Professional Development

2017/2018 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 Five members at a discounted rate.  Please register for each individual course by clicking on the applicable "register now" button. 


December 5th, 2017               8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

How to Run an Effective Meeting

Meetings fill an increasing number of hours in the work day, and yet most employees consider them as a waste of time.  According to a survey of U.S. professionals by Salary.com, meetings ranked as the number one office productivity killer.  There is help!  Learn techniques to help your meetings be more effective and more energizing

Free for Region 5 members

$20 for Region 5 non-members

$20 for attendees outside of Region 5

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January 16th (FULL), 17th, 18th, 2018 (all separate trainings)               8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

8 Hour Mental Health Awareness Class

Taught by Minnesota CIT Officer's Association

  • A basic overview of mental illness: schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, mood disorders, cognitive disorders, personality and substance disorders.
  • We will look at the causes and nature of the illnesses, typical patterns of behaviors, common medications, and guidelines for officer response.
  • Meet and hear from a panel of people living with mental illness.

This training is designed for all sworn officers: police, sheriffs, corrections, park police, transit police, DNR officers, state patrol and county employees and mental health professionals who desire a more collaborative relationship with law enforcement when coming into contact with someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Class is limited to 30 people

$25 for Region 5 members

$50 for Region 5 non-members

$50 for attendees outside of Region 5

**Lunch is included

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January 31, 2018               9:30 AM Registration       10:00AM - 4:00 PM Workshop

What You Need to Know for the 2020 Census: Organizing for a Complete Count

  In partnership with Association of Minnesota Counties

Presented by: Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer

The Census 2020 is coming. This workshop will focus on learning about the future of Minnesota and how the 2020 Census will affect legislative seats, the allocation of federal and state money, and useful data for making decisions.

A complete, accurate census count will ensure your community has the maximum visibility and voice in the coming decade. In this joint session with Minnesota cities and counties, learn about the importance of Complete Count Committees and the best strategies for organizing! Walk away with concrete best practices, tools, and action ideas to mobilize every resident in your jurisdiction to be counted.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the 2020 Census
  • Create Complete Count Committees with city and county partners
  • Develop a timeline with important steps to begin now
  • Receive access to Census 2020 planning tools and resources

Free of charge

**Lunch Included - please register for accurate meal count

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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 workshop 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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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