A key component of GA-AIMH is the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (I/ECMH) Endorsement® created by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.
Endorsement provides recognition of specialized knowledge and expertise among professionals working with or on behalf of pregnant women, young children and their families. Endorsement is not a license but an overlay that complements one’s professional license and/or other credentials. Thirty-two other states, including Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, already offer the Endorsement.
Annual Endorsement Renewal
Professionals endorsed in all categories are required to participate in a minimum of 15 clock hours of specialized in-service training specific to culturally sensitive, relationship-focused practice promoting infant and early childhood mental health each year after Endorsement. It is possible for endorsed professionals to count coursework toward this requirement if the course(s) are related to the Competency Guidelines. If the endorsed professional provides Reflective Supervision/ Consultation (RS/C) to others, 3 of the 15 hours annually must be about the provision of RS/C. Ongoing membership with GA-AIMH is also required.
Professionals endorsed as IFS, IFRS, IMHS, and IMHM-C are also required to receive a minimum of 12 hours annually of Reflective Supervision/ Consultation (RS/C) from a qualified provider about the direct service, and if appropriate, the RSC they provide to others.
Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RSC)
RSC is distinct due to the shared exploration of the parallel process. That is, attention to all of the relationships is important, including the ones between practitioner and supervisor, between practitioner and parent, and between parent and infant/toddler. It is critical to understand how each of these relationships affects the others. Of additional importance, RSC relates to professional and personal development within one’s discipline by attending to the emotional content of the work and how reactions to the content affect the work. Finally, there is often greater emphasis on the supervisor/consultant’s ability to listen and wait, allowing the supervisee to discover solutions, concepts, and perceptions on their own without interruption from the supervisor/consultant.
RSC is required for the following categories of Endorsement: Infant/Early Childhood Specialist; Infant/Early Childhood Family Reflective Supervisor; Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist; Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor. See the requirements for each category of Endorsement for more information.