Endorsement® Exam

Infant Mental Health Specialist (III) and Infant Mental Health Mentor (IV) applicants must pass the Endorsement® Exam prior to earning Endorsement®. 

The exam is generally offered twice annually, in March and September.  Please see the Events Calendar for dates.  If you have questions about policies related to the Endorsement® exam, please visit our Endorsement® Policies.  There are two parts to the MI-AIMH Endorsement® Exam, read below to find out more.

 

icons_1Part One (60 Multiple Choice Questions – 90 minutes)

Part One is the same for all Level III, Level IV-Clinical, Level IV-Policy, and Level IV-Research Faculty candidatesPart One covers a wide variety of topics. Your study of the following topics, learned in a university program, through intensive infant mental health in-service trainings & workshops, and/or self-study should occur prior to taking the exam. 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 caregiving behaviors;
  • Family, parenting and child care issues;
  • Infant and toddler development in all domains:  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 infant mental health assessment, diagnoses, and treatment approaches;
  • Cultural competence;
  • Familiarity with standardized screening & assessment tools;
  • Familiarity with service delivery systems that cater to infants, toddlers, and their families;
  • Reflective supervisory practice (Level IV – Clinical)

icons_2Part Two (Vignettes – 90 minutes)

Infant Mental Health Specialist (III)

Response to two of three Clinical VignettesYour work experiences with infants and toddlers and families, where you are working from a relationship-based perspective practicing infant mental health, are crucial.Your experience of reflective supervision, individual or group, is also important.

Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical (IV-C)

Part Two – Response to two of three Clinical Vignette/Scenarios 

  • One clinical vignette/Scenario is a supervisory vignette/scenario and must be answered from the perspective of the supervisor.
  • One of two clinical vignettes/scenarios must be answered from the perspective of the infant mental health specialist/practitioner.

Your work experiences with infants and toddlers and families, where you are working from a relationship-based perspective practicing infant mental health, are crucial.

Your experience of reflective supervision, individual or group is also important.

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 is a third important guide.

Infant Mental Health Mentor – Policy (IV-P)

Part Two: Policy Response to a Qualitative Question

You will rely on your extensive leadership experience with the infant-family field ensuring the promotion and practice of infant mental health. In particular, you are encouraged to consider:

Funding; systems development; all that is required to promote change across systems

Infant Mental Health Mentor – Research/Faculty (IV-R/F)

Part Two: Research Response to a Qualitative Question

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.

Below you will find the Exam Resources broken into lists based on competency domain. Select the domain you are interested in studying and then select a specific competency area to find a thorough list of resources specific to that area. This is especially helpful for individuals who need to focus their studying on specific content areas.