Ongoing Training

Live Trainings - In-Person or Live Webinars                     


The following live webinars are available to Anoka County Foster Care providers only. A link to register is emailed to all providers licensed by Anoka County at the beginning of each month. Please ask your foster care social worker if you need the link.  All MNAdopt webinars will email you a certificate of attendance, please keep this certificate and provide to your foster care social worker at your yearly license update. 


MNAdopt's FosterEd 

Kinship Care

Presented by Tami DeCoteau, PhD

Tuesday, October 25th 2022 
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CST)

Birth Family Relationships:
 Navigating the Waters

 Presented by Amber Morrighan, MA, LMFT 

Wednesday, October 26th 2022 
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CST)

(2 Part-Series) 
 Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health

Presented by Jill Farris, MPH

Part 1: Monday, November 7, 2022 
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CST)
Part 2: Monday, November 14, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CST)


The Impact of Providing Foster Care on Children in the Home

Presented by Dr. Emma Hansen
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)

From Blow-Up to Bonding

Presented by Chaitra Wirta-Leiker, Psy.D.  
Thursday, November 10, 2022 
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CST)

Substance Use in Adolescents

Presented by Brandon Jensen,
MS, LMFT, PACC

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)



Open to the Community - MNAdopt Trainings

See offerings here:  https://www.mnadopt.org/education/


"On Demand" Webinars

Exclusively for Anoka County Foster Parents

Coupon codes will be emailed to Anoka County licensed providers at the beginning of each month. Providers will have free access to each webinar only during the designated month. Providers may also contact their foster care social worker to obtain the code. 

These Webinars are Available for Free ONLY During the Month of NOVEMBER

Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First: The Importance of Understanding Secondary Trauma and Practicing Self-Care

(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Available November 1-30

Sue Badeau, is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant. She is former president of the North American Council on Adoptable Children and current board member of Justice for Families and has worked closely with the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children, All Families, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Casey Family Programs and the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care. She trains adoptive, foster, and kinship caregivers and child welfare professionals across the country on trauma, parenting, permanency for older youth, family engagement, self-care and many other topics

Understanding and Managing Your Anxiety

(1 hour, 19 minutes)
Available November 1-30

Dr. Tami DeCoteau obtained a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with specialization in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders for adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. DeCoteau is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner. TBRI is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support for at-risk children. She is also trained in various other trauma treatment modalities including EMDR, somatic processing, attachment intervention, NMT, and TF-CBT. Dr. DeCoteau has extensive experience working with patients who suffer from complex trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, grief, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thinking.



These Webinars are Available for Free ONLY During the Month of OCTOBER

FASD: Strategies for Parents and Schools

(1 hour, 24 minutes)
Available October 1-31

Barb Clark, B.A.

Parenting and teaching children with an FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), can be challenging, especially if adults are using consequence based strategies that work for neuro-typical children. Barb will discuss strategies parents can use, and also that teachers can use in the schools. Join us to try to fill your toolbox with strategies on parenting and teaching children differently, rather than harder.


 
 

Beyond Picky Eating: End the Power Struggles and Support Nutrition & Healthy Growth

(1 hour)
Available October 1-31

Katja Rowell, M.D.

Roughly one in ten American children eat so little variety or amount that it interferes with physical, social or emotional development. With diagnoses and labels like “failure to thrive,” selective eating, ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder), sensory disorders and just plain picky eating…..families are struggling. 


 
 




Foster Parent College Blended Pre-Service Curriculum

(This training series is available to all licensed providers and applicants)

MN Department of Human services

A joint effort between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and County Social Services Agencies using the Foster Parent College curriculum. The Minnesota Child Welfare Training System (MCWTS) has a contract with Foster Parent College to offer their blended Pre-service training to foster parents. It is a blend of online and in-person training.

  1. Foster Parent College

    FPC Blended Pre-service Training is a learning experience that combines online eLearning modules and virtual, face-to-face instruction. This course will allow you to connect with other parents in Minnesota and learn the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful foster parent.

    In total, FPC Blended Pre-service Training takes approximately two months to complete and consists of four (4) face-to-face meetings (held via Zoom) and ten (10) online modules. Because this course is being offered virtually, the length of the meetings has been reduced to avoid screen fatigue and are supplemented with pre-work assignments in the MNCWTA’s Learning Management System, Canvas. You will also have access to more than 70 eLearning modules through the FPC website.

    Meeting Information

    FPC Blended Pre-service Training is grouped into cohorts with a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of thirteen (13) households in attendance. Meetings are held bi-weekly and are expected to last approximately two hours. Upcoming cohorts options include:

    Cohort 11

    • Meeting 1: December 1, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: December 15, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: December 29, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: January 12, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 12

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, January 26, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Tuesday February 21, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday March 9, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 13

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, March 23, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Thursday, April 6, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday, May 4, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 14

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, May 18, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Thursday, June 1, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Thursday, June 15, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday, June 29, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 15

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, July 13, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Thursday, July 27, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Thursday, August 10, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday, August 24, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 16

    • Meeting 1: Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 17

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, November 2, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Thursday, November 16, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Thursday, November 30, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday, December 14, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    View the Pre-Service Training Flyer for class details here

    To register, or for more information, contact: 

    Lisa Coleman | 763-324-1434 | Lisa.coleman@co.anoka.mn.us





  2. 26th Annual Anoka County Fall Foster Provider Conference


    The Fall Conference is currently on hold due to the pandemic.  Providers will be notified when we are able to resume.