Infant Mental Health



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What is endorsement?

Developed by the Michigan Infant Mental Health Association, the endorsement program promotes and recognizes the professional development and work experiences of infant, early childhood, family service, health and mental health professionals focusing on culturally sensitive, relationship-based infant and early childhood mental health. Endorsement is available to providers and clinicians who work in a range of work settings and professional disciplines at four different professional levels spanning the continuum of care.

Professional endorsement provides to peers, employers, referrals, consumers and court services seeking expert witnesses necessary information regarding a professional’s education and skills related to the social and emotional development and mental health of infants, young children and their families. The endorsement process informs individual professional development and career planning within an organized framework focused on specialized knowledge, culturally competent best practice skills, supervised and guided work experiences and reflective practice.


Who can apply?

Potential applicants include MAIECMH members of all disciplines who have experience working with and/or on behalf of infants, young children, parents and/or other caregivers and who meet the education, training and reflective supervision requirements at each level of endorsement (see below).


Steps to MAIECMH endorsement

MAIECMH is now using the EASy (Endorsement Application System) online system for endorsement applicants. This was developed by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH). To begin the endorsement process, follow these steps:

1.  Go to the MAIECMH EASy site

2.  Register as an applicant.

3.  You will be assigned an advisor (an endorsed MAIECMH member) who will help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

4.  You will be asked to pay an endorsement application fee.

5.  The EASy system will guide you through the development of your professional portfolio, matching it to the infant mental health competencies.

6.  Once your portfolio is completed and your references and transcripts are received, they will be reviewed by two assigned reviewers to see  that they meet the competencies or to advise you about what areas in which you might need to receive additional training or experience.

7.  If you are applying for Levels III or IV, you will also need to take a three-hour written exam.   The exam includes multiple choice questions and clinical, policy or faculty/research vignettes to assess knowledge, skills and competencies.

8.  Endorsement, including an Endorsement Certificate, is earned when you have met all of the program requirements.

If you have any questions about the process, contact us by email.


Endorsement Fees

Level 1 • Application Fee $15.00 • Endorsement Fee $25.00

Level 2 • Application Fee $15.00 • Endorsement Fee $50.00

Level 3 • Application Fee $25.00 • Endorsement Fee $200.00

Level 4 • Application Fee $25.00 • Endorsement Fee $300.00


Begin the Preliminary Application

Download a PDF of the Endorsement Overview

MAIECMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-based Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health
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Endorsement FAQ

Reflective Supervision Guidelines