About Motivational Interviewing

Over the next few months, the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) is 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).

This training is designed for Minnesota county or tribal child welfare workers, child welfare supervisors, and lead workers or designated specialists within agencies. If you are not sure, discuss this opportunity with your supervisor. Refer to the PartnerLink FFPSA webpage for the FAQ and one pager on prevention services for more details.

Pathways to Complete Training


All pathways must meet the following prerequisite requirement of completing ICWA/MIFPA Training since January 2020.

Approved courses that meet the ICWA/MIFPA prerequisite:

  • TrainLink: CSP111C1A (after January 2020)
  • MNCWTA Training Portal (since November 2021): CWTA X100 (Foundations); CWTA X212 (ICWA/MIFPA Ongoing Worker); or CWTA X216 (ICWA/MIFPA for County Agency Supervisors)

A few things to note:

  • If you took ICWA/MIFPA training outside the MNCWTA Training Portal between January 2020 and November 2021 (in TrainLink, for example), please submit a help ticket with proof of training attached and MNCWTA staff will get you registered
    • How to get proof of training: When you go into TrainLink choose "Children's Services" under the Learning Centers and then under "Student Information" you can "View or Print Your Transcript." Please show record of CSP111C1A since 1/23/2020
  • If you completed an ICWA/MIFPA training prior to the change in January 2020, you will need to complete ICWA/MFPA Ongoing Worker Training (CWTA X212) through the MNCWTA Training Portal
  • Supervisors, lead workers, or designated specialists within agencies who are designated to provide supervision to MI trained workers must complete training before workers, at the same time as workers, or within six months of workers starting training.

Fidelity Monitoring

Upon completion of the final Skills Demonstration, you will receive an email from DHS Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) about the fidelity monitoring requirements under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) policy.

Funds Claiming

While Title IV-E claiming for prevention service funds has not started yet, learners who complete Pathway 1 of MI Training (through the MNCWTA) will be ready once claiming begins.