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

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New Worker Checklist
Several supervisors and new workers told us, "Wouldn't it be great if there were a checklist of all the tasks required of new workers?" Check out this newly created New Worker Checklist! Page one has the full list of tasks, and page two gives detailed information about tasks completed by BSW and MSW students in their academic programs. Let us know what you think!

Mandated Reporter Training Update
As of late October, over 2,700 professionals in Minnesota have completed the training. This new article shares information about how learners have reacted to this training.

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

Signs of Safety Three Month Review (CWTA X207)
January 26 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Online

Collaborative Safety - Advanced Practice (CWTA X208)

January 31 - February 1 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Each Day |
Twin Cities Metro Learning Center

Structured Decision Making (CWTA X200)
February 2 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Mandated Reporter Training (CWTA X101) | Self-Paced Online
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.

National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) CW Supervisors (CWTA X401) | Self-Paced Online
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. Child Welfare Supervisors will receive a “Supervisor Coaching and Activity Guide” to support staff in applying learning to daily practice.

Coming Soon

  • Domestic Violence Co-Occurrence: Partnering and Engaging Parents (CWTA X209) | February 16 | Online
  • Responsive Child Welfare Practice with LGBTQ Youth (CWTA X210) | February 27 | Online
  • Legal Practice Skills (CWTA X201) | March 14 | Southeast Learning Center
  • Human Trafficking and Sexually Exploited Youth: Basic Training for Child Welfare (CWTA X205) | March 15 | Online
  • Human Trafficking and Sexually Exploited Youth: Basic Training for Child Welfare (CWTA X205) | April 18 | 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.

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 103 | Online
  • Classroom 1: January 10-12 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: January 24-25 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: February 7-9 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: February 14 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: February 28 - March 2 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: March 7 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: March 21-23 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)

Cohort 104 | Twin Cities Metro Learning Center

  • Classroom 1: January 31-February 2 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: February 15-16 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: March 7-9 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: March 21 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 3: March 28-30 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: April 4 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online)
  • Classroom 4: April 18-20 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day)

Coming Soon

  • Cohort 105 | March - May | Southwest Learning Center
  • Cohort 106 | April - June | Twin Cities Metro Learning Center
  • Cohort 107 | April - July | TBD
  • Cohort 108 | May - July | Northwest Learning Center
  • Cohort 109 | June - August | TBD

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.

Other Trainings and Webinars
Putting on Your Oxygen Mask while Helping Others: Broadening Worker Safety
In this recent podcast episode for CASCW, Liz Snyder, Co-Director of the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy, speaks with Ricardo Pina and Nancy Carre-Lee from New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) as they share some of the innovative efforts New Jersey has put in place to support worker safety and wellness, including the establishment of the Office of Staff Health & Wellness.

PACC Winter Webinar: "In Their Own Words: Life Story Work for Children in Care and Beyond”
Join CASCW in kicking off the new year with this half-day webinar hosted by the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC) program. Friday, January 6 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

SSIS Coffee Talk: Top 10 Worker Q & A
This DHS Coffee Talk Session will focus on helpful reminders from the SSIS Help Desk, common questions and answers from the SSIS Worker Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), as well as a review of some of the recent claiming and proofing updates with the SSIS Fiscal SMEs. Thom Jones, MNIT Division Manager, will begin the coffee talk by sharing status updates related to SSIS technical issues. Tuesday, December 20 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Registration is required and will close one hour prior to the event.

Permanency Quality Assurance - Regional Trainings!
The DHS Permanency Quality Assurance unit and MNCWTA are partnering to host permanency training at regional training sites in the new year, February - June 2023. This training will provide an overview of the Northstar Adoption and Northstar Kinship assistance programs, as well as pertinent information and updates on the Minnesota Assessment of Parenting for Children and Youth (MAPCY) and the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). These offerings are available for county agency and tribal child welfare/and or child protection workers. Registration will open soon!

Training Data | November 2022
277 hours of training and 352 attendees
Visit here to view the complete training report for November. 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:
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Community Trainer: Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)*
  • Community Trainer: Sexually Exploited Youth (SEY)*
  • Community Trainer: Foundations New Worker Training (Northwest Learning Center)

Visit our
employment page to learn more about each position!

*Applicants located near our regional learning centers (northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest) are encouraged to apply!
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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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