Professional Development

2018 Professional Development & Training Schedule:

The below training events will all be held at our facility in Staples, MN.  Join us for valuable professional development opportunities, most are FREE to Region 5 entities! Courses are also available to non-Region 5 members at a discounted rate.  Please register for each individual course by clicking on the applicable "register now" button. 


February 20, 2018               12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

February 21, 2018                8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Data Practices for the Front Lines: Patrol & Administrative Service

Presented by Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association’s Rick Hodsdon

Have you just been hired as a records specialist for a public entity and heard “something about the data practices law in Minnesota.” Are your duties directly related to releasing public information for your Sheriff or Police Chief? Are you a patrol deputy or police officer and confused by what data you can collect, should collect, or in some cases data you should not collect? Are you a supervisor in patrol or records? This course has been designed with you in mind. This is one of the courses many in our public agencies have said, “I wish I would have had this course before we were challenged over our data release.”

**This training is the same training offered on two separate dates

Free for Region 5 members

$70 for Region 5 non-members

$70 for attendees outside of Region 5

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 February 20, 2018


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March 27, 2018                     12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

March 28, 2018                      8:30 am - 12:00 pm

DiSC Personality Profiles

Presented by Central Lakes College, Eloise Thorsen

Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems.  Develop stronger sales skills by identifying and responding to customer styles.  Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members.  Become more self-knowledgeable, well-rounded, and effective leaders.

**This training is the same training offered on two separate dates

Free for Region 5 members

$40 for Region 5 non-members

$40 for attendees outside of Region 5

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 March 27, 2018


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April 11, 2018               8:30 AM - 12:00 noon

Board Leadership

Presented by DDA Human Resources Inc., Liza Donabauer

It is the goal of this training to create effective board members. In today’s busy workplace, the role of boards has become complex and complicated. History and daily news illustrate that an ineffective board can be damaging to a community, can create legal issues and can stop progress towards the community’s goal. Our approach is to help create effective boards or city councils by providing a toolbox approach to leadership.

Free for Region 5 members

$40 for Region 5 non-members

$40 for attendees outside of Region 5

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April 12, 2018               9:30 AM Registration       10:00AM - 4:00 PM Workshop

Performance Management 101

  In partnership with Association of Minnesota Counties

Presented by: DDA Human Resources Inc., Gary Weiers, Management Consultant

This special topic workshop is designed for county administrators and department heads.  It will focus on performance management and will consist of three major areas: Performance reviews; Ongoing communication; and, Performance improvement planning. The objective will be to help counties with undeveloped performance management systems to develop a framework for establishing a system of managing employee performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand performance management
  • Become comfortable addressing employee issues
  • Understand the difference between performance appraisal and performance management
  • Develop increased confidence and competence in handling human resource related matters

**Lunch Included - please register for accurate meal count

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May 2, 2018               9:30 AM Registration       10:00AM - 4:00 PM Workshop

Bridging Divides:  What to do when people disagree

  In partnership with Association of Minnesota Counties

Presented by: Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, Office of Collaboration & Dispute Resolutio

Angry constituents?  Hot topics like ‘generational conflicts in the workplace’ or ‘buffer strips’ or ‘police-community relations’?  Fellow board members who feel passionately about issues?

In this workshop, learn what to do when emotions run high and positions are deeply held.  Compromise isn't the only option.  In this workshop you will learn how to de-escalate difficult situations and move from confrontation and conflict to effective solutions to challenging public issues.  Participants will practice identifying what other people actually need to move forward even when they aren't saying it; articulating what you need in way that makes difficult people responsive; managing high emotions; and developing solutions that get implemented because they integrate the needs of everyone involved.

