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Applying for the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®


What is your Category?

The 6 categories of Endorsement are tied to a Scope of Practice.


* Promotion (FA)

*Prevention (FS)

*Licensed MH Therapist (MHS)

*Macro/Systems Leader (MHM)

*RSC Provider (ERS)


What are Competencies?

Each IECMH Endorsement category is based on a set of competencies designed to support and enhance culturally sensitive, relationship focused practice within the framework of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. 


How much does Endorsement cost?

There are fees associated with pursuing and maintaining      your I/ECMH Endorsement. 


To begin the process, the following fees are required:

$60 VAIMH Membership

$50 Registration 


What if I have questions?

The Endorsement Team hosts monthly Office Hours every 4th Thursday from 2-3 pm. You are welcome to meet with Kristen, Jackie, and Tracy to learn more about Endorsement and ask questions.


Is Scholarship Support Available?

We receive annual funding support from DBHDS and EIVA each November. Depending on the amount received, we are able to offer scholarships to support an applicant's participation in RSC for 12 months (24 hours).


I don't need Scholarship Support

If an applicant has already met RSC requirements for their category of Endorsement, or is currently receiving RSC from an Endorsed Provider, they may apply for Endorsement Cohort acceptance at any time.


I want Scholarship Support

Apply:  Any time

Acceptance Notification:

As soon as we know how much financial support we can offer

(by Nov. 30)

Start RSC with a VAIMH Provider: 


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Upon achieving Endorsement, you will receive an official Endorsement® certificate and can indicate your Endorsement using the I/ECMH-E® mark to let employers, parents, health and legal practitioners, and insurance providers know that you have expertise related to the social and emotional development of infants and young children and their families. Your name and credential will then be added to the Virginia Infant Mental Health Endorsement Registry housed on the VAIMH and EASy website.

Annual Renewal of your Endorsement is required


Endorsement® is an ongoing process dedicated to annual professional development as it relates to IECMH principles. Please see the Endorsement Renewal page for more information.

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