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. 


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 Resolution

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  CANCELLED

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


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

Practical Leadership: Supervising for Employee Engagement  POSTPONED watch for date update

  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


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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October 11, 2018               8:30 AM Registration       9:00AM - 4:00 PM Workshop

Crisis Management Leadership: Senior Officials Workshop for All-Hazards Preparedness

  In partnership with Association of Minnesota Counties

Presented by: FEMA and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

This workshop provides a forum for local or regional executives to share strategies and coordinate plans for emergency preparedness and response. This workshop is an efficient process for discussing executive-level issues with leaders from the agencies involved in all levels of the emergency management structure. The expected outcome: Executive and administrative staff, responder chiefs/department heads and infrastructure and resource leaders sharing a common perspective and an understanding of the challenges they will face in times of crisis.

Workshop Topics:

  • Roles and responsibilities and preparedness challenges
  • Domestic preparedness resources and how to leverage them for your community
  • Homeland Security Strategic Planning as it relates to risk and needs assessment and the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for your jurisdiction
  • Executive-level incident response and recovery considerations, including medical/public health, situational appraisal, incident management (ICS), mutual aid agreements, media relations, recovery and restoration processes, Federal assistance, and business/economic recovery
  • Includes a practical exercise tailored for the jurisdiction(s) as the catalyst to generate discussion of policy and emergency operations center activities required to support the incident commander’s and state/federal government requirements related to an all-hazard, catastrophic incident

**Lunch Included - please register for accurate meal count

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November 8, 2018               8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

MCPA Officer Leadership Development

Presented by MN Chiefs of Police Association

No matter your position in a law enforcement agency, all members of a department have opportunities to be leaders, whether you serve as a situational leader during a critical incident, a formal leader on a squad or shift, or you desire to move up the chain of command.  This one-day training will prepare line officers for the leadership challenges of 21st Century Policing.  This one-day training includes classes on psychology of supervision, supervisory communications, support of department mission and vision, promotional interview strategies, post-promotion actions, and the value of mentorship.

**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