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October 2022
Welcome to The Acorn! Each month we share the latest trainings and resources available to child welfare professionals throughout Minnesota.

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Implementation Report:
July 2019 - June 2022

We are pleased to share our first Implementation Report, which is a compilation of the first three years of the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy. This and future reports can be found on our website.

Mandated Reporter Training
Mandated Reporter Training is a self-paced learning module that is designed for professionals identified by law who must make a report if suspected or known child maltreatment has occurred. This training features videos, quizzes, and activities that can be completed through self-study. Learn more...

Using Simulation to Enhance Child Welfare Training
Simulation is an exciting and fast-developing practice that can be used to greatly enhance child welfare training. At the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA), our curriculum development team has been working in collaboration with Kurt Hattenberger, our simulation specialist, to develop simulation into our training curriculum. Learn more...

The courses below are now available for registration through the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) Training Portal. Go to our website,, and then log-in to the Training Portal using the top-right navigation. From there, select the Training Catalog, where you will find course descriptions and links to register.
Current Workers and Supervisors

Domestic Violence Co-Occurrence: Partnering and Engaging Parents (CWTA X209)

October 18 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Signs of Safety (CWTA X206)
October 26-28 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day | Online

Case Planning (CWTA X211)
November 3 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Signs of Safety Three Month Review (CWTA X207)
November 4 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Online

Responsive Child Welfare Practice with LGBTQ Youth (CWTA X210)
November 9 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Collaborative Safety - Advanced Practice (CWTA X208)
December 6-8 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day | Online

Structured Decision Making (CWTA X200)

December 8 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Human Trafficking and Sexually Exploited Youth: Basic Training for Child Welfare (CWTA X205) | 2 Open Sections:
January 18 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online
February 21 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) CW Supervisors (CWTA X401) | Self-Paced Online
NTI for Child Welfare Supervisors is a 25 hour web-based training that focuses on case work practices and professional skills for staff across the child welfare continuum to promote child well-being, permanency and family stability for children living with foster, adoptive or guardianship families. Child Welfare Supervisors will receive a “Supervisor Coaching and Activity Guide” to support staff in applying learning to daily practice.

New Worker Training

Child Welfare Foundations Training (CWTA X100)
Foundations training is only for new county and tribal workers who are involved in child protection, and is assigned by a supervisor or tribal leader through the Training Portal. Participants must be able to attend all dates/times.

NTI Modules: The NTI self-paced online training, which previously was built into each Foundations cohort, is now a separate course. Supervisors can assign this to new workers, or have new staff register on their own, as it is still a requirement for completing Foundations. Look for the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) CW Professionals (CWTA X401) course in the Training Catalog.

Cohort 102 | Online
  • Classroom 1: November 29-December 1 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: December 12-13 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: January 3-5 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: January 10 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: January 24-26 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: January 31 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: February 14-16 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)

Accommodation Requests

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a training, contact us as soon as possible at


Trainees who miss more than 30 minutes of any given training will not receive CEUs; for required training, you will need to repeat the entire course.

Need to Cancel Your Registration?

Our class sizes tend to be small and we often have a waiting list. Follow the instructions here if you need to drop a course.

Staff Highlights
Richard Coleman
Richard Coleman
Metro Staff Trainer

Richard is passionate about children and families. He is an anti-racist and a social justice warrior determined to assist in the the dismantling of systemic oppression. Richard is a former college professor of undergraduate social work, has worked in child protection/child welfare as a social worker, and was a unit supervisor and division manager. He has a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in direct practice/clinical social work. Learn more...
Other Training and Webinars
DHS Permanency Training Opportunities
These trainings will cover the adoption and kinship processes for children in foster care, as well as children’s social and medical histories:
For more information, visit Child protection, foster care, adoption: Training and scroll down to the section titled Conferences, trainings, and webinars, then open Training. If you have any questions, contact

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment: An Overview of the Co-Occurrence and Batterer Intervention Programs
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and child welfare workers often support families who are navigating family violence. U of M School of Social Work faculty Dr. Lynette M. Renner, PhD, MSW, Amy Dorman, MPP, and Jacob Otis, MSW, created a new online module on the co-occurence of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV).

Title IV-E Child Welfare Fellowship Program Information Sessions
Do you have an interest in working with parents and children? We invite you to consider applying to the Title IV-E Child Welfare Fellowship Program as part of your MSW application. Register for an information session on October 24 from 12 - 1 p.m. (CST) or November 29 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. (CST). You can also send your questions to Kate Walthour at

Podcast: Putting on Your Oxygen Mask While Helping Others
Child welfare workers engage with children and families during some of the most challenging times in their lives. As the metaphor goes, child welfare workers cannot properly support others without their own “air.” It is essential that workers have effective and sustainable support to care for themselves while they also care for families. Learn more...
Training Data | September 2022
219 hours of training and 253 attendees
Visit here to view the complete training report for September. Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) Foundation training is developed and provided by the Tribal Training and Certification Partnership (TTCP).
Employment Opportunities
join our team
The Training Academy is seeking applicants for:
  • Community Trainer who have in-depth knowledge of Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)
  • Community Trainer to deliver an established curriculum for an advanced course in Sexually Exploited Youth (SEY)
  • Curriculum Developer to work with subject matter experts and Academy staff on curriculum revision, design, and development

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employment page to learn more!
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Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA), 1711 County Road B, Suite 200N, Roseville, MN 55113, United States

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) is a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Safety and Permanency Division and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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