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.
FAIMH will email you our upcoming Endorsement® Cohorts with links to reserve your spot to apply.
On the date your Cohort starts, you will be given access to register in EASy
After you complete your EASy registration, you will receive an email notification from the Endorsement Coordinator regarding whether your application has been accepted.
You will receive your EASy login credentials.
Additionally, you will be assigned an Endorsement® Advisor.
Complete your application within your 90-day timeframe.
Submit your completed Endorsement Application. Applicants are required to complete each tab of the EASy prior to submitting their application.
Your application will undergo a 2-tier review by FAIMH’s Endorsement® Reviewing Team.
IFA and IFS are notified of the status of their Endorsement® after the reviewing process is complete.
IMHS and IMHM Applications are reviewed and notified regarding eligibility to sit for the Endorsement® Exam. IMHS and IMHM 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.