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VAIMH's Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health 
Active Endorsement Registry

Please click HERE for a map of the Chapter Regions.

The VAIMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® (IECMH-E®) is meant to recognize professionals who apply infant and early childhood mental health principles to their work with infants and children aged 0 up to 6-years-old. It does not replace licensure, certification, or credentialing, but instead is meant as a specialization that complements one’s professional license and/or other credentials. VAIMH Endorsement® is cross-sector and multidisciplinary.

 

The categories of Infant and Early Childhood Endorsement® are:

Family Associate (FA)

Family Specialist (FS)

Mental Health Specialist (MHS)

Mental Health Mentor (MHM)

  • MHM-Clinical (MHM-C)

  • MHM-Policy (MHM-P)

  • MHM-Research/Faculty (MHM-R/F)

 

Those who have earned Endorsement® have demonstrated a specialized education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences, if applicable, that have led to competency in the promotion and/or practice of infant and/or early childhood mental health within the individual’s scope of practice. Detailed information about the requirements for specialized education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision experiences are different in each category and can be found in the Competency Guidelines for the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Early Childhood Mental Health®. Each Endorsed professional is required to renew Endorsement® annually to remain on the Active Endorsement® Registry.

 

The primary mission of the infant and early childhood mental health profession is to promote and support nurturing relationships for young children aged 0 up to 6-years-old. The focus is on the development of the infants and young children within the context of complex relationships. Services are comprehensive and intensive, covering multiple domains, including concrete needs, problem solving skills, and family relationships, as well as infant and early childhood development, parent-infant/young child interactions and developing attachment relationships. Services are supportive, affirming, and strengths-based. They are specifically designed to be respectful of the infant/young child’s and family’s individuality, culture and ethnicity. VAIMH endorsed service providers/professionals work in a variety of settings to assure that all young children have opportunities for nurturing relationships essential for optimal growth and development. Depending on the Category of Endorsement, VAIMH endorsed service providers/professionals offer direct services to young children and families; supervise and train staff; consult with, collaborate, and educate other community professionals; advocate for services; develop best practice policies; and/or teach and conduct research in colleges and universities. All activities reflect a commitment to values that are the bedrock of infant and early childhood mental health practice.

 

Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Basic Beliefs

1. Optimal growth and development occur within nurturing relationships;

2. The continual care of an infant/ young child offers a family the possibility of strengthening relationships, and promoting growth and change;

3. What happens in the early years affects the course of development across the life span;

4. Early developing attachment relationships may be distorted or disturbed by parental histories of unresolved losses and traumatic life events;

5. The therapeutic presence of an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist may reduce the risk of relationship failure and offer the hopefulness of warm and nurturing parental responses.

 

Click here for more information on the Mission and Values of Mental Health Service Providers/Professionals

 

Endorsement involves a standardized process to determine that a professional has accumulated specialized experiences in the infant and early childhood field and has signed a Code of Ethics. (All applicants receive a copy.)

An applicant’s experiences are documented by the submission of an application that details competency-based training, specialized work experiences, and for most, reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) experiences.  The application also includes reference ratings.  Endorsees as Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist (I/ECMHS) and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor (I/ECMHM) have passed an exam that includes measures of theoretical knowledge, direct service skills, and their capacity to apply these principles into practice. This exam is scored by a team of two reviewers who are blind to the identity of the examinee.  

​To maintain Endorsement also requires ongoing training and, in the cases of Infant/Early Childhood Family Specialist (I/ECFS), Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist (I/ECMHS), and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor-Clinical (I/ECMHM-C), ongoing RSC. Endorsees are also required to re-commit to upholding the Code of Ethics annually, which includes signing an attestation that the endorsee has not been sanctioned by a licensing board. 

​Endorsement is not a professional license or a certificate.  VAIMH Endorsement cannot guarantee the quality of service of any endorsed professional, and it does not include a process by which complaints or concerns regarding ethics can be filed.  If VAIMH becomes aware of possible ethics violations by an endorsed professional, complainants are encouraged to, when applicable, contact the individual's professional licensing board.  The VAIMH Endorsement does not offer monitoring for ethics violations, however if VAIMH learns that an endorsed professional has been sanctioned by a licensing board, the individual’s name is moved to the Inactive Endorsement Registry.  Those professionals will follow the policy for reactivation to the Active Endorsement Registry once the licensing board’s sanctions have been lifted.

