The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) Monthly Newsletter
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January 2021

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

This January we are looking at the supervisor competencies involved with Cultural Responsiveness, which demonstrates a working knowledge of, and sensitivity to the role the supervisor plays within a broader social context that includes historical and current inequalities across societal systems, including disparities and disproportionalities, and historical trauma; and the dynamics of diversity, respecting and learning from the unique characteristics and strengths of families and tribes, and applying these concepts and skills to enhance workforce ability to support individual and family function.

For workers we are exploring the competencies of Implementing Child Welfare Services, which involves identifying and applying the most effective, ethical and culturally appropriate services, resources, and processes to meet the goals established in the planning stage appropriate to the family. Look for more later this month.

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!

Upcoming Trainings
To register for any of the following courses, visit TrainLink and select Class Schedule. For full courses please add your name to our waiting list; this will help us determine if additional sections need to be scheduled.

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. 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.

Case Planning

January 29 | 9:00AM-4:00PM | Online
Participants will utilize strengths-based strategies in case planning with complex families in the child welfare system. Participants will complete goals and tasks for Child Protective Services and Out of Home Placement Plans.

Signs of Safety (CSP8301B)
February 17-19 | 9:00AM-1:00PM Each Day | Online
March 15-17 | 9:00AM-1:00PM Each Day | Online
April 20-22 | 9:00AM-1:00PM Each Day | Online
May 10-12 | 9:00AM-1:00PM Each Day | Online

This three-day workshop will cover the basic principles, skill, and tools of Sign of Safety (SofS). This will include, but not be limited to: A Signs of Safety overview and brief history; Appreciative Inquiry; The Questioning Approach; Harm and Danger Statements and Safety Goals; Three Houses, Safety House; Mapping; Safety Planning and Safety Networks.

Legal Practice Skills (CSP8205A)
April 20-21 | 9:00AM-12:30PM Each Day | Online
May 10-11 | 9:00AM-12:30PM Each Day | Online
June 14-15 | 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

Training Data | December 2020
199.75 hours of training, 257 attendees, 44 counties represented,
12 hours of ICWA foundation trained by TTCP

Visit here to view the complete training report for December. 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
  • Research and Evaluation Supervisor
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 Ros Stack, one of our eLearning Instructional Designers.

Ros assesses, designs, develops, implements and monitors learning events delivered via digital technologies, which include microlearning, videos, modules authored in rapid authoring software, and other products deemed useful to learners. He incorporates adult learning theories to facilitate learning, retention, and application of training objectives to social work practice to further assist in developing a competent and skilled child welfare workforce.

Learn more...


ICWA Coffee Talk Series
The DHS ICWA Unit and SSIS Training Unit have partnered again to relaunch the ICWA Coffee Talk Series. These informational webinars cover topics related to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA), and the Social Service Information System (SSIS). Sessions occur every two weeks. The next session will be Tuesday, January 26 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The topic is MIFPA Notice. Questions are welcome. Register now!

New Worker Listening Sessions
This past December we held virtual listening sessions on new child welfare worker training models. In these sessions we shared background and presented possible models for new child welfare worker training in Minnesota. We have added video recordings, presentation slides, and resources shared at those sessions to our website. You have until the end of January 2021 to review those items and complete an online feedback form. We'd love to hear from you!

Website Updates
As we continue to update the website, users may notice unusual formatting or broken functionality due to browsers holding onto code from previous website visits. If you experience any formatting issues, try clearing your cache (on a Mac hold down Cmd + Shift + R; on a PC hold down Alt + Shift + R). If this does not resolve the issue, or if you have suggestions for our website, please let us know at

Training Academy Staff Change Email Accounts
Department of Human Services (DHS) employees who work for the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) are now utilizing University of Minnesota email accounts (ending with for all email communication. Learn more...

Trainer Bio: Eric Kratt

Meet Eric Kratt, SSIS Training Lead working with 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:

  • Should You Let Go of Any Goals in the New Year? Here's how to predict which of your goals will feel meaningful and achievable.
  • In the US, teens and young adults are more stressed, anxious, depressed, and lonely than ever. Here are some ideas to share with the individuals we work with.

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