Training and Professional Development

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

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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. 
If you do not have an MDH Learning Center Account, please register for an account.


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 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.



Updated Tuesday, 16-Aug-2022 14:09:57 CDT