What is Endorsement?
The intent of infant mental health endorsement is to recognize and document the development of infant and family professionals within an organized system of culturally sensitive, relationship-based, infant mental health learning and work experiences. Endorsement verifies an applicant has attained a level of education as specified, 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. It is multidisciplinary and not limited to one profession and does not constitute a license to practice a particular profession.
Endorsement is reciprocal, and is recognized in all states that are using the Michigan Endorsement License. Currently there are 23 states nationally, with more each year.
With support from the Oregon Health Authority, ORIMHA has purchased the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®- (IMH-E®) from the Michigan Infant Mental Health Association. ORIMHA has contracted with Endorsement Coordinator, Alison Hinson, to support implementing Endorsement and provide outreach to the state.
Benefits of Endorsement:
- Provides information of significant benefit to employers, referral sources, and the courts seeking expert witnesses,
- Useful in developing individual professional development plans,
- Gives greater credibility with employer and professional colleagues,
- Endorsement process itself, especially the reflective supervision, can strengthen personal and professional development,
- Endorsement recognizes the importance of continuing education and reflective supervision and earning and maintaining endorsement demonstrates commitment to this principle while providing services with a high level of quality and integrity.