Department of Health and Human Services
 

Internships and Practicums

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


 

Behavioral Health Services is affiliated with: 

  • Alverno College - School of Social Work
  • Aurora University - School of Social Work
  • Concordia University - School of Occupational Therapy
  • Marquette University - School of Counselor Education and Counselor Psychology
  • Mount Mary University - School of Professional Counseling and Social Work
  • Springfield College - School of Counseling
  • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) - School of Social Welfare, Occupational Therapy and Social Work
  • University of Wisconsin Whitewater (UWW) - School of Social Work
  • Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology (WSPP) - School of Psychology

Department of Health & Human Services is affiliated with:

  • Marquette University - School of Counselor Education and Counselor Psychology
  • Mount Mary University - School of Social Work

Internship Opportunities

Job Descriptions & Current Openings

Review the job descriptions for paid and unpaid internships.


 

Paid Internships

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship – BHS

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Criminal Justice Liaison – CARS (No current openings)

Forensic Discharge Planner – CARS (No current openings)

Mental Health Clinician - ACT (No current openings)

Unpaid Internships

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Rapid Response Specialist – ADS

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BHESC Clinician – Access Clinic East

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BHESC Clinician – Access Clinic South (No current openings)

Community Outreach Internship – Wraparound CORE (No current openings)

Social Work, Mental Health Admin - CCS (No current openings)

Testimonials

“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, Psy.D

Director of Professional Training Programs
Milwaukee Behavioral Health Services

Davide Donaldson, MSSW

Intergrated Service Coordinator
Community Access to Recovery Services

Quintina Martinez de Groot

Executive Assistant
Milwaukee Behavioral Health Services


Direct Supervisors


 

Dinah LaCaze, MBA APSW

APS Prevention Program Coordinator
Aging & Disabilities Services, Adult Protective Services

Kaelin Deprez, LCSW

Integrated Services Manager
Assertive Community Treatment, Community Access to Recovery Services

Maria Castillo

Community Outreach Coordinator & FISS Program Manager
Children's Community Mental Health Services and Wraparound Milwaukee

Samantha Lavarda, Psy.D

Licensed Psychologist
Children's Community Mental Health Services and Wraparound Milwaukee

Dana Blake, MS LPC

Criminal Justice Liasion
Community Access to Recovery Services

Lisa Kaczmarek, LCSW, SAC

Lead Administrative Coordinator
Community Access to Recovery Services

Alex Zurek, LMFT

Behavioral Health Emergency Services Clinician
Crisis Mobile Team

Christina Holloway

Behavioral Health Emergency Services Clinician
Crisis Mobile Team

Sara Coleman, Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist
Crisis Services

Michael Maletis, LCSW

Crisis Services Coordinator - Access Clinic
Milwaukee Behavioral Health Services

Rebecca Antonicci, OTR

Crisis Care Coordinator
Milwaukee Behavioral Health Services

Jill Zdrojewski, OT

Crisis Care Coordinator
Milwaukee Behavioral Health Services

Andrea Nauer-Waldschmidt

Psychiatric Crisis Services Coordinator
Milwaukee Behavioral Health Services


Locations


 

Access Clinic South 

Located within Sixteenth Street's National Avenue Clinic 

1635 W. National Ave. 

Milwaukee, WI 53204 

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Walk-in hours for initial assessment: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday 

Phone: (414) 257-7900

More Information 

Department of Health & Human Services

Located within Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center 

1220 W. Vliet Street

Milwaukee, WI 53205 

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Access Clinic East 

In partnership with Outreach Community Health Centers 

210 W. Capitol Drive 

Milwaukee, WI 53212 

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Walk-in hours for initial assessment: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday 

Phone: (414) 257-7665 

More Information 

Contact Us

By Phone: (414) 293-7876

By Email: [email protected]

MILWAUKEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

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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