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NOTICE: As of September 1st, 2013 the endorsement fee was raised to $375. In addition there is now a $75 re-application/processing fee for individuals who want to submit a supplemental application to pursue an additional endorsement (e.g. Reflective Practice Facilitator or Mentor). Individuals who are moving from Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioner to Mental Health Specialist endorsement are allowed two years without an additional charge for processing this specific change in endorsement status. This is to insure that those who have completed advanced mental health degrees but have not yet become licensed have time to gain licensure. After two years, any changes will require an additional fee.

The Need to Measure a Relationship

As the field of Infant Mental Health continues to grow, there is an ongoing need for quality training for providers across multiple service delivery systems. Our knowledge of early brain development has pushed many service sectors towards investments in prevention, and increased referrals to services for children under three. Service systems are creating increased linkages; one such example is the Child Protective Services (CPS) linking with Public Mental Health to recommend intervention for younger children. As a result, mental health providers may be experiencing an increase in referrals of children birth to five. MORE

Different endorsement categories for different professionals – Which is right for you?

The endorsement categories describe how a practitioner might achieve infant-family and early childhood mental health competency at the level of either a Transdisciplinary Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioner or an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Reflective Practice Facilitators (RPFs) can offer reflective practice opportunities, while Reflective Practice Mentors provide reflective practice and mentorship to the Reflective Practice Facilitators. MORE

The California Center is available to support your organization.

The California Center offers an array of services to promote the mental health of children under the age of five by addressing organizational development, research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, policy and evaluation and product development. The services and products range from broad-based collaboration on policy issues at a national level to conducting training and workshops in the field with professionals. MORE