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March 2023
Welcome to The Acorn! Each month we share the latest trainings and resources available to child welfare professionals throughout Minnesota.

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March is Women’s History Month and Social Work Month
We want to take this opportunity to celebrate the amazing women who have made this field what it is today. In addition to being a crucial source of progress and leadership, women currently make up more than 80% of the social service workforce. Learn more...

Regional Learning Center Open Houses
Following the successful Grand Opening of the Twin Cities Metro Learning Center in September 2022, the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) will be hosting similar celebrations at our regional learning centers. Learn more and RSVP here!
  • April 21: Southwest Learning Center in Marshall
  • May 5: Northwest Learning Center in Detroit Lakes
  • June 12: Southeast Learning Center in Owatonna

Intercultural Assessment Pilot Launch Temporarily Delayed
The Training Academy has decided to delay implementation of the IDI Pilot for Cohort 106 as planned. This decision is based upon recent changes in staff capacity as well as complications due to timing and scheduling. We are still committed to incorporating the IDI assessment and development plan as an important part of our new worker training and are making plans to reschedule the IDI Pilot this year. We thank you for your partnership and patience.

MSSA Annual Training Conference & Expo: March 15-17
If you plan to attend the MSSA conference, stop by our table in the Exhibit Hall. We will have fun giveaway items, as well as information about training, our new Advisory Network, and 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 LOGIN 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.

Need a Training Portal Profile?
Ask your supervisor to invite you. If you are a tribal leader or supervisor, or you do not need a supervisor to assign your trainings, submit the New Profile Request Form. If you have questions or technical issues, let us know.

Current Workers and Supervisors

Legal Practice Skills (CWTA X201)
March 14 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Southeast Regional Training Center

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

April 11 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Twin Cities Metro Learning Center

Signs of Safety + Signs of Safety: Three Month Review (CWTA X215)

May 4-5 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day | Northeast Regional Learning Center (hosted by TTCP)
September 12 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Online

Self-Paced Online Training

Mandated Reporter Training (CWTA X101)
This 45-minute training is designed for child welfare professionals identified by law who must make a report if they have reason to believe that maltreatment of a child has occurred. The course you select will depend on your job title and responsibilities. A module for Youth Programs is also now available. Learn more...

National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) CW Supervisors (CWTA X401)
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.

Coming Soon (registration typically opens approximately two months prior to start date)

Responsive Child Welfare Practice with LGBTQ Youth (CWTA X210)
May 8 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Human Trafficking and Sexually Exploited Youth: Basic Training for Child Welfare (CWTA X205)
May 10 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Online
June 15 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Online

Family Group Decision Making: Overview and Facilitation (CWTA X202)
May 15-16 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day | Online

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. Remind your employees that they still need to enroll in a course even after you assigned it to them. Learn more here. A checklist of all new worker requirements can be found here.

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. New workers need to complete NTI before the end of Classroom 4.

  • Classroom 1: March 14-16 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: March 28-29 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: April 11-13 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: April 18 (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: May 2-4 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: May 9 (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: May 16-18 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)

Cohort 106 | Twin Cities Metro Learning Center

  • Classroom 1: April 4-6 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: April 18-19 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: May 9-11 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: May 16 (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: June 6-8 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: June 14 (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: June 27-29 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)

Cohort 107 | Southeast Regional Training Center
  • Classroom 1: April 25-27 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: May 10-11 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: May 23-25 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: May 31 (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: June 13-15 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: June 20 (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: July 18-20 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)

Coming Soon

Cohort 109 | May - August | Northwest Learning Center
Cohort 110 | June - August | Northeast Learning Center

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

Learners who miss more than 30 minutes of training will not receive credit. Learners who miss more than 30 minutes of Foundations (new worker) training will need to repeat that specific classroom. If the training takes place over several days, you can only miss 30 minutes total; not 30 minutes per day. Please plan ahead to adjust court dates, on-call shifts, caseload responsibilities, etc.

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.

Other Trainings and Webinars
SSIS Coffee Talk
The SSIS Business Section at DHS will be hosting the SSIS Coffee Talk about the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) 101 on Tuesday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m. Presenters will be sharing the history of AFCARS, new elements, penalties, repository, bulletins, and more. All State and agency SSIS users are welcome. Registration is required and will close one hour prior to the event.
Duluth Thrives
Duluth Thrives Resiliency Summit 2023
The Shift Our Brains: Practices to Unravel the Impact of Trauma and Create Community Resilience half-day summit is on Saturday, March 25 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Duluth. The cost is $20 with options for in-person or online, and a Certificate of Attendance will be provided. Visit the Junior League of Duluth website to register and learn more.

Permanency Regional Training

The DHS Permanency Support Unit staff will hold permanency trainings at the Regional Learning Centers across Minnesota. Each training will be in person; space will be limited to the room size at each location. These offerings are designed for county and tribal child welfare and/or child protection workers. Below are the dates:
Each training is from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Learn more about these trainings and how to register here.

CASCW Spring Conference
This annual conference will focus on Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Child Welfare, and will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Delta Hotel by Marriott in Minneapolis. There is no cost to attend, lunch will be provided, and there are free MN BOSW-approved CEUs available. Registration is coming soon. Learn more...

2023 Child Abuse Summit: Tips from the Team
This event on July 24-26 in the Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is an opportunity to learn about the identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect from both regional and national experts. The Summit is designed to provide professionals from all disciplines with the knowledge, tools, and skills to identify and treat all types of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Learn more and register here.
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Parenting Done Differently: Parents with Disabilities Podcast
The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) recently released another episode in this series on Understanding the Intersection of Parenting, Disabilities within First Nations Communities (Part 2, Episode 15), which discusses the law pertaining to the rights of parents with disabilities and the intersection of parenting, disability, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Check out this episode, as well as the full series.
Training Data | February 2023
136 hours of training and 233 attendees
Visit here to view the complete training report for February. Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) Foundation training is developed and provided by the Tribal Training and Certification Partnership (TTCP).
Employment Opportunities
The Training Academy is seeking applicants for Metro Staff Trainers (2 open positions) to provide support, direction, and coordination for the delivery of new worker and new supervisor foundation training, and as needed, specialized social worker, and resource family training. Applicants should have three (3) years professional experience in a public child welfare agency (county or tribal) that provides child protection services directly to children and families. Closing Date: 03/16/2023.

All MNCWTA employment opportunities can be found here.

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW)
  • Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
  • Web and Digital Specialist
  • CASCW Child Welfare Workforce Researcher
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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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