Preparing for the IAITMH Endorsement (IMH-E®) Exam

Level III and IV applicants
are required to take the
IAITMH Endorsement Exam


Indiana currently offers the
exam once per year, usually
in September

 The 2016 Exam will take place on Saturday, September 24th. Click Here for Details

The exam consists of two (2) parts:

Part I: 60 Multiple Choice Questions – 90 minutes to complete
This part of the exam is the same for all levels and will cover the following topics:

  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn period
  • Attachment theory and early relationship development
  • Caregiving practices and caregiving behaviors
  • Family, parenting and child care issues
  • Infant and toddler development in all domains
  • Temperament and individuals differences in infancy and early childhood
  • Indicators of risk in infancy, early childhood, and early parenthood
  • Infant mental health practice
  • Best practice infant mental health assessment, diagnoses, and treatment approaches
  • Cultural competence
  • Familiarity with standardized screening and assessment tools
  • Familiarity with service delivery systems that cater to infants, toddlers, and their families
  • Reflective supervisory practice (Level IV – Clinical)

Part II: Written Portion – 90 minutes to complete
This portion of the exam is different for each level

Infant Mental Health Specialist (Level III): Response to two of three clinical vignettes
  • Your work experiences with infants and toddlers and families, where you are working from a relationship-based perspective practicing infant mental health, are crucial
  • Your experience of reflective supervision, individual or group, is also important.
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical (Level IV): Response to two of three clinical vignettes
  • One clinical vignette is a supervisory scenario and must be answered from the perspective of the supervisor.
  • One of the two clinical vignettes must be answered from the perspective of the infant mental health specialist/practitioner.
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Policy (Level IV): Policy response to a qualitative question
You will rely on your extensive leadership experience with the infant-family field ensuring the promotion and practice of infant mental health. In particular, you are encouraged to consider:
  • Funding
  • Systems development
  • All that is required to promote change across systems
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Research/Faculty (Level IV): Research response to a qualitative question
You will rely on your extensive research and teaching experience in the infant-family field related to the study of:
  • Pregnancy, infancy, early childhood and early parenthood
  • Attachment security and relationship needs
  • Risk and resiliency in the early years
  • Caregiving practices
  • Early assessment and intervention strategies
  • Mental health needs of infants and toddlers