Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-E®) and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® (ECMH-E®) are two separate credentials that can be earned by anyone working with, or on behalf of, very young children and their families. These professionals focus on strengthening and supporting early relationships that are crucial to children’s social and emotional development.
Categories of Endorsement®
NYS-AIMH offers Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-E®) for those working with prenatal – age three and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® (ECMH-E®) for those who work with ages 3-6. Endorsement reflects each professional’s scope of work in the following categories:
- Family Associate
- Family Specialist
- Family Reflective Supervisor
- Mental Health Specialist
- Mental Health Mentor
The Path to Endorsement®
Learn about the process, including:
- Competency Guidelines
- Application Requirements
- Connect with an Endorsed professional
- Exam preparation for
Benefits of NYS-AIMH Endorsement®
NYS-AIMH Endorsement® tells employers, parents, health and legal practitioners, and insurance providers that the endorsed professional has expertise related to the social and emotional development of infants, young children, and their families.
Apply for Endorsement®
Are you a NYS-AIMH Member and are ready to register for the Endorsement?
You will be directed to an external site (https://nysaimh.myeasy.org/)
Connect with the professionals throughout New York State that have earned the NYS-AIMH Endorsement®. This Endorsement® demonstrates these professionals have completed specialized education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences to show competence in promotion and/or practice of infant mental health.
Reflective Practice is at the heart of working with and caring for infants, young children and their families. This practice invites caregivers and professionals to look back, look out, and look within to increase our understanding of our self and of others.
Individuals who work with young children, their families and their caregivers come from diverse experiences and represent a large variety of professions.
“Crosswalks” provide a comparison between the Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMHE) and other credentials and professional development supports.