VAIMH's Newest Endorsement
2023

Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®

Leadership Cohort

In 2022, the Early Childhood Mental Health  Virginia (ECMHVA) Initiative sought to implement the Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® (ECMH-E) to establish, support, and promote a cohesive, interdisciplinary workforce dedicated to services for young children aged 3 up to 6-years-old and their families. Four mental health professionals were selected to participate in the ECMH-E® Leadership Cohort based on their leadership qualities, knowledge of infant and early childhood mental health, and their relationships across sectors within the infant and early childhood workforce. We congratulate and appreciate Virginia's first Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsed professionals, designated with a * beside their Endorsement date, who supported the ECMHVA Initiative and VAIMH's rollout of the ECMH Endorsement® in the summer of 2023.  

Mental Health Mentors (9)
I/ECMHM
Clinical | Policy | Research/Faculty
Leaders in the Infant/Early Childhood Family Field

Title
Presenter(s)
First Name
Endorsement
Region
Date of Endorsement
Infant Mental Health Mentor
Bodkin, LCSW
Catherine
IMH-E® (Policy)
Piedmont
12/19/2022
Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor
Brickey, LCSW
Jessica
ECMH-E® (Clinical)
Central
*12/16/2022
Infant Mental Health Mentor
Jones, MA, Ed.
Summer
IMH-E® (Policy)
Central
1/12/2023
Infant Mental Health Mentor
Kosanovich, MA
Lynn
IMH-E® (Policy)
Northern
2/8/2018
Infant Mental Health Mentor
Martens, LCSW
Judith
IMH-E® (Clinical)
Northern
3/8/2013
Infant Mental Health Mentor
Robinson Brock, MSW
Jackie
IMH-E® (Policy)
Central
1/24/2022
Infant Mental Health Mentor
Shoaf, MSW
Laura
IMH-E® (Policy)
Northern
7/6/2022
Infant Mental Health Mentor
Terry, MS, M.Ed.
Lisa
IMH-E® (Research/Faculty)
Eastern
7/5/2023
Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor
Triveri, LPC
Sandra
ECMH-E® (Clinical)
Northern
*12/16/2022

Mental Health Specialists (8)
(I/ECMHS)
Clinical Intervention/Treatment

Title
Last Name
First Name
Credential
Region
Endorsement Date
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Bermudez, Ph.D.
Diana
IMH-E®
Northern
10/21/2020
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Brickey, LCSW
Jessica
IMH-E®
Central
1/17/2020
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Coleman, LCSW
Debbie
IMH-E®
Eastern
9/7/2012
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Coyle, LCSW
Tamara
IMH-E®
Piedmont
7/5/2016
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Grinney, LCSW
Naomi
IMH-E®
Northern
1/24/2022
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Michaels, LCSW
Sarah
IMH-E®
Northern
1/24/2022
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Triveri, LPC
Sandra
IMH-E®
Northern
2/17/2022
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Yates, LCSW
Kristin
IMH-E®
Northern
4/17/2019

