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The Gatehouse – Young Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Group Name: The Gatehouse – Young Adult Support Program

Description: The Gatehouse provides a range of both formal and informal support and outreach. Strategies include providing information, referrals and linkages, resource support and groups that address vulnerable target populations, a child friendly environment and integration of outreach strategies that will effectively communicate our vision, mission, objectives and services.

Young Adult Support Group Program
The Young Adult program is an eight week support group for survivors of childhood sexual abuse between the ages of 18-24 years of age. This 8 week curriculum offers psycho – education and information around the effects that abuse and trauma can have on an individual. By connecting with other young adults who have had similar experiences allows for the feelings of isolation to dissipate and encourages a sense of community and inclusion. ***Separate Groups for Men and Women. An initial group readiness interview is required prior to joining the group.

Where: 3101 Lakeshore Blvd. West | Toronto, ON M8V 3W8

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: Paula Cordeiro 416-255-5900 Ext. 228 | pcordeiro@thegatehouse.org | www.thegatehouse.org

The Gatehouse – Partners of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Group Name: The Gatehouse – Partner Support Group Program

Description: The Gatehouse provides a range of both formal and informal support and outreach. Strategies include providing information, referrals and linkages, resource support and groups that address vulnerable target populations, a child friendly environment and integration of outreach strategies that will effectively communicate our vision, mission, objectives and services.

Partner Support Group Program

The 15 week peer led groups offer support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in a safe and comfortable environment. A place to come together and have their voice heard. Our community based setting, supports adults as they move out of isolation and into inclusion as they continue their healing journey. Through facilitated discussions men and women are given the tools to develop or enhance positive coping skills and the impacts that childhood sexual abuse can have on an individual.

The 15 week groups discuss a different theme or topic each week and are led by two Gatehouse trained facilitators. Some of the topics that are discussed include:

  • Triggers
  • Moving out of isolation into inclusion
  • Anger
  • Inner child
  • Re establishing healthy Boundaries
  • Sexuality
  • Loss and grief
  • Addictions
  • Resiliency
  • Flashback and grounding technique

Your relationship can be a catalyst for the surfacing of past trauma(s) and this process of surfacing can be both profoundly transformational and healing, but it can also be expressed through deep struggles. ***For partners of persons currently enrolled or who have completed a Gatehouse support group program.

Where: 3101 Lakeshore Blvd. West | Toronto, ON M8V 3W8

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-255-5900 | www.thegatehouse.org

Centre francophone – Youth Gateway Program

Group Name: Centre francophone – La Passerelle Program (The Gateway)

Description: The Centre francophone de Toronto is a non-profit organization that serves, first and foremost, as the main entry point for Francophones who live or plan to settle in Toronto. The Centre helps promote the well-being of the Francophone community, and has developed a community-based and multi-disciplinary approach. It offers a range of services to meet the needs of all Francophones in the GTA.

La Passerelle (The Gateway) program is a day treatment centre for children aged 6 to 12 who need intensive support to overcome behavioural, emotional or social challenges they may encounter in school.
The proposed follow-up by professionals will ensure greater success at school by helping children become more motivated and easing their social integration.The professionals support children by:

  • regularly following up on an in-class therapy program
  • developing long-term strategies
  • easing their integration into the regular school environment

Where: 20 Lower Spadina Avenue | Toronto, ON M5Y 2Z1

Contact: 416-446-0303 Ext. 1 | passerelle@centrefranco.org | www.centrefranco.org

Youth Assisting Youth

Group Name: Youth Assisting Youth

Description: Youth Assisting Youth (YAY) provides a method of helping children who are experiencing social, emotional, cultural adjustment and/or behavioural problems by preventing the development of more severe difficulties in the future. They promote a sound, healthy, growing special friend relationship between these children and mature, responsible young adults. They also relieve parents of the parenting role for a few hours a week and provide the children with a good role model.

Young adult volunteers 16-29 are matched on a one-to-one basis with children experiencing emotional, behavioural and/or social difficulties. Each volunteer spends approximately 3 hours a week with a child for at least one year. The relationship is that of a special friend. Plan and participate in various recreational activities in the community and monthly events organized by YAY.

Where: 5734 Yonge Street, Suite 401 | Toronto, ON M4M 4E7

When: Children aged 6-15 who have been identified as experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioural problems can enter the program. Referral must be completed by a professional. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-932-1919 | mail@yay.org | www.yay.org

Women’s College Hospital – Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP)

Group Name: Women’s College Hospital – Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP)

Description: Women’s College Hospital is established in women’s health – our remarkable history goes back more than a century in Ontario. We have gone through many changes in the past several years – the most recent being regaining our independent governance on April 1, 2006. This is a very exciting time for us, as we explore new and better ways to provide care to women and their families throughout every phase of their lives. Women’s College Hospital is a community dedicated to achieving leadership in women’s health in an ambulatory care setting.

The Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP) is an intensive group therapy program with accompanying individual therapy for women who have experienced physical, emotional, sexual abuse and/or neglect in childhood (0-18 years old). WRAP is part of the Trauma Therapy Program. There is a phone intake process before entering the program. Women who are interested in the program may be asked about safety (e.g. living environment, relationships), previous therapy experience and self-care strategies. She will then meet with a member of the clinical team for an in-person psychosocial assessment to determine whether WRAP would be beneficial. WRAP is best suited to women who can benefit from a time-limited program and who are experiencing any of the following symptoms related to trauma:

  • Anxiety
  • Numbing
  • Problems with self-esteem
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Flashbacks
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Dissociation
  • Feelings of isolation or alienation

Where: 76 Grenville Street, 9th Floor East | Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

When: Groups held Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. WRAP’s waitlist is currently CLOSED. It will reopen on Mondays during January (January 5, 12, 19 and 26) 2015, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for phone referrals. WRAP is covered by OHIP.

Contact: 416-323-6400 Ext. 4999 | wrap@wchospital.ca | www.womenscollegehospital.ca

YWCA – Breakthrough – Creating Safety and Possibilities

Group Name: YWCA – Breakthrough – Creating Safety and Possibilities

Description: YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy.

YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence. Creating Safety and Possibilities: for women dealing with the effects of intimate partner abuse. They offer:

  • a place where women can explore how abuse/violence has affected their life
  • a safe learning environment where women may try new ways to grow and heal
  • opportunities for creative self-expression in a community of women
  • a space where women can connect with others in an atmosphere of acceptance and non-judgment
  • support to help women get the most out of their group experience
  • information to help women make decisions about their safety and well-being, including resources and referrals
  • childcare while women attend group

Where: 87 Elm Street | Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

When: Groups run in three 12-week cycles: January-March, April-June and September-December. Call for more information.

Contact: Carol Barrett 416-487-7151 Ext. 266 | cbarrett@ywcatoronto.org | www.ywcatoronto.org

YWCA – Breakthrough – Stepping into Connection

Group Name: YWCA – Breakthrough – Stepping into Connection

Description: YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy.

YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence. Stepping into Connection: an open group for women who may be new to group support and who have experienced violence or abuse. They offer:

  • a place where women can explore how abuse/violence has affected their life
  • a safe learning environment where women may try new ways to grow and heal
  • opportunities for creative self-expression in a community of women
  • a space where women can connect with others in an atmosphere of acceptance and non-judgment
  • support to help women get the most out of their group experience
  • information to help women make decisions about their safety and well-being, including resources and referrals
  • childcare while women attend group

Where: 87 Elm Street | Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

When: Groups run in three 12-week cycles: January-March, April-June and September-December. Call for more information.

Contact: Carol Barrett 416-487-7151 Ext. 266 | cbarrett@ywcatoronto.org | www.ywcatoronto.org

YWCA – Breakthrough – Healing Through Expressive Arts

Group Name: YWCA – Breakthrough – Healing Through Expressive Arts

Description: YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy.

YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence. Healing Through Expressive Arts: for women who have experienced violence or abuse. They offer:

  • a place where women can explore how abuse/violence has affected their life
  • a safe learning environment where women may try new ways to grow and heal
  • opportunities for creative self-expression in a community of women
  • a space where women can connect with others in an atmosphere of acceptance and non-judgment
  • support to help women get the most out of their group experience
  • information to help women make decisions about their safety and well-being, including resources and referrals
  • childcare while women attend group

Where: 87 Elm Street | Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

When: Groups run in three 12-week cycles: January-March, April-June and September-December. Call for more information.

Contact: Carol Barrett 416-487-7151 Ext.266 | cbarrett@ywcatoronto.org | www.ywcatoronto.org

YWCA – Breakthrough – Imagining New Directions

Group Name: YWCA – Breakthrough – Imagining New Directions

Description: YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy.

YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence.

Imagining New Directions: for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or incest.

Where: 87 Elm Street | Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

When: Groups run in three 12-week cycles: January-March, April-June and September-December. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-487-7151 Ext. 266 | cbarrett@ywcatoronto.org | www.ywcatoronto.org

The Gatehouse – Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Group Name: The Gatehouse – Adult Support Program

Description: The Gatehouse provides a range of both formal and informal support and outreach. Strategies include providing information, referrals and linkages, resource support and groups that address vulnerable target populations, a child friendly environment and integration of outreach strategies that will effectively communicate our vision, mission, objectives and services.

Adult Support Program
Through facilitated discussions men and women are given the tools to develop or enhance positive coping skills and the impacts that childhood sexual abuse can have on an individual.
The 15 week groups discuss a different theme or topic each week and are led by two Gatehouse trained facilitators. Some of the topics that are discussed include:

  • Triggers
  • Moving out of isolation into inclusion
  • Anger
  • Inner child
  • Re establishing healthy Boundaries
  • Sexuality
  • Loss and grief
  • Addictions
  • Resiliency
  • Flashback and grounding techniques

Where: 3101 Lakeshore Blvd. West | Toronto, ON M8V 3W8

When: Three cycles of group are offered throughout the year – typically in spring, summer and fall. Female Group: Tuesday evening between 7-9 p.m. Male Group: Wednesday evening between 7-9 p.m.

Contact: 416-255-5900 | mbarcelos@thegatehouse.org | www.thegatehouse.org

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