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 6:30-8:00pm. 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, 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 the last Thursday of the month, 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 place 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

Thursdays | Broadway Youth Center. 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 Savannah Willis, Peer Outreach Leader at 773.572.8350 or SavannahW@howardbrown.org


Behavioral Health

Harm Reduction Group

Mondays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

An affirming, non-judgmental group where clients can explore their substance use, get support for making choices that align with their values, and learn tools to help them reach their goals.  With consistent ongoing attendance, clients will:

  • Work on specific harm reduction strategies that prioritize safety
  • Learn about withdrawal symptoms
  • Address triggers for substance use
  • Set goals for use for each drug of choice
  • Explore the impact of substance use on relationships, work, school, and physical and mental health

To learn more about this group, please call Sonila Sejdaras, LCSW at 773.572.8353.

VRP Support Group

Wednesday evenings

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.

Contact: VRP Line, 773-388-8882 or Hugh Cole, LCSW, CADC 773-572-8364 or HughC@howardbrown.org

Recovering Together

Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.

Open to those who feel clear on their goals for substance use and who have some understanding of the impact of using on their lives.  This group usually works best for those who have completed some therapy in Recovering with Pride or other substance treatment program or those who have done some 12 step or SMART work on their own.  Group topics include:

  • Relapse prevention
  • Increasing social connection
  • Maintaining positive changes

To learn more about this group, please call Sara Hays, LCSW at 773.572.8362

DBT Skills Group

Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.

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 4 distinct 10 week modules. These modules include Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance. A brief phone screening is required before beginning group.

Contact Trover Gray Wilson, LCSW/CADC/MISA, 773-572-8368 or trovergw@howardbrown.org

Mindfulness for Mood

Thursdays, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

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

Contact Andrea Stein, LCSW: 773-388-8860 or andreas@howardbrown.org

Engendering Support

Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

A 16-Week Process Group for Members of the TGNC Community. This therapy group offers an intentional space for TGNC folks to share and process their unique strengths and challenges while building community and connection.  The group is open to adults who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming (TGNC).   TGNC people in any stage of exploring or expressing their gender identity are welcome.  A brief phone screening is required before beginning group.

Contact Kimberly Lux, LCSW 773.388.8872 or kimberlyl@howardbrown.org

Grief and Resilience

Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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.

Contact Hugh Cole, LCSW/CADC/CGP, 773.572.8364 or hughc@howardbrown.org

Connections

Fridays, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

A therapy group designed to help understand, improve and explore relationships. An phone or in-person assessment is required before beginning group.

Contact Trover Gray Wilson, LCSW/CADC/MISA, 773-572-8368 or trovergw@howardbrown.org

Rainbow Recovery Group

Saturdays, 12 noon

Join us for a group focusing on recovery and stability with drugs and alcohol.  The group will discuss ways of coping and moderating use in the areas of sexuality, life, and environment. Inclusive towards all identities, however substance use will be a weekly theme within the group topics.  This will be a 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.

To learn more about this group, please call Joey Metler, LCSW at 773-388-1600 ext 1089.


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, from 7:00 p.m. – 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: Daniel Mendez | Phone 773-572-5120 | Text Messages 312-888-0942 | DanielM@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, gender non-conforming, 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.


Women’s Support Groups

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.

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 Howard Brown Health Sheridan.