Endorsement® Policies

Annual Renewal of MI-AIMH Endorsement® Requirements

In order to renew the MI-AIMH Endorsement® annually, the following is required:

  • On-going membership* in MI-AIMH or another infant mental health association
  • 15 clock hours of training related to culturally-sensitive, relationship-focused practice promoting infant mental health
  • 12 clock hours of reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) annually for professionals who have earned endorsement as an Infant Family Specialist, Infant Mental Health Specialist or Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical (see RS/C Page for details about qualified providers of RSC)*

To renew MI-AIMH membership and Endorsement®, go to My MI-AIMH.

*For Endorsement®, memberships must be individual, not organizational

*This renewal requirement applies to all Infant Family Specialists, Infant Mental Health Specialists and Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical professionals, regardless of when Endorsement® was originally earned. The only exception is for those who have maintained endorsement as Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical (Level IV-C) for at least three years.

Reinstatement if Endorsement® Lapses

If a practitioner fails to update MI-AIMH membership and/or annual Endorsement® renewal hours by January 31st of any year (via My MI-AIMH), he/she will receive email notifications during the month of February and then if the practitioner fails to update their Endorsement® status, he/she will be removed from the Endorsement® Registry.

If removed from the Endorsement® Registry, a practitioner must:

    • Register on EASy
    • Add education, work, in-service training and reflective supervision/consultation experiences that have been accrued since removal from the registry
    • Get three updated reference ratings (via EASy)
    • Pay Endorsement Processing Fee

Reinstatement also requires a current membership with MI-AIMH (or another IMH association).  To join or renew a MI-AIMH membership, go to My MI-AIMH.

Applying for MI-AIMH Endorsement® as an Out of State Applicant

MI-AIMH no longer accepts Endorsement® applications from those who reside outside of Michigan unless the applicant is from a state (or country) that has made a commitment to purchase a license to use the Competency Guidelines and Endorsement®*. To see if the Endorsement® is available in the state where you reside, please go to The Alliance Associations (formerly The League of States).

*Please contact Nichole Paradis, Associate Director, if you believe this exception applies to you.

Changing Levels: Applying for MI-AIMH Endorsement® at Another Level of Professional Development

To assure fulfillment of the MI-AIMH Endorsement® requirements as specified, an endorsed member must notify Ashley McCormick, Endorsement Coordinator, in writing of the intent to apply for Endorsement® at the next level of professional development. This should be done at least six months before intending to complete the process. This is particularly important to assure that all of the requirements are understood, that there is adequate time for preparation for the Infant Mental Health Specialist (III) and Infant Mental Health Mentor (IV) Endorsement® Exam, and that the professional application is updated with new information pertinent to the applicant’s current status (including contact information). The applicant must demonstrate competency and all of the requirements as indicated for Endorsement® at the additional level.

Changing Levels: Application and payment

The EASy Registration Fee is waived for applicants who are changing levels. The Endorsement® Processing Fee will be the difference between the fee paid at previous level and the current desired level. Please contact Ashley McCormick, Endorsement Coordinator, to find out your Endorsement® Processing Fee.

Changing Levels: Time-frame guidelines for application

Level I to Level II: Minimum of one year from the date of Level I Endorsement®

Level II to Level III: Minimum of one year from the date of Level II Endorsement®

Level III to Level IV: Minimum of three years from the date of Level III Endorsement®

Additional Level IV designation: Minimum six months from date of first Level IV Endorsement®

Note: Deadlines for application submissions can be found within the Events Calendar. 

