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Chart Your Path for Professional Development

Within the field of family support, there are many pathways for growing and developing as a professional. SFTA recommends that as you plan your professional development path, you consider the following resources and opportunities available in Wisconsin. (Coming Soon! A Family Support Professional Development Template)

Core Competencies in the Field of Family Support

The Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board has worked with several other Wisconsin agencies to develop a set of core competencies in the field of family support. This is part of a larger project to advance family support as a profession. Some of the goals of the project are:

  • To ensure high-quality service for families across Wisconsin
  • To increase the recognition that parent educators, home visitors, and other family support professionals get for their experience, training, and education
  • To encourage high standards for quality training in the field of family support

As a step towards meeting these goals, the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board is proud to introduce the Core Competencies in the Field of Family Support (Core Competencies). Core Competencies describes the skills and knowledge that family support professionals need to do their jobs well. Learn more and see the core competencies for both direct service staff and managers and supervisors

Professional Development Opportunities

Family Support Related Professional Development Resources:

  • SFTA staff members Romilia Schlueter and Connie Dunlap are now certified Trainers through the National Family Support Network to offer the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support Certification Training to family support agencies. The nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support are used by public departments, foundations, networks, community-based organizations, and parents as a tool for planning, providing, and assessing quality practice. This full-day certification training details how the Standards can enhance work with families. Whether you are setting up a new program or strengthening an existing one, the Standards provide a blueprint for implementing best practice. This training will be offered to SFTA members as funding allows, and as a fee-for-service to any agency that provides services to families. Stay tuned for further details, and for more information contact Connie or Romilia at (800) 713.KIDS.
  • Home Visiting Training & Technical Assistance: Visit the Child Welfare Partnership for a list of upcoming trainings coordinated by the Wisconsin Home Visitations Program.
  • Special Education Supports: Check out opportunities for professionals and parents on the Wisconsin Statewide Special Education Professional Development Calendar from the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI).

Family Support Related Conferences & Trainings in 2019:

Fulfilling the Promise Conference will be held March 12-14th at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 

The theme of the conference this year is, “For a More Powerful You: Recharging Your Caregiver Batteries,” and the keynote speaker is Licensed Clinical Psychologist and author, Dr. Sheela Raja. If you register before January 18th, you get a $25 discount, and if you bring 4 or more people from your agency, each person gets $45 off!

  • Click HERE for more information

Register Here!


Together for Children Conference is April 9-11th at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. 

Kevin Mulcahy, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit, will be giving the key note presentation, “Randy & Me: A Prosecutor’s Story of his Childhood Sexual Abuse.”

Register Here!


Save the Date: Wisconsin Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference on October 14-16th at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 

Registration information coming soon.



*Certain PD opportunities are listed exclusively for SFTA members. SFTA Family Resource Center (FRC) members also receive FREE technical assistance regarding programming through SFTA’s Family Engagement Specialist, and FREE technical assistance regarding communications and marketing through SFTA’s Communications & Advocacy Specialist. Not an SFTA member? Learn how you can become one here.


Infant Mental Health Endorsement through the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health

An endorsement in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is a verifiable process facilitated by the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health that recognizes the knowledge and training among professionals across disciplines through an organized system of culturally sensitive, relationship-focused learning, and work experiences that promote infant mental health.

Why be endorsed?

In the last month, I have completed three major goals: NAEYC Accreditation, Infant Mental Health Endorsement and my Masters in Early Childhood Education. Of the three, the most significant for me personally is the Infant Mental Health Endorsement as it emphasizes development from conception, birth and the early years, especially the critical period of infancy.

– Jane Robinson, MS, IMH-E® (I)

It is nice, after all these years in practice as an infant mental health specialist, and all the ‘unofficial’ access I’ve had the honor/privilege to receive through multiple trainings, classes and workshops from the experts, to formalize this into an actual certificate and endorsement now that I’m sixty. It is quite lovely to receive the formal and official recognition through the Endorsement process.

– Carol Noddings Eichinger, MS, LPC, IMH-E® (IV)

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