AspireMN Meetings
and Trainings

Upcoming meetings and trainings.

2024 Workshops & Trainings


Thurs, April 18: 12 pm – 2 pm: Safe Harbor and child welfare response to human trafficking and exploitation of children and youth: What is new for residential providers? — (Virtual, FREE, 2 hours) Registration
Facilitators: Sarah Ladd, DHS, Human trafficking child protection program coordinator; Dina Chou, DHS, Homeless Assistance Programs Supervisor; Caroline Palmer, MDH, Safe Harbor Director

Tues, April 30: 9 am - 12 pm: Motivational Interviewing Overview by Jenny Schaefer Loer, a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (Virtual, $40 AspireMN Members / $55 Not-Yet Members, 3 hours) Registration


Fri, May 10th: Cultural and Linguistic Appropriate Services (CLAS): CLAS A-Z, by Lisa Xiong, Change, Inc., 3 hours (must attend CLAS 101 on March 21st to register) (Mutual Support, Virtual, FREE)


June: Supporting Birth and Foster Family Connections (Free, 2 hours, Duluth)

Fri, June 21: 10am to 11:30 am: Neurodivergent in a Neurotypical World: The Inherent Trauma of Autism and ADHD by Jessica Mertins, Fernbrook Family Center (90 minutes, FREE) (link coming soon)

June: Supporting Birth and Foster Family Connections (Free, 2 hours, Twin Cities)


Wed, July 17 & Thurs, July 18: 11 am to 12:30 pm: De-escalation and Processing Skills by Colleen Davern, LSS of MN (Two 90-minute Trainings, FREE) (link coming soon)


EDI Series in August-Fernbrook Family Center//Systemic Trauma of Foster Care and Adopted Youth (Mutual Support, In-person, FREE)


Sept. 18-20: September Leadership Retreat-- Individual Learning Opportunities, Ruttger’s Resort by Brainerd, cost TBA


Tues, Oct 29, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Statewide Meeting for QPI-MN (Free, 1 hour)


2024 AspireMN Member Meeting Schedule:

  • June 6-7: June Member Meeting—Best Practices, at Pier B Resort in Duluth, MN

    Pier B Room Reservations Use Group Code: ASPI0524

  • September 18-20: September Leadership Retreat - Kolbe Wisdom lead by Erin Werde, Instinct Advantage at Ruttger’s Resort in Deerwood
    Registration is $80 Register Here
    Ruttger’s Room Reservation - Special Rate

  • October 9-11: In Motion, 2024 AspireMN Innovation Summit - Double Tree Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park
    Registration and Room Link coming soon…

  • November 7-8: November Member Meeting at Delta Hotel in NE Minneapolis
    Delta Room Reservations - Special Rate until 10/17/24 *Special Rate available 3 days before/after

  • November 7: 2024 AspireMN Annual Awards at Delta Hotel in NE Minneapolis

Previous Workshops & Trainings


Previous 2024 Trainings


Contact AspireMN: Eden Fitzgerald

If you are interesting in sharing a learning opportunity with AspireMN, please contact Eden Fitzgerald at

1919 University Ave. W. #450
St. Paul, MN 55104

Kirsten Anderson, Executive Director // 651-927-3694

Eden Fitzgerald, Assistant Director // 651-927-3693

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