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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®.
  • 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

(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. Emails are monitored on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.) 

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 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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