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We are honored to include each person who earns and maintains* Aim Early Idaho Endorsement® on the Endorsement® Registry.
Endorsement involves a standardized process to determine that a professional has accumulated specialized experiences in the infant and early childhood field and has signed a Code of Ethics. All applicants receive a copy of the Code of Ethics. An applicant’s experiences are documented by the submission of an application that details competency-based training, specialized work experiences, and for most, reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) experiences. The application also includes official transcripts and three reference ratings. Endorsees as Infant/Mental Health Specialist and Infant/Mental Health Mentor have passed an exam that includes measures of theoretical knowledge, direct service skills, and their capacity to apply these principles into practice. This exam is scored by a team of two reviewers who are blind to the identity of the examinee.
To maintain Endorsement also requires ongoing training and, in the cases of Infant Family Specialist, Infant Mental Health Specialist and Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical, ongoing RSC. Endorsees are also required to re-commit to upholding the Code of Ethics annually. Beginning in January of 2022, this commitment includes signing an attestation that the endorsee has not been sanctioned by a licensing board.
Endorsement is not a professional license or a certificate. Aim Early Idaho Endorsement cannot guarantee the quality of service of any endorsed professional. Aim Early Idaho Endorsement does not include a process by which complaints or concerns regarding ethics can be filed. If Aim Early Idaho becomes aware of possible ethics violations by an endorsed professional, complainants are encouraged to, when applicable, contact the individual's professional licensing board. The Aim Early Idaho Endorsement does not offer monitoring for ethics violations, however if Aim Early Idaho learns that an endorsed professional has been sanctioned by a licensing board, the individual’s name is moved to the Inactive Endorsement Registry. Those professionals will follow the policy for reactivation to the Active Endorsement Registry once the licensing board’s sanctions have been lifted.
*Upon earning Endorsement®, each Endorsed professional is required to renew Endorsement® annually. Failure to renew Endorsement® will result in being removed from the Endorsement® Registry. If an Endorsed professional does not think he/she will meet the annual renewal requirements, he/she is able to apply to be listed on the Inactive Endorsement® Registry. For more information about Annual Renewal of Endorsement® and the Inactive Endorsement® Registry, please read our Endorsement® Policies.