ALL IN-PERSON SUPPORT GROUPS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

VIRTUAL MENTAL HEALTH GROUPS

We are pleased to offer some support focused virtual groups during this time of physical distancing to provide extra support and space for LGBTQ/TGE people.  Virtual groups that are open to the public are free and intend to offer extra support during the pandemic. For participants who have the ability to pay at this time, please consider donating to Howard Brown. For therapy based virtual groups, more screening is needed to register and your participation will be billed to your insurance or assessed on your sliding scale fee.

To register for a group, please contact our Groups Coordinator at: kenjik@howardbrown.org.  Registered participants will need access to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop and have access to private space during the group meeting time.

SUPPORT-BASED GROUPS

The Bridge

A supportive process group for LGBTQ/GE folx navigating the stress of an ever changing landscape. We’ll build affirming community where common experience is normalized, differences are acknowledged and the healing power of community is celebrated. Admission is on a rolling basis and we ask each group member to commit to participate for a minimum of four weeks to help build cohesion and a shared language for experience.
Meets Friday from 2 – 3 p.m.

Apoyándonos

“Apoyándonos” es un grupo terapéutico en español, en el cual buscamos generar y compartir recursos que nos ayuden a afrontar las situaciones que atravesamos como comunidad y en lo individual. Si alguna vez has sentido que el estrés, la ansiedad, la tristeza o la soledad te hacen más difícil cumplir con tus expectativas o las de la gente a tu alrededor, si sientes que a veces es mucho peso para ti solx, si tienes dudas sobre qué tan saludable te encuentras emocionalmente. “Apoyándonos” es el espacio para ti. Nos reunimos por videoconferencia cada jueves de 9 a 10 am, en un espacio seguro, sin costo para ti y sin importar tu origen, estatus, nacionalidad, creencias o preferencias. Envíe un correo electrónico a Kenji Kuramitsu a KenjiK@howardbrown.org para obtener información adicional. Jueves a la 9 -10 a.m.

E3 Español (Estar y Expresion Expansivo)

Un espacio para las personas que se identifican como transgenerx, no-binaria, dos-espiritus, o muxe. Expresamos la importancia de encontrarnos y generar espacios que visibilice nuestras necesidades y tambien la necesidad colective de la comunidad. Tambien, nos enfocamos hablar en la importancia de salud mental, y como las personas en nuestra comunidad son mas vulnerables por la sociedad y systemas publicas. “No sabemos hasta donde podemos llegar. Pero lo mas posible es que la perseverancia nos lleve a éxitos articulares.” Envíe un correo electrónico a Kenji Kuramitsu a KenjiK@howardbrown.org para obtener información adicional. Martes a las 2 – 3 p.m.

Holding Space

All healthcare workers in the state of Illinois are welcome. This group is a facilitated peer support group sponsored by Howard Brown Health and led by a licensed mental health professional.

This group is currently on hold. Please email kenjik@howardbrown.org for more updates and to be added to interest list.

Mindfulness-Based Harm Reduction Group

This 6-week group is an affirming, non-judgmental space where clients can explore their substance use, get support for making choices that align with their values, and learn tools to cope with triggers and cravings more effectively. This group will draw from both harm reduction strategies and mindfulness exercises to support clients to reach their goals. Meets Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m.

Clients must contact the group facilitator (see contact info below) and complete an intake assessment and group screen in order to participate in group.

To learn more about this group, please call Kristin Reitz, LCSW at 773.388.8908.

LGBTQ Pregnancy Support Group

Third Thursday of the month 
6:30 – 7:30 p.m

Howard Brown Health Counseling Center 
3948 N. Sheridan Road 
Chicago, IL, 60613 

This is a support group for LGBTQ people attempting pregnancy. Our goal is to provide a safe, affirming space to support each other by exploring the beauty of parenting as queer people and making connections with other queer families and parents-to-be. Singles and couples are welcome. Registration is required. 

Reserve your spot by email or phone: whs@howardbrown.org or 773.388.1600 ext. 8871 

THERAPY-FOCUSED GROUPS

Our therapy focused groups include the therapy groups Behavioral Health have been offering over time. To join one of these groups, patients new to mental health care with us will need to complete a mental health assessment with our Groups Coordinator. Please email kenjik@howardbrown.org for more information.

DBT Skills Group

A therapy group designed to help manage stress in healthier ways. Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group is an inclusive skills building group that runs cyclically in four distinct ten week modules. These modules include Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance. Meets Monday, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This group is currently at capacity. Please email kenjik@howardbrown.org for more updates and to be added to waitlist.

