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How to apply for Endorsement®

Endorsement® categories and fees

Depending on your academic, work and professional development experiences with infants/young children and families, you may be eligible to apply for one of four categories of the Endorsement For Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (RI-IMH-Endorsement®). Each category has specific work, education, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation requirements.

  • Infant Family Associate
  • Infant Family Specialist
  • Infant Mental Health Specialist
  • Infant Mental Health Mentor in Policy, Clinical, or Research arenas. 

Steps to Endorsement®

  • Become a Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health (RIAIMH) member.
  • Use the “Getting Started” self-study guide  to help assess your experiences and determine what additional specialized training might be necessary to meet the Competency requirements for RI-IMH-Endorsement®.
  • EASy LOG IN:  https://easy.mi-aimh.org/riaimh 
  • Register in the EASy system and pay the $25 registration fee. EASy will email you a temporary password to set up your account.
  • The RIAIMH Endorsement Coordinator will email you more detailed information about completing the RI-IMH-Endorsement® process and advise you as needed.
  • Build your professional application, including work, in-service training and supervisory experiences.  This reflects your capabilities within the infant and family field.
  • Once you have gathered all necessary documentation (including reference ratings and transcripts), complete your portfolio and submit it through the EASy system with the appropriate processing fee.
  • During the formal application review, a minimum of two reviewers will comprehensively examine your materials and come to agreement about whether or not you have met the requirements and Competencies.
    • Infant Family Associate & Infant Family Specialist applicants receive an Endorsement® decision after at least two trained volunteers who have earned Endorsement® examine and approve the application.
    • Infant Mental Health Specialist and Infant Mental Health Mentor applicants move on to a written exam after at least two trained volunteers who have earned IMH-Endorsement® examine and approve their application. (See the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health website for more information about the exam.)
  • You will receive an official Certificate of RI-IMH-Endorsement® in the mail.
Should you have additional questions after reviewing the information on our website about the RIAIMH Infant Mental Health Competencies and Endorsement® process, please contact the RIAIMH Endorsement Coordinator at Endorsement@riaimh.org or see these Frequently Asked Questions. (Please note: Our Endorsement Coordinator works part-time. Emails are monitored on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.)

Resources

Endorsement how-to webinars

Alliance Webinars

The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (Alliance) has developed a series of webinars to assist applicants with the Endorsement® process.

The following webinars can be accessed through Vimeo

Categories:

Infant Family Associate
Infant Family Specialist
IMH-Specialist

IMH-Mentor


EASy Roles:

(Please note: some webinars require a password to view.  Please contact RIAIMH's Endorsement Coordinator for the password.)

RIAIMH follows The Alliance's guidance in creating Endorsement® processes and trainings. However, there could be some slight differences between the Alliance and our local Association (RIAIMH). If you have a question, please contact RIAIMH's Endorsement Coordinator. (Please note: Our Endorsement Coordinator works part-time.)

MI-AIMH Webinars

The Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) has developed training webinars for anyone who may utilize the Endorsement Application System (EASy), including applicants, advisors, reviewers, and administrators. You can access these webinars on the MI-AIMH website. Please contact RIAIMH's Endorsement Coordinator for the password. (Please note: Our Endorsement Coordinator works part-time. Emails are monitored on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.)

Tips for reference ratings

Reference ratings for Endorsement® are critically important. They are filled out electronically via the EASy system. Learn more.

Exam preparation

Endorsement® applicants are encouraged to begin studying as soon as they decide that they hope to sit for an upcoming exam. Learn more

RIAIMH offers an IMH Case Discussion Group for applicants who are preparing for the Endorsement Exam. Participants are required to be completed or nearly completed with their IMHS or IMHM Endorsement Application. Please contact the Endorsement Coordinator with any questions or to register for this group. Endorsement@RIAIMH.org  

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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