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.

2018-2019 DSWAP Interns

Jon Hernandez

Jon works with children, adolescents, and adults through individualized and family therapy in Spanish and English. He has experience working with individuals with socio-economic needs (housing instability, food insecurity, income-based issues, interpersonal violence, etc.), chronic illnesses (Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, etc.) Generalized Anxiety Disorder, stress, depression, and suicidal ideation. Jon is trained in motivational interviewing, narrative exposure therapy, and uses strengths-based perspectives to aid individuals struggling with low self-worth, and low self-esteem. Jon is looking eager to learn and gain more experience working with members of the LGBTQ community (transgender, gender nonconforming, etc.) in order to best support these clients who he recognizes are often victims of unjust treatment such as bullying in our society.

Lorissa White

Lorissa White is a clinical intern in pursuit of her Masters in Social Work at Augsburg University. Lorissa has professional experience working with youth and families who have been impacted by trauma, historical trauma, homelessness, sexual exploitation, chemical dependency and domestic violence. She specializes in working within the Native American community, and has experience working with many diverse populations within the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in a variety of settings such as child welfare social work, youth street outreach, school social work, culturally specific non-profits and domestic violence emergency shelter. Lorissa is available to provide therapy in English for children, adolescents and adults in individual and family therapy.


Keyona is a clinical intern from the University of St. Thomas/St. Kates. Keyona enjoys working with a diverse population. She has worked with children and adults of all ages. She also has experience working within the child welfare system which has allowed her to work closely with children who are/in the foster care system and who have experienced trauma and abuse or neglect. Keyona has a passion for bringing awareness of mental health to diverse populations to help bridge the gap between mental health and the communities so they can understand how important it is to receive mental health services when needed.


Maiko is a student at the University of Saint Thomas and Saint Kates. She is in the MSW program and finishing up her last year. Maiko has had years of experience working with a wide range of population and all ages of adults. Maiko is a true understanding of individuals who experience PTSD, depression, stress and anxiety. She utilizes a strength-based approach, breathing techniques, mindfulness, and she treats individuals and families using a structure tailored to the unique needs of each client. Maiko is able to provide services and therapy in English and Hmong.

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.

2019-20 MSW Clinical Internship Applications
(Accepted Beginning 04/01/19)

DSWAP Internship Application