Mindfulness for Mood

A therapy group designed to help manage depression and anxiety. The group is a gender-inclusive, skill-based group designed to be a supportive space for folks who are experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety. Group members will learn about how mindfulness meditation can improve mood and reduce anxiety. Clients will learn techniques and practice these in group, while also connecting with other people who may have similar experiences and challenges with mental health. Group runs in 10 week cycles, Thursdays from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

This group is currently at capacity. Please email kenjik@howardbrown.org for more updates and to be added to waitlist.

Grief and Resilience

A therapy group designed to help explore loss and resilience in affirming community. Grief and Resilience is an episodic support group focused on creating a safe space for LGBTQIA and Gender Expansive people to come together and explore the challenges of loss. The group focuses on the power of community while exploring resilience and remembering as a way of healing. Group one meets the second and fourth Thursdays, group two meets the first and third Thursdays, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Genderf**k

A therapy group focused on exploring gender identity and expression. In this group, we will examine, question, and confront conventional gender expectations. By undoing how we are taught gender “should” be, we work to move closer to intentionality and authenticity. Genderf**k is a fit for anyone interested in exploring their gender, regardless of how they currently identify. This group is ongoing and requires an eight week commitment, able to be continued past eight weeks, meeting Wednesdays, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This group is currently at capacity; please email kenjik@howardbrown.org for more updates and to be added to waitlist.

Expansive Embodiment and Expression (e3)

Group space for trans and nonbinary folks to explore gender, gender identity, challenge binary socializations, and build supportive relationships. New cycle to begin on October 27, meeting Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. e3 will meet in eight week cycles.

The Journey Continues

Supporting resilience and quality of life for older LGBTQ and gender expansive adults age 50 and beyond. The Journey Continues is a diverse, gender inclusive and affirming 16 week group process for LGBTQ adults age 50 and beyond. The purpose of the group is to explore the aging process specific to LGBTQ individuals, to build community in a safe and empowering environment and to support resilience and quality of life in the aging process. The group is phenomenological, or client-centered by design, and shaped by the participants of each group. It is an episodic closed group that runs twice yearly, each Spring and Fall, and we ask clients to commit to the entire sixteen week process, Saturdays 1 – 3 p.m.

Rainbow Recovery

Inclusive towards all identities, however substance use will be a weekly theme within the group topics. This will be a closed group that runs for 9 weeks. Group topics will be based on the original meanings of each color within the pride flag created by the late Gilbert Baker. Each color represents an aspect/virtue of life which the group will use to reflect upon towards their own personal use and challenges. Some of the areas that will be explored include: sexuality, peace, life, and nature. Meets Saturdays, noon – 1 p.m.

To learn more about this group, please call Joey Metler, LCSW at 773.388.1600 ext. 1089

Violence Recovery Project (VRP) Support Group

Are you in a relationship that feels unfair? Come talk to us… Does your partner put you down, pressure you into sex, physically hurt you, financially control you or threaten to “out” you? We provide a safe place to heal from emotional, financial, sexual and physical abuse that allows you to be open about your sexual orientation, gender identity and sexuality. A brief phone screening is required before attending group. Meets Tuesday evenings.

Contact the VRP Line at 773.388.8882 or Alissa Catiis, LCSW, at 773.572.8364 or AlissaC@howardbrown.org

GROUPS COMING SOON

These groups are currently in the formation process; please email kenjik@howardbrown.org for more updates and to be added to interest list.


PHYSICAL HEALTH

VIRTUAL DIABETES SUPPORT GROUPS

Juntos: Una Vida Saludable Con Diabetes

El grupo incluirá educación básica, apoyo emocional, recursos, y un espacio dedicado a discutir métodos para enfrentar las dificultades de vivir con diabetes.Este grupo de apoyo se enfocará en empoderar la comunidad Latinx para vivir una vida saludable mientras manejando la diabetes.2° y 4° Martes De Cada Mes
12 P.M. – 1 P.M. virtualmenteAnais Cotillas • 773.388.1600 ext. 2942 or 773.708.3166 anaisc@howardbrown.orgFelicia Hernandez • 773.388.1600 ext. 2980 feliciah@howardbrown.orgThis is our Spanish speaking diabetes support group.

