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.
--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