Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Applied Learning Communities (ALCs)

Looking for a unique learning opportunity?

Ready to increase a common understanding of how CPS is practiced in Wisconsin?

Curious about innovative and creative approaches to practice?

Want to know how eWiSACWIS data informs our understanding of practice?

Interested in maximizing the supervision experience?

Hoping for some peer consultation on cases?

Did you answer yes?

Then join us at the ALC!

Bring your expertise and an earnest desire to grow in your CPS practice.

Alcs are brought to your region through partnership between the department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System (WCWPDS).

ALCs demonstrate our value for workforce support that includes:

  • Training
  • Technical Assistance
  • Team Work
  • Sensitivity to Secondary Trauma

Sessions include something for everyone, no matter what your learning style is!

A trained facilitator structures the daylong session to draw out participants’ knowledge of Wisconsin statutes and standards and support participants’ critical thinking skills.


  • Build community within and between counties
  • Increase our common understanding of how CPS practice is experienced by staff and families in Wisconsin.
  • Provide a unique learning opportunity to build a broader perspective outside of the local agency

Wisconsin Child Welfare Model for Practice

Workforce Support:
The Child Welfare System invests
in its workers through training and technical assistance to gain the
competencies needed. Additionally, the system promotes teaming amongst workers, supports professional development, seeks to ensure the safety of all workers,
and provides support to address secondary trauma.

What’s unique about the ALCs?

There are unique aspects that make them different from other trainings offered through WCWPDS:

  • Local child welfare agencies send teams, including at least one supervisor
  • Training curriculum is selected and developed in response to statewide practice data analyzed through Wisconsin’s Continuous Quality Improvement processes, including Systems Change Review
  • Cases are real and consultation and coaching is offered to support case practice

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Frequently Asked Questions

Child Welfare Agency Professional Working with Families
Child Welfare Agency Public/ Administrator/ Director
Child Welfare Agency Program Manager/Supervisor

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