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Jean Tweed Centre – Pregnant and Parenting

Group Name: Jean Tweed Centre – Mom & Kids Too (MK2) Program

Description: Since its founding, the Centre has evolved and grown to become a leading community-based substance abuse and problem gambling agency for women in Ontario. The Centre offers a wide range of services including residential and day programming; two day programs now exist – one 3 weeks and one 7 weeks for mothers with young children. They also offer out-patient programs including family and trauma counseling, and outreach services in various locations across the city for pregnant and parenting women. Most recently, they have added a second outreach service to women who have mental health and substance use problems as well as involvement in the criminal justice system.

Are you pregnant? Are you parenting young children (6 years and under)? Is your substance use a concern? Another option you may want to consider is our Mom & Kids Too (MK2) program. MK2 is offered three days a week, for seven weeks. It also starts later and ends earlier than most day programs and includes participation in:

  • small groups with other mothers focusing on effective parenting
  • attachment activities with your child in our child development centre
  • larger integrated workshops with women from the day/residential program.

Women with children in care, who plan to parent in the near future, may also find this program helpful.

Where: 215 Evans Avenue | Toronto, ON M8Z 1J5

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-255-7359 | info@jeantweed.com | www.jeantweed.com

Jean Tweed Centre – Problem Gambling

Group Name: Jean Tweed Centre – Problem Gambling

Description: Since its founding, the Centre has evolved and grown to become a leading community-based substance abuse and problem gambling agency for women in Ontario. The Centre offers a wide range of services including residential and day programming; two day programs now exist – one 3 weeks and one 7 weeks for mothers with young children. They also offer out-patient programs including family and trauma counseling, and outreach services in various locations across the city for pregnant and parenting women. Most recently, they have added a second outreach service to women who have mental health and substance use problems as well as involvement in the criminal justice system.

The Jean Tweed Centre provides a range of programs for women with problem gambling concerns. This includes our core programs such as Support and Stabilization, the 3 week Day or Residential programs, the Individualized Counselling Program, Continuing Care and the Trauma program. We also have a Problem Gambling Support Group open to any woman with a gambling concern. This weekly group provides a friendly, comfortable environment for talking about a range of gambling related issues. If you are interested in finding out more about this group, please call to speak with the problem gambling counsellor.

Where: 215 Evans Avenue | Toronto, ON M8Z 1J5

When: Call for more detailed information.

Contact: 416-255-7359 Ext. 239 | info@jeantweed.com | www.jeantweed.com

JACS Toronto – Here to Help Group

Group Name: JACS Toronto – Here to Help Group

Description: JACS(Jewish Addiction Community Services) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to encouraging and assisting anyone struggling with their own or someone else’s addiction to explore recovery in a nurturing and supportive environment. JACS exists as an information resource on the effects that addiction has on family life, with a special focus on Jewish families. JACS provides support for any and all diverse populations and denominations affected by addiction.

JACS Here To Help group is facilitated by JACS counselors and is an open education discussion for anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s addiction issues and related problem behaviours. At this weekly meeting, family and friends who have experience with the pains of addiction are there to welcome those new to JACS and to provide understanding and support that only those who have lived through the same problems can. Here to Help is open to families, friends or anyone suffering from addiction issues and is a great resource for those struggling to understand what, and how, to respond to the behaviors that often accompany substance use and abuse.

Where: 858 Sheppard Avenue W. | Toronto, ON M3H 2T5

When: Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Status: Open to all.

Contact: 416-638-0350 | www.jacstoronto.org

Hamilton Infertility Support

Group Name: Hamilton Infertility Support

Description: Jami-Leigh Sawyer is a Registered Social Worker that has been providing counselling for many years. Jami-Leigh is affiliated with the HART Fertility Centre, and is also a Support Group Leader for the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada. The journey to have a child can be physically and emotionally challenging. Infertility can affect all areas of your life, including your feelings about yourself, your relationships, and your future.

