What is Endorsement®?
Since 2015, Washington State has offered the Endorsement® for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (IMH-E®). Endorsement® was developed by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, and is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant-family field.
Endorsement® is a credential that supports and recognizes the development, competence and confidence of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families. It does not replace professional licensure, but instead indicates an individual’s efforts to specialize in the promotion/practice of infant mental health within his/her own chosen discipline. Applicants for endorsement match their skills and experience to one of four categories: Infant Family Associate, Infant Family Specialist, Infant Mental Health Specialist or Infant Mental Health Mentor.
There are both professional and personal benefits to Endorsement:
· It increases your ability to support infants, toddlers, families, students, agencies and institutions that are served by the promotion of infant mental health.
· It enhances your professional profile and resume as a specialist who meets best practice standards in the infant and family field.
· It gives you an internationally-recognized credential that will set you apart from other professionals in the field.
· The IMH-E credential affirms the specialized knowledge and skills you have acquired through formal education, work experiences, and in-service trainings.
· It allows you to better support the vast scope of infants, toddlers, families, students, agencies, and institutions that are served by the promotion of infant mental health