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ITMHCA Endorsement® for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Based Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health

How the ITMHCA Endorsement® Benefits Me
Submitted by Kate Whitaker MsEd IMH-E® (IV)

Although I am not yet required to submit the renewal letter, I did want to provide some thoughts about how the Endorsement® has benefited and influenced me. I am fully aware of how helpful it is to hear impact feedback and hope that my comments will support others in going through the process.

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Endorsement® by the Infant/Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona (ITMHCA) verifies that an applicant has attained a level of education as specified, participated in specialized in-service trainings, engaged in professional work related to infants and toddlers, obtained reflective supervision/consultation from mentors or supervisors, and acquired knowledge to promote the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive, relationship-based services to infants, toddlers, parents, other caregivers and families.

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Click here for a list of ITMHCA Members who have received their Endorsement.

Recognition of ITMHCA Endorsement® tells employers, parents, health and legal practitioners, and insurance providers that the person endorsed has expertise related to the social and emotional development of infants and young children in families. ITMHCA endorses professionals from many disciplines at the following four levels: Infant Family Associate, Infant Family Specialist, Infant Mental Health Specialist, and Infant Mental Health Mentor. Each Level recognizes knowledge, training and conformance with best practice standards. Of additional importance, the ITMHCA Endorsement® offers individuals in the infant and family field a professional development plan that focuses on cultural sensitivity, early emotional development, and relationships.

ITMHCA gratefully acknowledges support from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for the creation of the Endorsement® materials, and from the Lodestar Foundation to initially fund Arizona implementation.

ITMHCA is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (formerly the League of States using the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement® system). The Alliance consists of 26 states/provinces (as of January 2016) and growing (see map).

ITMHCA Endorsement® decisions are not made on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, marital status, physical handicap, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law.

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