Steps to Endorsement

1. Registration

Registration is the first step in the endorsement process. Follow the steps below to register in the right category for you.

Pre-registration steps

  1. Become an AAIMH WA member.

  2. Review the Categories of Endorsement and the AAIMH Competency Guidelines® to determine which category is the best fit for you.

  3. Go to the Endorsement Application System (EASy) page (available from 15 January 2020) and click on 'Register'.

  4. Use the AAIMH WA Getting Started Guide to guide your portfolio progress.

Registration tips

  • We strongly recommend using your personal email when you register on the Endorsement Application System (EASy).

    The emails from EASy can end up in Junk or Spam folders when using your work email, or be blocked by your organisation's firewall.

  • We also recommend adding the following email address to your contacts list: endorsementwa@aaimhi.org

  • Click the 'SAVE' button on the screen after you upload your cv/resume to ensure it is retained.

  • Please pay the Registration Fee of $50 through direct bank deposit or Paypal at the time of submission.

  • Your registration will be complete once we have verified your AAIMH WA membership and your fee payment has been received.

  • We will email you if we have questions and to let you know once your Registration is approved.

  • Our goal is to process Registrations within 7 days. However, depending on the volume, it may take 10 days for AAIMH WA to complete your initial Registration review.


If you have any questions or need assistance with your registration, please contact the endorsement coordinator at endorsementwa@aaimhi.org

2. Preparing and submitting your application 

Preparation

Review the following documents to prepare your portfolio for your application:

Obtaining three references

You will need to obtain references from at least three referees, including: 

  • a programme supervisor (the person to whom you currently report)
  • the person who provides reflective supervision [for the categories of Infant Family Practitioner (IFP), Infant Mental Health Practitioner (IMHP) and  Infant Mental Health Mentor (IMHM)]

  • a supervisee (if you provide reflective supervision/consultation to others)

and/or:

  • a colleague, teacher, trainer and/or other who is familiar with your work as it relates to the competencies.


For the categories of IFP, IMHP and IMHM, at least one reference must be from someone who meets the Endorsement® requirements in the categories IFP, IMHP or IMHM or is familiar with the Competency Guidelines® and 'vetted' by AAIMH WA. (Go to 'Reflective Supervision' for information about 'vetting' (authorising) providers of reflective supervision.)

Submitting your portfolio for your application

  • You can submit your portfolio once you have received our email advising that your Registration is approved.

  • Enter your portfolio information on EASy.

  • Pay the application processing fee for your category when you submit.
  • Application Processing Fees (November 2019):

- Infant Family Worker (IFW): $50
- Infant Family Practitioner (IFP): $100
- Infant Mental Health Practitioner (IMHP): $300
- Infant Mental Health Mentor (IMHM): $400

  • Deadlines:

- Infant Family Worker and Infant Family Practitioner categories: no deadline. Portfolios are accepted for processing on an ongoing basis.

- Infant Mental Health Practitioner and Infant Mental Health Mentor categories: please check current deadlines on EASy.

What happens after you submit your portfolio?

All applications are carefully reviewed by two trained reviewers who have earned IMH Endorsement®.  

After examining your official transcripts, the reference forms, and your lists of specialised work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experience (if required for your category), each reviewer will make recommendations to:

  • endorse you

or

  • if you are applying to be endorsed as IMH Practitioner or IMH Mentor: invite you to sit for the endorsement exam

or

  • suggest that you pursue further training and/or reflective supervision, and be re-reviewed after a period of time.


Timeframe for feedback on your application:
AAIMH WA endeavours to give you feedback on whether your application has been approved for endorsement (for the IFW and IFP categories) or whether you are invited to do the exam (for the IMHP and IMHM categories) within 6 weeks of the submission deadline.


If you have any questions or need assistance with your registration or application, please contact the endorsement coordinator at endorsementwa@aaimhi.org

We look forward to supporting you on your path to endorsement.