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

Rosewood Office Plaza
Save the Date for our Open House!
The Twin Cities Metro Learning Center is planning to host an Open House on Thursday, September 22 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. If you plan to be in the area that day, we hope you'll stop by. RSVP here. More details will be available soon. Open House celebrations will also take place at each of the Regional Learning Centers sometime in Spring 2023. Look for information about those early in the new year.

July was National BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

Last month we shared a blog post about BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, which was created to highlight the unique challenges that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color face related to mental health in the United States. The article includes a number of resources that can be helpful anytime during the year. Learn more...

Curriculum Update
The new Mandated Reporter Training will be available starting August 22. This is a self-paced learning module that is designed for professionals identified by law to make a report if there is suspected or known child maltreatment. This training will feature videos, quizzes, and activities that can be completed online. The previous training was located on the DHS website, but will soon be hosted through the Training Academy.

Evaluation Framework
MNCWTA Evaluation Framework
The Training Academy has created an evaluation framework to describe the levels at which we will be collecting information to improve our curriculum and training delivery. The framework will also help us and the public know if we are achieving our goals. 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

Legal Practice Skills (CWTA X201)

August 17 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Northeast Regional Learning Center at TTCP

Responsive Child Welfare Practice with LGBTQ Youth
(CWTA X210)

August 30 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Collaborative Safety - Advanced Practice (CWTA X208)
September 14-15 | 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.

Registration Change Starting with Cohort 98: 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 98 | Northwest Regional Learning Center
  • Classroom 1: September 6-8 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: September 20-21 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: October 4-6 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: October 11 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: October 25-27 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: November 1 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: November 15-17 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)

Cohort 99 | Twin Cities Metro Learning Center
  • Classroom 1: September 27-29 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: October 4-5 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: October 18-20 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: October 25 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: November 1-3 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: November 9 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: November 29- December 1 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 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
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Bonnie Vang
Learner Experience Specialist

Bonnie has over 15 years of Customer Service, mostly in the government sector, and worked for the City of Minneapolis for 10 years and DHS P-EBT Call Center for one year. Her main responsibility was phones and assisting parents with filling out the electronic web form. She also coordinated the language workflows documents and assisted in the development of and conducted training for new hires. Learn more...
Other Training and Webinars
SSIS Coffee Talks
The SSIS Business Operations and Training unit at DHS has announced that two coffee talks have been added to the SSIS events calendar for August 23 and September 20. Both are scheduled from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Registration is required and will close one hour prior to the event. Webinars will be recorded and posted for future reference.

Tribal Training and Certification Partnership (TTCP)

Learn about upcoming events and trainings offered by TTCP.

2022 Child Abuse Summit
: August 22-24
This hybrid Summit is an opportunity to learn about the identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect from both regional and national experts. Learn more on their website.

Phoenix Learning Xchange (PLX)
PLX is an interactive, multidisciplinary, non-credit certificate program, which aims to broaden the knowledge of the development, challenges, positive engagement and wellbeing of youth and adolescents involved in the child welfare and other systems. There are still open seats. Due to low registration numbers, the Rochester cohort will be moving to the Twin Cities on Mondays. Inquire with the Program Coordinator at for more information.

2022 Legislative Session Fact Sheets
DHS has released a number of fact sheets summarizing human services investments and policy approved during the 2022 legislative session. Highlights include efforts to address gaps in the behavioral health continuum of care and a new competency restoration law. Learn more...

Parenting Done Differently Podcast
The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) is hosting a podcast series that explores how parenting can be done differently and how professionals can best support parents with disabilities. In the latest episode, Once Upon a Time, Marjorie Aunos reflects on how becoming a mom with a physical disability has changed her perspective as a researcher and practitioner who works with parents with intellectual disabilities.

Employment Opportunities
join our team
The Training Academy is seeking applicants for a Community Trainer to deliver an established curriculum for an advanced course in Sexually Exploited Youth. We are also seeking a Curriculum Developer to work with subject matter experts on curriculum revision, design, and development.

Visit our employment page to learn more about these opportunities.
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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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