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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 the IMH Endorsement and/or the ECMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting IECMH Endorsement®.

Each category has specific requirements for work, education, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation and leadership experiences.

Learn more about Endorsement (IMH or ECMH) REQUIREMENTS AND FEES

Steps to Endorsement®

1. Become a Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health (RIAIMH) member.

EASy --  https://riaimh.myeasy.org/

2. Register in EASy 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.
3. Build your professional application in EASy
    • 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.
    • Family Associate, Family Specialist & Family Reflective Supervisor applicants receive an Endorsement® decision after the application review process is completed.
    • Mental Health Specialist and Mental Health Mentor applicants move on to a written exam if their application is approved by the application reviewers. (Click HERE for more information about the exam.)

4. Endorsed professionals who are approved for Endorsement receive a Certificate of Endorsement® through email.

Should you have additional questions after reviewing the information on our website about the RIAIMH Infant or Early Childhood Mental Health Competencies and Endorsement® process, please contact the RIAIMH Endorsement Coordinator at Endorsement@riaimh.org or see these Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started 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: (Webinars describing the ECH categories and NEW FRS category coming soon!)

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 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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