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If you have any questions about this information toward Endorsement in Rhode Island, please contact for assistance from the RI Endorsement Coordinator, Maryann Lynch

2024 Application Submission Deadline Dates: February 2nd or September 6th, 2024

MH-Specialists & MH-Mentor applicant must submit their applications by  in order to seek approval to sit for an exam.

2024 Exam Schedule:  April 21st - 27th and December 2nd - 6th, 2024

The Endorsement Coordinator will be in touch to schedule your exam date once your application is submitted and reviewed with approval.

Exams will be virtual until further notice, 4-hour slot (8-12p, or 12:30-4:30p)

Infant & Early Childhood* Mental Health Endorsement® Exam

*Early Childhood Endorsement 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®.

Endorsement Exam Booklet

- This booklet is intended to be used by all examinees, including Mental Health Specialist and Mental Health Mentors (Clinical, Policy & Research/Faculty) applicants.

- 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. 

- We encourage you to speak with your Endorsed provider of RSC around your professional experiences, areas of strength and growth, in addition to discussing your capacity for reflection. 

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:

  1. 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

  2. ZERO TO THREE Policy and Advocacy website:   

  3. 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.

  4. Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (2005). Guidelines for comprehensive assessment of infants and their parents in the child welfare system. Southgate, MI: author.

  5. Harvard University. Developing Child Reports and Working Papers (

  6. Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.  National Technical Assistance Center for Child and Human Development Resources 

  • Recommended prep work for Research/Faculty applicants:

  1. Applicants should expect to reference up-to-date, empirical and peer-reviewed research in an area of IECMH that is most familiar to them (i.e. attachment, psychopathology, parenting, reflective functioning, etc.

  2. Exact citations are not expected, but references do need to be made to IMH-related current empirical research.

  3. The reviewer of your response will take into consideration the relevance of the research cited as well as the applicant's attention to IMH concerns.

  • Recommended readings for IMHM-Clinical applicants:

  1. Shiriall, J. J. & Weatherston, D. J. (Eds.) (2002). Case Studies in Infant Mental Health: Risk, Resiliency, and Relationships. ZERO TO THREE: Washington DC.
  2. Case Studies in IMH, published by ZTT

  3. Best Practice Guidelines for RS/C:

  4. MI-AIMH training DVD's re RSC: and 

  5. Davies, D. (2011). Child development: A practitioner's guide (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Group Prep Resources

  • Policy Learning Community: Meet with Endorsed Policy Professionals in the Alliance. Join our policy focused learning community! This peer-led and facilitated discussion is intended to support applicants who are preparing to sit for the Endorsement Policy Exam.  Currently there is not a Policy Group running in 2024. 
  • 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.

    FacilitatorRIAIMH IMH-Endorsed® Mentor - Clinical Consultant 

    Time frame 2-3 sessions/2 hours per session. Sessions are held over the 3 months prior to the exam, (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:

    1. Professionals seeking IMH-Specialist or IMH-Mentor (Clinical) Endorsement®️

    2. Completion of IMH Endorsement®️ application (or completed registration and plans to submit application within 3months)

    3. Plan to sit for IMH Endorsement®️ exam within 9 months 

    Participant Expectations:

    1. Prepare for and attend all sessions

    2. Active engagement in group discussion to deepen IMH Principle and Practice learning

    3. Maintain respectful learning environment including confidentiality of case material discussed and participants in group

Please contact the RIAIMH Endorsement Coordinator with any questions.

Maryann Lynch  

RIAIMH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

RIAIMH is a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

RIAIMH is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

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