Emotional Wellness Groups
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(Call 646-548-0100 for more information)
The team at Iris House recognizes the challenges presented for both HIV positive and negative individuals to deal with a diagnosis, modify behaviors, incorporate safe practices and stay adherent to medication and treatment plans and programs..
In that light, we offer a wide range of peer support groups, moderated by trained professionals, that help people bring up their issues and topics in a safe space free from judgment and filled with practical, real-world suggestions and supports. We operate these groups for individuals in many different demographic and community configurations.
To participate in any of these groups, please call our main office at (646) 548-0100 and ask for the program by name. Most of them require active enrollment in one of our ongoing programs.
Sister to Sister. (Women Living with HIV) An ongoing, moderated discussion group for women living with HIV to get support, ideas and advice from their peers as they navigate a range of social and personal issues.
DIVAS (Women over 50 Living with HIV) Similar to our Sister to Sister group, this group adds aspects of aging with HIV and being an older woman into the mix and remains one of our signature programs.
Latino Mix Group. (Co Ed group for People Living with HIV). This group is offered in Spanish to women and men living with HIV to offer peer support and techniques for navigating services and programs offered to Latino populations.
Women’s Therapeutic Group. (Women Living with HIV) A professionally led group helping women with HIV navigate some of the thornier emotional and psychological issues that go along with living with HIV including relationship and family issues, substance use, domestic violence and more.
Men’s Circle (Men Living with HIV). Professionally led, but peer-driven, this group focuses less on the psychological challenges and more on the community and social challenges of living with HIV.
Just For Us (Women who Sleep with Women.) This group, for women who sleep with women, is targeted at both people living with HIV and those who are at high risk for contracting the virus. Discussions will involve issues surrounding being part of a sexual minority and the social and community pressures that may leave lesbians with more challenges surrounding HIV than are usually attributed to this community.
iZone (Men Who Sleep With Men, 18-29) Our newest group, this is designed to give young men who identify as gay or bisexual with a safe space to talk about their issues and concerns, and provides a place to talk about safer sex practices and other issues that may not come up in discussions with friends and family.
Many of our case managers and group facilitators also take their programs on the road: you might see Iris House staff offering off-site support groups and workshops throughout the communities we serve!
For information on any of our support groups and programs,
please contact us at (646) 548-0100 and ask for the program by name.