, N. (2008). Courts, child welfare and infant mental health: Improving outcomes for abused/neglected infants and toddlers. Southgate, MI: Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.
Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (2005). Guidelines for comprehensive assessment of infants and their parents in the child welfare system. Southgate, MI: author.
Harvard University. Developing Child Reports and Working Papers (https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/three-early-childhood-development-principles-improve-child-family-outcomes/
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. National Technical Assistance Center for Child and Human Development Resources https://gucchdtacenter.georgetown.edu/resources/index.html
Recommended prep work for Research/Faculty applicants:
Applicants should expect to reference up-to-date, empirical and peer-reviewed research in an area of IMH that is most familiar to them (i.e. attachment, psychopathology, parenting, reflective functioning, etc.)
Exact citations are not expected, but references do need to be made to IMH-related current empirical research.
The review of the response will take into consideration the relevance of the research cited as well as the applicant's attention to IMH concerns.
What to Know About the Endorsement Exam - Pg. 1 and 4
Recommended readings for IMHM-Clinical applicants:
Case Studies in IMH, published by ZTT
Best Practice Guidelines for RS/C: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5884ec2a03596e667b2ec631/t/58e781381b631b9312ed8119/1491566905368
MI-AIMH training DVD's re RSC: http://mi-aimh.org/store/reflectivesupervision/ and http://mi-aimh.org/store/reflective-supervision-ii-video-training-series/
Davies, D. (2011). Child development: A practitioner's guide (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
Group Prep Resources
RIAIMH’s IMH-Clinical Case Discussion Group was developed as a resource for professionals seeking IMH Endorsement® at the IMH Specialist and/or IMH-Mentor (Clinical) categories. This experience provides an opportunity to discuss clinical case vignette material from an IMH perspective.
Facilitator: RIAIMH IMH-Endorsed® Mentor - Clinical Consultant
Time frame: 1 session/month for 3 months @ 2 hours per session. Sessions are held the 3 months before the exam is offered., (February - April) and (September-November). Exams are offered the end of May and November each year.
Group Cost: there is no cost at this time. RIAIMH is committed to funding these resources for I/EC workforce.
Participant Eligibility Requirements:
Completion of IMH Endorsement®️ application (or completed registration and plans to submit application within 3months)
Plan to sit for IMH Endorsement®️ exam within 9 months
Prepare for and attend all 3 sessions
Active engagement in group discussion to deepen IMH Principle and Practice learning
Maintain respectful learning environment including confidentiality of case material discussed and participants in group