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

Grand Opening Invite
Grand Opening: You are invited!
The Twin Cities Metro Learning Center is hosting a Grand Opening on Thursday, September 22 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Come meet our staff, learn about our workgroups, take a tour, and enjoy some treats and fun giveaways! If you plan to be in the area that day, we hope you'll stop by. RSVP here.

September 12-16: Child Welfare Worker Appreciation Week
As part of Workforce Development Month, our staff put together the following short video to show the child welfare professionals of Minnesota how much we appreciate everything you do!
Mandated Reporter Training
The new Mandated Reporter Training
is now available! This self-paced learning module 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 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

Collaborative Safety - Advanced Practice (CWTA X208)

September 14-15 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day | Online

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

Structured Decision Making (CWTA X200)
December 8 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | 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.

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 100 | Rochester
  • Classroom 1: October 4-6 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: October 18-19 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: November 1-3 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: November 10 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: November 29- December 1 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: December 7 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: December 13-15 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)

Cohort 101 | Twin Cities Metro Learning Center
  • Classroom 1: October 11-13 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: November 1-2 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: November 15-17 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: November 22 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: November 29-December 1 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: December 6 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: December 13-15 (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
Carrie Meiners
Carrie Meiners
Southeast Regional Trainer

Carrie will provide child welfare training to social workers, primarily in the southeast region and elsewhere as needed. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Child Advocacy Studies, as well as a Master's Degree in Counselor Education all from Winona State University. Learn more...
Rita Gauscheman
Rita Gauscheman
Elearner Project Coordinator

Rita has been an art educator in the K-12 education space for the past 8+ years. She has been interested in moving into adult learning and is excited to embark on her new adventure as an Elearner Project Coordinator. Rita feels deeply about healthy social and emotional development of children and is proud to be a part of the MN Child Welfare Training Academy. Learn more...
Rita Gauscheman
Emilee Kaupp
Elearner Project Coordinator

Emilee is a lifelong Minnesota native from here in the Twin Cities. Emilee obtained her bachelors in elementary education. She has worked in education for over 6 years. She has experience working with pre k-8th grade students, working in various roles from being a long term substitute teacher, special education teacher, to a science and gifted education teacher. Learn more...
Other Training and Webinars
SSIS Coffee Talks
The SSIS Business Operations and Training unit at DHS is hosting a coffee talk on September 20 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Registration is required and will close one hour prior to the event. This webinar will be recorded and posted for future reference.

New DHS Permanency Training Opportunities
The DHS permanency quality assurance team has announced 4 upcoming WebEx-based 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. 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. If you have any questions, contact

Child Welfare Resource Bundles
The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) collaborations with academic and community partners have resulted in thousands of video, print, and audio resources across a myriad of practice areas impacting child welfare. These resources, divided by topic, can be helpful to students, practitioners, policymakers, administrators – and anyone working with children and families! Learn more...

Supporting Collaborative Birth and Foster Parent Relationships in Child Welfare
CASCW has also published the CW360 for Summer 2022, which focuses on supporting birth and foster parent partnerships and fostering collaboration among caregivers for children in care. In this issue, they explore the history and dynamics of these relationships, promising programs to promote birth and foster parent connections, and hear from many folks with lived child welfare experience. Learn more...

New module on Educational Disengagement Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Minn-LInK’s Kristine Piescher, PHD, Dunia Dadi, MPH, and Yanchen Zang, PHD, NSCP developed a new module Educational Disengagement among Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Unstable Housing. They discuss educational outcomes for youth experiencing homelessness and their study findings, which concern the characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness and their patterns of educational disengagement compared to their peers.

Training Data | July & August 2022
Visit here to view the complete training reports for July and August. 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 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.

In the next few weeks we will post a Community Trainer position for Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) training. Visit our employment page anytime!
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Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA), 1711 County Road B West, 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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