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 DHS.

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

Training opportunities

Scheduled training and information updates

Name of the training




MnCHOICES Mentors Alliance Meeting (PDF)


9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

St. Cloud

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




Early Intensive Developmental Behavior Intervention (EIDBI) Provider Information Session (PDF)


9 a.m. – noon


Support Planning Professionals Learning Community 2016 Dates (PDF)

Various Dates

10 – 11:30 a.m.


Positive Support Rule (MN Rule 9544) (PDF)


On Demand


Being Person-centered: An Introduction (PDF)

Various dates

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Various sites


Archive of past DSD training and information update handouts

Person-centered training

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

Being person-centered: An introduction

One-day training to introduce a general overview of person-centered principles.
Intended audience
: People who do not work directly with people who receive services.

Part 1: Person-centered thinking

Two-day interactive training to acquire and practice effective person centered thinking skills, centered on how to discover and balance what is important to and what is important for a person.

Intended audience: Staff at all levels in an organization as well as people who receive support and their families.

Part 2: Person-centered planning

Two-day training learning and applying person centered thinking and planning tools that are focused on helping people envision the life they want in their community. Goes into more depth on the planning process to support person-centered approaches.

Intended audience: Staff at all levels in an organization as well as people who receive support and their families.

Prerequisite: Part 1. Person-centered thinking  

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

TrainLink Unique Keys (PDF)Registration Instructions (PDF)Cancel a Class Registration (PDF)Attending a GoToMeeting Webinar (PDF)Attending an Online Meeting (PDF)

Questions or feedback?

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

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