Learning Objectives

•          De-escalation

•          Managing strong emotions

•          Increasing mutual understanding

•          Building consensus

•          Effective communication techniques for difficult situation

Free of charge

**Lunch Included - please register for accurate meal count

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May 10, 2018               8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

MCPA Elder Abuse Investigation

Presented by MN Chiefs of Police Association, Shelly Carlson

By 2030, Minnesotans age 65 and older will make up nearly 25% of the state’s population.  And, across the United States, this age population owns nearly 70% of the wealth in the country.  This combination of wealth and increased vulnerabilities that present when a person ages creates the perfect recipe for elder abuse to occur.  Elder abuse is severely under-reported.  Only 1 in 23 cases ever reach the appropriate authorities.  Often time authorities are not adequately trained in how to effectively recognize and investigate cases of elder abuse.  This 8 hour training – taught by an advocate, law enforcement officer, prosecutor and adult protection worker – will provide attendees with information and strategies on how to identify forms of elder abuse, describe factors that influence an investigation, develop interview techniques for use with this population, and determine the type of the evidence collection needed in these cases, particularly in cases of neglect and financial exploitation.

**Lunch Included

Free for Region 5 members

$40 for Region 5 non-members

$40 for attendees outside of Region 5

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May 24, 2018 - May 23, 2019              

Region 5 Leadership Team Academy "Xcelerate"

In partnership with the NJPA vision, mission, and values, GIANT Worldwide is committed to building:

• Healthy People Who BECOME Healthy Leaders.
• Healthy Leaders Who Build Healthy Culture.
• Healthy Cultures That BUILD Healthy Teams and Systems.
• Healthy Teams and Systems That LEAD High Performance Organizations.

The Region 5 Leadership Team Academy “Xcelerate” is a co-developed leadership-building initiative to accelerate the capacity of building Humble, Hungry, and Smart leaders across the NJPA Regional Community of Influence within Cities & Counties. The design of GiANT Integrated Leadership Solutions recognizes the time pressures and demands of city and county leadership and delivers significant content, methodology, tools, and language to transform individuals, teams, and systems toward optimum
growth and development.  Common Leadership Language: Practical learning and leadership themes converged into simple and scalable vocabulary.

Common Visual Tools: Practical leadership tools to leverage toward solving common leadership challenges.
Quarterly Accelerators: On-site (NJPA) half-day workshops to develop personal leadership capacity.
Monthly Core Group Network: An opportunity to join a Professional Learning Network with other leaders from the region, held virtually to fit in your busy schedules.
Integrated Best Practice Strategies: Leadership application and coaching
in “real time” using contextual best practices.

This leadership opportunity is available to 40 Region 5 City & County
representatives at no cost. If you have questions, please contact Anna Gruber at 218-894-4135 or anna.gruber@NJPAcoop.org.

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June 7, 2018               9:30 AM Registration       10:00AM - 4:00 PM Workshop

Practical Leadership: Supervising for Employee Engagement

  In partnership with Association of Minnesota Counties

Presented by: Lisa Negstad, Negstad Consulting, LLC

Effectively carrying out the role of supervisor can be more an art than a science. Managers are often left on their own to figure out how to implement their supervisory duties. Yet skilled supervisors are the primary extrinsic factor that creates strong employee engagement and high performance. This highly interactive workshop provides participants with tools and strategies that they can implement immediately.

 Learning Objectives

  •  Gain a better understanding of the supervisor’s role and required competencies and improve supervisors’ confidence in their ability to fulfill the expectations of that role
  • Briefly introduce emotional intelligence and accountability for avoiding toxic behaviors
  • Build awareness of when to use coaching and when to use directives as a supervisor
  • Create strategies for tailoring supervisor approach according to each supervisee’s need
  • Increase knowledge of employee engagement and talent development—what it means and why it’s important.
  • Increase comfort with conducting difficult conversations, including developmental feedback about both work and behavioral performance
  • Gain skills in a coach approach to a supervisory role

**Lunch Included

 Free for Region 5 members

 $125 for Region 5 non-members

 $125 for attendees outside of Region 5

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June 26, 2018               9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Grant Writing Workshop

Presented by Initiative Foundation, Barb Downs

This grant writing workshop will guide participants through the main components of writing a strong grant proposal. This workshop will be presented by Barb Downs, grants specialist for the Initiative Foundation. Note: Additional technology will be used during this training. *Please bring a tablet, laptop or mobile device that is Wi-Fi enabled.

