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Trainings, Endorsement and Certifications
Elevating IECMH specialists across all infant-serving disciplines and building a statewide system of care for babies.
SCIMHA's Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant-family field. Endorsement indicates an individual’s efforts to specialize in the promotion and practice of infant mental health within his or her chosen discipline.
Endorsement does not guarantee the ability to practice as a mental health professional, although many endorsed professionals are licensed mental health professionals.
Endorsement is not a license or a certificate. SCIMHA cannot guarantee the quality of service of any endorsed professional. SCIMHA does not have a process for filing complaints or concerns regarding ethics. If you have a concern about an endorsed professional, please contact the professional’s employer or the individual’s professional licensing body or other credentialing body.
Annual renewal of Endorsement is required to stay on the South Carolina registry. Learn more about Endorsement annual renewal.
Participants in the Infant Mental Health Endorsement® leadership cohort were the first endorsed professionals in South Carolina. SCIMHA is thankful for the time and effort they invested in building the foundation for Endorsement across the state.
Beth DeHart, MA, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate, Director of Long-Term Care, SC Thrive
Sherrie Dueno, M.Ed., ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate, Outreach Coordinator, ABC Quality Rating & Improvement System
Alesia Lowe-Jenkins, MA, IECMH-E® Infant Family Associate, Early Childhood Family Specialist, Director of Counseling Services, Spartanburg Methodist College
Sara Beth Martin, BSN, MPH, IMH-E® Infant Family Associate, Manager, SC Operations, Nurse Family Partnership
Kerrie Murphy, Ph.D., ECMH-E® Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
Jennifer Schildmeier, M.Ed., ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate, Owner/Director, Foothills Early Learning Center
Kerrie Schnake, MA, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Policy), Director, SCIMHA
Rebecca “Becky” Sharp, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Policy), Senior Program Manager, SC Department of Social Services
Mary Ellen Warren, Ph.D., IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor (Research/Faculty), Associate Professor, USC School of Medicine, Clinical Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Science
Have questions about Endorsement? Contact Endorsement Coordinator Jean Cimino at email@example.com.