Support / Therapy Groups and Workshops

Counseling and Therapy at Howard Brown

ADULTS (18 and over)

 

Resources for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS:

Tuesday Night Live

Tuesday Night Live (TNL) meets every week on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and is peer-led with facilitation by experienced staff. TNL is a safe space for individuals 25+ years or older living with HIV/AIDS to talk about shared experiences, socialize, and express their unique challenges, as they have survived multiple facets of the pandemic. Topics may include receiving a new HIV+ diagnosis, dating and relationships, family support, HIV medications and care updates, individual health concerns, and other presentations for improving client experience as it relates to their HIV+ status, or other needs. For more information please contact: Eric Perry | 773.388.8877 | EricP@howardbrown.org

English | HIV Education Workshop Series – Thinking Positively

Drop in workshops are available on a weekly basis, on Tuesday nights from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., facilitated by care specialists. Workshops are a safe space for any person, regardless of gender, race, or identity, who is living with HIV/AIDS. Workshop facilitators work to directly address misconceptions and myths related to HIV. Facilitators focus on key topics and help to provide workshop participants with a higher understanding of HIV/AIDS and Antiretroviral therapies. For more information please contact: Adrian Ellis | 773.572.8372 | AdrianE@howardbrown.org OR Eric Perry | 773.388.1600 Ext 2025 |EricP@howardbrown.org

Spanish | HIV Education Workshop Series – ¡Empoderándonos! – Talleres Educativos del VIH

Drop in workshops are available on a weekly basis, on Thursday nights from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., facilitated by care specialists. Workshops are a safe space for any person, regardless of gender, race, or identity, who is living with HIV/AIDS. Workshop facilitators work to directly address misconceptions and myths related to HIV. Facilitators focus on key topics and help to provide workshop participants with a higher understanding of HIV/AIDS and Antiretroviral therapies. For more information please contact: Adriana Maldonado | 773.388.1600, ext. 1043 | AdrianaM@howardbrown.org


Transgender Support Groups

 

T-Time Transgender & Intersex Support Group

The event will take palce on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. T-Time is an open group for transgender, gender variant, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, intersex, and gender questioning individuals. For more information, contact Adriana at adrianam@howardbrown.org.

TYRA: Transgender Youth Resource and Advocacy Group

BYC-Wellington
615 W. Wellington

First and third Wednesday of every month.

TYRA is a safe space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning youth to build community, share, and learn, while  finding out about resources they may need. For more information, contact Lia Stokes at 773-388-1600 ext 8907 or lias@howardbrown.org


Behavioral Health

 

Gender-Inclusive Intimate Partner Violence Support Group

For people impacted by Intimate Partner Violence. E-mail Vrp@howardbrown.org or call 773.388.8882 for more information.

Middle Path

Mondays For current clients interested in harm reduction. E-mail Hugh Cole at HughC@howardbrown.org for more information.


Elder Groups

 

The Journey Continues

Saturdays for LGBTQ Elders email Hugh Cole at HughC@howardbrown.org for more information.

Aging As We Are

For LGBTQ Elders Every Friday email Cec Hardacker at CeciliaH@howardbrown.org for more information.


YOUTH (16 through 24)

Eban

Mondays BYC-Wellington Eban means love, safety, and security. This group was originally started for young men of color to connect and commune in a loving, safe, and fun space to talk about whatever is on their hearts and minds. Today, Eban is open and affirming to the multiple and complex race, gender, and sexual identities of all young folx. For more info, contact Edwin Ervin at 773.299.7606 or EdwinE@howardbrown.org.

TYRA: Transgender Youth Resource and Advocacy Group

Broadway Youth Center
615 W. Wellington

First and third Wednesday of every month.

TYRA is a safe space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning youth to build community, share, and learn, while  finding out about resources they may need. For more information, contact Lia Stokes at 773.388.1600 ext 8907 or lias@howardbrown.org

F@B

Wednesdays BYC Wellington F@B is a feisty, fun, and safe space for youth to actively participate in health education relevant to their lives and perspectives. In addition to the charm and spunk of our staff facilitators, things like food, safer sex supplies and access to free and confidential HIV/STI testing are also provided. For more info, call 773.935.3151.

Rawr

Mondays Amazing space for sharing and developing poetry and writing skills. E-mail: MayadetPC@howardbrown.org.


Women’s Support Groups

LGBTQ Women’s Book Club

One Monday a month, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The LGBTQ Women’s Book Club is for individuals who celebrate sexuality-based literature, love to read and are looking to make meaningful connections with women. The organizers believe that women-only spaces are valuable and increasingly rare in our society. However, we also envision a space where ALL self-identified women are included and welcomed. We believe that there is no universal experience of growing up female that is common to all women, and that the universal concept of “girlhood” fails to understand the inherent intersections of race, class and culture. Therefore, transmen who feel able to speak to the perspective of growing up/being raised female/ transitioning should individually decide if their valued experience can contribute to discussions of self-identified women’s culture and community.

We generally meet one Monday each month, from 6:30-8:30pm at Emerald City Coffee (3938 N. Sheridan Rd.)

For more information, including to register or get our current book list, contact whs@howardbrown.org or 773.572.8359.

Alternative Insemination (AI) Program Workshop

Workshop occurs once a month; usually Thursday evening or Saturday morning

This workshop is designed for LGBTQIA individuals and couples, and discusses insemination methods, choosing a donor and sperm bank, negotiating insurance/finances, fertility resources and some potential obstacles to a successful insemination process. Additionally, participants will also receive a comprehensive referral list that provides legal, medical, mental health, and birthing resources that are specifically tailored to the LGBTQ community, as well as a comprehensive list of reading materials to help prepare for conception, pregnancy, and parenting as a LGBTQ person.

The workshop fee is $50 for individuals and $80 for couples, and is required before moving forward with the AI program at Howard Brown Health (HBH).

For more information, including registration, contact whs@howardbrown.org or 773.572.8359.

LGBTQQ Women’s Support Group

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Trans*/Queer/Questioning

Not quite straight? Not quite sure? A little bit shy, or a big proud dyke?

Join us for this free ongoing support group for women, including trans* women, who find themselves attracted to other women. Whether you’re questioning your sexuality or just looking for other queer women to talk to, we’ll discuss a variety of topics in a safe and supportive space, including:

• Sexuality, sexual desire, sexual orientation
• Coming out to family, friends and at work
• Dating, relationships, meeting other women, sexual safety
• Mental health, stigma
• Parent/child relationships

For more info or to register, contact us at: whs@howardbrown.org or 773-572-8359.

Common Ground

A Women’s Resource and Wellness Group
Common Ground is designed to foster community, identity, and health among women. Workshops include nutrition, employment, mental health, immigration, mind and body, and spiritual health. As class topics vary, activities will too! Activities include gardening, art projects, attorneys present for Q&A sessions, job resource center time to work on job readiness, and a chaplain to lead a spiritual activity.

Additionally, there is a separate track of HIV-related courses for women who are living with and affected by HIV. These classes will range from HIV 101, adherence counseling, improving quality of life, and self-managing care. All women are welcome regardless of their HIV status.

Childcare will be provided

Second Wednesday of the month: HIV workshops
Fourth Wednesday of the month: Health and Wellness workshops
Questions? Email Commonground@howardbrown.org

Spanish Speaking:  6 – 7  p.m. / English Speaking:  7 – 8  p.m.
All workshops to be held on Wednesdays at  N Sheridan Rd.

Upcoming Events

  1. Sexual & Reproductive Health Drop-In Night

    January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event

    February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm