Professional Development

The Prevention Board strengthens the family support workforce by providing professional development resources to promote strengths-based, family-centered, primary prevention practice grounded in the Protective Factors Framework.

Protective Factors circle logoProtective Factors Training

Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work is a 12-hour training for family support professionals developed by the Children's Trust Fund Alliance, based on the Center for the Study of Social Pol​icy’s Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework, and tailored by the Prevention Board to fit the unique needs of those who serve families in Wisconsin.

The training supports professionals in incorporating Protective Factors into their work and partnering with families to share that information in a strengths-based, culturally sensitive manner. 
The Prevention Board coordinates and provides ongoing technical support 
for Certified Trainers within partner organizations throughout the state.
Acknowledging the importance of parent partnership, the Prevention Board offers grants to support 
Parent Co-Presenters who are paired with Certified Trainers and co-facilitate each course of every training.​

Core Competencies

The Wisconsin Core Competencies for Family Support Professionals, published in 2018 by the Prevention Board and its partners, guides practice and promotes uniform standards. The Core Competencies aim to:

  • Ensure high-quality family support services for families in Wisconsin
  • Increase recognition of the professional experience, training and education of parent educators, home visitors and other family support professionals
  • Encourage high standards for quality training for professionals who work with families
  • Embed a strengths-based approach to working with families
  • Address the impact of trauma on child and family functioning
  • Incorporate the Protective Factors Framework to support optimal child development, reduce the likelihood of child maltreatment, mitigate the impact of risk and diminish the probability of trauma

​Online Learning Library

The Online Learning Library​ contains resources to inform and enhance the professional practice of service providers, Parent Co-Presenters and educators. The library offers descriptions and links to a variety of content areas and formats, including webinars and learning activities.