The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) Monthly Newsletter
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September 2020

Welcome to The Acorn! Each month we share the latest trainings, data, and resources available to child welfare professionals throughout Minnesota. We are here for you so you can be available to vulnerable families and children who need our help.

This September we will continue looking at the worker competency of
Engagement, and for supervisors the competency of Human Resource Management. As Minnesota’s child welfare practices evolve, there is continued belief that better results are achieved when children, parents, families, communities and tribes are engaged as partners with the child welfare system in securing the safety, permanency and well-being of their children.

Every month we will look at specific competencies within the
Framework for Competent Child Welfare Practice for both child welfare workers and supervisors to explore what competency development really means to our work. As you read through the competencies you will likely be reminded of your own experiences working in the field. Feel free to share those stories with us at

Training Data | August 2020
123 hours of training, 136 attendees, 35 counties represented, 24
hours of ICWA foundation trained by TTCP

Visit here to view the complete training report for August. Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) Foundation training is developed and provided by the Tribal Training and Certification Partnership (TTCP).

Upcoming Trainings

Advanced Practical Training - Collaborative Safety
September 29 - October 1 |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Each Day

This training is designed for child protection staff. The Institute lays the groundwork for participants' knowledge about systems safety. The content provides a framework of system safety and is designed to engage participants with a comprehensive and holistic introduction to human factors and system safety. The Institute is directed towards teaching participants on integrating safety science concepts into the daily work of child protection. Attention is given to current roles, administrative rules and legislative mandates so that concepts are able to be embedded into every day work that is compatible with these roles, rules, and mandates.

The training will be conducted over three, three hour sessions (9/29, 9/30, and 10/1) from 9am-12pm each day. Participants will need to attend all three sessions to receive credit. Zoom links will be sent before the training to those who are registered. Register through Train Link.

Staff Highlights
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Welcome Padma Kannan, our new Research Assistant in the Evaluation and Credentialing Unit.

Padma has over ten years of experience working with children in schools, teachers and leadership education in India and US in K-12 settings. Padma’s experience as a program evaluator and researcher has given her a strong background in educational research, data management, and impact analysis.
Learn more...

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Welcome Jon Goldman, our new Technical Coordinator.

Jon has provided desktop computer support within the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Minnesota for 27 years. While the majority of IT support has moved to centralized systems, Jon prefers the personalized approach that still persists within CEHD.
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Meet Cliff Dahlberg, our new Graduate Research Assistant.

Cliff is an award-winning videographer living in Minnesota with his wife, their kiddo, and poodle. He has a decade of experience creating educational content for non-profit organizations and universities. Cliff is passionate about sharing his knowledge of how to create engaging videos and podcasts and looks forward to bringing that passion to the Training Academy.
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SSIS Coffee Talk Tuesdays for Fiscal and Worker MentorsThese webinars are for all Social Service Information System (SSIS) mentors and coordinators and will focus on specific SSIS topics. The next webinar is on Tuesday, September 29 at 9:00 a.m. and will focus on MAPCY Post Permanency. All webinars will be offered via Zoom; registration is required. Questions regarding topics are appreciated in advance and should be directed to the SSIS Help Desk. To request a reasonable accommodation to participate in this session, please contact Heide Moris (

We Are Hiring!
We are now accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Evaluation Supervisor
  • Curriculum Developer

Give Us Your Feedback
Your feedback will help us to improve training efforts and strengthen the Minnesota child welfare workforce. Let us know what you think!

Trainer Bio: Mary Ness

Learn more about Mary Ness, who leads Foundations New Worker Training and Structured Decision Making training for the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA).

Child Welfare Workforce Wellbeing

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:

  • “Breathe” supports are people who can be relied upon to notice, before you do, that you are either stressed or distressed. Using this worksheet, take a few moments to reflect on your “breathe” supports.
  • Self care takes planning, dedication, and good friends to support you. Check out The Social Work Podcast, which provides information on all things social work, including direct practice (both clinical and community organizing), research, policy, education... and everything in between.

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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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