Hybrid Training

The PLX certificate program incorporates face to face classroom instruction and 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.

The start of the 2023-2024 training year is quickly approaching and we are excited! The Twin Cities cohort will be hosted at the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy in Roseville. Inquire with PLX Coordinator to learn more about the application process today!

In an effort to continue to make the PLX training accessible for everyone, we are announcing a new 2023-24 fully virtual cohort (with the exception of in-person simulation)! Beginning in January 2024, the Virtual Cohort will operate on an accelerated schedule without diminishing the wealth of experience and learning offered in the hybrid cohorts. Inquire with PLX Coordinator to learn more about the accelerated virtual cohort and the application process!


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: Four one day “deep dive” virtual elective training sessions and online learning modules. Learners are required to attend three (but may attend all four 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 55.5 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:

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

Twin Cities Fridays
Click here to download the updated '23-24 Twin Cities Calendar

Accelerated Virtual Cohort
Click here to download the '23-24 Accelerated Virtual Cohort calendar


PLX offers two cohorts, one hybrid and one virtual cohort. It should be noted that the virtual cohort maintains at least one required in-person session which is Simulation. Should state mandates or University guidelines change regarding in-person gatherings, a fully virtual option will be made available for learners who are in the hybrid cohort to complete the certificate and a virtual simulation will be offered for both cohorts.

Participants in this program are expected to comply with all University public health policies, including the wearing of face coverings in our classroom when applicable. Updates to FAQ about the mask policy are provided by the University.

Apply Here!

Applications remain open for the 2023-24 training year with the inclusion of the virtual cohort! Submit an application TODAY while space remains! For questions related to the application process, please Inquire with the PLX Coordinator.

More Information

If you are interested in receiving more information about the certificate and/or registration, please contact the PLX Program Coordinator.

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