The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) Monthly Newsletter
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March 2022

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

Look for us at the MSSA Conference!
If you plan to attend the Minnesota Social Service Association 129th Annual Training Conference and Expo from March 16-18, stop by our table! Staff from the Training Academy will be available to answer your questions, demonstrate the new Training Portal, and pass out a few giveaways!
The courses below are now available for registration through the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) Training Portal. The login is available on our website - - in the top-right navigation, then select the Training Catalog, where you will find a course description and links to register.

Workers: If you do not yet have a Training Portal account, ask your supervisor to send you an invitation.

Supervisors and Tribal Leaders: If you do not yet have a Training Portal account, follow the instructions in this email. To invite your employees, and/or to assign new workers to a Child Welfare Foundations Training, follow the instructions in this email.
Training for Current Workers and Supervisors
Responsive Child Welfare Practice with LGBTQ Youth (CWTA X210)
March 21 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Structured Decision Making (CWTA X202)

March 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Case Plannin
g (CWTA X211)
March 28 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Visit our Training Catalog to register for any of these courses.

Tribal Training and Certification Partnership (TTCP)

ICWA/MIFPA Ongoing Worker Training - Statewide
March 21-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Each Day | Online
Contact for more information and to register.

Coming Soon

Legal Practice Skills (CWTA X201)
April 11 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Southwest Regional Learning Center (tentative)

Signs of Safety (CWTA X206)
April 26-27 | TBD | Northwest Regional Learning Center

Human Trafficking and Sexually Exploited Youth: Basic Training for Child Welfare (CWTA X205)

We realize these courses fill very quickly (as well as the waitlists), and we are continuing to schedule additional offerings as quickly as possible.
Training for New Workers Only
Child Welfare Foundations Training (CWTA X100)
This training is assigned by a supervisor or tribal leader. Participants must be able to attend all dates/times. At this time we anticipate the following Cohort will be in person; we will notify registrants if that changes.

Cohort 94 | In Person: Northeast Learning Center (more info soon)

  • Classroom 1: May 10-12 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • ICWA/MIFPA Training: May 24-25 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Classroom 2: June 7-9 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: June 14 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Online*
  • Classroom 3: June 28-30 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: July 7 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Online*
  • Classroom 4: July 26-28 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
*SSIS Labs will be held online.

From your Training Portal, go to Quick Navigations and select Assign Trainings.
Accommodation Requests
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a training, contact us as soon as possible at


Our class sizes tend to be small and we often have a waiting list. 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?
Log in here under "I have a University Internet Account" using your UMN guest account. In the left navigation, click My Enrollment History, scroll to the course you wish to drop and select Request Drop (you will need to select a reason for dropping the class). Then select Submit to process the request. If you need to drop a course on or after the course start date, complete the Help & Support Form on our Contact Us page.
Training Data | February 2022
202 hours of training, 348 attendees, 57 counties and tribes represented, 36 hours of ICWA foundation trained by TTCP
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).
Staff Highlights
Kristin Malin

Kristin Malin
Southwest Regional Trainer

Kristin has spent the last 16 years in the world of child protection. After starting as a front line child protection worker, she transitioned to lead social worker and spent the last seven years as a child protection supervisor in a joint powers agency.
Learn more...

Addie Smith

Addie Smith
Northeast Regional Trainer

Addie has worked in the human services field for over 10 years in multiple roles including Supervised Visitation Worker, Therapeutic Visitation Worker, Child Protection Social Worker, and a School Social Worker.
Learn more...


Amy Walkner
Evaluation and Credentialing Specialist

Amy is a licensed social worker with over 15 years’ direct practice, research, data, and policy experience in the areas of adoption, foster care, family relationships, and children’s mental health. She is excited to be joining a team of professionals dedicated to improving the child welfare system.
Learn more...

Employment Opportunities
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Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA)
MNCWTA is seeking applicants for a Staff Trainer, as well as an Evaluation and Credentialing Specialist.
Learn more about these employment opportunities on our website.

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
DHS is seeking applicants for a Social Services Information System (SSIS) Business Operations and Training Manager. Learn more on the DHS website. Job ID is 53387, and the posting closes on 03/18/2022.
Other Training and Webinars

SSIS Mentor Coffee Talk: Statewide Release v22.1
New mentor coffee talk webinars have been added to the SSIS events calendar for 2022. The next talk will cover Grids and General Reports in SSIS, and will take place on Tuesday, March 15 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Registration is required for each session and will close one hour prior to the event. Webinars will be recorded and posted for future reference. A full schedule can be found here.

DHS Permanency Training Opportunities
The DHS permanency quality assurance team has several WebEx-based training opportunities that will cover the adoption and kinship processes for children in foster care, as well as children’s social and medical histories. Dates, topics, and registration links are as follows:
For more information, visit Child protection, foster care, adoption: Training and scroll down to the section titled Conferences, trainings, and webinars, then open Training.

Duluth ACEs: Rising Above Adversity, Building a Community of Resilience

Learn more about Duluth ACEs, a day-long, virtual summit on March 26 that will shed light on the impacts and best-practices for supporting people who have experienced developmental, generational, and complex trauma. Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., world-renowned trauma expert and coauthor with Oprah Winfrey of “What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma,” will provide the keynote address in the morning, followed by smaller, break-out sessions hosted by experts in the Neurosequential Network. $10 (scholarships available).

CASCW two day conference supporting collaborative birth and foster parent relationships in child welfare april 20 9-12 and April 21 1-4

2022 CASCW Annual Spring Conference: Supporting Collaborative Birth and Foster Parent Relationships in Child Welfare
This year’s virtual CASCW conference featuring speakers and panelists as they explore how child welfare workers can best facilitate and support birth and foster parent relationships to improve outcomes for children and families. The audience will learn current strategies and best practices from those with professional and personal experience. April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and April 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Nominations Open for 2022 Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) Awards

In connection with CASCW's 2022 Spring Conference, you are invited to nominate those in the Minnesota child welfare community who demonstrate a commitment to engaging families, engagement in strengths-based work with families, a focus on reducing disparities in the child welfare system, and utilization of research-supported practice.

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Nominate Minnesota county and tribal child welfare supervisors and frontline workers for the Child Welfare Exemplary Service Award. Nomination examples for this award might include child protection social workers, county or tribal supervisors, county or tribal children's mental health, dependency, or permanency workers.

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Nominate frontline professionals working in a variety of fields for the Outstanding Service Partner in Child Welfare Award. This award recognizes Minnesota child welfare workers in private child-serving agencies, community agencies, schools, for outstanding service to children and families. Nomination examples for this award might include but are not limited to: community social workers, school social workers, Guardians Ad Litem, private agency foster care and adoption workers, and many others.

Nominations deadline extended to April 1!

Child Welfare Workforce Wellness

The best way to thrive during these trying times is to find ways to take care of yourself. Following are several options that may be helpful:
  • In the article What to Do About Self-Care Fatigue, Columbia University Irving Medical Center spoke with Lourival Baptista-Neto, MD, on what to do when you’re just plain tired of hearing about self-care.
  • The Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators (MACSSA) has a number of Child Wellbeing Resources on their website. Check it out!

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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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