Frequently Asked Questions | Mental Health FAQs
What is NTI?
NTI is a five year federally-funded cooperative agreement (Grant #90CO1121) awarded to the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) in 2014 by the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of this training initiative is to develop and pilot two foundational, state of art, web-based trainings to enhance the capacity of child welfare and mental health professionals to effectively address the complex mental health needs of children moving to permanency through adoption or guardianship. NTI seeks to enhance casework and clinical practices to improve well-being and long- term stability outcomes for children and families.
The training self paced and can be accessed via a web-browser and viewable on computer, tablets and smartphones.
When will the training be available?
Pilot states will be able to access the NTI Mental Health professional’s training from March 2018 through September 30, 2018. This training will be available nationally in 2019. Pilot states include California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and the Cherokee Nation.
How do I sign up for the training?
If you live in a pilot state and are interested in this training, please share your contact information here. When the training becomes available, we will send you enrollment instructions.
If you do not live in a pilot state, please use this link to share your contact information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NP3Y9M8
Is there a cost to participate?
NTI training is free of charge to users in the pilot phase as well as when launched nationally, funded in full by the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.
Who is permitted to take this training?
The goal of this grant is to reach as many interested mental health professionals as possible. In March 2018, anyone residing in a pilot state who is or will be delivering clinical services to this population is welcome to participate. There are no caps on enrollment numbers. State Implementation Teams will be grouping participants for data collection and coaching selection purposes.
How do I know if the NTI Mental Health curriculum is appropriate for me?
NTI is designed for professionals working with or considering working with adoptive or guardianship families in a therapeutic capacity. We encourage anyone interested to enroll in the training and try it out to see if it meets their needs. Licensure is not required to participate, however the focus is on clinical practice.
Will the NTI Mental Health curriculum be updated in the future?
The current grant from the Children’s Bureau includes a pilot curriculum followed by a pilot-informed curriculum revision which will be incorporated in final version and launched nationally in 2019. Currently, there is no funding to do boosters, post -pilot coaching calls or future versions. However, CASE is committed to working with states to meet their training needs which may include these training extension opportunities and is actively exploring a variety of funding sources.
Are CEUs available?
Certificates of completion and 25 hours of NASW approved CEUs will be awarded for successful completion of the Mental Health practitioner training. Check with your local licensing board to determine if NASW-approved CEUs qualify for your license renewal.
I need to share with my staff more about NTI. What are the goals of the Mental Health curriculum in general?
Overall, the goal of NTI is to strengthen the competency of professionals providing therapeutic services to children and families who have experienced foster care, adoption or guardianship to support the long-term stability and well-being of families. This outcome requires professionals to build a skill set specifically honed to be effective with the needs of this population.
The NTI training is designed to help you and your staff:
- Expand your understanding of the complexities facing adoption and guardianship families.
- Provide current knowledge related to key issues underlying challenges of youth, including attachment, trauma, loss and grief, and identity in adoption and guardianship families.
- Understand why children with a history of abuse and neglect are less likely to respond positively to many evidence-based practices.
- Provide an overview of the range of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions.
- Offer you many resources that you can use in your practice.
For general questions about NTI, who are the contact people?
For pilot states, email the assigned Implementation Specialist:
- Maine, Minnesota, Washington: Lisa Maynard
- Illinois, South Carolina, Tennessee: Mary Wichansky
- California, Oklahoma and tribes: Emily Smith Goering