Changing Levels: Endorsement® Requirements

 Level I to IILevel II to IIILevel III to IVAdditional IV Designation
In-service Training30 hours30 hours30 hours15 hours
Reflective Supervision or Consultation24 hours within a two year time frame, following criteria as stated in guidelines50 hours within a two year time frame, following criteria as stated in guidelines (24 hours from Level II may be counted toward this if the application is within one year of Level II endorsement)Clinical candidates: 50 hours within a two year time frame, criteria as stated in guidelines (24 hours from Level III may be counted if application is within the three year time frame)For Clinical: Clinical candidates:50 hours within a two year time frame, criteria as stated in guidelines (24 hours from Level III may be counted if application is within the three year time frame) For Policy or Research/Faculty: None
ReferencesThree new references: One must be from the person providing reflective supervision or consultationThree new references: one must be from the person providing reflective supervision or consultation. If applicant has been a supervisor or trainer for at least one year, one must be from a supervisee or traineeThree new references: Clinical applicants: References must include a person who provided supervision and one who received supervision from youThree new references: specific to the designation
ExamsNot ApplicableYes, required. Application must be submitted for review no later than eight weeks before the scheduled exam date. Applicant must take both the qualitative and multiple-choice portions of the endorsement exam to qualify for endorsement at Level IIIYes, required. Application must be submitted for review no later than eight weeks before the scheduled exam date. Applicant does not re-take the multiple-choice portion of the exam. Applicant must take the qualitative portion of the exam specific to the area of expertise. Clinical, Policy, or Research/Faculty. The qualitative portion of the exam is 90 minutes in durationYes, required. Application must be submitted for review no later than eight weeks before the scheduled exam date. Applicant does not re-take the multiple-choice portion of the exam. Applicant must take the qualitative portion of the exam specific to the area of expertise. Clinical, Policy, or Research/Faculty. The qualitative portion of the exam is 90 minutes in duration
EducationUpdate transcripts documenting degree/courses as required only if new courses competed or new degree earned. Otherwise, transcripts from original application will be usedUpdate transcripts documenting degree/courses as required only if new courses competed or new degree earned. Otherwise, transcripts from original application will be usedUpdate transcripts documenting degree/courses as required only if new courses competed or new degree earned. Otherwise, transcripts from original application will be usedUpdate transcripts documenting degree/courses as required only if new courses competed or new degree earned. Otherwise, transcripts from original application will be used

Inactive MI-AIMH Endorsement® Status

MI-AIMH maintains an Inactive Endorsement Registry for those who have earned Endorsement® but have extenuating circumstances and are unable to meet annual renewal requirements.

There are three types of Inactive Endorsement®:

Inactive Type A: Endorsed professional continues with on-going requirements for membership and 15 hours of specialized in-service training annually, but is unable to receive 12 hours of reflective supervision/consultation (RSC). The Endorsed professional should plan to reactivate within two years. Those eligible for Inactive Type A status includes those Endorsed at Levels II, III, and IV

Inactive Type B: Endorsed professional continues with on-going requirements for membership, but unable to receive neither 15 hours of specialized in-service training nor receive 12 hours of RSC annually. The Endorsed professional should plan to reactivate within two years. Type B does require a minimum of 4 hours of specialized in-service training annually. All levels of Endorsement® are eligible for Inactive Type B status

Retired: Endorsed professional continues with on-going requirements for membership and 6 hours of specialized in-service training annually, but no longer receives RSC and has no plan to reactivate. All levels of Endorsement® are eligible for Retired status

Download the Application for Inactive Endorsement® Status.

Inactive Endorsement® Status: Returning to Active Endorsement® Status

When the Endorsed professional is ready to return to active status, he/she will complete and submit an Application for Reactivation and a check for $25 for the Reactivation Fee to MI-AIMH, Attn: Ashley McCormick, 13101 Allen Rd, Southgate, MI 48195.

Applications for activation will be reviewed quarterly, coinciding with Endorsement® application review/decision dates.  Please see the Events Calendar for upcoming review dates.

Once reviewed and approved, the Endorsed® professional’s name will be moved from the Inactive Endorsement Registry to the Endorsement Registry. The number of training hours expected for Annual Endorsement® Renewal will be prorated depending on the date that the application to reactivate is received. For example, an Infant Family Specialist (II) reactivated from Type B in the first quarter will need 75%, or 14.25 hours, of training and 9 hours of RSC on the Annual Renewal Form submitted for the year of reactivation. Ashley McCormick, Endorsement Coordinator, will email you with the number of hours you will be expected to submit.

MI-AIMH Endorsement® Exam Dates, Locations, Capacity, and Special Accommodations

Dates and Location

The Endorsement® Examination is generally offered two times each year, usually the first or second Friday in March and September. The exam will be proctored in one primary location. Permission can be sought to have the exam proctored in an additional location. Requests to determine an alternate exam site need to be made at least 10-weeks prior to the exam date. Requests are submitted in writing (email or letter) to Ashley McCormick, Endorsement Coordinator. MI-AIMH will offer the exam at the primary location and at no more than two alternate locations at any given exam administration. Exams administered at an alternate location must occur on the same date as the primary exam administration. $50 shipping and handling fee be added for each applicant whose request to take the exam in any location other than the primary site has been approved.

