New Professional Development Opportunity for Infant/Early Childhood Professionals
The Utah Association for Infant Mental Health (UAIMH) has worked diligently to increase professional competency in infant mental health across all early childhood service sectors. To that end, UAIMH has strengthened partnerships with key stakeholders to secure funding and create alignment across professions through a universal endorsement system. UAIMH is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health® through the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®. This has been a long project born from the dedication and perseverance of many, and UAIMH would like to acknowledge Alda Jones for her leadership in facilitating this achievement. The first cohort will begin the endorsement process soon with staff from the Alliance. This group will pave the way for UAIMH to begin endorsing people in Utah! We will continue to offer updates on the process including when applications for endorsements will be open to the general public.
The Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health already has an endorsement system in place. They very kindly allowed UAIMH to copy general information from their web site. Please see the information below.
WHAT IS IMH ENDORSEMENT® (IMH-E®)?
Infant Mental Health (IMH) Endorsement® for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health is an internationally recognized credential that supports and recognizes the development and proficiency of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families. It is based on a set of Competencies designed to support and enhance culturally sensitive, relationship focused practice within the framework of infant mental health. An applicant demonstrates acquisition of these competencies through education, work, specialized training and reflective supervision experiences.
Working with our youngest citizens requires specialized training and experience, and IMH Endorsement® ensures professionals have attained a certain level of expertise with very young children and their families. IMH Endorsement® is relevant for professionals across disciplines including early care and education, prevention and early intervention, home visitors, medical providers, child welfare workers, mental health clinicians, policymakers, researchers and others.
Endorsement® is available to providers and clinicians who work in a range of settings and professional disciplines across 4 different practice specialties spanning the continuum of care to children ages 0-3 and their caregivers. Individuals apply for the IMH-Endorsement® specialty that best matches their knowledge, skills and experiences.
WHY PURSUE ENDORSEMENT®?
Good for You: Enhances your professional credibility and your confidence in working with infants, young children and their families; plus, you’ll gain recognition and belong to a network of professionals in WI.
Good for Babies and Families: Supports infants, toddlers, families, and professionals in a culturally competent, reflective and relationship-based way.
Good for Communities: Provides assurance to families, agencies, employers and the public at large that the endorsed professional meets high standards of care.
Good for Employers: Verifies that professionals have attained a specified level of functioning and understanding about the promotion of IMH and relationship-based approaches.
Good for the Field: Informs professional development and career planning within an organized framework and creates a competent, high quality workforce leading to desired child/family outcomes.
To promote a unified understanding of infant mental health across disciplines and programs and to develop a statewide system of resources in support of infant mental health for all families living in Utah.