Type 2 Diabetes Support Group

Diabetes Type 2 Support Group is hosted every first and third Tuesday of the month from noon til 5:30 p.m. through the Zoom virtual meeting space. The group is drop-in style, no commitment necessary, and is open to everyone that is living with Type 2 Diabetes. This group will provide some basic diabetes education, emotional support, resources, and overall, a safe space to discuss how to cope with the difficulties of living with diabetes. For more information, contact Anais Cotillas at 773.388.1600, ext.2942 or anaisc@howardbrown.org

LGBTQIA+ Cancer Networking Group

Second Tuesday of the month 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

To encourage social distancing, Gilda’s Club Chicago is pleased to announce that their LGBTQIA+ Cancer Networking Group in coordination with Howard Brown Health will be continuing the second Tuesday of every month through Zoom virtual programming.

This free support group is for anyone within the LGBTQIA+ community who has been impacted by cancer, including those who are living with cancer, family members and friends. Please go to https://www.gildasclubchicago.org/calendar-virtual to RSVP and to check out all of our other virtual program offerings.


ADULTS (18 and over)

RESOURCES FOR PERSONS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS:

Rising Phoenix

Rising Phoenix is a Four-week Community Group for Long-term Survivors Living with HIV/AIDS. This activity-based group for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS (diagnosis before 1996) will focus on participant interests as we continue to thrive through our strengths and resiliency. For more information or to sign up please contact Elliott Morris, Community Health Worker. Phone: 312.613.4448. Email: elliottm@howardbrown.org

Tuesday Night Live

Tuesday Night Live (TNL) meets every week on Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. TNL is a peer-led group in which group members help lead the flow and discussion with facilitation by experienced staff. TNL is a space for any persons 21 and older, regardless of gender, race, or identity, who are living with HIV/AIDS. The group gives participants the opportunity to talk about shared experiences and unique challenges, while also allowing participants a space to socialize with others. Topics may include: self-care, dating and relationships, family support, individual health concerns, and other presentations based on participant interest. The schedule will also include movie nights, game nights, guest speakers, and more. For more information please contact: Rey Cordova | 773.388.1600 x1081 | tnl@howardbrown.org

English | HIV Education Workshop Series – Thinking Positively

Drop in workshops are available on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 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 the last Thursday of the month, 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 AND NONBINARY SUPPORT GROUPS

After Hours Drop-in Nights

After Hours is a space for transgender and nonbinary people ages 18 and up to talk to a healthcare provider, with free refreshments. Appointments are limited and scheduled first come, first served. Arrive early to reserve an appointment. Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Howard Brown Health Sheridan, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60613.

T-Time Transgender & Intersex Support Group

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

TYRA: Transgender Youth Resource and Advocacy Group

Mondays 5 – 7 p.m. at Broadway Youth Center. TYRA is a safe space for transgender, nonbinary, and questioning youth to build community, share, and learn, while finding out about resources they may need. For more information, contact the VOICES Project at VOICES@howardbrown.org


AGING ADULT GROUPS

The Journey Continues

Saturdays, Spring and Fall 1 – 3 p.m.

Supporting resilience and quality of life for older LGBTQ and gender expansive adults age 50 and beyond. The Journey Continues is a diverse, gender inclusive and affirming 16-week group process for LGBTQ adults age 50 and beyond. The purpose of the group is to explore the aging process specific to LGBTQ individuals, to build community in a safe and empowering environment and to support resilience and quality of life in the aging process. The group is phenomenological, or client centered by design, and shaped by the participants of each group. It is an episodic closed group that runs twice yearly, each Spring and Fall, and we ask clients to commit to the entire sixteen week process. A brief phone screening is required before beginning group.

Contact: Hugh Cole, LCSW, CADC, 773.572.8364 or HughC@howardbrown.org

Aging As We Are

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


RESOURCES FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS

Spanish | Social Support Group – NEXOS – Grupo de Apoyo Social

Nexos is open every first and third Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., facilitated by experienced staff. Nexos is a confidential group that is welcome to the community of Latinx Spanish speakers of any HIV status. During group, you will not be asked to disclose your HIV status, but you are welcome to self-disclose and talk about your status. The purpose of NEXOS is to create a safe space to support and build camaraderie through a variety of social activities and discussion topics. For more information please contact: PrEP@howardbrown.org


YOUTH (16 through 24)

TYRA: Transgender Youth Resource and Advocacy Group

Thursdays | 5 – 7 p.m. | Broadway Youth Center. TYRA is a safe space for transgender, nonbinary, and questioning youth to build community, share, and learn, while finding out about resources they may need. For more information, contact Savannah Willis, Peer Outreach Leader at 773.572.8350 or SavannahW@howardbrown.org

F@B

Fridays | Broadway Youth Center. 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.


All in-person groups are suspended due to COVID-19. Please contact the group facilitator for more information.

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