The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) was designed to help learners better understand and address the mental health needs of children, youth, and their families moving toward or having achieved permanency through adoption or guardianship. NTI seeks to improve collaboration between the child welfare and mental health service systems with shared language and aligned curricula, and it aims to improve outcomes by infusing enhanced permanency, adoption, and mental health competency in the provision of casework and clinical practice.

NTI provides state-of-the-art, standardized Web-based trainings (WBTs) to build the capacity of child welfare professionals to effectively support children, youth, and their foster, adoptive, and guardianship families.

The Colorado Department of Human Services has contracted with NTI to provide two WBT training series to Colorado child welfare professionals.

Modules must be taken in order, so only the first module in each series is available for enrollment below. Upon completion of the first module, you will be enrolled automatically in the next module, and then the next, until you have completed all eight modules in order.


NTI Adoption Training for Caseworkers enables caseworkers to engage effectively with children, youth, and families who’ve experienced trauma, loss, and grief. This 8-module, 20-hour WBT series focuses on casework practices and professional skills for staff across the child welfare continuum to promote child well-being, permanency, and family stability for children living with foster, adoptive, or guardianship families.  

NTI Adoption Training for Supervisors is an 8-module, 25-hour WBT series for child welfare supervisors focusing on supporting staff in their daily casework practice. A downloadable Supervisor Coaching and Activity Guide accompanies the training and provides supervisors with a variety of activities relating to module-specific key skill areas that supervisors can use with their teams or individual workers.


Disclaimer: Successful completion of the NTI training does not mean the participant is "certified adoption competent" or qualified in any way. 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. CEUs may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars upon completion of all eight modules in the training. 

Target Audience: child welfare professionals

Module 1 provides an overview of the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Child Welfare Professionals and makes the case for the need for adoption competency. Lessons in this module orient participants to the training and training objectives, highlight the guiding principles that provide the foundation for work with children and families from an adoption or guardianship lens, provide context for the changes in adoption and guardianship options and practice today, and emphasize the urgent need for permanency for children and youth and the negative consequences of impermanence.


Target audience: supervisors

Module 1 for supervisors provides an overview of the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Child Welfare Professionals and makes the case for the need for adoption competency. Lessons in this module orient participants to the training and training objectives, highlight the guiding principles that provide the foundation for work with children and families from an adoption or guardianship lens, provide context for the changes in adoption and guardianship options and practice today, and emphasize the urgent need for permanency for children and youth and the negative consequences of impermanence.