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  • Thank you for your interest in the Waukesha County Department of Health & Human Services Student Field Placements. Select a division below to read more about the division and past opportunities. For information on current opportunities, please have the INSTRUCTOR call 262-548-7831.

  • Adolescent and Family Services

    Waukesha County Health and Human Services (WCDHHS) offers community-based services to adolescents who have been placed on supervision by the Juvenile Court, or who are at risk of coming to the court’s attention. Services are provided to adolescents and their families where severe family conflicts, truancy, uncontrollability, substance abuse, delinquency, or serious emotional disturbance may be present. The Adolescent and Family Division's varied and diverse services share a philosophical commitment to the dignity of the individual, and a belief that individuals and families can, with proper assistance, positively respond to the challenges that life’s problems and crises present. Adolescent and Family social workers believe in a strength-based and least restrictive approach to working with families. The goal of the Adolescent and Family Division is to keep families together and work through challenging circumstances. Social workers strive to provide culturally competent services and connections to community resources. Every attempt is made to maintain family unity by using a community-based services model, which may include intensive family treatment, educational support, and other provided and purchased services. If in-home services are not appropriate, the Division also facilitates, coordinates and monitors court-ordered foster care, group home, and residential care center placements, as well as secure correctional placements.

    A secure and a contracted non-secure detention service is also provided for the temporary 24-hour care and supervision of juveniles, aged 10 to 18 years, who have been charged with delinquent acts, or who may be in need of protection and services.

    The Adolescent and Family Division employees are Wisconsin state licensed social workers. The minimum requirement for social workers is a bachelor’s degree in social work or related field. Many social workers utilize skills gained with advanced degrees. Social workers utilize motivational interviewing, counseling, case management and trauma-informed care strategies in working with youth and families. Staff are required to complete continuing education credits in order to maintain their social work license and to remain current in new treatment modalities. They are trained in evidence-based strategies to meet the needs of the family and youth. Social workers conduct home visits, school visits, office visits, and monitor Juvenile Court orders. They act as advocates for youth and families in areas such as the community, schools, and court.

    Past student field placements opportunities have included Social Worker experiences.

    If interested, please have the INSTRUCTOR call 262-548-7831.

    Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County (ADRC) is a single access point for information, assistance, counseling and supportive services for older adults age 60 and above, caregivers, and adults with physical or developmental disabilities with the goal of helping individuals maintain independence. Other services include long-term care options counseling, functional eligibility determination, health promotion, prevention, and early intervention, and locating resources (homemaking and chore services, in-home personal care, adaptive equipment, emergency alert, transportation, senior dining, home delivered meals, Alzheimer’s and dementia services, and many more).

    Past student field placements opportunities have included Dietetic Intern and ADRC Social Worker experiences.

    If interested, please have the INSTRUCTOR call 262-548-7831.

    Child and Family Services

    The Department of Health and Human Services provides a variety of direct and collaborative services to families and their children. Some families face the problems of child abuse or neglect. Others confront difficulties, which may threaten the ability of children to live within the family. Emphasis is on protection and establishing a permanent living situation for the children with their own family. These services are provided in order to create strong environments for the health and development of children.

    Past student field placements opportunities have included Social Worker experiences.

    If interested, please have the INSTRUCTOR call 262-548-7831.

    Mental Health Services

    Clinical Services Division
    Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services

    The Waukesha County Clinical Services Division is one component of the Department of Health and Human Services. Along with the other Department divisions, Clinical Services shares a philosophical commitment to the dignity of the individual and the belief that individuals and their families can, with assistance, positively respond to the challenges that life’s problems and crises present. The Clinical Services Division provides confidential, comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services to Waukesha County residents of all ages. Or further information about Clinical Division programs and services, please refer to the DHHS homepage at www.waukeshacounty.gov

    We offer student experiences to Nursing and Occupational Therapy Students as well.

    The Clinical Division accepts a limited number of field placement students who are actively pursuing their Master’s Degree in mental health and/or substance abuse clinical fields. Typically, these placements are for a full academic year. The Division offers clinical concentrations in child and adolescent mental health, adult mental health, and adult substance abuse, although students can expect to be involved in many clinical areas during the field placement. Whatever concentration the student might select, they will gain at least some experience in program areas such as outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance abuse services, crisis intervention, clinical case management, community support and comprehensive community services, alcohol court and drug courts, and civil court proceedings for mental health and substance abuse issues falling under Chapter 51 Wisconsin Statutes. Students will also find opportunities to work collaboratively with other DHHS Divisions and community based provider organizations.

    Master’s level students interested in a possible clinical field placement in Waukesha County should have the INSTRUCTOR call 262-548-7831 for current opportunities.

    Public Health

    The Public Health Division is committed to preventing disease and promoting health for all citizens in Waukesha County. The division offers a wide range of public health services focused on the control and containment of human public health hazards. The core functions of public health are to assess and monitor the health status of the entire county, develop public health policy, and assure access to quality health care.

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    If interested, please have the INSTRUCTOR call 262-548-7831.

    Administrative Services Division-Centralized Records

    Past student field placements opportunities have included students enrolled in Health Information Technology and/or Health Information Management programs who wish to learn more about health information management functions.

    If interested, please have the INSTRUCTOR call 262-548-7831.