Everyone copes with infertility in their own way. When struggling with infertility you may feel a range of emotions including sadness, loneliness, anger, isolation and/or guilt. This support group is designed to help you cope with the stress of infertility while meeting others who are on a similar journey. Everyone is welcome and there is no fee associated with this program.

Where: HART Fertility Centre 1057 Main Street W | Hamilton, ON, L8S 1B7

When: Last Monday of every month from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Please RSVP by calling or e-mail.

Contact: Jami-Leigh Sawyer 905-741-2237 | jami@jlmcounselling.ca | www.jlmcounselling.ca

CReATe Fertility Centre – Infertility Support

Group Name: CReATe Fertility Centre – Infertility Support

Description: Our goal is to provide the best possible care for those people who require special help to build their family. We feel that the best way to accomplish this goal is to provide a personalized approach, which takes into account the special circumstances of each individual. In keeping with this, all patients are seen for their initial consultation by one of our doctors, and that physician carefully follows and supervises their care throughout the course of their treatment. In this way, patients always know who their physician is, and experience a continuity of care. We also believe strongly, that you must treat the whole patient, not just their reproductive organs. We therefore take into account social, cultural and spiritual needs. We also encourage all forms of complimentary stress reducing therapies and psychosocial support. We have purposely set aside space, and provided an atmosphere to facilitate such activities.

Joins us to share thoughts, strategies, joys and sorrows in a safe, supportive setting. No registration required to attend the meetings. For further information please contact Jan Silverman.

Where: ONE Fertility, 3210 Harvester Road | Burlington, ON, L7N 3T1

When: Third Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Contact: Jan Silverman 416-323-7727 | jan@createivf.com | www.createivf.com

Halton Infertility and Pregnancy Support Services

Group Name: Halton Infertility and Pregnancy Support Services

Description: Rebecca Hodson Infertility Counsellor, Fertility Yoga Instructor, Fertility Coach and Doula: I have passion, empathy and the ability to uniquely counsel those struggling with fertility issues. As a former infertility patient (with 2 happy endings) I am able to understand the many challenges of fertility treatment. I started facilitating support groups 5 years ago. I have been in private counselling practice for over 3 years and under the supervision of registered Psychologist Dr. Hannah Rockman.

Monthly Infertility Support group: An informal group where you can talk about Infertility, Miscarriage and many other topics. We laugh, we cry, we share………. we get stronger in order to face the many challenges of fertility treatments. **** RSVPs are required to attend the meetings (text, phone or e-mail).

Where: ONE Fertility, 3210 Harvester Road | Burlington, ON, L7N 3T1

When: Sunday November 2, 2014 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. There is no fee for this meeting.

Contact: Rebecca Hodson 289-795-1678 | info@hipss.ca | www.hipss.ca

Infertility London

Group Name: Infertility London

Description: We are a group of individuals who have all had infertility affect our live in one way or another. You will notice as we share at our gatherings that all of us will have different stories. We may use different clinics, have different diagnosis’s or medical challenges. Some of us will be cycling, others not. Some of us will have family support, others will not. Most of us will suffer financial stress, stress in our relationships, and feel diminished or alone as a result of our infertility. You will find that some of us may already have children and now suffer from secondary infertility. Some of us will have adopted. Some of us are going through divorces as a result of the struggles of infertility. Some of us are single. Some of us might consider or have tried donor alternatives in our quest to have children. It does not matter what our differences are, we are all here because we have one thing in common; our ability to have a child just because we “choose” to is now denied to us. Our purpose is to provide a safe environment for anyone looking for support as a result of their infertility. Our hope is that through sharing our struggles together you will finally have a place to just be yourself with those who understand. And who knows, you might just make some great friends!

This group is :

  • A safe space to be who we are without fear of judgement. We give everyone the freedom to be themselves in a safe environment.
  • Each of us is the expert of our own experience and you and your experience will not be diminished by another persons experience just because it is different from your own.
  • You are allowed to be yourself, to be exactly where you are in your process, and know you can be honest about how your feeling.
  • We all have so much to say and offer but we try not interrupt one another. And you DON’T have to talk if you don’t want to! No worries!
  • We encourage you to share and remember that while you may not think you have anything important to say, what you have to share can and probably will help someone else, and on occasion even change another person’s life.
  • If you have a family member or friend who would benefit from joining us know they are welcome.

