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 has begun the endorsement process 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. 

 

Endorsement Overview:

The Competency Guidelines for Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® (Endorsement) are internationally recognized credentials that support and recognize the development and proficiency of professionals who work with or on behalf of pregnant women, young children, birth up to 6-years old, and their families. Both the Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-E®) and the Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® (ECMH-E®) are based on a set of competencies designed to support and enhance culturally sensitive, relationship focused practice within the framework of infant and early childhood mental health. An Endorsement 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-E® ensures professionals have attained a certain level of expertise with 0 – 3 year olds and their families.  ECMH-E® assures that professionals have attained a specific level of expertise with 3 up to 6-year olds and their families.  Both IMH-E® and ECMH-E® are relevant for professionals across disciplines including early care and education, prevention and early intervention, home visitation, medicine, child welfare, mental health, policy, academia, and others. 

 

Endorsement is available across four different practice specialties spanning the continuum of care. Individuals apply for the Endorsement category that best matches their scope of practice. IMH Endorsement will be the first Endorsement offered by Utah coming soon in 2023. 

 

Infant Mental Health Endorsement®

  1. Promotion: Infant Family Associate (IFA)
  2. Prevention/Intervention: Infant Family Specialist (IFS) & Infant Family Reflective Supervisors (IFRS)
  3. Clinical Intervention/Treatment: Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMHS)
  4. Macro: Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical, Policy and/or Research/Faculty) (IMHM)

 Please download the  Endorsement Brochure IMH 2022_Utah.docx for more details about specific category requirements 

or

 email endorsement.uaimh@gmail.com with any other questions. We would welcome the chance to set up a meeting and talk more about Endorsement. 

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.

 

The primary objectives of RSC include the following:

  1. Form a trusting relationship between supervisor and practitioner
  2. Establish consistent and predictable meetings and times
  3. Ask questions that encourage details about the infant, parent/caregiver, and emerging relationship
  4. Remain emotionally present
  5. Teach/guide
  6. Nurture/support
  7. Apply the integration of emotion and reason
  8. Foster the reflective process to be internalized by the supervisee
  9. Explore the parallel process and to allow time for personal reflection
  10. Attend to how reactions to the content affect the process

 

RSC is required for the following categories of Endorsement: Infant Family Specialist; Infant Family Reflective Supervisor; Infant Mental Health Specialist; Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical.  See the requirements for each category of Endorsement in the Endorsement Brochure.

 

 Resources:

Best Practice Guidelines for Reflective Supervision/Consultation - Alliance_BPGRSC_FINAL_20190606.pdf

Guidelines for Beginning and Maintaining a Reflective Supervision/Consultation Relationship via Distance Technology -Alliance_Virtual_RSC_2020_FINAL.pdf

 

 

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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.

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