Program Information: Clinical Training Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2134
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Connections Internship Consortium
Department: Clinical Training Department
Address: 900 Technology Way
Suite 320
Libertyville, Illinois 60048
Country: United States
Metro Area: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: North and Northwest suburbs of Chicago
Phone: 773-620-6512
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: School District
Additional Agency Types:
  • Consortium
  • School District
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited on Contingency
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Gwen Grant
Chief Psychologist: Gwen Grant
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 08/02/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 13
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns receive a monthly allowance for therapeutic tools, dedicated office space, dedicated computer, use of the therapeutic library and resources, free parking, free lunch available daily, engagement in team-building, and professional development activities
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Depending on an Intern’s primary site placement, the work day runs from either 7:45am - 3:45pm or 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Typical responsibilities including providing individual therapy for a caseload of 8 - 12 child, adolescent, and young adult students within a therapeutic day school setting. Interns facilitate 2-3 psychotherapy groups per week focused on social skill building, emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships and transition planning. Additional responsibilities include participation in 2.5 - 3.5 hours per week of group supervision, 5 - 6.5 hours of structured learning activities in addition to 2 hours of individual supervision with a licensed clinical psychologist. Interns participate in treatment goal writing for student's Individual Education Plans (IEPs), data gathering and monitoring of progress towards achieving treatment goals, and writing therapeutic case notes. Interns will collaborate within a multidisciplinary team setting (with teachers, program assistants, consulting Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, behavioral intervention specialists, art therapist, music therapist, occupational therapists and speech/language therapists). Interns will gain experience in crisis management and risk assessments for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and developmental deficits.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 12/06/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Connections Internship Consortium (CIC) currently offers 13 full-time Doctoral Internship positions at 4 different CIC sites: Connections Day School, South Campus Therapeutic Day School, New Connections Academy, and Connections Academy East. Students from a Psychology doctoral training programs who have met all the requirements of their program for application for Doctoral Internship are invited to apply for Internship at the Connections Internship Consortium. CIC adheres to the APPIC Match policies and participates in APPIC Match and uses the online AAPI. (

CIC will base its selection process on the entire application package noted above; however, applicants who have met the following qualifications prior to beginning internship would be preferred:

Application Process

Applicants must complete and submit the online AAPI (APPIC standard application) and include the following:

-Cover letter (as part of AAPI): Please specify the sites you for which you want to be considered.

-Case Conceptualization Example or Deidentified Report Example

-Completed Program’s Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness from Director of Training

-Current Curriculum Vita (as part of AAPI)

-Three Standard Letters of Reference, two of which should be from direct supervisors of your clinical work (as part of AAPI).

-Official Transcripts of ALL graduate work

 *Please Note: All application materials must be received by the date noted in the current APPIC directory listing in order to be considered.*

  • Acceptable personal and/or telephone interview; however, preference is given to on-site personal interview

 Interview Process

- The CIC training program agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information for an intern applicant.

- All applications will be screened by CIC Training Committee, using a standard Application Rating Scale, and evaluated for potential goodness of fit with the internship program.

- All application materials must be submitted by Monday, December 6th, 2021. Applicants with incomplete files may not be considered for an interview.

- All applicants will be notified by email by Friday, December 15th, 2021 regarding whether or not they have been chosen for an interview.  Interviews will be scheduled in December and January and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

- The interview typically consists of 2-4 hours of a formal interview with the members of Training Committee and site specific clinical staff, tour of the school, and discussion of training program with current interns.

Interviews for the 2021-2022 training year may be conducted virtually using a Google Meet Platform in order to keep safeguards in place for COVID-19.  We do not know what will happen in the future as far as safety of COVID-19; therefore we expect but do not guarantee that interviews may be offered in person.  However, the virtual format will be an option for those who choose.  

*Please Note: All interns who match with CIC must successfully pass fingerprint-based criminal background check, medical examination and drug screening before beginning employment.*

Site Specific Contact Information

Connections Day School (CDS):

Kristen Mittl Pollina, Psy.D.

Director of Training

Libertyville, IL

847.680.8349 ext. 306

South Campus:

Vanessa Davidson, Psy.D.

Director of Training

Palatine, IL

847-359-8300 ext. 216

New Connections Academy (NCA):

Gwen Grant, Psy.D.

Director of Training

Palatine, IL 60074

847-359-8690 ext. 126

Connections Academy East (CAE):

Ruth Tompkins, Psy.D.

Director of Training

Lake Forest, IL

224.544.5920 ext. 101


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Within the past few training years: Alliant, San Diego, CA; Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ; Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Schaumburg, IL; Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY; Alliant International University, San Diego, CA; Adler University, Chicago, IL; The Chicago Professional School of Psychology, Chicago, IL; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC; The Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology; Illinois State University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 2
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: All interns are required to pass a background check and drug screen as a condition of joining the CIC training team.
Program Description

Connections Internship Consortium (CIC) is a Doctoral Internship Training Program comprised of four private therapeutic day schools with the shared mission to integrate school, family and community in order to provide the highest quality academic and therapeutic programs to our youth. These programs are designed to enable students to become successful learners through a sense of belonging, mastery, generosity and independence. 

The CIC training approach is generalist in nature and prepares Interns to function within a multi-disciplinary 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 crisis management services, to children and adolescents ranging in age from 6 - 21 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, and adherence to codes of professional conduct and ethics.

The four CIC member schools include: Connections Day School (CDS) located in Libertyville; South Campus (SC) located in Palatine; New Connections Academy (NCA); and Connections Academy East (CAE) located in Lake Forest.  Youth who attend the schools present with a wide variety of diagnoses, including: Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Adjustment Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

Clinical Work

- Provide individual & group therapy to children, adolescents, and their families presenting with a wide variety of clinical issues.

- Collaborate weekly with families, and provide parent education and family therapy on a regular basis. 

- Consult routinely with teachers and milieu staff regarding clinical and behavioral interventions

- Develop students’ SCERTS profile and track therapeutic progress and outcome data on a quarterly basis (NCA & CAE sites)

- Develop social/emotional treatment goals for the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

- Participate in multidisciplinary treatment staffings and IEP meetings, and complete necessary clinical documentation

- Participation in crisis & risk assessments as needed

- Complete 2000 hours of training with a minimum of 25% (500 hours) direct client contact hours


- Individual supervision (2 hours/week) with two licensed clinical psychologists. 

- Clinical Team Group Supervision (1 hour/week) with two licensed clinical psychologists.

- Intern Seminar (4 hours per week) consisting of various supervision, didactic, and training opportunities including the not limited to: supervision, assessment, research, diversity, theory, conceptualization, family therapy, psychiatric care, and special topics in psychology.

- Bi-weekly case consultations with a CIC Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and a Marriage and Family Therapist.  


- Participation in 4.5-5 hours/week of Structured Learning Activities.

- Case Conference Seminar (1.5 hours/week) focused on case formulation, formal case presentations, and integration of understanding of clinical diagnosis and family dynamics. Each Intern will present a case in Case Conference two to three times per year. Facilitated by licensed clinical psychologists with a strong focus on didactic training in evidence-supported clinical interventions and modalities.

- Intern Seminar (4 hours per week) consisting of various supervision, didactic, and training opportunities including the not limited to: supervision, assessment, research, diversity, theory, conceptualization, family therapy, psychiatric care, and special topics in psychology.

- Family Therapy Seminar (1.5 hours/month) with a Marriage and Family Therapist.  

- All Staff Developmental Training (1.5 hours/week) covering relevant educational, therapeutic and milieu topics.

- Ongoing consultation with multi-disciplinary staff, including Art Therapist, Music Therapist, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.


**Please refer to our website for more detailed information:**

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 15 60 18 30 79
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 14 50 18 30 50
Total number of interns: 3 8 13 14 14
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 8 13 14 14
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 8 13 14 11
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 8 9 11 9
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 4 3 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 20 3 8 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 20 118
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 2 3
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 6 8 11 10
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 1 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 1 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 1 0
School District/System: 1 4 6 7 7
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0 2 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 0 2 2
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0 0