Frequently Asked Questions
What is NTI?
NTI is state of art, web-based training to enhance the capacity of child welfare and mental health professionals to effectively address the complex mental health needs of children in foster care, moving to permanency through adoption or guardianship or living with their adoptive or guardianship families. NTI seeks to enhance casework and clinical practices to improve wellbeing and long-term stability outcomes for children and families.
NTI was developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), leading a team of experts in curriculum development, web-based production, and evaluation to oversee the development of the NTI trainings and works collaboratively with an advisory group of nationally recognized experts in child welfare and mental health, including foster and adoptive parents and former foster youth to develop the competencies that provide the foundation for the curriculum.
Funded through a $9 million cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, access to NTI is free in all U.S. states, tribes and territories.
Who developed the NTI training?
The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) leads a core team of experts in curriculum development, web-based production, and evaluation to oversee the development of the NTI trainings and works collaboratively with an advisory group of nationally recognized experts in child welfare and mental health, including foster and adoptive parents and former foster youth to develop the competencies that provide the foundation for the curriculum. A number of partnerships are also in place to provide subject matter expertise and support for training implementation and dissemination. For more information on the NTI’s core team, national advisory group and strategic partnerships, please visit the NTI Partners page, and Advisors page.
What trainings are available through NTI and who can take the trainings?
Child welfare and mental health systems each play an important role in impacting outcomes for families experiencing adoption and guardianship. One of the goals of NTI is to help bridge understanding and improve collaboration between professionals. Toward that end, NTI is comprised of three complementary and well-aligned trainings:
- NTI Training for Mental Health Professionals was designed for behavioral/mental health professionals in public and private agency, community-based, or residential settings and private practitioners to provide foundational knowledge to more effectively address the unique adoption-related issues that arise throughout the lifespan of the adoptive or guardianship/kinship family. This includes work with children/youth in foster care, adoptees, birth families, adoptive/kinship families.
- NTI Training for Child Welfare Professionals is designed for professionals working for public and private child welfare agencies with children and youth in foster care, families preparing to foster or adopt, and children and youth and their adoptive or kinship families. This training is more focused on casework, whereas the Mental Health professionals training has a focus on clinical assessment and treatment. The training is relevant for staff across the continuum, including prevention, child protection, permanency/foster care, licensing/home study, CASA/GAL, post-adoption and more.
- NTI Training for Child Welfare Supervisors is designed for supervisors working in public and private child welfare agencies. It is the same training as NTI Training for Child Welfare Professionals but includes additional lessons to help supervisors support their staff to apply new skills in practice. There is also a Supervisor Coaching and Activity Guide that offers a variety of activities that can be used in individual or group supervision with staff.
Are there any prerequisites or licensure required to take either training?
There are no prerequisites or licensure requirements for any of the trainings.
Do these trainings result in certification?
Participants who successfully pass all the module post-tests (80% passing) will receive a certificate of completion. This, however, is not a certification or credentialing program.
Can I get CEU’s for completing the training? What kind of CEU’s are available?
NTI is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for continuing education credit. Other state licensing boards may also accept NASW credits. Please contact your local licensing board to verify your options. Individuals accessing NTI via CapLEARN will also have the option to purchase continuing education credits for a wide variety of disciplines from R. Cassidy Seminars once they have successfully completed all the module post-tests (passed at 80%) and have received their certificate of completion.
Which states were involved in the NTI pilot?
Nine sites participated in the pilot of both trainings between January 2017 and September 2018: California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington State and the Cherokee Nation. At the completion of the pilot, revisions will be made to the trainings, based on feedback from participants.
Is there a cost to participate?
There is no cost to enroll in and complete the training. Certificates of completion and NASW approved CEUs are also provided at no cost to pilot participants who successfully complete the training. At national launch, certificates of completion will be provided, but there may be a cost for continuing education credits depending on how the training is accessed.
What technology is needed to access the training?
The training is web-based and is produced in HTML5 and viewable on computer, tablets and smartphones. It works in all web browsers but is best with Firefox or Google Chrome.
What accommodations are provided for persons with disabilities?
In compliance with federal funding and Section 508 (www.section508.gov), the trainings are designed to be accessible to users with both hearing and sight impairments. Each lesson has the entire narrative available for users to read along with the presentation in the Notes or Transcripts tab of the player. Users can also print out a transcript provided in the Resources tab to follow along with the presentation. This content is compatible with screen reading software to accommodate users with sight impairments. In addition, all presentation content is narrated to provide audio for users with sight impairments.
