What is the WV Infant/Toddler Mental Health Endorsement?
Endorsement is a process that supports and recognizes the development of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families. This process uses a nationally recognized set of competencies that helps define best practice and guides professional growth. All professionals who have experience working with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, parents, and/or other caregivers and meet the educational, work, training, and reflective supervision/consultation requirements as specified at each level are encouraged to seek endorsement.
It is rooted in evidence based practices for promoting social emotional competence and preventing challenging behaviors.
The Infant Mental Health competencies are a nice complement to the West Virginia Core Knowledge and Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. The Association has created a crosswalk as a resource guide.
To view a short video on Endorsement, click here.
To access the West Virginia Endorsement Application System (EASy) login, click here.
To access the West Virginia Endorsement Registry, click here.
Why is this needed?
Research has demonstrated that children who live in poverty or have adverse family circumstances may enter school behind their same age peers in academic, language, behavioral, and social skills. Through nurturing and responsive care giving and teaching practices, children can thrive in spite of poverty, isolation, or family circumstances and children with disabilities can reach his or her fullest potential.
What are the categories of Endorsement?
Category I: Infant Family Associate
Category II: Infant Family Specialist
Category III: Infant Mental Health Specialist
Category IV: Infant Mental Health Mentor
Each category of endorsement recognizes the education experiences, specialized training experiences, and work experiences appropriate for best service outcomes for infants, toddlers and families. Reflective supervision/consultation is required for candidates applying at Category II-IV-C, and there is a written exam for candidates applying at Category III and IV.