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Welcome to Pre-Service

This is the pre-service training approved by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. This content meets the requirement for preservice training identified in DCF 43.

These modules are intended to be used as one component of a new worker's pre-service orientation package that should also include direct supervision, job shadowing, and other on the job training.


Before You Start

Please contact your partnership via the email. In the email please include "pre-service" as the subject and the following in the body of the email:

  • Name
  • Name of Agency
  • Agency Address
  • Work Telephone
  • Work Email
  • Job Title
  • Date Hired
  • Area of Practice
  • Name of Direct Supervisor

After you've completed a notification to your partnership, you can access the pre-service modules below.


The following is an overview of the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System's modules.

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Introduction to Child Welfare

Orientation to the political, philosophical and ethical contexts within which child welfare staff work as well as to worker safety and eWiSACWIS.
Supervisor's Information

Engaging Families

Introduction to reasons for engaging families, essential tools for building helping relationships and potential barriers to doing so.
Supervisor's Information


Introduction to the language of safety as a way of helping you understand how to think about keeping children safe.  It includes protective capacities, present danger threats and how to respond to them as well as a beginning understanding of impending danger threats.
Supervisor's Information

Development & Dynamics of Human Behavior

Basic information on child development, the dynamics, effects and signs of maltreatments, and the impact of separation and loss on both the parent and child(ren), as well as information on domestic violence.
Supervisor's Information


Orientation to the function of Access including information to be gathered, decisions that must be made and documentation requirements.
Supervisor's Information


Introduction to the protocol for removing a child from their home, court processes as well as the hearings and documents necessary as a case moves through the legal system and a section to help you prepare for appearing in court.
Supervisor's Information

Initial Assessment

Orientation to the function of Initial Assessment including practice themes, planning and decision-making requirements as well as those for documentation.
Supervisor's Information

Ongoing Services

Orientation to the function of On-going Services including responsibilities, requirements at case transfer, Family Assessment and Case Planning, Case Progress Evaluation and Case Closure as well as those for continued assessment and management of child safety.
Supervisor's Information


Introduction to the necessity for permanency for children, the CPS role in permanency planning, including strategies for concurrent planning and legislation particularly important in permanency, ASFA, ICWA and MEPA.
Supervisor's Information


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