Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Welcome to WCWPDS

Welcome from all of us at the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System!

Our mission here is quite simple:  promoting the best child-welfare practice through education, skill development, strategic partnerships, and effective advocacy. Our vision and subsequent hope is that every child, youth, and family in Wisconsin experiences an enhanced quality of life complete with opportunity and supportive communities.  We recognize that an enormous part of supporting that vision starts with you; that outcomes for the children and families we serve are only as good as the child welfare staff who is supporting them.   Our role is subsequently to support you in being the very best professional you can be.  We are committed to serving you — our child welfare workforce — through exceptional professional development opportunities that are available, accessible and of high quality at reasonable costs.

Each of you brings a unique set of experiences and skills to the table, and we envision this as the strength of any professional development opportunity we may offer.  The range of experiences we can draw from will be a valuable resource as TOGETHER we explore more effective ways to support children and families.  We are committed to training approaches that reflect this, and our expectation is that you will encounter an atmosphere where you feel comfortable to ask questions, state opinions, and formulate arguments.  The goal as I see it is that as a group we come out the other end of any professional-development opportunity having had both a fun and a useful educational experience that you can apply directly to your work.

As director of this program, I welcome the opportunity to hear your professional-development goals and how we might improve those experiences.  Please feel free to forward any questions, suggestions, concerns, or ideas any time (bnelson@wisc.edu).  My hope is that I get to know as many of you as possible as we progress through this professional-development journey together.

Brent Nelson, Director
Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work
8010 Excelsior Drive Suite 100, Madison WI  53717