The Connection Internship Consortium (CIC) represents the collaborative effort of four private therapeutic day schools in the Chicagoland Area - Connections Day School, South Campus Day School, New Connections Academy, and Connections Academy East - to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a diversified training program for Psychology Interns. These programs have a shared mission to integrate school, family and community in order to provide the highest quality academic and therapeutic programs. The CIC offers a twelve-month, full-time Doctoral Internship beginning early-August and ending mid-July each year. The CIC plans to accept 14 Interns for the 2024-2025 cohort. Interns have a primary placement at one school and meet in-person for shared training activities on a weekly basis.
The CIC program assures that clinical and professional development occurs through experiential learning, as well as the provision of clinical services combined with scholarly inquiry. The CIC training approach is generalist in nature and prepares Interns to function within a multidisciplinary setting. There is a strong emphasis on evidence-based training and practice, and Interns are exposed to best-practices through a variety of training, supervisory, and structured learning opportunities. Interns are provided the opportunity to develop skills in the provision of individual, family, and group therapy, as well as risk assessment and crisis management services, and psychological/psychoeducational assessment to children and adolescents ranging in age from 6 - 22 who present with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral issues. In addition, there is a focus on providing training and skill development in the areas of multicultural competence in clinical work, professional consultation and supervision, assessment, provision of professional presentations and trainings to colleagues, and adherence to codes of professional conduct and ethics.