Training and Professional Development
The Minnesota Department of Health Family Home Visiting program offers access to and information on a variety of training and professional development opportunities and related resources. For questions or assistance related to training and professional development, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essentials of Home Visiting: MDH license subscriptions ended on June 10, 2021.
Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals: The Institute is a free online training resource that offers Family Support Professionals everywhere the opportunity to learn new skills and grow their careers. Use the sites 'Your Compass' tool to assess current knowledge using the National Family Support Competency Framework. When completed, the results are mapped to a personal Career Compass Learning Map which guides home visitors toward the site's most relevant e-learning modules to develop their highest level of proficiency.
Introduction to Using the Ages Stages Questionnaires: Intended for family home visitors who want an introduction to understanding the purpose of developmental and social emotional screening. Participants will also learn how to accurately choose, score and interpret the correct screening questionnaire. Live Webinars will be offered quarterly. Registration is required. Dates for 2023 trainings will be added and opened for registration in mid-November. (Minnesota participants only.)
- ASQ 3 Developmental Screening Training
- Session filled and closed: September 20, 2022 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- ASQ: SE Developmental Screening Training
- Session filled and closed: September 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Improving the Culturally Appropriate Delivery of Depression Screenings (Video)
- CQI Showcase 2021
- Introduction to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health for Home Visitors:
- Continuous Quality Improvement 101 Webinar:
- Healthy Sexual Development Birth through Teen for Home Visitors
- Incorporating Lead and Radon Safety Screening into a Home Visit
- Newborn Screening and Immunizations during the Prenatal Period for Home Visitors
- Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation Final Report
- Perinatal Mental Health Risk Factors, Signs, Symptoms and Impacts
- Perinatal Mood Disorders Interventions for Home Visitors
- Perinatal Mood Disorders Screening, Assessment, Referral and Follow up for Home Visitors
- Signs and Indicators of Abuse and Neglect in Young Children for Home Visitors - This recorded webinar contains graphic photos that may trigger strong emotional reactions.
MECSH Foundation Training:
MECSH Foundation Training is now available for Minnesota agencies currently implementing MECSH that need new staff to be trained. This is a 5 day in-person training. The training will be held several times per year, in various locations throughout Minnesota. Participants must complete the self-registration process and will be notified if they are approved for the training. Please note, MDH requires attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at the time of registration.
The following is the tentative training schedule for 2022:
- Shoreview Community Center in Shoreview, MN: July 25-29, 2022
- Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet MN: September 26-30, 2022
- Eagan Community Center in Eagan, MN: December 5-9, 2022
Prior to beginning the registration process, please review the information needed for registration: Required Information for MECSH Training (PDF)
Important: MECSH and MDH strongly encourage that all home visitors be at .5 FTE in MECSH. If an agency has a need to designate a lower FTE for a home visitor, they should reach out to MDH prior to registering for training to discuss.
Once you are prepared with the information needed for registration:
Register for the MECSH Foundations Training
Please contact Health.MECSH@state.mn.us with any questions.
Futures Without Violence: Based on best practices, this 6.5 hour training provides education on and tools for screening for Intimate Partner Violence during a home visit as well as resources for referral. It is intended for home visitors, their supervisors, their mental health consultants and their local domestic violence partners. Historically has been offered two times a year, in collaboration with the Violence Free Minnesota (formerly MN Coalition for Battered Women), as a live, in-person training in the metro area with video connections to additional facilitated sites in greater Minnesota. This training is currently not being offered due to the pandemic and when resumed, it will be announced in Tuesday Topics.
- The Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting Collaborative offers webinars on virtual home visiting practice. Resources along with the recorded webinars are available on the Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals website.
- The Minnesota Children's Cabinet has developed guidance to support families - Children and Families Resources in COVID-19 Response (PDF)
- The Minnesota COVID-19 Response Get Help webpage has many resources on a variety of topics including food support, financial support, housing, child care and healthcare.
- Futures without Violence has posted Information on COVID-19 for Survivors, Communities, and DV/SA Programs for survivors and communities related to Intimate Partner Violence.
- Zero to Three has a whole section on Resources for Early Childhood Professions that include many resources, including Tips for Families.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has several sections that could be helpful including Stress and Coping and What to Do if You Are Sick.
- The Disaster Mental and Behavioral Health and COVID-19 webpage includes Crisis Line information along with many other resources including Child and Parent Resources, Family Resources, and Community Resources.