Family Specialists (48)
(I/ECFS)
Prevention/Early Intervention

Title
Last Name
First Name
Credential
Region
Date Endorsed
Infant Family Specialist
Ayers, BS
Torri
IMH-E®
Piedmont
5/23/2017
Infant Family Specialist
Birchfield, MA
April
IMH-E®
Piedmont
5/23/2024
Infant Family Specialist
Booker, M.Ed.
Pam
IMH-E®
Central
12/1/2016
Infant Family Specialist
Boreland, M.Ed.
Geondra
IMH-E®
Eastern
9/6/2017
Infant & Early Childhood Family Specialist
Brennan, BA
Kathy
I/ECMH-E®
Northern
8/5/2020, 12/23/2023
Infant Family Specialist
Castro, M.Ed.
Christina
IMH-E®
Northern
8/24/2020
Infant Family Specialist
Coles, MA
Tanya
IMH-E®
Eastern
6/25/2018
Infant Family Specialist
Crostic, BS
Maria E.
IMH-E®
Central
12/14/2022
Early Childhood Family Specialist
Dawkins, LCSW
Charisse
ECMH-E®
Northern
6/16/2023
Infant Family Specialist
Feliciano, MS
Marialid
IMH-E®
Northern
8/5/2022
Infant Family Specialist
Fulcher, BS
Meredith
IMH-E®
Piedmont
11/14/2022
Infant Family Specialist
Gilliam
Ami
IMH-E®
Central
3/28/2023
Infant Family Specialist
Gregory, MS
Karen
IMH-E®
Central
2/6/2023
Infant Family Specialist
Hare, BSW
Colby
IMH-E®
Eastern
2/5/2024
Infant Family Specialist
Harrison, M.Ed.
Christina
IMH-E®
Western
12/6/2022
Infant Family Specialist
Hatley, MSW
Angeline
IMH-E®
Northern
1/31/2023
Infant Family Specialist
Heflin, MSW
Rosemary
IMH-E®
Piedmont
11/10/2017
Infant Family Specialist
Holland-Brock, MA
Dee
IMH-E®
Piedmont
6/4/2018
Infant Family Specialist
Kosanovich, MA
Lynn
IMH-E®
Northern
3/6/2024
Infant Family Specialist
Landry, MS
Patricia
IMH-E®
Western
4/26/2022
Infant Family Specialist
Lawer, M.Ed.
Mitzi
IMH-E®
Northern
2/25/2023
Infant Family Specialist
Moon, M.Ed.
Patsy
IMH-E®
Central
12/18/2015
Infant Family Specialist
Murrah, MA
Amy
IMH-E®
Northern
9/13/2013
Infant Family Specialist
O'Neill, MS
Shannon
IMH-E®
Piedmont
12/14/2022
Infant Family Specialist
Paracka
Annie
IMH-E®
Central
3/28/2023
Infant Family Specialist
Parker, MS
Kelly
IMH-E®
Eastern
1/23/2019
Infant Family Specialist
Peters, MSW
Carol
IMH-E®
Piedmont
3/2/2021
Infant Family Specialist
Quenga, MA
Carmen
IMH-E®
Northern
3/31/2022
Infant Family Specialist
Richey, BSW
Yolanda
IMH-E®
Central
7/16/2017
Infant Family Specialist
Rogers, MS
Ashley
IMH-E®
Central
8/25/2022
Infant Family Specialist
Santacoloma, BS, CIMI
Martha
IMH-E®
Central
12/6/2022
Infant Family Specialist
Sheldon, MS
Megan
IMH-E®
Northern
1/18/2024
Infant Family Specialist
Smith, BA
Paula
IMH-E®
Eastern
9/14/2021
Infant Family Specialist
Smith, BS
Kimberly
IMH-E®
Central
1/26/2021
Infant Family Specialist
Spain, DNP, C-PNP, PMHS, RN-BC
Stephanie
IMH-E®
Eastern
1/16/2019
Infant Family Specialist
Spence
Shevon
IMH-E®
Eastern
5/1/2024
Infant Family Specialist
Tazi, MA
Linda
IMH-E®
Eastern
2/8/2021
Infant Family Specialist
Terry, MS, M.Ed.
Lisa
IMH-E®
Eastern
8/3/2020
Infant Family Specialist
Thomae, PhD
Josetta
IMH-E®
Eastern
3/3/2020
Infant Family Specialist
Thornton, MA
Mary
IMH-E®
Central
12/18/2015
Infant Family Specialist
Trueblood, MA
Jaylene
IMH-E®
Eastern
12/20/2019
Infant Family Specialist
Trujillo, M.Ed., MBA
Luz E.
IMH-E®
Northern
2/18/2023
Infant Family Specialist
Van Doren-Jackson, MA
Johanna
IMH-E®
Northern
11/2/2021
Infant Family Specialist
Walker, BS
Leah
IMH-E®
Northern
2/16/2023
Infant Family Specialist
Walters, M.Ed.
Tracy
IMH-E®
Central
10/8/2017
Infant Family Specialist
Weaver, MA
Julianna
IMH-E®
Piedmont
8/26/2019
Infant & Early Childhood Family Specialist
Whitehurst, Ed.S.
Melinda
I/ECMH-E®
Piedmont
*12/18/2015
Infant Family Specialist
Wimbush, MS
Dawn
IMH-E®
Eastern
12/18/2015

Family Associates (7)
(I/ECFA)
Promotion

Credential
Last Name
First Name
Endorsement
Region
Date Endorsed
Infant Family Associate
Bonilla
Katiuska
IMH-E®
Northern
10/7/2019
Infant Family Associate
Earhart
Ruth Ann
IMH-E®
Piedmont
9/24/2018
Infant Family Associate
Gallier
Susan
IMH-E®
Northern
12/18/2015
Infant Family Associate
Haynesworth, BA
Sarah
IMH-E®
Eastern
12/11/2023
Infant Family Associate
Michovich
Mariel
IMH-E®
Northern
9/2/2016
Infant Family Associate
Morris
Reiley
IMH-E®
Central
2/11/2024
Infant Family Associate
Stahr, BS
Kristen
IMH-E®
Central
9/21/2022
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