Accommodations for the Exam

If a Level III or Level IV Endorsement® applicant would like an accommodation for either part of the examination, he/she must submit a written request to Ashley McCormick, Endorsement Coordinator, at least eight weeks before the exam date. The request must detail the kind of accommodation being requested, as well as documentation of the need for an accommodation (i.e. assessment from a professional). The Endorsement Coordinator will respond to the request at least 10 days before the examination date. MI-AIMH is committed to meeting the needs of all of its members, but may not be able to grant every accommodation request. MI-AIMH will work closely with the applicant to develop a plan that offers a reasonable accommodation without compromising the integrity of the exam, the identity of the applicant, or the identity of the exam reviewers.

Capacity

No more than 24 applicants will sit for the exam on any given exam date. If more than 24 applicants submit applications and are approved to sit for the exam, first priority will be given to Michigan residents and League of States affiliates.

MI-AIMH Endorsement® Exam Scores, Feedback, Retakes, and Decision Reviews

Applicants must receive passing scores on both Part One and Part Two of the exam to earn MI-AIMH Endorsement®. A passing score on Part One (the multiple choice section) of the exam is 80%. In order to carefully protect the exam materials, applicants will not receive specific feedback related to the questions missed on Part One. Applicants who do not receive a passing score on Part Two of the exam (response to vignettes/scenarios) will be provided with feedback based on the exam reviewers’ remarks.

Regardless of outcome, all who take the exam will be provided with feedback based on the exam reviewers’ remarks, and may also receive feedback based on the application reviewers’ remarks. The feedback is offered in the spirit of promoting professional development and can help guide selection of specialized in-service training opportunities and continuing reflective supervision or consultation experiences.

Retakes

Applicants must submit a written request to retake the exam at least eight weeks before the examination date. The request must be sent to Ashley McCormick, Endorsement Coordinator. Whether retaking Part One, Part Two, or both, applicants must wait at least one year before retaking the exam. There is no charge to retake either part of the exam the second time. However, if any applicant does not successfully pass the exam after two attempts, the applicant must: wait at least one year before taking the exam again, update their EASy application with three new reference ratings, new training/employment/supervision experiences and submit their application for another review. If the applicant is approved to sit for the exam again, the applicant must pay the retake fee of $100.

Review of an Exam Decision

A minimum of two trained exam reviewers must agree on whether or not an exam response (qualitative section) passes or not. There is no appeal process if the applicant does not agree with this decision. As stated in the Endorsement® Agreement, signed by every endorsement applicant: “The decision of MI-AIMH concerning whether or not endorsement will be granted is final and binding.”

Applicants are invited to consider the feedback offered by exam reviewers and sit for the exam again in one year’s time (see policy above, “Retakes”)

MI-AIMH Endorsement® Application Submission, Review, and Approval to Sit for Exam

Level III and Level IV applicants are expected to submit a completed application at least eight weeks before exam date. Exam dates and application submission deadlines are posted within our Events Calendar.
 Applications must be submitted via EASy in their entirety*, by 11:59pm on the day of the deadline. Level III and IV applications are reviewed by at least two professionals who have earned Endorsement® at Level III or IV and/or are members of the Endorsement® Committee. 
 At least two professionals must agree that the applicant has adequately met the competencies (as required at his/her desired level) and is approved to sit for the exam.

If the application reviewers believe the applicant is not yet ready to sit for the exam, the applicant will be given specific feedback related to the decision. MI-AIMH will provide a letter to the applicant identifying strengths and gaps, as they relate to the competencies. The applicant will be invited to update their EASy application, including new reference rating forms, one year later and will be reconsidered to take the exam at that time.

*An application is not considered complete until reference ratings have been completed and submitted by all three of a candidate’s references and all official transcripts have been received and uploaded.

Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RSC)

RSC is supervision or consultation that distinctly utilizes the shared exploration of the parallel process. In addition, RSC relates to professional and personal development within one’s discipline by attending to the emotional content of the work and how reactions to the content affect the work. Finally, there is often a greater emphasis on the supervisor/consultant’s ability to listen and wait, allowing the supervisee to discover solutions, concepts and perceptions on his/her own without interruption from the supervisor/consultant.

