International Conference


 Featuring Keynote Speaker 
Stephen Porges, Ph.D.


 "The Polyvagal Theory:
The Transformation Power
of Feeling Safe"

Watch his video on Youtube  

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 Preparing for the Theraplay keynote:

Click here to see local accommodations!


Hilton Orrington/Evanston 

Want to connect with other attendees prior to the conference or find someone to share a hotel room?

Simply visit our Facebook event page, click "Discussion" and post!

Evanston, Illinois is "urban suburban"--easily walkable to beaches, shopping, restaurants, movies and more. Evanston is a short train ride to downtown chicago. Or visit The Theraplay Insitute headquarters during our open house hours only four blocks from the Hilton Orringon/Evanston.


 View conference program here!

 Don't miss out on the many activities at the conference this year!

Attend our pre-conference trainings!

What is Theraplay? Seminar  - July 13

Level Two Theraplay & MIM - July 11-13 

Take advantage of networking opportunities! 

Take a tour and enjoy dinner at the Chicago Botanic Gardens on July 13
(The deadline has passed to register for this event.)

Join us for a reception at the Ecology Center on July 14 

Have a "Dinner with Friends" on July 15

Attend post-conference workshops with:


Phyllis Booth, MA,
Co-creator of Theraplay

Eliana Gil, Ph.D.


Conference Special Features:

*Social events like an evening reception at The Theraplay Institute headquarters,
Twilight Tour and Dinner at the Botanic Gardens

*Free continuing education hours

*Level Two Theraplay & MIM offered prior to the conference with option
to register for only the last day focusing on  Trauma July 13

*New to Theraplay? Register for the overview seminar offered on July 13 prior to the conference

Maximum number of CE's for Day One=6
Maximum of number CE's  for Day Two=5.5
Total CE's for both days=11.5
All continuing education certificates will be emailed within 30 days of completion of the conference.
(This has been amended as of June 24, 2016 from the originally printed conference brochure)


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Local Accomodations

Margarita European Inn
1566 Oak Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201
(847) 869-2273, Fax: (847) 869-2353
You will need to call the Margarita Inn directly to obtain your reservation. Indicate that you affiliated with the Theraplay Institute.
Rates range from $143.10 for a single, $152.10 for a queen, and  $188 for a double.
Rate includes a continental breakfast served from 7:00 on, including fresh croissants, and a roof deck. This Inn is about a 10 minute walk to the Conference.

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston
Address: 1818 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 475-6400
Average rate $212

Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston
1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States of America
Nightly rate of $206
Does not officially open until June 15.

Extended Stay America – Chicago /Skokie
5211 Old Orchard Rd, Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 663-9031
4. 2 miles from The Institute
NO shuttle Prices range from ($105- $160) 
A different rate each day and prices are likely to change (The more advanced the booking the better the price.)

Also check out AirBnb in Evanston for more affordable options for lodging!

Visit our Photo Gallery from past conferences.


International Conference