DSWAP is a program of The Family Partnership funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Adult Mental Health Services.

What are the program’s goals?

  • Increase the number of immigrant, refugee, and minority mental health professionals and/or practitioners
  • Increase the availability, accessibility and effectiveness of trauma-informed treatment for immigrants, refugees, and minorities
  • Enhance the cross-cultural knowledge and skills of clinical supervisors

Services offered

  • Group Supervision
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy Consultation
  • LICSW Preparation Class
  • 3-Day Narrative Exposure Therapy Training
  • Motivational Interview Level I
  • Intergroup Dialogue
  • LGSW Preparation Class

Contact Xavier Schmitz at 612.341.1670 or xschmitz@thefamilypartnership.org for more information on training dates and times.

When are DSWAP interns available?

DSWAP interns are available at each of our locations September 2017 to May 2018 to take referrals for adolescent and adult clients. This is a paid internship.

2017-2018 DSWAP Interns


Dunia is a Masters of Social Work student completing her clinical internship. Dunia works with adults and older adolescents (18+) who are struggling with mental and/or chemical health issues. She has experience working with refugees, immigrants, Latinos, and people experiencing homelessness. Dunia has a special interest in working with refugees as well as with clients who have experienced trauma and may have a PTSD diagnosis. Dunia is available to provide therapy to individuals, couples, or families in English and Arabic.


Manuela is currently in pursuit of her Masters in Social Work at St. Catherine University—University of St. Thomas. She is also an Area of Emphasis in Practice with Immigrant and Refugees (AEIR) Scholar which aligns with her personal and professional passion of working with these communities. Manuela brings a vast amount of professional experience working with Latinx* immigrant community in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, children’s mental health, and community social work. Manuela will be providing therapy in English and Spanish for adults and older adolescents (18+) in individual and family therapy.

*Latinx is a more inclusive, gender neutral term used in place of Latino to refer to individuals of Latin American descent and with cultural ties to Latin America. It is pronounced lah-teen-ex


Paul Harper is a senior at Augsburg University pursuing his Masters in Social Work. He holds a Master of Arts in Management from Hamline University and has experience working with adults, from different ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. He completed his MSW foundation internship at Tubman Family Crisis & Support Services where he worked with adult survivors of Domestic Abuse. Paul is available to provide therapy in English for adults in individual and family therapy.

How do I make a referral?

Referrals for DSWAP interns are made by calling The Family Partnership’s Central Intake Line at 612.728.2061 (English), 612.728.2089 (Español), or 763.569.2625 (Hmoob).


For more information about the Diversity Social Work Advancement Program (DSWAP), contact Xavier Schmitz at 612.341.1670 or xschmitz@thefamilypartnership.org.

DSWAP Internship Application