The Connections Internship Consortium Program is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.
Stipend, Benefits, & Resources
The CIC Internship is 12 consecutive months (interspersed with legal holidays, approximately 2 weeks of winter break, 1 week of spring break, 1 week of summer break and an abbreviated summer schedule) for a total of 197 standard work days. Standard work hours are Monday thru Friday with site-specific start and end times: (NCA and CDS – 8:00am to 4:00pm; South Campus – 7:45am to 3:45pm; and CAE – 7:30am to 3:30pm). Interns cannot work with students or their families during holidays or on weekends, as supervisors are not present to ensure their safety and oversee their clinical and training responsibilities. Supervisors are on-site full time throughout the standard work hours. Interns receive a stipend of $32,500.00 annually paid bi-weekly. Electronic deposit of paychecks is available.
Interns are eligible for health and dental benefits, 16 sick leave days, and 2 personal days during the training year. Interns are also able to take advantage of free daily staff lunch (provided by Organic Life) and free parking. Interns are covered by the site’s professional liability insurance.
Interns across all sites are provided a monthly budget of $50 that can be used to purchase therapeutically-relevant items for students on their caseload (e.g., incentives, special birthday lunches, particular book or therapeutic activity/tool). In addition, each school is allotted a Clinical Budget, managed by each school’s Site Director that can be used for additional therapeutic resources that Interns may request to have access to, including: clinically-relevant books, publications, workbooks, manuals, group curricula, games, interventions and office materials. In addition to a Clinical Budget, each site is allotted a Professional Development budget for staff, including Interns, to attend trainings. Funding can be provided for Interns to attend conferences and trainings, as determined by the site’s administrative team, as long as the training is relevant to the work being done at the school and with the understanding that the Intern will disseminate the learned information to the staff in some capacity. In the past, Intern requests to attend funded trainings have generally been approved with resources available to do so.
All Interns at each school are provided with a company issued laptop/desktop to use for the duration of the school year and an office phone with a private voice mailbox. Each computer is equipped with all programs necessary to complete all required documentation and paperwork. Interns have access to their school’s Google Team Drive, which consists of document templates, staff and student handbooks, policies and procedures, schedules, committee meeting notes, student attendance records, contact lists, etc. Interns are also provided with a school Gmail account that gives them access to Google Calendar, their own Google Drive for storing documents, and other Google apps. All CIC schools utilize an IT agency that updates, monitors, and repairs all of the computers that are used by the staff. All schools have an administrative assistant who is responsible for scheduling all IEP meetings and available to assist with other office tasks. Interns are responsible for completing and filing their own case notes and reports. All necessary office supplies are available and provided to the Interns throughout the duration of the year. At South Campus and NCA, each Intern is provided with their own individual office, and Interns at South Campus have a personal printer in their office. At CDS and South Campus, each classroom is also equipped with a Smartboard that Interns can use when running their various psychotherapeutic groups.
Interns at each of the CIC sites have access to a wide variety of resources and training materials. They are provided with access to a digital file of the CIC Clinical Training Manual on the first day of orientation that is accessible for the duration of the training year. Interns at each of the schools have access to a digital voice recorder for audio recording of sessions, as well as to a shared Clinical iPad to use for video recording of sessions and for access to other resources for use with students. To help encourage and increase access to families for family therapy services, all Interns have access to Google Meet (HIPAA-compliant video conferencing) and Heartland Translation Services.
Each CIC site has a Clinical Library that houses the current DSM, assessments, curricula, books, therapy tools/supplies, and other clinical resources within each of the CIC major areas of training, including: individual, group, and family therapy; assessment; evidence-based practices; ethical and legal issues; diversity; supervision; education; and professional development. The resources in these libraries are available to all Interns, regardless of which school they are placed. Interns also have access to an electronic archive of digital peer reviewed articles from the last decade. Furthermore, Interns may request other training materials of interest to them which each Site Director may purchase for them using the money from their Clinical Budget.