**Lunch Included

Free for Region 5 members

$40 for Region 5 non-members

$40 for attendees outside of Region 5

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September 5, 2018               9:30 AM Registration       10:00AM - 4:00 PM Workshop

Millennial Madness and More: Generations and Transitions in Today's Workplace

  In partnership with Association of Minnesota Counties

Presented by: Josh Dye, Convene, LLC

Selfies, social media, and sharing (bikes, cars, and more!) are hallmarks of the Millennial generation – the largest generation in U.S. history. Selfish and sense of entitlement are words some have used when working this group. If working with millennials was a Facebook relationship status it would be: “It’s Complicated.” Factors including workplace culture, training, talent, motivation, personal life issues, and more all contribute to the working relationships. In this session, you will learn how to move millennials from “It’s Complicated” to “Engaged!”

And, also, a look at Transitions: Life is full of transitions, both large and small. We change jobs, move on from relationships, lose loved ones, and reflect on our beliefs and values. These moments of change present great opportunity, but also risk. Transitions can lead to growth OR setback emotionally, physically, and financially. In this multi-media presentation, you will enjoy music that puts our moments of transition in perspective. Then, Josh will share strategies to achieve growth and recover from setback during times of change – from new jobs to new points of view!

**Lunch Included

 Free for Region 5 members

 $125 for Region 5 non-members

 $125 for attendees outside of Region 5

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September 26, 2018               9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

MCPA - Meeting Minnesota's New Police Training Mandates

Presented by MN Chiefs of Police Association

Local and national law enforcement agencies have been under intense scrutiny the past several years to adapt to changing community expectations and calls for a better, more broadly trained police force.

In response, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) partnered with other state-wide law enforcement organizations in 2016 to develop a historic legislative proposal that helps agencies, large and small, urban and rural meet these new 21st Century policing challenges.

The MCPA and its partners worked with the 2017 Legislature to pass a bill that triples the state’s reimbursement for training to law enforcement agencies and requires every peace officer in Minnesota to be trained on crisis intervention and mental illness crises; conflict management and mediation; and recognizing and valuing diversity and cultural differences.

Beginning in 2018 law enforcement officers must receive 16 of their 48 required CEs over a three-year licensure cycle in these three areas.  Police officers must have at least one CE in each of these categories to renew their license.

The MCPA has worked with subject matter experts and professionals in these areas to develop a daylong training that will cover 2 hours in each subject area meeting the new POST requirement.  The MCPA has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the MN Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Association and active practitioners in law enforcement and mental health to design and deliver this training.

**Lunch Included

Free for Region 5 members

$40 for Region 5 non-members

$40 for attendees outside of Region 5

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Other Professional Development Opportunities:

  • MN Chiefs of Police Association Academies (MCPA) - in partnership with MCPA, NJPA will offer $300 off any of their Law Enforcement Academies.  This includes the Leadership Academy, CLEO & Command Academy, or Advanced Academies.  For more information, please check out MCPA's website.  Before registering, please contact Anna Gruber for the $300 discount code.
  • GTS Trainings- In a new partnership with GTS (Government Training Solutions), NJPA is offering access to Planning & Zoning training courses in Little Falls for Region 5 cities and counties for FREE!registernow.png
  • Internships – NJPA facilitates internships for local college students in everything from grant writing and public works to administration and social services. Interns connect on a semester basis and receive $12 an hour for up to 40 hours a week. To establish an internship, please contact Anna Gruber.  Please provide detailed information in regards to the desired internship, hours needed, and any other specific preferences. 
  • Mentorships - Regional mentorships encourage succession planning and recruitment to areas of workforce shortage.  With retirement on the horizon for many in the current workforce, local government entities searching for specialized staff are looking for innovative recruitment strategies. The NJPA mentorship program gives organizations an opportunity to transfer knowledge, appeal to new audiences, and create smooth transitions.  Local government positions from clerks and administrators to wastewater operators and law enforcement are prime areas for mentorship opportunities.  Mentees receive $12/hour for up to 40 hours per week. To establish a mentorship, please contact Anna Gruber.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

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Anna Gruber, Manager of City & County Solutions

anna.gruber@NJPAcoop.org | 320-292-4046