Our mission is to develop and deliver high quality, competency-based training to managers, staff, and care giving families employed in the county child welfare agencies in 21 counties in Southern Wisconsin.

At a glance

What: We support the provision of family-centered, child-focused, strength based, culturally responsive, competent child welfare services to children and families.

How: We have a steering committee made up of county directors, managers, and state staff who help direct our day-to-day operations. We participate in regional meetings of child welfare supervisors and staff to get their input.

Who: A formal partnership and collaboration between county and tribal child welfare agencies, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Greetings from the Program Director


We hope this website provides easy access to information about the professional development training we offer for public child welfare staff in our 21 counties in the Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership and those in the other partnerships in the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System.

Our goal is to provide a learning environment that mirrors the same ideals of respect for the individual; a strength based focus; and belief in people's ability to learn and change that child welfare workers apply in their practice every day. We are committed to working collaboratively with our county partners and the Department of Children and Families to offer educational opportunities that enhance the skills of child welfare staff and assist them in helping children and families. Through these activities we help the University of Wisconsin to reach beyond the campus community and serve the citizens of our state.

We welcome your ideas on how we can better support you as a child welfare professional.

Erik Pritzl, MSSW, Director
(608) 890-0975

How to find out if a training is cancelled due to bad weather:

  • Check your e-mail for a cancellation message
  • Call the main phone number for a voice mail message at 608-262-7291
  • Call Connie Koebke for a notice on her voice mail at 608-265-6241

Calendar of events and trainings