Emotional Wellness Groups
CURRENT WEEKLY SCHEDULE
(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.
Cooking Class: Specifically for clients enrolled in our programs for HIV+ individuals, we offer a weekly class aimed at teaching basic food preparation and cooking skills, with a focus on how to prepare healthy foods on a budget. We feature seasonal foods, often in conjunction with offerings at local green markets and farmer's markets, and offer information on not just why the food is healthy, but how it can improve health outcomes and how to prepare and serve it.
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.
Let's Talk. (Open to All ) Addresses the social emotional needs of participants. This is a co ed group and all Iris House participants are welcome to attend. Topics addressed are Self- development, Self- reflection, Anger Management, Coping Skills, and Recovery.
Take Back Your Life. (Co Ed group for People Living with HIV). Support group for HIV + people to have a safe space to talk about issues that are related to health improvements, stigma, self-esteem and treatment adherence.
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.
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.
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.