For more information: Minnesota School Mental Health Conference website.
Children’s Mental Health staff also regularly participate in presentations at the annual conferences of the following organizations:
This course is three full days. The Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:-05™) is an age-appropriate approach for assessing infants, toddlers and preschool children. This tool classifies mental health and developmental disorders in children from birth through five years old considered in relationship to their families, culture and communities.
The training objectives include:
This course is open to all licensed mental health professionals and clinical trainees who provide diagnostic assessments to children ages birth through 72 months of age.
This is a one-day training on the administration and interpretation of the Child & Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument (CASII) and the Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). The CASII and SDQ are required outcome measures to be used with all children receiving mental health services paid for through Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) or CMH Infrastructure Grants. Training seats are limited. Preference will be given to providers who are licensed mental health professionals.
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The Early Childhood Service Intensity Instrument (ECSII) is a tool for providers and others involved in the care of young children with emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental needs—including children who are experiencing environmental stressors that may put them at risk for such problems—and their families. The ECSII provides a common language for these diverse individuals and offers guidance in selecting appropriate services at the appropriate intensity for the youngest and most vulnerable children.
This is a 1 ½ day training on the administration and interpretation of the Early Childhood Service Intensity Instrument (ECSII). The ECSII is a required outcome measure to be used with all children under the age of 6 receiving mental health services paid for through Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) or CMH Early Childhood Infrastructure Grants
Objective of training: Participants will master the administration of the ECSII but will not be able to train additional staff in the use of the ECSII.
The course is open to all licensed clinicians and clinical trainees who are trained in the DC:0-3R/DC:-05™and provide diagnostic assessments and treatment to young children birth through five years old and their families.
The advanced seminar focuses on diagnosis during infancy and early childhood. This seminar is designed to allow clinicians to deepen understanding and skills involved in diagnosing mental health and developmental difficulty in very young children.
Clinicians will discuss their own clinical cases involving infants and very young children; use all 5 axis of the DC:0-3R/DC:-05™ to consider the diagnosis of the children involved in the case presentation: and discuss treatment plans based on the child’s diagnosis. Clinicians interested in presenting a case to the Great Start group can sign up with Catherine Wright, PsyD, LP, LPCC at email@example.com.
All clinicians who present a case will submit de-identified DC:0-3R through a secure link to the Minnesota Department of Human Services 1 week prior to the training. The de-identified DC:-05™ will be shared only with the facilitators and destroyed immediately after the training. Clinicians who attend the course six times and present a case during one of those six sessions will be invited to join a list of clinicians with verified competency in the DC:0-3R/DC:-05™.
The objective of the course for those who attend six times and present a case include: obtain competency in the delivery of the DC:-05™ for children birth through 72 months of age.
The course is open to all licensed clinicians and clinical trainees who are trained in the DC:0-3R/DC:-05™ and provide diagnostic assessments to children ages birth through five.
A Mental Health Behavioral Aide (MHBA) is mandated to receive 30 hours of training prior to the delivery of MHBA services. Eight of the 30 hours focus on understanding families they will be serving and learning to partner effectively with parents. MHBA Parent Teaming Training is a training for all MHBAs employed by Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) agencies.
This 36-hour (six classes at six hours each day) case management training is designed for new county children's mental health case managers to meet the training requirements per MS 245.4871, subd. 4(f)(1). Participants will fulfill the remaining 4 hours of the required 40 hours of training through self-directed learning and/or completion of an in-service seminar provided by the Department of Human Services at a to be determined date.
Persons required to attend this training are county children's mental health case managers who do not have 2,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of services to children with severe emotional disturbance and all case management associates. This includes persons with a bachelor’s degree without 2,000 hours of experience as well as persons qualifying as case manager associates as defined under MS 245.4871, subd. 4(k)(1) and certain immigrants as defined under MS 245.4871, subd. 4(m)(2).
All potential Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) provider applicants are required to attend a CTSS applicant provider information seminar prior to submission of the CTSS certification application. Potential CTSS providers should register the qualified clinical supervisor/clinical consultant, as well as the agency’s administrative representative in both sessions (CMH170 & CMH210).
These seminars are scheduled quarterly using in-studio and VIDYO throughout Minnesota. Vidyo option registrants must contact DHS Video Now to check on appropriate software and confirm connectivity at least one week before the training occurs (651-431-2070, VideoNow@state.mn.us).
MNCAMH invites experts in various fields to provide free one-hour lectures in an area of interest with an emphasis on application to practice. Upcoming webinars are only available online and past webinars are available from our video archive. All webinars take place between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. CST, every second Friday of the month.
Participants may receive one CEU after completing an evaluation and post-test shortly after the conclusion of the webinar.
For online delivery, MNCAMH uses WebEx. Webinars can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet by downloading the WebEx app from the Apple Store or the Android app.
The following list contains the basic system requirements recommended in order to best view our online trainings:
This interactive online training experience is for individual and provider agencies of outpatient mental health services. The training is designed to provide a basic understanding of the purpose of the diagnostic assessment (DA) as well as the opportunity to learn the skills needed to complete a DA.
This eLearning training is available on screening for staff providing children’s mental health screening and follow-up navigation services to the children’s mental health system. This training is composed of three modules that must be completed in order.
Because children with mental health needs are often involved with multiple services systems, it makes sense to find ways to connect systems to coordinate care for children with mental health diagnoses. This means coordinating children’s mental health services with substance abuse treatment, primary care, juvenile corrections, education, child welfare, and other services.
Integrating or coordinating services among providers or programs serving the same children reduces duplication, fragmentation and gaps in services. It can also improve service access, delivery and family satisfaction. Successful service integration requires commitment to collaboration and coordination within and across various settings in both the public and private sectors. Providers partner at the both the system and service levels to plan, develop and deliver services to children with interrelated challenges.
Credentialing mental health providers and setting standards for service delivery help ensure the quality of mental health care for children and youth. DHS oversees application and approval processes that require mental health providers to meet certain criteria to provide services and receive reimbursement for Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP).
The goal is to make sure that mental health providers have the capacity and competency to deliver the right services in the right settings to best meet the mental health needs of children. DHS supports maintaining and expanding a culturally diverse, credentialed workforce prepared to respond to the needs of children and their families.
A major priority of DHS is to develop an effective and accountable mental and chemical health system by encouraging and supporting research-informed practices, monitoring outcomes and expanding the use of successful treatment models. As a result, Minnesota children with mental health diagnoses will experience improving outcomes. A growing proportion of children and youth will function at their best in school and at home, stay out of the juvenile justice system and graduate from high school.
These efforts include standardizing assessment tools to identify the right care at the right time for all children. All these efforts strive to improve the quality of care and effectiveness of services to help children improve.
DHS works to ensure that mental health services will respectfully consider and effectively meet the mental health needs of all children. This means developing the mental health system’s capacity to respond to children and youth from all cultures. DHS is also committed to reducing disparities and ensuring that children and youth with mental health needs are able to reach and receive the right services at the right time in the right setting.
Culturally responsive services are those that reach, engage and deliver children’s mental health services to correspond to the concerns of children in the context of their communities. Minnesota has many diverse cultures characterized by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, rural/small town/urban community, refugee/immigration/citizen status, religion, primary language, family structure, and disability. Services tend to be more successful when mental health providers can connect the assessment and treatment process with a child and family’s cultural community. Culturally competent providers recognize the influence and significance of cultural differences when choosing the most appropriate ways to address mental health needs.