Clinic Groups and Programs

The Theraplay Clinic offers more than just one on one work with children and families. These Theraplay-based, non-therapeutic groups offer support to children and adults who can benefit from an opportunity to connect with their peers. Are you interested in a program that could support the families you work with? Please feel free to reach out to staff clinician Kirsten Rieck at [email protected] for more details.

Dates: July 11 – 15, 2022 (Monday through Friday)
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Central (aftercare option available until 5:00 pm)
Who: Open to children ages 5-10, max 16 participants

Camp Theraplay is a full-day, week-long, structured Theraplay day camp that incorporates playful, cooperative and nurturing activities that enhance the emotional well-being of children. Unlike other play group approaches, Theraplay learning takes place on a non-verbal level. Instead of talking about positive social behavior, the group leaders and children DO positive social interaction. Positive messages from the group interaction gradually become a part of the child’s internal sense of self.

Discounts are available for multiple sibling registration.
Scholarships are available.

In this camp children will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and practice cooperation between peers
  • Learn and practice self-control
  • Enhance trust of others through concrete, personal and positive experiences
  • Experience warm relationships between themselves and adults and friendships among peers
  • Experience an atmosphere that is warm, nurturing, engaging and challenging
  • Have their basic needs met so they can be freed emotionally to explore their world
  • Receive support with regulatory disorders and tactile issues
  • Improve their cognitive, social and emotional development
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Current Dates: April 21, May 19, June 16, 2022
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 pm CST
Who: Open to all parents and caregivers

Join The Theraplay Clinic’s Zaya Gillogly, MSW, LCSW and Kirsten Rieck, MSW, LCSW for an opportunity to connect with other parents, share informal mutual support, and discuss parenting challenges and strategies from a Theraplay perspective.

Zaya Gillogly (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is also the Clinic Manager. Kirsten is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Theraplay Practitioner. She is a Staff Clinician and manages The Theraplay Clinic’s group programs.

Each group is held from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm CST and is open to all parents and caregivers. These support groups are free but we do ask that you register in advance.

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Kid Connections groups can be brought to your organization/school or are held at The Theraplay Clinic/The Theraplay Institute at 1224 W. Belmont Ave. Fl 1, Chicago, IL 60657. Additional groups coming soon!

Limited scholarships may be available.

Kid Connections Theraplay Groups are adult-directed, structured play groups that incorporate playful, cooperative and nurturing activities that enhance the emotional well-being of children. Unlike other play group approaches, Theraplay learning takes place on a non-verbal level. Instead of talking about positive social behavior, the group leaders and children DO positive social interaction. Positive messages from the group interaction gradually become a part of the child’s internal sense of self.

In these groups children will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and practice cooperation between peers
  • Learn and practice self-control
  • Enhance trust of others through concrete, personal and positive experiences
  • Experience warm relationships between themselves and adults and friendships among peers
  • Experience an atmosphere that is warm, nurturing, engaging and challenging
  • Have their basic needs met so they can be freed emotionally to explore their world
  • Receive support with regulatory disorders and tactile issues
  • Improve their cognitive, social and emotional development

Sessions are 4-8 weeks long for one hour per week.

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