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Clinical Training Program

The Connections Day School Clinical Training Program has been preparing therapists for dynamic careers in Psychology since the founding of our school in 1998.  Since that time, we have grown and evolved in our effort to consistently provide the best quality of care for our students and their families, along with the gold standard training for our therapist in training.  

Each year, Connections Day School supports a multidisciplinary therapeutic cohort including: 

  • APA Accredited Doctoral Internship positions thru Connections Internship Consortium (APPIC Member)

    • Clinical, School, Counseling specialty

  • Non-Doctoral Internship Rotations 

    • Art Therapy, Transition Counselor, Social Work, etc.

  • 1st Rotation & Advanced Therapy Externship/Practicum positions (ACEPT Member) 

    • Master's-level & Doctoral-level trainees within Clinical, School, Counseling, and Forensic specialty

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship positions 

    • Clinical, School, and Counseling specialty

  • Early Career Psychologist & Therapist positions 

    • supervision for licensure included

    • Master’s-level & Doctoral-level therapists within Clinical, School, Counseling, Forensic, Social Work

Below you will find specific details with more concise information about each level of our clinical training, our supervision philosophy, ideal applicants, and the training we provide.  

We encourage you to reach out to Dr. Kristen Pollina, CDS Senior Psychologist/Site Clinical & Training Director via email with any questions at:

  • Goals & Objectives of the Connections Day School Clinical Training Program

  • CDS Clinical Supervision Philosophy

  • CDS Therapy EXTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM Program Information

    • This program is a Member of the Association of Chicagoland Externship & Practicum Training (ACEPT)

    • CDS Externship Program Flier

  • CDS is 1 of 4 training sites that comprise the Connections INTERNSHIP Consortium (CIC)

    • This Consortium is FULLY ACCREDITED by the American Psychological Association (APA)

    • The CIC is a Member of the Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC)

    • Connections Day School-Specific Internship Flier

  • Post-Doctoral FELLOWSHIP Program Information

    • CDS Post-Doctoral Fellowship Flier


  • Due Process Procedures 

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