We are honored to include each person who earns and maintains* MassAIMH Endorsement® on the Endorsement® Registry.
The MassAIMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant/early childhood-family field. Endorsement® is cross-sector and multidisciplinary including professionals from child and/or human development, education, nursing, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, family support, policy, social work, and others. Endorsement® indicates an individual’s efforts to specialize in the promotion/practice of infant and early childhood mental health within his/her/their own chosen discipline.
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 recommit 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.
Infant Mental Health Endorsement® Registry
Infant Family Associate
Infant Family Specialist
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Infant Mental Health Mentor
Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® Registry
Early Childhood Family Associate
Early Childhood Family Specialist
Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist
Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor
* Endorsement® is not a license or a certificate. MassAIMH Endorsement® cannot guarantee the quality of service of any endorsed professional. MassAIMH Endorsement® does not include a process by which complaints or concerns regarding ethics can be filed. If MassAIMH becomes aware of possible ethics violations by an endorsed professional, complainants are encouraged to, when applicable, contact the individual’s professional licensing board. The MassAIMH Endorsement® does not offer monitoring for ethics violations, however if MassAIMH 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 for reactivation to the Active Endorsement® Registry once the licensing board’s sanctions have been lifted.