Endorsement Process

How to Become Endorsed in Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health

The endorsement process establishes a standard of excellence that professionals can use  to document their expertise, employers can use to determine hiring practices, and consumers can use to guide decision-making about providers.

Endorsement has three stages: preparation, gathering supporting documents and completion and submission of the application. Scroll to details in the columns below.

Supplemental Endorsements: If you already have a TMHP or MHS endorsement certificate from the California Center, seek a change to ATMHP and/or reflective practice enhanced endorsement and meet the criteria for change, you may complete the online supplemental request application. You can also use this form to add an RPF I/II or RP Mentor endorsement. Submit the application with a $75 non-refundable processing fee payable to WestEd.

Cost: Payment of $375 (check or purchase order, payable to WestEd) is required to process and review your endorsement application. Should the Review Panel determine that the applicant does not meet the endorsement requirement, $100 of the fee is non-refundable to partially cover review time. However, in such cases, the California Center Review Panel will provide individualized guidance regarding additional training needed in the knowledge domain or reflective practice experience areas in order to meet the criteria for endorsement.

1 — PREPARE

1a Familiarize yourself with the endorsement categories and resource materials.

1b Select the appropriate endorsement category.

1c Gather materials that document your learning experience.

1d Check your readiness for endorsement.

2 — GATHER

2a Review the details of each endorsement category.

2b Develop a brief personal statement.

2c Update your resume or curriculum vitae.

2d Develop a brief narrative of your learning experiences indicating how you met the required training.  Example

2e Upload copies of your training documents or certificates.

Reflective Practice Facilitator (RPF) applicants also need:

2f Request at least one letter of recommendation for reflective practice facilitator endorsement.

2g Names and contact information of three people who have received RPF from the applicant.

RPF Mentor applicants also need:

2h Additional letters of recommendation as a mentor documenting the RPF you have received related to the work you have done to help (mentor) others become RPF’s.

3 — SUBMIT

3a Complete the application.

3b Submit payment of $375 via check or purchase order (payable to WestEd). Should the Review Panel determine that the applicant does not meet the endorsement requirement, $100 of the fee is non-refundable to partially cover review time. However, in such cases, the California Center Review Panel will provide individualized guidance regarding additional training needed in the knowledge domain or reflective practice experience areas in order to meet the criteria for endorsement.

You will receive an email verification of receipt of your application and fee. The review process can take up to six weeks.