FIMH-E® is currently in the pilot phase and will open to the public in late 2022

Endorsement® Overview

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?

Endorsement® promotes the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive, relationship-focused services to infants, toddlers, young children, parents, other caregivers, and families. Those who earn the Endorsement® demonstrate their commitment as they provide services that promote infant mental health with a high level of quality and integrity. Become a part of one of the first and most comprehensive international efforts to identify best practice competencies at multiple levels and across disciplines and to offer a pathway for professional development in the infant and family field.

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

✔   Engaged in professional work related          

         to infants and toddlers

✔   Participated in competency-based training

✔   Obtained reflective supervision/consultation

An Informal History of Florida’s and FAIMH’s Competencies/Endorsement Journey

Anne E. Hogan, PhD, FAIMH Past President – July 2018


When we are mid-journey, sometimes to make sense of the current “location” it helps to review how we got here and where we are going next as we proceed. That can help us understand and explain the What, the How, the Who and the When Questions we have about the Competencies and Endorsement efforts.

Join or Renew 

FAIMH membership

Build your professional application in EASy, including work, in-service training and supervisory experiences. This reflects your capabilities within the infant and family field.

Provide three names and email addresses of individuals who will complete reference rating forms on your behalf.

Once your application is complete, you may submit it for review. 

Applications will be reviewed regularly; the exam schedule will be posted to our Events pageOnly Categories III and IV are required to take a written exam.


Endorsement Process

The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health is part of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.