Supervisory Development

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.

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