As a public child welfare supervisor in Wisconsin, you have access to an array of professional development opportunities. New child welfare supervisors are required to comply with the DCF 43 training requirements (see a complete explanation of the supervisor training requirements under the “New Supervisor Welcome”). In addition, you have the opportunity to participate in trainings developed specifically for new supervisors including Supervisor Orientation and Supervisor Foundation training.  Supervisors have different roles and therefore different training needs than child welfare workers.  A series of foundation classes focused on providing information and skill development specifically for supervisors has been developed as a collaborative effort between the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership and the Wisconsin Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development.


Supervisory trainings cover four main areas in Human Service Supervision. New supervisors are encouraged to complete this core training series within their first year of employment. Our foundation courses  are designed to be taken in any order. Stepping up to Supervision: Orientation for New Supervisors, is a pre-requisite to Supervisor Foundation. The four modules in the series, are based on the model of supervision authored by Alfred Kadushin and include:  Administrative Supervision – Supervisor as Manager, Educational Supervision – Supervisor as Coach, Supportive Supervision – Supervisor as Team Leader, and Clinical Supervision – Supervisor as Critical Thinker use a competency-based curriculum emphasizing self-reflection and Supervisor Foundation is a series of four two-day modules that focus on Alfred Kadushin’s model of social work supervision and the four roles of a Child Welfare supervisor:  Administrative, Educational, Supportive and Clinical. Supervisors will learn and practice skills and concepts in a highly interactive setting with their peers.

New Supervisor Preparation

Stepping Up to Supervision: Orientation for New Supervisors
Orientation for new supervisors will occur on the first Wednesday of each month. Please see PDS for locations. This training will provide information that is most necessary for new supervisors early in their position: leadership, transitioning into supervision and the four roles of supervisors. The Wisconsin Child Welfare Model for Practice is central to the work of child welfare and will be introduced. Department of Children and Families staff will provide an overview of the department as well as staff and resources available to assist supervisors, information about eWisacwis and administrative rules/memos pertaining to their position. An overview of the
Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development training system will be provided and resources and trainings available as well as how to access them. This training is a prerequisite to attending Supervisor Foundation Training.

Courses for Supervisors

The Foundation Series for Supervisors provides the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to supervise child welfare casework and effectively guide and develop staff members. This eight series spans four main areas of supervision in child welfare work that are related, yet distinct. All new supervisors are expected to complete this core training series within their first year of employment. This series is most effective when taken in sequence but can be taken in any order (Stepping up to Supervision: Orientation for New Supervisors is a pre-requisite to Supervisor Foundation)

The four modules in the series (Administrative, Educational, and Supportive, Clinical) use a competency-based curriculum, “Putting the Pieces Together”, developed by the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver. The curriculum emphasizes self-reflection and the unique circumstances each supervisor faces in his or her work. All modules are highly interactive and accommodate a variety of learning styles to maximize the learning experience.

Continuing Education Courses

The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership offers a broad range of topics and skills of Continuing Education courses for supervisors. Our goal is to educate professionals at all levels of child welfare practice about these topics to better understand situations that may be encountered with these topics. Courses address subjects such as domestic violence, mental health issues, ethics, teaming, engaging, safety, alcohol and other drugs. These topics may change in response to agency needs and statewide priorities.

As a child welfare supervisor, your role is critically important to the workforce and to the families that your agency serves.  In order to continue your professional growth and education, you have access to an array of professional development opportunities developed specifically for supervisors.   In addition to Supervisor Orientation and Supervisor Foundation training, we provide a variety of continuing education topics designed to meet the specific needs of supervisors in leadership topics.

Supervisor Continuing Education and Training Schedule:

Please see the WCWPDS website for information regarding statewide continuing education trainings for supervisors and dates for upcoming orientation and foundation training.

Supervisory Continuing Education