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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.

Check out these videos to learn more about endorsement.

Who can apply?   

Potential applicants include MACMH-IEC 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).

How do I apply for Endorsement?

Step 1: Become a MACMH-IEC member

Step 2: Begin the Preliminary Application

MACMH-IEC 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 MACMH-IEC EASy site

2.  Register as an Applicant.

3. You will be asked to pay an Endorsement Application fee.

4.  Your new Application will be either be approved or you will be contacted by the Endorsement Coordinator for a follow up conversation. Once approved, you will be sent a password, the Competencies and other information to get you started in the Application process.

5. You will also be assigned an advisor (usually the Endorsement Coordiantor) who will help you with any questions or concerns. E mail with any questions that may arise during the process. 

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

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

8.  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.

9.  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 Kristin Armbruster Irrer at 651-644-7333 or e mail

Annual Renewal of Endorsement requires continued membership in MACMH-IEC or another infant mental health association and annual documentation of 15 hours (minimum) of training experiences which promote infant mental health practice; reflective supervision/consultation recommended for endorsed members at Levels II, II & IV (Clinical).

Membership runs January 1st – December 31st of each year. 

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

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

Reflective Supervision Guidelines