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For Undergraduate, Graduate and Post-Graduate Students 

Women with masksProfessional Training Programs

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), along with Milwaukee County, is a catalyst for change, leading the way as an outstanding example of partnership, collaboration and inspiration.

A part of DHHS, we have been working closely with educational institutions in providing internships, practicums, and field placements for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate trainees. Our training opportunities include an array of experiences throughout DHHS. As programs continue to expand, our focus is to ensure trainees are gaining the experience and knowledge to help clients and improve the health of our community. Furthermore, we aim to increase the quality and quantity of a highly trained workforce.


Affiliation Agreements With Educational Institutions

Unpaid internships require a contracted agreement


Department of Health & Human Services is affiliated with:

  • Aurora University - School of Social Work
  • Marquette University - School of Counselor Education and Counselor Psychology
  • Mount Mary University - School of Social Work
  • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota - School of Social Work
  • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) - School of Public Health
  • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) - School of Social Welfare
  • University of Wisconsin Whitewater (UWW) - School of Social Work

Behavioral Health Services is affiliated with: 

  • Alverno College - School of Social Work
  • Concordia University - School of Occupational Therapy
  • Denver University - School of Social Work
  • Mount Mary University - School of Professional Counseling
  • Springfield College - School of Counseling
  • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) - School of Occupational Therapy
  • Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology (WSPP) - School of Psychology

Internship Opportunities

Job Descriptions & Current Openings

Review the job descriptions for paid and unpaid internships.


Paid Internships

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Mental Health Clinician - ACT

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Clinical Intern - CCS

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Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative Project Manager - ADS (No Current Openings)

Behavioral Health Intern - MCMHC (No Current Openings)

Criminal Justice Liaison - CARS (No Current Openings)

Forensic Discharge Planner - CARS (No Current Openings)

Macro Level Social Work Intern - CCS (No Current Openings)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship – BHS (No Current Openings)

Prevention Specialist APS - ADS (No Current Openings)

Professional Training Programs Webinar Panel Discussion

Unlocking opportunities: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services Internships for Social Work, Psychology and Counseling Students. Hosted by Kane Communications Group, this virtual webinar is designed exclusively for students pursuing their bachelor's or master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling or related fields. Gain insights into available internships and professional training programs, promising career development opportunities and tips for success! 


Webinar Speakers:
Dr. Justin Kuehl, Director of Professional Training Programs
Cleopatra Castaneda, Director of Adult Protective Services
Isabela Berges, Intern - Criminal Justice Liaison
Andrea Gage, Mobile Crisis Clinician





Hosted by:
Kane Communications Group

Milwaukee Comprehensive Care Collaborative (MC3)

Since 2009, Milwaukee Comprehensive Care Collaborative (MC3) has been partnering with Milwaukee County and other Change Agents to implement a co-occuring system emphasizing our values of welcoming, co-occuring capability, recovery, person-centered, culturally intellegent, trauma-informed, service intergrated, stage matched, and system integration. This partnership entails an internship where students work with Milwaukee County to gain experience which fulfills degree requirements, while emphasizing MC3 values. The goal of this collaboration is to promote best practices, such as evidence based services, that promote positive outcomes for our consumers. 

All Milwaukee County Interns are expected to complete the MC3 Orientation Training Video and Pre/Post-Internship Survey. The pre/post internship surveys helps us guide MC3 teachings over the begining of the internship and track progress at the end of the internship. To acclimate you to the MC3 values and expectations, please review the MC3 values guide below. 

MC3 Values Value in Practice
Welcoming "No wrong door", validation, uplifting - encouraging and motivated attitude, being present/active listening, icebreakers, building rapport, sense of humor, knowing who is in their life/touching base about those people, creativity
Person-Centered Care Allowing client to lead their care, empowering the person, relating to them as people and not just clients, encourage family involvement, personalized/individualized meeting facilitation
Trauma Informed Care Understanding that behaviors are caused by unmet needs/experiences, self-awareness, role modeling when talking with others, awareness of triggers, educating others, acknowledging the struggle
Stage-Matched Planning  Recognizing youth and family can be at different stages for the same change, make plans from where theperson is at in their recovery, create realistic goals
Service Integration Collaboration during team meetings and with family, sustainability in providers, brainstorming/strategizing, task shifting, maintain consistency, reliability, validating providers for good work
System Integration Allowing for differences of opinions/roles, working toward common goals, advocating for/with client, communication
Cultural Intelligence Open minded, eager to learn, engaging in activities outside of culture, offer to take your shoes off, flexibility, offering diverse experiences/options
Recovery Allowing for detours, accepting of bumps in the road, celebrate victories, pointing out successes (no matter how small), encourage self-care
Co-Occurring Capability Identifying needs of the whole person/family, taking them to get their glasses, making sure basic needs are met, leading by example (self-care)



“What I found most beneficial about this practicum was being able to interact with the patients on the unit in a casual, natural way. Being able to approach patients while they were sitting in common areas while on the unit, introduce myself to them, and build rapport with them was really helpful. I also had at least one opportunity to talk with a patient in somewhat of a crisis situation after I had built rapport with her over the course of her hospitalization, this was a very meaningful experience for me (I believe for the patient, too).”

