Wisconsin Initial Supervisory Training and Tools
The Wisconsin Initial Supervisor Training and Tools was developed to allow for flexibility for all individuals who are hired into supervisory positions across the state. We recognize that all newly hired supervisors come to their positions with different initial training needs. Some supervisors will need to complete the Worker Pre-Service and Foundation training in order to meet DCF 43 training requirements, while others will enter their supervisory careers having already fulfilled these state training requirements. Because of the variety of needs related to completion of Worker Pre-Service and Foundation training requirements, the Wisconsin Initial Supervisor Training and Tools was developed as a self-directed learning experience, with support from the regional training partnerships, to assist new supervisors in their first year of supervision.
The goals of the Wisconsin Initial Supervisor Training and Tools are to support the development of:
- An understanding of the supervisory landscape, including the values and principles under which a supervisor operates, a broad understanding of all components of a supervisor's job, and an understanding of the dual roles of managing and leading
- The supervisory role of leading people, including the critical role of supervisors in workforce development and retention, staff support, and creating and supporting a learning culture
- An individualized learning plan, in order to identify the supervisor's own learning needs and understand pre-service and foundation training to support and develop the staff whom they supervise.
Initial training and support activities for new supervisors within the first year of hire could include:
Supervisor Welcome Packet and Supervisor Guide Book
Contact your regional training partnership to inform them of your newly hired status as a supervisor and to make arrangements to receive and discuss the Supervisor Welcome Packet and Supervisor Guide Book.
Web-Based Component of Wisconsin Initial Supervisor Training and Tools
The web-based component of the Wisconsin Initial Supervisor Training and Tools is a self-directed learning experience that provides new supervisors the opportunity to develop an initial understanding of the supervisory landscape and the supervisory role in leading people. It includes three modules: Introductory Module, Foundations of Leadership, and Leading People: Workforce Development.
Wisconsin Web-Based Worker Pre-Service Training
Depending on your education, work experience and training, you may be required to complete the web-based pre-service training. If you are not required to complete the training based upon Administrative Rule, Ch. DCR (DCF) 43, Training for Child Protective Services Caseworkers and Supervisors, you are encouraged to complete it in preparation for your role in training and supporting the development of new child welfare staff.
Wisconsin Web-Based Foster Care Coordinator Pre-Service Training
The Foster Care Coordinator Pre-Service training was developed in order to specifically support Foster Care Coordinators in understanding their roles and responsibilities. If you supervise Foster Care Coordinators, you are encouraged to review the web-based Foster Care Coordinator Pre-Service training in preparation for your role in training and supporting the development of foster care coordinators.
Wisconsin Web-Based Foster Parent Pre-Placement Training
Beginning January 1, 2011, all foster parents licensed in Wisconsin are required to complete the web-based Foster Parent Pre-Placement training per Emergency Rule, Ch. DCF 56, Foster Care. If you supervise Foster Care Coordinators or out-of-home care practice areas, you are encouraged to review the web-based Foster Parent Pre-Placement training in preparation for your role in supervising foster care coordinators and other child welfare staff who work with children in out-of-home care.
Supervising the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act (WICWA)
In cases of an American Indian child, county child welfare workers are expected to work in a collaborative way with the child's tribe in order to meet all WICWA requirements. As a child welfare supervisor, your completion of the Case Practice with American Indian Tribes foundation training provided by the ICW Training Partnership is critical to your understanding of WICWA and the direct supervision you will provide to the staff whom you supervise. This foundation training is a required foundation training for all newly hired child welfare staff. The WICWA Desk Aid as well as the information on the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) website are resources that you will want to refer back to as you guide your staff in collaboratively working with the child's tribe to meet WICWA requirements.
Worker Foundation Training
Depending on your education, work experience and training, you may be required to complete worker Foundation training, as per Administrative Rule, Ch. DCR (DCF) 43, Training for Child Protective Services Caseworkers and Supervisors. Newly hired child welfare supervisors who are required to complete the worker Foundation training have 12 months from the date of hire to complete 15 days of Foundation training. In order to register for any of the follwoing Worker Foundation Training sessions listed below, use the following link: http://wcwpds.wisc.edu/caseworker-training/foundation/Default.aspx
Required Foundation Training Sessions: Four of the Foundation training sessions are required for child welfare supervisors who have access, initial assessment, and ongoing CPS supervisory responsibilities:
- Engaging to Build Trusting Relationships (3 days)
- Interviewing in Child Welfare* (currently being revised & not offered) (3 days)
- Safety in Child Protective Services (2 days)
- Case Practice with American Indian Tribes (2 days)
Menu Option Foundation Training Sessions: The remainder of the Foundation Training sessions are selected based upon consultation with your supervisor, your supervisory job responsibilities, and your individual practice skills and development needs. The remainder of the menu option Foundation training sessions include:
- Access* (1 day)
- Initial Assessment* (3 days)
- Separation, Placement, and Permanency (3 days)
- Team-Based Practice (3 days)
- Effects of Maltreatment on Child Development (2 days)
- Legal Affairs (web-based) (2 days)
*Note: these training sessions have pre-requisites that are explained in each training description in PDS Online.