Frequently Asked Questions

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

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?

NTI provides 2 state-of-the-art web-based trainings – one for Child Welfare Professionals and one for Mental Health Professionals. 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, the two training curricula are closely aligned, are based on similar competencies and including guidance on collaborating with other professionals. Both courses are designed for professionals to use in their work with children/youth, parent/guardians and families.

NTI Training for Child Welfare Professionals
The 20-hour curriculum for Child Welfare Professionals is focused on assessment and casework practices that workers can use in the field. Child welfare supervisors receive an additional three hours of training, designed to help support staff in applying learning from the training in their daily work.  A downloadable workbook provides supervisors with a variety of activities to choose from to use with their teams or staff individually.  Suggestions are provided to help build or strengthen staff skills and to address common challenges supervisors may encounter from staff.

NTI Training for Mental Health Professionals
The 25-hour curriculum for Mental Health Professionals is clinical in nature, focused on assessment, treatment planning and evidence supported interventions. During the pilot, live, virtual coaching/consultation calls are provided to a limited number of participants, using case studies to apply learning from the training to practice. Participants complete 3 coaching sessions and receive additional CEU’s. NTI leadership are determining how coaching can be offered once the training is launched nationally.

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Who should take the Child Welfare Professionals training?

This course is designed for any staff working for state, county, tribal or territory child welfare systems or staff working in private and contracted child welfare agencies working with children and families as they navigate the child protective, foster care, adoption, and post permanency services. In addition, staff who represent foster and adoptive parents, foster youth, or foster youth alumni organizations that provide support to the child welfare system will also find the material in this curriculum useful.

Who should take the Mental Health Professionals training?

This course is designed for mental health professionals in either public or private provider settings, including private clinicians who are serving children and families who are in foster care, are adopted or in guardianship families.

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.

How and when can my state or system participate?

NTI will be launched nationally, free of charge to all states, tribes and territories in the summer of 2019.

Do you represent a system / agency / university and would you like to learn more about making NTI available to the workforce or students? CLICK HERE to connect with us!

Or, for more information on any aspect of NTI, contact Dawn Wilson via

Is a demo available for the NTI web-based training?

Absolutely. Demonstration lessons and promotional videos of both trainings are available on our website:

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.

Are there any prerequisites or licensure required to take either training?

There are no prerequisites or licensure requirements for either training.

Do either of these training courses result in certification?

No. Participants will receive a certificate of completion but will not receive certification.

What accommodations are provided for persons with disabilities?

In compliance with federal funding and Section 508 (, 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.

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 best with Firefox or Google Chrome browsers.


How is this curriculum different from the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)?

NTI offers two foundational web-based trainings: a 20-hour training for child welfare professionals and a 25-hour training for mental health practitioners. Both focus on the behavioral and mental health needs of children experiencing adoption or guardianship. Each are designed to teach specific casework or clinical practices effective in addressing these needs.

TAC is a 72-hour in-person 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 students master 18 areas of knowledge, values and skills that are critical to adoption-competent mental health services.

Do I need to have approval from anyone to enroll in the training?

Prior to June 2019, only participants in the 9 pilot sites can participate in the trainings. In September 2019, the NTI trainings will be available nationally for individual users via the CapLEARN Online Training Center.

NTI staff will also work with state, tribal and territory child welfare/mental health systems and large agencies to assist them in integrating the trainings into their internal training systems for sustained use. Systems and large agencies interested in having NTI integrated into their training array should connect with us HERE.

For general questions about NTI, who are the contact people?

For pilot states, email the assigned Implementation Specialist:

  • Maine, Minnesota, Washington, Illinois

Lisa Maynard via

  • California, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Cherokee Nation

Emily Smith-Goering via

  • South Carolina

Dawn Wilson via

For other states/systems or general questions, contact Dawn Wilson, NTI Director, or Sita Mahtani,