Endorsement® Registry

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
Jennifer Mural
































Infant Mental Health Mentor - Policy Infant Mental Health Mentor- Research Inactive Endorsement® Registry
Rochelle Macer Carol Morris
Bonnie Allen
Nancy Chapman
Christy Bezrutczyk