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DSD training news and information
DHS provides a variety of training opportunities for county workers and others. Available training focuses on the state and federal programs administered by DSD and the Continuing Care Administration.

The terminology used to describe people with disabilities has changed over time. The Minnesota Department of Human Services ("Department") supports the use of "People First" language. Although outmoded and offensive terms might be found within documents on the Department's website, the Department does not endorse these terms.


Training opportunities

Scheduled training and information updates

Person-centered Positive Behavior Support – Intensive Staff Training Program (PDF)

Various dates

Various times

TBD

Being Person-centered: An Introduction (PDF)

Various dates

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Various sites

Making Sense of System Change, Part 3: Disability Waiver Budget Management for Lead Agencies (PDF)

11/25/14

10 a.m. to noon

Statewide

How Adult Day Programs Can Institute Quality Improvement Measures to Reduce Hospital Readmissions (PDF)

12/1/14

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Statewide

HCBS Performance-based Incentive Payment Program: Strategies for Successful Change in Quality Improvement Projects (PDF)

12/2/14

10 to 11 a.m.

Statewide

Application information for Training and Technical Assistance for Organizational Change for Person-Centered Thinking and Positive Behavior Supports (PDF)

April, 2015

Applications due Jan. 30, 2015

TBD


Archive
Archive of past DSD training and information update handouts


Person-centered training 2014 dates
Person-centered planning is changing the culture of service planning. The person is the primary focus when using person-centered planning, not the disability, service or some other issue.

Training in person-centered thinking serves as a foundation for everyone who is involved in supporting people with disabilities. It offers specific ways to discover:

• What is important to a person
• What is important for a person
Person-centered training reminds us of the importance of always using “person-first” language. Person-first language acknowledges that the disability is not as important as the person’s individuality.

Terminology used to describe people with disabilities has changed over time. In 2005, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation that changed the language of statutes and rules to eliminate the use a number of outmoded and offensive terms. (Minnesota Session Laws)


Training sessions available
The 2014 sessions for the series are provided through the University of Minnesota Research and Training Center on Community Living.

Sessions are open to providers, lead agency staff and other interested stakeholders.

Register through the U of M Research and Training Center on Community Living Person Centered Thinking and Planning Training.

Being person-centered: An introduction

This one-day training provides a general overview of the concepts associated with being person-centered, intended for those who do not work directly with people who receive services.

Dates: TBA

Person-centered thinking

This two-day training provides the conceptual basis for incorporating a person centered approach into our work.

Dates: Oct. 9-10

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Person-centered planning

This two-day training goes into more depth on the planning process to support person-centered approaches. Person-Centered Thinking is a pre-requisite for the Person-Centered Planning training.  

Dates: TBA

You may sign up to be notified when new training dates are added on the U of M registration page.


College of Direct Support modules
The College of Direct Support is a Web-based learning management system where learners can improve their skills in caring for people across disabilities. Several College of Direct Support online courses are available. CDS also offers online courses for frontline supervisors, lead workers and direct support professionals who want to move into supervisory roles.


DHS HIPAA modules
In July 2014, DHS released the new required courses for data practices and security, Handling MN Information Securely. This suite of courses replaces HR551, Protecting Information Privacy, and HR552, Putting Security Into Action.

County and tribal staff should take the courses from the above link even if they have a TrainLink account with DHS. Please note that you no longer need a course code number to take the training.


Online learning
DSD has several self-paced online learning modules available. Register and complete the modules at the TrainLink learning management system. Select “Course Search/Online Learning” to choose from a category or view all available modules. While anyone can view general information, users must register to access courses. After registration, learners can start, pause, stop and revisit the modules at any time.


Training registration
DSD uses TrainLink for most training registration. Select “Class Schedules/Registration” to choose from a category or view all available live classes. While anyone can view general information, a Unique Key is required to register and attend training.

For training events with large audiences, DSD offers DHS Online Registration. Look under Continuing Care – Disability Services to view events, online training or certain PCA training options.


DSD Training Information

Questions or feedback?
Please contact the Disability Services Division Training Unit with any questions or feedback.


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