National Adoption Comptency Mental Health Training (NTI)

The purpose of NTI is to improve the outcomes for children and families experiencing adoption or guardianship by enhancing the capacity of child welfare professionals and mental health practitioners to address children's mental health needs and provide the support and appropriate therapeutic interventions to children and their families. The child welfare curriculum is currently available and can be accessed using the information provided below.

The curriculum for mental health practitioners will be available in March 2018.

National Training Initiative Website

Did you know?

NTI has developed two state of the art, standardized, web-based trainings to build the capacity of child welfare professionals and mental health practitioners in all States, Tribes and Territories.  The end goal is to empower professionals nationally to better understand and address the mental health needs of children, youth and their families moving toward or having achieved permanency through adoption and guardianship.

Highlights of NTI's reach in Tennessee

  • Since January 2017, 5,000 users are participating in NTI nationwide
  • 1,253 users have enrolled from Tennessee
  • 973 users from Tennessee have completed the training 
  • 18,600 hours of training been received by TN child welfare professionals


Please review the table below to identify your Cohort Identifier Number. Enter this number when prompted on the landing page for the NTI Evaluation. 

Cohort Code Region
TN01 Central Office
TN02 Davidson
TN03 East Region
TN04 Knox
TN05 Mid-Cumberland
TN06 Northeast
TN07 Northwest
TN08 Shelby
TN09 Smoky Mountain
TN10 South Central
TN11 Southwest
TN12 Tennessee Valley
TN13 Upper Cumberland


Regional Cohort Leaders

Amy Raper Bethany Krieg Beverley Norment Bret Brooks Camecia Springfield
Cathryn Patrick Catrina Bulloch Haley Gilson Heather Sanders Lacretia Barkley
Lawanda Meneese Lora Anderson Melissa Lowe Misty D'Amico Rebecca Adcock

Training ObjectivesBenefits of NTI

Get credit for your online learning:

This training is comprised of 8 modules and allows users to print certificates upon completion of each module. Users will receive 20 hours of Social Work CEUs for the basic curriculum and 23 hours for the supervisor's curriculum when they have finished all modules, completed all post-surveys, and passed the final test. To ensure that you receive credit for your learning hours, please follow the guidance below:

It is expected that all users will complete module 1 during their first training month and 2 modules per month thereafter. After you have completed each module, please upload your certificate HERE to receive your hours in Edison. If you need assistance, please contact your local Training Coordinator.

What others are saying:

"NTI was an amazing collection of resources and knowledge surrounding adoption and permanency for kids in foster care. The videos were my favorite part and allowed me to see how important all aspects of permanency are for the kids involved. The NTI training was an informative and helpful approach to the side of adoption that I typically don’t work with or encounter. I’m thankful for the tools that I received in order to better help my kiddos when they reach that milestone. NTI made me re-evaluate the importance of resources for families from fostering all the way to adoption. The training allowed me to see that permanency doesn’t just stop at adoption or stepping down, but that it is a continuum of services that these kids need to succeed." -Youth Villages, Chattanooga TFC Team Member

"My team and I enjoyed completing the NTI training. It was very beneficial and applicable that the training specifically targeted child welfare workers, verses an overall mental health training. All the material was evidenced and research based with practical interventions that can be implemented. The lessons were relevant to the work we do in foster care and gave us valuable resources to better our practice. The self-assessments/evaluations were great for personal development to identify areas we need to target and expand on in our practice. The modules addressed multiple learning styles, which was helpful to ensure each staff received the information in the best way for them." -Knoxville TFC Clinical Supervisor