Endorsement FAQ

1. How Long Does The Endorsement® Process Take?

The average time to complete the process is about a year.  However, each person differs depending on their formal education, specific training and experience, and the amount of reflective supervision/consultation received.

2. What Are The Benefits Of Earning Endorsement®?

  • You’ll grow and strengthen as a professional in the rapidly expanding infant, early childhood, and family services field
  • You’ll be recognized by employers and peers as a competent and skilled professional in a system dedicated to culturally-sensitive, relationship-focused practice, and quality care for all infants, toddlers, and families
  • You’ll better support the infants, toddlers, families, students, agencies, and institutions in the promotion of infant and early childhood mental health

3. Why Is Endorsement® Important?

  • Endorsement® is meant to honor professionals who apply infant and early childhood mental health principles to their practice. It is not a license but an endorsement of a specific skill set that complements a license or credential.
  • Endorsement® recognizes professionals across disciplines, building a common language around the important factors in serving infants, toddlers, and families: healthy relationships to aid children in processing emotions, social emotional foundations in learning, and providers who recognize the value of caregivers in serving infants and toddlers.

4. What Types Of Disciplines Can Be Endorsed®?

  • All disciplines who engage with infants/toddlers and their families are eligible for Endorsement® within different categories. Some examples include: Head Start and Early Intervention staff, home visitors, child care workers, pediatricians, social workers, clinical therapists, NICU nurses, etc.

5. Why Should I Apply For Endorsement®?

  • Endorsement® communicates to families, professionals, and employers that an individual has exceptional experience and training in working with infants, toddlers and families
  • There are some employers and positions that strongly encourage employees to hold Endorsement®
  • An endorsed workforce ultimately means better services and thus better outcomes for babies!

6. How much does Endorsement® cost?

The costs for IMH Specialist and IMH Mentor are in line with credentialing fees that have been established by other professional organizations. The credentialing fees support the overhead costs of the MassAIMH Endorsement® and allow us to have applications and tests carefully reviewed.

Category Registration Processing Fee
I: Infant/Early Childhood Family Associate (IFS/ECFS) $15.00 $25.00
II: Infant/Early Childhood Family Specialist (IFS/ECFS) $20.00 $100.00
III: Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist (IMHS/ECMHS) $25.00 $300.00
IV: Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor-Clinical
$25.00 $400.00
IV: Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor-Policy
$25.00 $400.00
IV: Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor-Research/Faculty
$25.00 $400.00

7. Do Places Outside Of Massachusetts Recognize Endorsement®?

  • Infant Mental Health (IMH) and Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Endorsement® for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice are internationally recognized credentials.
  • Endorsement® is recognized in 30 states and 4 countries.  This body of states and countries is known as the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and it is growing as additional states adopt the credential.
  • State associations with an Endorsement® license honor reciprocity between other states that have adopted this system.

8. Why Is Endorsement® Important To Families?

  • Endorsement® recognizes professionals and the organizations they work for as having deepened their understanding of infant and toddler development, healthy social-emotional development, and the importance of relationships in the long-term outcomes of infants and toddlers.
  • Parents should look for providers who hold Endorsement® as a way of verifying that a provider has specialized training in working with infants/toddlers and their families.

9. If I’m The Parent Of An Infant Or Toddler How Would I Know A Provider Has The Endorsement®?

  • Just ask! Achieving Endorsement® is a great source of pride and recognition for those that work to receive it. Everyone who receives the Endorsement® receives a certificate and their name is maintained in a registry by MassAIMH at MassAIMH.org/registry

10. When Is My Completed Endorsement® Application/Portfolio Due?

  • Please see the Events calendar for Endorsement® Application timelines

If you have a question that is not addressed on this list, email massaimh.endorsement@gmail.com

11. How do I get started?

Some applicants find it useful to use the Getting Started Form to compile all of their relevant Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health trainings, work experience, and education so they can more easily cross reference them to a particular competency. It can make inputting the information easier. Applicants can also refer to the webinars or contact the Endorsement® Coordinator, Aditi Subramaniam, for more information.