The NYS-AIMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant-family field. Endorsement® is cross-sector and multidisciplinary including professionals from child and/or human development, education, nursing, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and others. Endorsement® indicates an individual’s efforts to specialize in the promotion/practice of infant mental health within his/her own chosen discipline.
Those who have earned Endorsement® have demonstrated that the individual has completed specialized education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences that have led to competency in the promotion and/or practice of infant mental health. Endorsement® does not guarantee the ability to practice as a mental health professional, although many who have earned Endorsement® are licensed mental health professionals.
Endorsement® is not a license or a certificate.
Endorsement involves a standardized process to determine that a professional has accumulated specialized experiences in the infant and early childhood field and has signed a Code of Ethics. All applicants receive a copy of the Code of Ethics. An applicant’s experiences are documented by the submission of an application that details competency-based training, specialized work experiences, and for most, reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) experiences. The application also includes official transcripts and three reference ratings. Endorsees as Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor have passed an exam that includes measures of theoretical knowledge, direct service skills, and their capacity to apply these principles into practice. This exam is scored by a team of two reviewers who are blind to the identity of the examinee.
To maintain Endorsement also requires ongoing training and, in the cases of Infant/Early Childhood Family Specialist, Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor-Clinical, ongoing RSC. Endorsees are also required to re-commit to upholding the Code of Ethics annually. Beginning in January of 2022, this commitment includes signing an attestation that the endorsee has not been sanctioned by a licensing board.
Endorsement is not a professional license or a certificate. [AIMH] Endorsement cannot guarantee the quality of service of any endorsed professional. [AIMH] Endorsement does not include a process by which complaints or concerns regarding ethics can be filed. If [AIMH] becomes aware of possible ethics violations by an endorsed professional, complainants are encouraged to, when applicable, contact the individual's professional licensing board. The [AIMH] Endorsement does not offer monitoring for ethics violations, however if [AIMH] learns that an endorsed professional has been sanctioned by a licensing board, the individual’s name is moved to the Inactive Endorsement Registry. Those professionals will follow the policy [link here] for reactivation to the Active Endorsement Registry once the licensing board’s sanctions have been lifted.
|Infant Family Associate Registry||Infant Family Specialist Registry||Infant Mental Health Specialist Registry||Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical Registry|
|Shannon Moller-Fortran||Loretta Rotolo||Debra Fruchtman||Marcy Safyer|
|Miriam Arthur||Laura Harford||Layne Raskin||Wendy Bender|
|Beth Faulkner||Colette Ryan||Alana Russotti||Sarah Fitzgibbons|
|Kelly Janese||Karli Coverdale||Megan Smith||Joaniko Kohchi|
|Kim Puma||Patricia Caballerro Schillaci||Allison Lieber||Gil Foley|
|Maryann Ciskal||Stephanie Brown||Steffany Nichols||Jody Manly|
|Esther Piper||Nancy Gearhart||Vanessa Funfsinn||Jeanette Sawyer Cohen|
|Maria Stella Lundie||Inés Robles||Sarah Kliman||Bonnie Cohen|
|Linsey Vallet||Nancy Ludwig||Sydney Pollock||Susan Chinitz|
|Kristine Perrone||Carrie Wolleman-Stein||Kaitlin Towner||Breanna Grant|
|Sarah Ruppert||Lisa D'Orsi O'Connor|
|Kristina Lacov||Shannon Delcour|
|Rose Shufelt||Kimberly Porter-Hutton|
|Alisha Perry||Leigh Ward|
|Lisa Plaskett||Lillian Cid|
|Casey Miner||Carmen Rosa|
|Kelsey Stoddard||Karina Diaz|
|Susan Hall||Kenya Malcolm|
|Ashley Murray||Michele Neuhaus|
|Chelsea Peckham||Gertrude Atongi|
|Cortney Nornhold||Laura Sigel|
|Infant Mental Health Mentor - Policy||Infant Mental Health Mentor- Research||Inactive Endorsement® Registry|
|Rochelle Macer||Carol Morris|