Peer supervision (defined as colleagues meeting together without an identified supervisor/consultant to guide the reflective process), while valuable for many RSC experienced practitioners, does not meet the criteria for endorsement, even if one or more of the peers has earned endorsement at Level IV-Clinical or Level III. The provider of reflective supervision is charged with holding the emotional content of the cases presented. The ability to do so is compromised when the provider is a peer of the presenter. Unnecessary complications can arise when the provider of reflective supervision has concerns about a peer’s ability to serve a particular family due to the peer’s emotional response AND the provider and peer share office space, for example.

A list of qualified providers of RSC can be found within the IMH Faculty Registry

RSC Endorsement® Requirements

Applicant and/or endorsed professionalProvider of Reflective Supervision/ConsultationRenewal requirement ends
For Applicants earning EndorsementFor professionals renewing endorsement (annually)
Infant Family Specialist (Level II) Bachelor’s preparedLevel II Master’s prepared OR Level III or Level IV-Clinical Min. 24 clock hoursLevel II Master’s prepared OR Level III or Level IV-Clinical Min. 12 clock hoursOn-going
Infant Family Specialist (Level II) Master’s preparedLevel III or Level IV-Clinical Min. 24 clock hoursLevel III or Level IV-Clinical Min. 12 clock hoursOn-going
Infant Mental Health Specialist (Level III) Direct service providerLevel III or Level IV-Clinical Min. 50 clock hoursLevel III or Level IV-Clinical Min. 12 clock hoursOn-going
Infant Mental Health Specialist (Level III) Provider of RSC to othersLevel III or Level IV-Clinical Min. 50 clock hoursLevel IV-Clinical Min. 12 clock hoursOn-going
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical (Level IV)Level IV-Clinical Min. 50 clock hoursLevel IV-Clinical Min. 12 clock hoursAfter having earned & maintained Level IV-Clinical for min. three years

Refund Policies Associated with MI-AIMH Endorsement® Fees

EASy Registration Fee

The EASy Registration Fee covers the materials that are sent to new applicants, including the MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines® that currently retail for $25.50 plus shipping & handling. Therefore, MI-AIMH does not refund EASy Registration Fees.

Endorsement® Processing Fee

The Endorsement® Processing Fee only partially covers the MI-AIMH expenses related to supporting applicants through the process, facilitating application reviews, compiling feedback letters to each applicant, creating and mailing the endorsement certificate, and maintaining the Endorsement® Registry. In addition, at Levels III and IV there are the additional expenses related to the creation and field testing of a new exam each year, administering the exam, and reviewing the exam. Reviews of the applications submitted by Level III and IV applicants requires approximately 30-40% more time than the review of applications submitted by Level I and II applicants. Therefore, MI-AIMH is unable to refund Endorsement® Processing Fees once an application has been submitted for review. This policy applies even if applicant is deferred, does not pass the exam, or accepts endorsement at another level with a lower fee.

Policy on Replacement Certificates

MI-AIMH is happy to send a replacement Endorsement® certificate, but please note that we charge $10 for replacements to cover time, materials, shipping & handling. If an employer or anyone needs to confirm your Endorsement®, please refer to the Endorsement Registry. To request a new endorsement certificate, please mail a check for $10, made out to MI-AIMH to 13101 Allen Road, Southgate, MI 48195.

Policy on Submission of an Incomplete Application

If MI-AIMH needs to ask applicant to add or revise material more than once and/or if applicant submits before the references are completed, hours of RSC completed, etc, the application is incomplete and will not be reviewed in the current quarter.  Status in EASy will be changed from Submitted to In Progress.  If applicant completes the missing pieces by the next deadline, he/she will hit Submit again (but can skip paying the Endorsement® Processing Fee if paid on first submission).  MI-AIMH will review the following quarter.  No additional fee charged for resubmission of an incomplete application.  This policy is intended to cut down on all the back and forth communication between reviewers, coordinators, and applicants during the review period.  This wouldn’t be a “deferral” but simply categorized as “incomplete.”

Policy on Submission of a Revised Application After Deferral

If an application is deferred, the applicant will be provided the reasons for deferral in writing and is expected to address those reasons before resubmitting.  Because of the time required to coordinate and conduct reviews each time someone is deferred and re-submits, a “Resubmission Fee” of $20 will be added for the first resubmission of a deferred application, $40 for a second resubmission of deferred application, $60 for a third resubmission of deferred application, and so on.  This is not intended as a penalty, but as an incentive to be sure the application is as clear and complete as it can be before any submission.