Welcome to the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy!

The Department of Human Services and University of Minnesota Twin Cities have partnered to enhance child welfare training. Our mission is to train, develop, and support the skills, expertise, and well-being of Minnesota’s child welfare workforce while nurturing a commitment to equitable child welfare practice.


Motivational Interviewing

Over the next few months, we are piloting several cohorts of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training. MI is a practice tool that promotes behavior change through deep listening, reflection, and principles rooted in empathy and supporting self efficacy. As an evidenced-based practice, MI is one of the first approved services in the prevention plan for Minnesota’s Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).

Are you a Mandated Reporter?

Mandated Reporter Training is available for Minnesota professionals identified by law who must make a report if suspected or known child maltreatment has occurred. This includes those working in healthcare, social services, human services, mental health, child care, education, law enforcement, coaching, probation/correctional, as guardians ad litem, or as clergy.

There is also a new Mandated Reporter Training for Youth Programs that provides specific guidance for youth program employees.

These online, self-paced trainings are available at no cost. Learners are provided with a certificate of completion at the end.

Getting Connected

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training System (MCWTS) is now the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA). Lots of exciting changes are coming and we want to make sure you hear all about it! Follow us on social media to receive the latest updates. You can find links to our accounts at the top of the page.

Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Framework

Child welfare work requires a sophisticated set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to provide effective services to children and families. The Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Framework outlines the competencies required for quality practice among front-line child welfare professionals and their supervisors.


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