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

Foster Parent College (FPC)
The Training Academy is in the process of renewing our contract with FPC. A small team of folks have been reviewing and updating the curriculum and adding content about racism and disparities in the child welfare system. These updates should be integrated into our training soon. We have also recently added AspireMN agencies to those we serve, widening our reach and providing greater access to families for training. Learn more about FPC here.

Curriculum Update
We are excited to roll out a new Mandated Reporter Training in late June. This is a self-paced learning module that 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.

Training Portal: What do you think?
As we enter into the sixth month of the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy’s launch of the Training Portal, we are seeking feedback to help us improve this training system. If you used the training portal as a supervisor and/or learner, please let us know what you think!

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

Responsive Child Welfare Practice with LGBTQ Youth
(CWTA X210)

June 16 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Northwest Regional Learning Center

Human Trafficking and Sexually Exploited Youth: Basic Training for Child Welfare
(CWTA X205)

June 28 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online

Family Group Decision Making: Overview and Facilitation
(CWTA X202)

July 13-14 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day | Northeast Regional Learning Center at TTCP

Signs of Safety Three Month Review (CWTA X207)
July 18 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Online

Legal Practice Skills (CWTA X201)
July 20 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Twin Cities Metro Learning Center

Signs of Safety (CWTA X206)
August 2-3 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Each Day | Twin Cities Metro Learning Center

Domestic Violence Co-Occurrence: Partnering and Engaging Parents (CWTA X209)
August 9 | 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.

Cohort 95 | Twin Cities Metro Learning Center | WAITLIST
  • Classroom 1: June 21-23 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: July 12-13 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: July 26-28 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: August 2 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Online*
  • Classroom 3: August 9-11 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: August 23 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Online*
  • Classroom 4: September 13-15 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
*SSIS Labs will be held online.

Cohort 96 | Southwest Regional Learning Center | OPEN
  • Classroom 1: July 19-21 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • TTCP ICWA/MIFPA Training: August 11-12 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • Classroom 2: August 16-18 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 2 Lab: August 30 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Online*
  • Classroom 3: September 6-8 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
  • SSIS Classroom 3 Lab: September 13 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Online*
  • Classroom 4: September 27-29 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each Day)
*SSIS Labs will be held online.

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.

Training Data | May 2022
12 hours of ICWA, 34 counties and tribes represented, 136 total training hours, 195 attendees

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

Staff Highlights
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Zach Schmit
Communications Graduate Assistant

Zach graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's in Health Services Management last spring, and is currently starting his second year in the Master of Public Health program in Community Health Promotion, also at the U of M. Learn more...

Other Training and Webinars
SSIS Mentor Coffee Talk
The next SSIS Coffee Talk webinar - Court Actions, CHIPS, OHPP, IVE in SSIS - will take place on Tuesday, June 21 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Registration is required and will close one hour prior to the event. Webinars will be recorded and posted for future reference.

2022 Child Abuse Summit: August 22-24

This hybrid summit is an opportunity to learn about the identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect from both regional and national experts. The Summit is designed to provide professionals from all disciplines with the knowledge, tools, and skills to identify and treat all types of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Learn more on their website.

Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC)*
PACC is a cohort-based training that enhances permanency and adoption competence for professionals working across child welfare and mental health settings. The program offers over 70 Social Work Continuing Education Hours, including the 2 hours of Ethics required in Minnesota. Coursework is a hybrid of independent online learning, interactive classroom sessions, and case consultation. Training schedule, pace, and assignments are designed for participants with full-time employment. Learn more and apply now!

Phoenix Learning Xchange (PLX)*
PLX is a dynamic, interactive, multidisciplinary, non-credit, certificate program that aims to broaden the knowledge of the development, challenges, positive engagement, and wellbeing of youth and adolescents involved in the child welfare and other systems. The PLX certificate program incorporates face-to-face classroom instruction and discussion with online supplemental coursework and practice consultation to guide the learning experience. Limited spots remain in the metro cohort. Learn more and apply now!

*The Training Academy has sponsored scholarships for PACC and PLX for county child protection workers. There are also scholarships for tribal workers sponsored by DHS. Space is limited so consider registering soon!
Employment Opportunities
The Training Academy is seeking applicants for a Learner Experience Specialist to help manage the training scheduling process and calendar, as well as support the needs and the training delivery function. Visit our employment page to learn more about this opportunity. Applications are due TODAY (06/09/22)!

Over the new few days we will also post a Community Trainer position to help train Sexually Exploited Youth (SEY) courses. More info soon.
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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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