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Showcase your skills in the field of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health by completing our nationally-recognized Endorsement® process.

Available to providers and clinicians who work in a range of settings and disciplines, Endorsement® is a career development pathway that honors professionals’ specialized education, skills and work experiences through a credential designed to demonstrate proficiency in the field. 

+ Learn More About Endorsement
+ Choose an Endorsement Pathway
+ Upcoming Endorsement Deadlines
+ Start the Endorsement Process


Endorsement® gives you a credential you can take with you throughout your career to demonstrate your proficiency in the field of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health.

It’s built on the idea of ensuring all professionals who work with infants, young children and their families — regardless of their training discipline — share a core set of competencies.

These core competencies include:

+ Theoretical Foundations
+ Law, Regulation & Agency Policy
+ Systems Expertise
+ Direct Service Skills
+ Working with Others
+ Communicating
+ Thinking
+ Reflection

What does the Endorsement process look like?

The Endorsement process includes preparing a professional portfolio of materials — degrees, coursework, training, in-services, work experience, reflective supervision and professional references — that is then reviewed by professional reviewers. 

Those pursuing the Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Mental Health Mentor pathways must also complete a three-hour written exam that includes multiple choice questions, and clinical, policy or faculty/research vignettes to assess your knowledge, skills and competencies.

To learn more about what the Endorsement process could look like for you, explore our Endorsement pathway options.


No matter what your job title, there’s an Endorsement pathway for you. Explore the four pathways below to find the one that best fits your work and is best suited to your needs.

To be Endorsed as an Infant & Early Childhood Family Associate, you’ll need:

+ To meet MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines
+ A CDA or Associates Degree
+ 2 years of work experience in infant/early childhood field
+ A Signed Code of Ethics
+ 30 hours of training exhibiting knowledge, skills, and practice of Competency Guidelines
+ 3 Professional References – at least one from an Endorsed professional
Total Cost: $40 (plus Infant & Early Childhood Division membership fee)

To be Endorsed as an Infant & Early Childhood Family Specialist, you’ll need:

+ To meet MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines
+ A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
+ 2 years of work experience in infant/early childhood field
+ A Signed Code of Ethics
+ 30 hours of training exhibiting knowledge, skills, and practice of Competency Guidelines
+ 24 clock hours of Reflective Supervision within 2 years
+ 3 Professional References – at least one from an Endorsed professional
Total Cost: $65 (plus Infant & Early Childhood Division membership fee)

To be Endorsed as an Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, you’ll need:

+ To meet MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines
+ A Master’s or Post-Graduate Degree
+ 2 years post-Master’s work experience in infant/early childhood field
+ A signed code of ethics
+ 30 hours of training exhibiting knowledge, skills, and practice of Competency Guidelines
+ 50 clock hours of Reflective Supervision within 2 years
+ 3 Professional References – at least one from an Endorsed professional
+ To pass a written exam
Total Cost: $225 (plus Infant & Early Childhood Division membership fee)

To be Endorsed as an Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor, you’ll need:

+ To meet MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines
+ A Master’s, Post-Graduate, Doctorate, MD
+ 3 years of post-Master’s work experience in infant/early childhood field
+ 30 hours of training exhibiting knowledge, skills, and practice of Competency Guidelines
+ A Signed Code of Ethics
+ 50 clock hours of clinical Reflective Supervision within 2 years
+ 3 Professional References – at least one from an Endorsed professional
+ To pass a written exam
Total Cost: $325 (plus Infant & Early Childhood Division membership fee)


Everyone who pursues Endorsement will complete a professional portfolio of materials to be reviewed by professional reviewers. Those pursuing the Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Mental Health Mentor pathways must also complete a written exam.

Upcoming deadlines for both portfolio applications and Endorsement exams are below.

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, portfolio application and Endorsement exam dates may be subject to change.  If you have questions, please email endorsement@macmh.org.

Portfolio Application Dates for Infant Family Associates & Infant Family Specialists

+ August 28, 2020
+ November 20, 2020

Portfolio Application Dates for Infant Mental Health Specialists & Infant Mental Health Mentors

+ July 31, 2020

Exam Dates for Infant Mental Health Specialists & Infant Mental Health Mentors

+ November 5, 2020


There are several steps to getting Endorsed, and we’re here to help you along the way. Contact our Endorsement Coordinator, Lauren Moberg at endorsement@macmh.org and we’ll send you a packet of detailed information outlining everything you need to know about how to get started.