What is the Florida Infant Mental Health Endorsement (FIMH-E®)?
The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH) holds the sole license to offer the credential: Endorsement for Culturally Relevant, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® in the state of Florida. The Endorsement® is supported internationally by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, and originated as part of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.
The Endorsement® identifies best practice competencies at multiple levels and across disciplines. Endorsement® uses a nationally recognized set of competencies that helps define best practice and guides professional growth for professionals who serve infants and young children.
Why become Endorsed?
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 like-minded professionals in Florida.
Ensures professionals serving our most vulnerable are equipped with culturally responsive and reflective skills to promote early relational health, making life better for babies and their families.
Provides assurance to families, agencies, employers, and the public that the Endorsed professional meets high standards of care.
Verifies that professionals have attained a specified level of functioning and understanding of the promotion of IMH and relationship-based approaches.
Informs professional development and career planning within an organized framework and creates a competent, high-quality workforce that is better equipped to create positive outcomes.
The Endorsement® is relevant across all settings and systems that serve young children and their families including:
Endorsement® by FAIMH verifies professionals:
✔ Attained a level of education as specified
✔ Worked to deliver relationship-focused services to or on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families.
✔ Participated in specialized competency-based training
✔ Received guidance from a qualified reflective supervisors/consultants
Attend an Endorsement Office Hour where FAIMH will confirm your best-fit Endorsement® Category. Once you attend at least 1 Office Hour to have your best-fit category confirmed, you will be able to reserve your slot in the 2022 Endorsement Cohorts.
Now that FIMH-E® application is open to the public, you will be able to reserve your slot in an upcoming Endorsement® cohort. Once you are invited to reserve your slot, your journey through the application process beings with you registering in EASy (FAIMH’s secure web-based Endorsement® application software).
You will be assigned an Endorsement® Advisor who will guide you through your Endorsement® Application. Additionally, there is an in-system help tool and in-system messaging that allows you to ask questions along the way.
Once your application is complete, you may submit it for review. Be sure to submit your completed application by the deadline.
Submitted applications will undergo a 2-tier review by FAIMH’s Endorsement® Reviewing Team.
Infant Family Associate and Infant Family Specialist earn Endorsement® after the reviewing process is complete. Infant Mental Health Specialist and Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical, Policy, and Research/Faculty) Applications are reviewed and notified regarding eligibility to sit for the Endorsement® Exam. Infant Mental Health Specialist and Infant Mental Health Mentor Applicants will also need to successfully pass the Endorsement® Exam.
The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health holds the sole license to offer the credential:
Endorsement for Culturally Relevant, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Heath® in the state of Florida.
The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health is part of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.