- Brooke Lewis (WSPP) Psychology Practicum

“My primary experience of working with the CARS intake team on assessments was as rewarding as expected, really helping to round out my practical assessment skill set. Getting connected with Criminal Justice System Diversion Liaison was surprisingly excellent in bringing ethical issues, critical analysis in regard to diagnosis, appropriate treatment based off contextual life factors, and options in the community. The assessments I conducted for the Liaison were meaningful and needed, and my participation in Mental Health court was invaluable for my learning.”

- Adam Haggerty (Alverno College) Professional Counseling

“Gaining practicum experience both on the Child/Adolescent inpatient unit and as a part of CMCT, even if the inpatient experience was brief. I would recommend that students who are interested in both experiences share their interest and advocate for some time with both practicum opportunities. Also, taking advantage of the suggestions that supervisors provide during your experience that will complement the practicum experience you anticipated. For example, presenting or attending Brown Bag presentations, going with clinicians to complete assessments/interviews with families, and taking cases in detention or going with clinicians for assessments/interviews.”

- Lissandra Lopez (WSPP) Psychology Practicum

“I found the most beneficial was processing home visits with Jill and Rebecca post home visits to improve my clinical reasoning and solidify knowledge of mental health setting, especially for legal and local Milwaukee County Resources. Some of the trainings on HealthStream with Dr. Thrasher were also helpful in explaining these concepts in different ways.”

- Sara Nesbit (UWM) Occupational Therapy 

Meet Our Staff

Justin Kuehl

Justin Kuehl, PsyD
Director of Professional Training Programs
Department of Health & Human Resources

Quintina Martinez de Groot

Quintina Martinez de Groot
WTD Specialist (PTP & Coaching)
Department of Health & Human Services

Michael Warner-Craft

Michael Warner-Craft
WTD Executive Assistant
Department of Health & Human Services

Meet Our Direct Supervisors

Kaelin Deprez

Kaelin Deprez, LCSW
Integrated Services Manager
Assertive Community Treatment
Community Access to Recovery Services

Dan Idzikowski
Dan Idzikowski
Director of Aging Services
Aging and Disabilities Services

Dinah LaCaze

Dinah LaCaze, MBA APSW
APS Prevention Program Coordinator
Aging & Disabilities Services
Adult Protective Services


Mike Bonk
Director Office for Persons with Disabilities
Aging & Disabilities Services

Andrew Bethke

Andrew Bethke, MSW, APSW, CRS-A/D
Outreach Social Worker
Aging & Disabilities Resource Center

Jill Zdrojewski

Jill Zdrojewski, OT
Crisis Care Coordinator
Behavioral Health Services


Andrea Nauer-Waldschmidt

Andrea Nauer-Waldschmidt, LPC
Psychiatric Crisis Services Coordinator
Behavioral Health Services, Access Clinic East

Carrie Losin, LCSW
Behavioral Health Emergency Services Clinician
Behavioral Health Services, Access Clinic East

Michael Maletis

Michael Maletis, LCSW
Crisis Services Coordinator
Behavioral Health Services, Access Clinic South


Ken Cole

Ken Cole, Psy.D
Director of Outpatient Treatment Programs
Milwaukee County Mental Health Clinic
Behavorial Health Services

Maria Castillo

Maria Castillo
Community Outreach Coordinator
Children's Community Mental Health Services
Wraparound Milwaukee

Courtney Weston
Courtney Weston, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Children's Community Mental Health Services
Wraparound Milwaukee


Abby Nowak-Haggas
Abby Nowak-Haggas, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Wraparound Milwaukee
Behavioral Health Services

Ryan Ayala

Ryan Ayala, APSW
Unit Therapist
Children, Youth & Family Services

Dana Blake

Dana Blake, MS LPC
Criminial Justice Liaison
Community Access to Recovery Services 


Lisa Kaczmarek

Lisa Kaczmarek, LCSW, SAC
Lead Administrative Coordinator
Community Access to Recovery Services

Alex Zurek

Alex Zurek, LMFT
Behavioral Health Emergency Services Clinician
Crisis Mobile Team

Christina Holloway

Christina Holloway, LPC
Lead Behavioral Health Emergency Services Clinician
Crisis Mobile Team


Sara Coleman

Sara Coleman, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
Crisis Services



Milwaukee County - Department of Health & Human Services

1220 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee WI 53205
Located within Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Milwaukee County - Children, Youth & Family Services 

10201 W. Watertown Plank Rd, Milwaukee WI 53226
Located within Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Milwaukee County - Mental Health Clinic

1919 W. North Ave, Suite 200, Milwaukee WI 53205
Located within Shafi Plaza

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
By appointment only
Phone: (414) 257-7610

Milwaukee County - Access Clinic North

8200 W. Silverspring Dr. Milwaukee WI 53218
Located within Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Walk-in hours for initial assessment: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Phone: (414) 257-5190

Milwaukee County - Access Clinic East 

210 W. Capitol Dr, Milwaukee WI 53212
In parternship with Outreach Community Health Centers

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Walk-in hours for initial assessment: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Phone: (414) 257-7665 

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Milwaukee County - Access Clinic South 

1635 W. National Ave, Milwaukee WI 53204
Located within Sixteenth Street's National Ave Clinic

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Walk-in hours for initial assessment: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday - Friday 
Phone: (414) 257-7900

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Contact Us

By Phone: (414) 293-7876

By Email: [email protected]


1220 W. Vliet St.

Suite 301

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205

Our Vision

Together, creating healthy communities.

Our Mission

Empowering safe, healthy, meaningful lives.

Our Values

Partnership, Respect, Integrity, 

Diversity, Excellence

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