The Northern Academy offers a variety of topics via online learning to provide social workers with access to much needed training without the concern of travel and overnight stay. Our instructor-guided online courses follow the same structured curricula as their onsite equivalents. Each online course is scheduled for a two-week period. Most courses are also offered four times a year, so it’s easy to find a session that would work with social workers’ busy schedules. The only technical requirement is a computer with a high-speed Internet connection.

COVID-19 and Virtual Training

In addition to the traditional online courses featured in this section, all classroom-based instruction is currently offered as an online/virtual training. To browse all virtual training currently open for enrollment, please visit our Training Tracker page.

How to Enroll

Please note: You must have permission from your supervisor prior to enrolling.

To enroll, select the title of the course you are interested in, review the course details, then click the "Enroll Now" button and follow the prompts. You’ll be asked to create an account using your contact information—it's easy and will make it faster to enroll in future courses. You'll also be able to log in and manage your enrollments.

Questions? If you need help enrolling or have any questions, contact us at (530) 757-8725 or

Courses Available But Not Currently Scheduled

Course Title
Best Practices for Emergency Response (ER)
Child and Family Teaming: Virtual Engagement Strategies for Social Workers (Virtual Training)
Confidentiality - Online
eLearning: Child Maltreatment Identification
eLearning: Documentation Practice and Report Writing
eLearning: Federal and State Laws
eLearning: Introduction to ICWA
eLearning: Key Issues in Child Welfare
eLearning: Legal Procedures
eLearning: Monitoring and Adapting: Supporting Safety, Permanency and Well-Being
eLearning: Placement
eLearning: Time and Stress Management
Emergency Response Engagement and Safety Planning in the Time of COVID-19 (Virtual Training)
Engagement and Best Practices in the Time of COVID-19
ER investigations in the time of COVID 19: Learning Circle (Virtual Training)
Ethics in Social Work - Online
Family Visitation for Children 0-5 in the Time of COVID-19: Learning Circle
Fiscal Essentials for Supervisors - (Make Up)
Fiscal Essentials for Supervisors - eLearning
Health Care Needs of Children and Youth in CWS - Online
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA) - Online
Parentage - Online
Policy and Practice for Supervisors (Make Up)
Policy and Practice for Supervisors-eLearning
Providing Supports to Youth with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities
Social Work Organizational Strategies - Online
The Successful Teleworker (Virtual Training)
Understanding and Managing the “Interfacing Anxiety” of COVID-19
Writing Skills for Child Welfare Workers - Online