DSWAP is a program of The Family Partnership funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Cultural & Ethnic Minority Integrated Grants Collaborative.

What are the program’s goals?

  • Increase the number of mental health professionals who identify as people of color, immigrants, refugees, and/or LGBTQ.
  • Increase the availability, accessibility and effectiveness of trauma-informed treatment for culturally diverse clients.

Services offered

  • Outpatient and In-Home Psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, and children in individual, family, couple, and group formats
  • Conduct and document diagnostic assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge summaries
  • Conduct outreach and psychoeducation with culturally-specific communities
  • Group Supervision through Multidisciplinary & DSWAP Team Meetings
  • Individual Supervision
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy Trauma Training
  • Motivational Interviewing Training
  • Two-Generation Approach to Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences Training
  • LGBQ, Transgender, & Intersectionality Training
  • LGSW Test Preparation Class
  • Stipends

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 2018 to May 2019 to take referrals for adult, adolescent, and child clients. This is a paid internship.

2019-2020 DSWAP Interns


Jennifer Alfaro is a Masters of Social Work student at Augsburg University completing her clinical year internship. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hamline University and works at a charter school as a Behavior Specialist.  She completed her MSW foundation internship at Washburn Center for Children in their Day Treatment program. Jennifer immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a young child. Due to this experience, she has a special interest in working with children who have experienced trauma, as well as with the Latinx community. Jennifer is available to provide individual therapy in both English and Spanish.


Tenzin Lhadon is currently in her last year in the MSW program at the University of St. Thomas. Currently, she works at Fairview Hospital in an adult chemical dependency program as a Drug Unit Assistant. She is interested in working with immigrant/refugees, children, and a diverse range of clients. During her undergraduate education, she had a field placement at The Child Development Center at St. Thomas and Neighborhood House in St. Paul.


Sara Kelly is currently completing her clinical year of Saint Catherine University’s MSW program. Her professional experience includes working in clinical counseling and drop-in service settings with diverse populations of adults struggling with their mental health and substance use. Sara specializes in working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals dealing with substance use issues, and folks living with HIV. Sara believes that we are the experts of our own experiences, and our truths and histories deserve to be listened to with genuine interest and respect. With a practice approach informed by strengths-based, person-centered, and harm-reductive theories, Sara hopes to create a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment for individuals, couples, and families to work through their troubles.


Jasmyn Taylor is completing her final year at Augsburg University where she is earning a master’s degree in Social Work. She received her Bachelors in Sociology from Augsburg College in 2017. She is interested in working with individuals ages 16+ and also has an interest in marriage and family counseling. Upon completion of her master’s degree, she plans on becoming an LICSW so she can continue therapeutic work with individuals full time. She has a wide range of experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and has also done play therapy with children ages 5 and under.

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 Shawn Hayward at 612.341.1670 or shayward@thefamilypartnership.org.

2020-2021 MSW Clinical Internship Applications
(Accepted Beginning 04/01/20)

DSWAP Internship Application