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DHS Courses


The DHS Service Training Website is another great source of valuable trainings! Many of these trainings are open to Child Welfare Providers in addition to DHS staff.  Individuals enroll themselves in upcoming classes and webinars.  This effort encourages public and private child welfare workers to learn together and discuss policy and practice.

July - August Training Opportunities

Ever wish you had a crystal ball to tell you what you need to know about the families you work with? 

This is a one day course on how to take a trauma informed care perspective as it pertains to the families you serve.  The overall take-away is that you will gain critical thinking skills that you can apply immediately to how you work with traumatized people. And while it may not be a crystal ball, it is a magnifying glass to help aide you in gaining a new perspective of the information you receive on a near constant basis that shapes life altering decisions you make for children & families.

Sign Up for SP 442: Trauma Informed Perspective: A 360° View at

After you log in, select “Ongoing Trainings” Under Training Categories.  Scroll down and click on SP 442; click on the link for the appropriate city/date.

Des Moines-August 19th          Sioux City-August 21st

Fort Dodge-September 4th           Davenport-September 9th

Marion-September 16th                 Ottumwa-September 25th

Waterloo – October 29th           Burlington-October 2nd

Council Bluffs- October 7th          Des Moines-October 13th

Community service providers may attend this DHS training on a space available basis. There is no cost to attend except for what you may incur as personal expenditures. Social Work CEUs are available at no cost. Lunch will be on your own.

If you have any questions or need assistance, e-mail: Jo Ann Lee This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Or Mary Jo Beckman This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Registration @ Service Training Website

Training opportunities from the partnership between DHS and Iowa State University.

Contact Jo Ann Lee or Shelly Ramus for any questions or assistance with registration or updating your profile. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

If you find you are unable to attend a course once you register, please return to the DHS Service Training Website and cancel your booking.  Just simply follow the same steps that you do when registering except that you’ll be canceling your booking.

Register Now! Please note this is not a complete listing of courses.  Check the website for additional courses.

  • There is no cost to attend these courses and CEU’s are often available.
  • Please enroll promptly to secure your seat via the DHS Service Training Website @
  • You must have an account – if you do not – see instructions below.
  • After signing in, go to the Training Categories drop down box and go to the series you are in which you are registering.
  • Then choose the course and date you wish to register for.
  • You will receive an email confirmation.

Website Instructions


Step 1 -   Log In 

For individuals who do not have an account: Open the website and click on the login prompt in the upper right hand corner of the home page.  Please set up your own account by following the instructions for “first time here” on the login page.  Accounts must be set up before you can register in a course session.  For supervisor please record their email address.

 After you have logged in, you may begin registering for course sessions. 


Step 2 – Registering for classes

Use the navigation bar at the top of the screen and hover over Training Categories.  Select and click on one of the categories that appear.  Scroll through the available courses.  For courses that you are interested in, click on that course, say “yes” when question pops up so that you can access more detail regarding the course.  You register for a course by clicking on a selected date and the sign-up under Options. 


This website is a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Iowa State University Child Welfare Project.