Overview

Endorsement is a process that supports and recognizes the development of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families.  This process uses a nationally recognized set of competencies that helps define best practice and guides professional growth.

The intent of the KAIMH Endorsement (IMH-E®) is to recognize and document the professional development of those who serve young children and their families. Endorsement provides an organized system of culturally sensitive, relationship-based, infant mental health learning and work experiences.

Endorsement by the Kansas Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (KAIMH) will verify that a professional has attained a specified level of education, participated in specialized in-service trainings, worked with guidance from mentors or supervisors, and acquired knowledge to promote the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive, relationship-focused services to infants, toddlers, parents, other caregivers, and families.

The KAIMH Endorsement (IMH-E®) will provide information of significant benefit to employers, referral sources, and others in the community. The KAIMH Endorsement (IMH-E®) is also useful in developing individual professional development plans.

Endorsement...

--enhances your professional profile as a specialist in the infant and family field

--affirms the specialized knowledge and skills you have acquired through formal education, experience, and in-service training

--validates the work that you have done under the guidance and supervision of experienced mentors

--links your professional development to competency standards that reflect best practice

--identifies you as a competent professional in a system that reflects commitment to best practice and quality care for all infants, toddlers, and families

Who can seek Infant Mental Health Endorsement?

All professionals who have experience working with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, parents, and/or other caregivers, for example:

  • mental health professionals
  • home visitation program professionals
  • child care professionals
  • early intervention professionals

 

How will I benefit from Infant Mental Health Endorsement?

  • Grow and develop as a professional in the rapidly expanding infant and family service field
  • Be recognized by employers and peers for having attained a level of competency in culturally sensitive, relationship-focused practice that promotes infant mental health
  • Better support the infants, toddlers, families, students, agencies, and institutions in the promotion of infant mental health

 

How long does the Endorsement process take?

Each person will take a different amount of time depending on their formal education, specific training, and the amount of Reflective Supervision/Consultation received. However, the average time to complete the process is one to two years.

Contact

Beth Blubaugh

Endorsement Coordinator

beth@kaimh.org