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

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

This November we will look at the worker competency of Assessment, which involves gathering information about reported concerns and family needs, practicing basic principles and techniques of interviewing children and families, evaluating the relevance of information, as well as identifying family strengths and community and tribal resources, with special attention to problems and concerns related to child protection and family preservation. Look for that article next week.

For supervisors we will explore the competency of Team Leadership
, which asks that supervisors communicate and utilize agency mission and vision to support effective practice with children and families in a changing context.

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 | October 2020
192 hours of training, 255 attendees, 45 counties represented, 24
hours of ICWA foundation trained by TTCP

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

Upcoming Trainings

To register for the following course, visit TrainLink and select Class Schedule. If you need to cancel, even if it seems last minute, please contact Myrna Klegin at Our class sizes tend to be small and we often have a waiting list.

Legal Practice Skills (CSP8205A)

December 1-2 | 9:00AM-12:30PM Each Day | Online
This is a "must take" class for anyone who may find themselves involved in child protection legal proceedings. Federal and Minnesota law requires county agencies to engage in reasonable efforts to support families involved in the child welfare system. This class discusses how case workers can do so by learning about their roles and responsibilities, collaborating with other courtroom professionals, and focusing on families’ cultures and strengths. Additionally, this class will cover in-depth the role of the case worker in court proceedings, including proper documentation, preparing for various court hearings, and tips for testifying at trials.

Accommodation Requests

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a training, contact us as soon as possible at

Staff Highlights
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The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) would like to introduce Diana Miller, our Training Program Operations Specialist.

Diana and her partner have three children, three pets, and a forest full of critters in their backyard. She started with the Department of Human Services (DHS) in the Training System unit in May 2019, just prior to the legislative approval that kickstarted the MNCWTA.

Learn more...


SSIS COFFEE TALK TUESDAY for SSIS Fiscal and Worker Mentors: Adult Protection Processes and SSIS Statewide Release v20.4
SSIS Mentors and Coordinators are invited to join us Tuesday, November 24, at 9:00 a.m. for our next SSIS Coffee Talk webinar Adult Protection Processes and SSIS Statewide Release v20.4. November’s coffee talk is being offered via Zoom. 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: Diana Teodorescu

Meet Diana Teodorescu, Foundations New Worker Trainer 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:

  • NCWWI offers this Well-Being webinar recording as part of their Supporting the Virtual Workforce series. In this session, Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer provides hopeful perspectives, concrete action steps and tools, and words of comfort and support for our workforce to help them manage through this crisis.
  • Everyone is talking about self-care, but what do they really mean? This NBC News article shows how to cut through the marketing noise and actually practice it.

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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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