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Applicants pursuing the following credentials must pass an exam prior to earning Endorsement:

  • Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMHS)

  • Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical (IMHM-C)

  • Infant Mental Health Mentor-Policy (IMHM-P)

  • Infant Mental Health Mentor-Research/Faculty (IMHM-R/F)

Part 1: 90-Minute Multiple Choice

Consists of 60 multiple choice questions focused on IMH knowledge specific to work with infants, young children, and their families. Questions relate to direct service, reflective supervision/consultation, policy, and research.

Your study of the following topics, learned in a university program, through intensive infant mental health in-service trainings and workshops and self-study is the third component. Opportunities to reflect on what is learned with colleagues and senior clinicians helps to better ensure integration of theory into practice.

  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn period.

  • Attachment theory and early relationship development.

  • Caregiving practices and behaviors.

  • Family, parenting, and childcare issues.

  • Infant and toddler development in all domains (e.g., social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical).

  • Temperament and individual differences in infancy and early childhood.

  • Indicators of risk, identified disturbance or disorder, as well as capacity, in infancy, early childhood, and early parenthood.

  • Infant mental health practice.

  • Best practice of infant mental health assessment, diagnoses, and treatment approaches.

  • Cultural competence.

  • Familiarity with standardized screening and assessment tools.

  • Familiarity with service delivery systems that cater to infants, toddlers, and their families.

  • Reflective supervisory practice (Infant Mental Health Mentor IV-Clinical).

Part 2: 90-Minute Vignettes

Part 2 is intended to measure the Applicant’s capacity to apply their knowledge of IECMH principles into practice and demonstrate a reflective, relationship-based approach through written responses to vignettes.

 

Things to Consider

 

Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMHS):

  • your work experiences with infants/toddlers and their families, where you are working from a relationship-based perspective practicing infant mental health.

  • your experience of reflective supervision (individual or group).

 

Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical (IMHM-C):

  • One clinical vignette/scenario must be answered from the perspective of a supervisor.

  • One of two clinical vignettes/scenarios must be answered from the perspective of the infant mental health specialist/practitioner. Consider:

    • your work experiences with infants/toddlers and their families, where you are working from a relationship-based perspective practicing infant mental health.

    • your experience of reflective supervision (individual or group).

    • your experience as a supervisor/consultant who has provided, or is providing, reflective supervision to practitioners working with infants, toddlers, young children, and parents/caregivers.

 

Infant Mental Health Mentor-Policy (IMHM-P):

You will rely on your extensive leadership experience with the infant-family field ensuring the promotion and practice of infant mental health. Consider:

  • Funding

  • Systems development

  • All that is required to promote change across systems

 

Infant Mental Health Mentor-Research/Faculty (IMHM-R/F):

You will rely on your extensive research and teaching experience in the infant-family field related to the study of pregnancy, infancy, early childhood, and early parenthood; attachment security and relationship needs; risk and resiliency in the early years; caregiving practices; early assessment and intervention strategies, and the mental health needs of infants and toddlers, to name a few.


Preparing for the VAIMH Endorsement® Exam 
For questions or assistance, please contact: 
Virginia Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement Coordinator
Kristen H. Stahr,  IMH-E® |
khstahr@vcu.edu
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