Telehealth Groups

Clinical Groups

Disruptive Behavior Clinic Parenting Group

The Disruptive Behavior Clinic is excited to announce parenting groups for families of children between the ages of 3-6. These short-term groups will provide support and guidance to families with children displaying behavioral challenges, including difficulty following directions, problems with managing emotions (e.g., irritability, tantrums), and aggressive behavior. Goals will be to help parents use effective strategies for managing children’s behavior as well as identifying tools to help kids manage their emotions. Sessions will be provided by experienced clinicians using a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform and will be submitted to insurance.

Contact Carri Hill for more information.

Boys Roots Group (this group is in the process of resuming in telehealth format)

Aimed at helping boys aged 9 – 12 understand and manage their emotions while learning to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

Every Tuesday from 5:00 – 6:00pm

Contact Elizabeth DiMaggio for more information.

Support Groups

Parenting during COVID-19

We know parents are struggling to balance work, childcare and self-care during this time. JCFS-affiliated parents have the opportunity to discuss COVID-19 related parenting challenges as well as learn new strategies to manage your family’s well-being.

Twice a month on Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00pm

Contact Alicia Rogers or leave a message at 773.467.3747 for more information.

Coping with Your Chronic Physical Illness

Join other adults to learn tips and tools for finding enjoyment and minimizing the challenges while living with chronic physical illness. Topics may include communicating with healthcare providers, relationships with family and friends, spiritual resources for healing, and living well in times of uncertainty and hardship. The group facilitator will encourage the process of sharing by providing a space for everyone to explore and learn from members of the group.

Every Wednesday from 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Contact David Lipschutz via email or at 847.392.8970 for more information.

Career Support & Resource Group

Join a supportive environment for young adults who may have experienced job loss due to the COVID-19 situation. Explore awareness around the social and emotional impact of experiences during this time while learning about resources to help when applying for unemployment, career development, and networking.

Facilitators: Molly Rudnick, YLD Senior Campaign Associate

Jennifer Krapfl, Supervisor, JVS Career Services

Joey Lenti, JCFS Clinician

Every Wednesday in May from 4:00 – 5:00pm

Register Today!

Grieving a Loss to Suicide

A free monthly drop-in group for adults in the Jewish community and beyond who are navigating the world after the loss of a loved one to suicide. Co-led by experienced clinicians Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW and Wendy Dolin, LCSW, a survivor of suicide loss.

Meets once a month on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30pm

Contact Tracey Kite for the Zoom link and to ensure your ability to access the event.

At Home with Young Children

A support group for parents of children ages six and under during shelter-in-place. Join us as we create a sense of community sharing challenges, experiences and ideas about parenting young children during this time.

Every Monday from 2:30 – 3:30pm for six weeks

Contact Sarah Zimmerman for more information.

Time to Talk During Covid Times

A comfortable and safe place for adults who feel alone or isolated to meet and talk with others experiencing similar feelings. We will facilitate mutual support through encouragement, hopefulness, and companionship.

Every Tuesday from 4:30 – 5:30pm, beginning August 18.

Contact Nina Henry for more information.

Jewish Compassion/Chesed Meditation

These are unsteady times. We are looking to new and deeper sources of strength within ourselves and from our communities. Jewish Compassion/Chesed Meditation can help adults develop an interior sense of calm through meditation. Over the course of four weekly sessions, we will learn and practice the meditation together, and discuss Jewish texts and our own experience of Divine blessing, protection, and peace. Group members are encouraged to practice the meditation for 20 minutes each day.  No particular level of Hebrew knowledge, Jewish observance, or meditation experience is required for participation.

Group in formation, Wednesdays from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Contact Beth via email or at 847.745.5422 for more information.

Grief Support for adults mourning the death of a loved one due to COVID-19

Groups now forming to provide grief support to mourners focusing on education about the grief process and coping strategies for grieving during this particularly challenging time.

This group will meet weekly for 6 weeks.

Contact Marsha Raynes via email or at 847.745.5408 for more information.

Hand in Hand: Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group for Adults 55 or Younger

Groups now forming for adults 55 or younger that will focus on the issues facing younger spouses grieving the death of a spouse or partner in the last two years. Learn strategies to address new roles, self-care, coping skills, parenting challenges and getting extra support. This group is co-sponsored by the Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss and JCFS Chicago.

This group will meet weekly for 6 weeks.

Lead by certified perinatal mental health clinicians, we will focus on education and support around infant and maternal mental health and stress management.

Meets weekly on Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:30am

Contact Pauline Gubbins for more information.


These monthly grief support groups are for adults who have experienced the death of a loved-one within the past two years. 

  • The 4th Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00pm, co-sponsored by Anshe Emet Synagogue, Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel, Emanuel Congregation, Mishkan Chicago and Temple Sholom of Chicago.
  • The 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm, sponsored by Temple Beth-El in Northbrook. 

Contact Marsha Raynes for more information.

Sick of Home: Coping with Shelter-In-Place

Offering a safe space for high school juniors and seniors affected by the pandemic and shelter-in-place order to disclose feelings surrounding loss of experiences (homecoming, graduation, sports, etc.), learn coping skills to address stress brought on by shelter-in-place. 

Group meets using Zoom for one hour a week for 4 weeks

If interested, please contact Jeff Pyritz.

For information on offerings for children through Integrated Pediatric Therapies please visit our IPT Teletherapy Service page.