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 email@example.com.
Achieve on Demand: An online training resource aimed specifically at home visitors and their supervisors. Licenses are available through MDH-FHV to those who have their agency’s support to complete one webinar and one self-paced training module each quarter over the next year. To sign up for an Achieve on Demand license please complete the following survey.
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 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. Click on the date of the session you wish to attend to register.
Please note that the instructors for this training have all been temporarily reassigned to MDH COVID-19 response through July 2020. Additional training opportunities will be added when trainers return to their Family Home Visiting assignments.
Keys to Caregiving online e-learning program (KEYS) - The KEYS to Caregiving Program (KEYS) is an on-line course that provides information about infant behavior, how it impacts caregiving and how it can help professionals translate this knowledge for use by parents. To gain access to Keys to Caregiving, please email your name and agency name/address to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is recommended that you have a Keys to Caregiving Study Guide in front of you for the course. This can be purchased at the Parent-Child Relationship Programs (formerly NCAST) Store, Keys to Caregiving Workbook.RECORDED WEBINARS:
- 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.
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. Planning to offer three in-person only sessions in 2020, specific location and dates will be announced in Tuesday Topics.
- The Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting Collaborative offered weekly webinars in April 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.