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

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

This December we are looking at the worker competency of Case Planning in Child Welfare, which involves setting goals, developing strategies, and outlining tasks and schedules derived from the engaging, assessing and partnering process in order to develop a flexible plan that will facilitate change with families with the ultimate goal of supporting permanency.

For supervisors we are exploring the competency of Organizational Leadership, which asks that supervisors build and maintain effective working relationships within a network of systems to support the needs of clients and staff.

Every month we look at specific competencies within the
Framework for Competent Child Welfare Practice to explore what competency development really means to our work. If you have stories to share about your experiences in child welfare, or feedback about developing competencies in your work, let us know!

Training Data | November 2020
190 hours of training, 279 attendees, 44 counties represented, 36
hours of ICWA foundation trained by TTCP

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
happy and diverse group of employees

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) is now accepting applicants for the following positions:

  • Administrative/Operations Professional
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Research and Evaluation Supervisor
  • Training Academy Staff Trainer
Visit our employment page to learn more about these positions and how to apply.

Staff Highlights
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The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) would like to introduce Krista Trempe, our new graphic designer.

Krista is an award-winning graphic designer and visual communicator with over 20 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and completed graphic design classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Learn more...


SSIS COFFEE TALK TUESDAY for SSIS Mentors: ICWA/MIFPA Frequently Asked Questions
SSIS Mentors and Coordinators are invited to join us Tuesday, December 22 at 9:00 a.m. for our next SSIS Coffee Talk webinar focusing on ICWA/MIFPA Frequently Asked Questions. Registration is required. Questions 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 (

Trainer Bio: Karmit Bulman

Meet Karmit Bulman, Foundations New Worker Trainer for the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA).

Child Welfare Workforce Wellbeing

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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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