When: Meetings are “usually” second Monday of each month but sometimes vary. Please check the schedule to VERIFY!

Contact: info@adoptionprofiles.ca | infertilitylondon.weebly.com

Friends and Advocates Centre – Wellness and Recovery

Group Name: Friends and Advocates Centre – WRAP Program

Description: Friends and Advocates provides an opportunity for friendship to those recovering from mental illness or emotional distress; arranges social and recreational activities in the community to improve socialization and communication skills; holds interesting discussion groups and life skills sessions to develop interpersonal skills; educates community groups and individuals about mental health; speaks out on behalf of members about mental health issues; provides crisis intervention for members.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (W.R.A.P.) is an intervention that was developed by people who had been dealing with a variety of psychiatric symptoms and who were working hard to feel better and get on with their lives. Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland, an internationally acclaimed author, educator and mental health advocate, initially practiced W.R.A.P. to help with her own struggles with mental health challenges.

This program runs every Monday. It provides a confidential atmosphere for any member wishing to create an individual safe plan when in crisis. Staff and members are present to provide support during this process. Please see staff to sign up for the next start date. WRAP is made up of wellness recovery topics which include:

  • Wellness Toolbox
  • Daily Maintenance Plan
  • Identifying Triggers and an Action Plan
  • Identifying Early Warning Signs and an Action Plan
  • Identifying When Things Are Breaking Down and an Action Plan
  • Crisis Planning
  • Post Crisis Planning

Where: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite G27 | Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

When: Membership is free to anyone having a mental health issue. Please call for more details.

Contact: Gary 416-234-9245 Ext. 223 | soundtimes.com

Toronto Military Family Resource Centre – Short-Term Intervention and Crisis Support

Group Name: Toronto Military Family Resource Centre – Short-Term Intervention and Crisis Support

Description: The Toronto Military Family Resource Centre (TMFRC) is a community based non-profit charitable organization. Our goal is to recognize and foster the unique strength of families within the military community. Our aim is to support our families in a meaningful way by providing the resources to assist, maintain and enhance their quality of family life while living in the Greater Toronto Area.

We all need a helping hand now and again. Our counsellor offers crisis intervention and short term emotional support for individuals, couples and families. We can assist you in dealing with issues and situations you find personally challenging. Counselling gives you a chance to be heard without judgment by someone outside of your situation. You can also acquire knowledge and learn new skills, which can help you find your own solutions. Assistance can be provided for a variety of issues, such as:

  • Deployment-related stress
  • Relationships
  • Youth
  • Stress
  • Grief, loss
  • Anxiety and self esteem
  • Addictions
  • Living with violence
  • Families with Special Needs

***Appointments can be booked Monday to Friday. The service is confidential and free. Eligibility:
Families of Regular Canadian Forces members and of the Reserve (Classes B and C).

Where: Toronto Military Family Resource Centre | 5 Yukon Lane | Toronto, ON M3K 0A1

Contact: Michael MacDonald 416-633-6200 Ext. 4330 | www.familyforce.ca | tmfrc@forces.gc.ca | michael.macdonald4@forces.gc.ca

ACT – Counselling for people with HIV

Group Name: ACT – Counselling for people with HIV

Description: Since 1983 ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.

We provide free, confidential counselling to anyone who is living with HIV. Counsellors will meet with you at ACT, over the phone, or in other locations, such as coffee shops. There is no need to give a real name if anonymity or confidentiality is a concern. Couples counselling, grief/bereavement counselling, and counselling for a partner of someone with HIV, are all available. To book an appointment call or drop by ACT: a counsellor is available – without an appointment – on a first come first serve basis, Monday – Friday.

Where: 399 Church Street, 4th floor | Toronto, ON, M5B 2J6

Contact: 416-340-2437 | www.actoronto.org

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