Hybrid and Virtual Training

The PLX certificate program incorporates both face to face and virtual classroom instruction as well as discussion with online supplemental coursework and practice consultation to guide the learning experience. Completion of this certificate program will provide learners with knowledge, skills, practice opportunities and a supportive multidisciplinary community in which to learn and collaborate. Learners will develop a deeper understanding of adolescent development, issues and challenges facing youth in systems, and increasing positive engagement and supportive relationships between youth and the people who serve them.

Mark your calendars for the 2024-25 training year, set to start this fall in September! New training calendars have been added below and applications will publicly open the week of April 1st. Inquire with PLX Coordinator to learn more about the application process today!

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Registration for the cohorts are $350 + $40 registration fee. Learners will be asked to regularly provide feedback about the content, activities, flow, and facilitation of the sessions.

There are limited FREE enrollment spots for Tribal workers or those employed in Tribal or Indigenous organizations. The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy is sponsoring additional scholarships (less the $40 registration fee) available to professionals employed by a Minnesota county in a child welfare role (child protection, foster care, permanency/adoption). Inquire with PLX Coordinator.

Funding generously provides a limited number of travel stipends for participants who travel a significant distance (75+ miles one way) for training. Inquire with the PLX Coordinator for more information.

The components of PLX include:

  • PLX Fundamentals: Three days of in-person training sessions and accompanying online learning modules that are mandatory for all learners.
  • PLX Electives: Five one day “deep dive” virtual elective training sessions and online learning modules. Learners are required to attend four (but may attend all five at no additional cost).
  • PLX Consultation: Professional consultation sessions conducted virtually. Learners are required to attend and participate in six of nine assigned consultation sessions. Consultation sessions will be virtual and last 2 hours per session.
  • PLX Simulation: One in-person simulation-based learning experience, designed to allow learners to practice their knowledge and skills in simulated settings. All simulations take place on the University of Minnesota campus in the Twin Cities.

Once all components of the certificate are completed, learners will receive a certificate of completion and 62.5 CEUs.

Eligibility to Participate:

  • Learners need to have earned a BA/BS degree or have 5 years or more of work experience with adolescents/youth.
  • For the purposes of applying skills learned in the classroom, learners should currently have a professional role where they are in contact with adolescents/youth involved in or at risk of being involved in child welfare/juvenile justice.

Phoenix Learning Xchange Program Dates

PLX offers two cohorts, one hybrid and one virtual cohort. Click on a cohort title to see the calendar.

*Please note program dates may be subject to change. Should there be any updates to program dates, it will be noted here.

UPDATE: Both cohorts have had an change for at least one Fundamental date. Select a calendar to see the updates.

Hybrid Cohort

Twin Cities

A hybrid cohort experience with in-person and virtual elements hosted at the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. This cohort generally meets on Fridays.

Virtual Cohort

Statewide Virtual Cohort

A fully virtual cohort experience with the exception of the in-person simulation on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. This cohort generally meets on Mondays.

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It should be noted that the virtual cohort maintains at least one required in-person session which is Simulation.

Participants in this program are expected to comply with all University public health policies, including the wearing of face masks in our classroom when applicable. Updates to mask policies are provided by the University and independent centers within the University.

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Applications are NOW OPEN! If you have questions about the application process, please inquire with the PLX Coordinator. Secure your spot today before they're all gone!

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