Associate Director of Adolescent After School IOP
Taryn Konevich earned her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. During her graduate studies, Taryn pursued clinical opportunities at North Shore Senior Center’s House of Welcome, where she gained valuable experience facilitating both therapeutic activity groups for older adults with dementia and leading family support groups, and at University of Illinois Hospital in Pediatric Oncology, where she provided counseling, crisis intervention, and comprehensive case management services to children, adolescents, and their families as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team. Throughout her clinical work with adolescents diagnosed with cancer, Taryn implemented motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral strategies in order to guide her clients through experiences of anxiety and depression and assist them in developing healthy coping skills. Ultimately, her interactions with adolescents at UIH inspired her to continue working closely with young people during the complicated transition away from childhood toward adulthood. Taryn’s approach to treatment is rooted in the establishment of a collaborative relationship with her clients. She strives to provide the opportunity for mutual respect and trust to develop authentically through the use of creativity, humor, and empathetic attunement. Her goal as a therapist is to support adolescents unconditionally as they discover the ways in which their own strengths, abilities, and ambitions can lead to fulfilled, value based living.