For those who completed the training during the pilot phase, will they need to take it again?
Those who completed the training during the pilot have already received a certificate of completion for NTI. There is no need to retake the training. Your certificate will continue to be available to you via account log-in with the University of Maryland Institute LMS, however, the training itself will no longer be available to you. If you would like to access the content again, you will need to create a new profile at the CapLEARN online training center (https://learn.childwelfare.gov/) where you can access the updated curriculum. You may also be able to access the training through your state’s learning management system (see the next question).
Once I start the training, how long do I have to complete it?
NTI has no requirement to complete the training within a certain amount of time. To help staff pace themselves and stay motivated, we recommend that each curriculum be completed within 4-6 months, based on pilot testing. Host agencies can set their own expectations, including suggested completion dates or time frames for the entire training or timelines for completing each module to keep staff progressing through the curriculum. The Implementation Planning Guide and Transfer of Learning Guide can also provide best practices to agencies.
Will you be able to go back into the training after completing to review and use resources?
Yes. Whether you access the training through CapLEARN or your state system, users will be able to access the training even after completing NTI.
How is this curriculum different from the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)?
NTI is free, web-based training ranging from 8 modules (20 hours) to 10 modules (30 hours) depending on the curriculum. It provides core foundational knowledge, values and skills for child welfare professionals and mental health clinicians. NTI trainings were evaluated with over 6,000 child welfare professionals and 2,800 mental health professionals to assess satisfaction, efficacy and impact on practice.
TAC is a 72-hour 12-module training developed by C.A.S.E. designed for master’s level, licensed clinicians that includes classroom and remote instruction as well as clinical case consultation. TAC has been rigorously evaluated with over 1,000 training participants including trainee and trainer feedback, fidelity measures, and family outcomes. In 2019 TAC was rated by the California Evidence-based Clearinghouse as having promising research evidence (3) and high relevance with the child welfare population as a Child Welfare Workforce Development and Support Program. TAC is on track to be an accredited certificate program in 2020 requiring a passing score on a written test through the Institute of Credentialing Excellence.
What are the ways that NTI can be accessed?
There are three ways NTI can be accessed:
- NTI Trainings can be accessed free of charge on the CapLEARN online training center https://learn.childwelfare.gov/. (Note the differences in the options in the chart below.) Step-by-step instructions for accessing the NTI trainings on CapLEARN can be found HERE. Also see Access information web pages.
- Many states agencies and national organizations are choosing to integrate NTI into their state learning management systems (LMS). To learn if you can access NTI in your state, view the list on our NTI website (coming soon). Please note this list is updated as new agencies/organizations are added.
- Agencies/organizations that do not have an LMS and/or who want enhanced features such as data tracking and reporting, Help Desk support, and free CEUs can contact Dawn Wilson, Director, NTI at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding a customized contract utilizing the C.A.S.E. learning management system.
LMS Comparison and Benefits At-A-Glance
* LMS enhancements including data tracking, and reporting, Help Desk and free CEU’s are available through contract with C.A.S.E. (The Center for Adoption Support and Education). Contact C.A.S.E. for more info.
For hosting NTI on an LMS, when will the SCORM files become available?
State agencies and national organizations should check with their NTI Implementation Specialist for SCORM file access dates.
Currently, the NTI Training for CapLEARN access (for individuals) is undergoing 508 compliance refinement and is in the final stages of before being ready.
The three NTI Trainings coming soon on CapLEARN are:
- NTI Training for Child Welfare Professionals
- NTI Training for Child Welfare Supervisors
- NTI Training for Mental Health Professionals
Access information for the NTI Trainings can be found here: https://adoptionsupport.org/nti/access/
How are the training files received?
There is a unique SCORM file for each lesson and they are bundled as modules. For each module, there will also be a folder of handouts provided in PDF format and the pre-/post-test questions will be provided in an Excel file.
How can a child welfare agency best coordinate with mental health providers in their state?
We know how important and challenging it can be to work across systems. NTI Implementation Specialists are available to assist you and your agency to plan for effective collaboration. NTI also has an Implementation Planning Guide to assist with implementation best practices.