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Group support has been a cornerstone of TPAN since the agency's founding in 1987. Joining a community of those who understand and support you can help you live a healthier, happier life.

These groups are designed to meet the current needs and interests of TPAN’s clients—and are organized by topic or target audience.

Educational and mental health groups are facilitated by licensed clinicians. Social support groups are facilitated by peer mentors.

All groups are free and meet regularly on-site at TPAN's office. Unless otherwise noted, groups require a simple registration or in-take form.

Young Adults

Reclaiming Me

Reclaiming Me is a closed support group facilitated by a professional therapist for current and recovering crystal meth users. Group members should be gay-identifying men ages 25 and up. Reclaiming Me supports harm reduction, with group members setting personal goals—be they total sobriety or reduced use. Group members are encouraged to explore deeper issues related to their use in a safe and controlled environment.

Registration required.

We are currently recruiting participants for Reclaiming Me. The group will begin meeting shortly once enrollment is complete.

To learn more, please contact Paul Konz at 773-989-9400 x282

Thrive Edition

Thrive is a weekly open process group facilitated by a licensed counselor open to all HIV-positive YMSM (young men who have sex with men) between the ages of 18-29. Thrive provides a safe space to process one’s HIV status, emotional and mental health, relationships, identity, and personal growth. The group also provides fun activities and cultural outings once a quarter.

The Thrive Edition
Repeats every week, on Thursday until Thu, Dec 28, 2017.
Please contact Dayna Flores at 773-989-9400 x283

African American Men

HOTTER

As part of TPAN’s HOTTER program (Healthy Outcomes Through Treatment Empowerment, and Recovery), participants receive counseling to reduce HIV and substance use risk and access to treatment for individuals with co-existing behavioral health, HIV, and hepatitis conditions. HOTTER program include 3 weekly sessions and an overnight retreat. Eligible participants are African-American men who have sex with men (MSM) between the ages of 18-29.

Registration required.

To find out more about HOTTER or join a session, contact Ashley Martell at 773-989-9400 x 234

Brothers United in Support (BUS)

Brothers United in Support (BUS) is an open weekly peer led group for HIV-positive Black and African-American men who identify as gay or bisexual, ages 18+. All are welcome to attend.

Brothers United in Support (BUS)
Repeats every week, on Tuesday until Tue, Dec 26, 2017.
To learn more, please contact Christina Joly at 773-989-9400 x 208

Men Over 45

Flourish

An ongoing, therapist-facilitated group for long-term HIV survivors, 45+. Flourish members meet weekly to share stories of resilience and triumph in tackling the challenges of ageing, care-taking, and the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

Join us for connections to community and social support, to learn new information and to try new strategies in managing your healthcare.

Flourish is lead by a licensed mental health professional.

Registration required. 

Flourish
Repeats every week, on Wednesday until Wed, Dec 27, 2017. Except on Wed, May 24, 2017.
To learn more and register, please contact Kimberly Rogers at 773-989-9400 x 241

Daytimers

An ongoing peer-led support group for people living with HIV, with a primary focus on men 50+. New members are welcome.

Daytimers meets Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Daytimers
Repeats every week, on Monday and Thursday until Thu, Dec 28, 2017.
To learn more, please contact Christina Joly at 773-989-9400 x 208

HIV-Positive Women

HERvoice

HerVoice is an open weekly support group for HIV-positive female-identified individuals, ages 18+, facilitated by a licensed therapist. Group members process issues including identity. family/life balance, status disclosure, stigma, and relationships.

Registration required.

herVoice
Repeats every week, on Tuesday until Tue, Dec 26, 2017.
Please contact Christina Joly at 773-989-9400 x 208.

Educational + Therapeutic Programs

Choosing Healthy Alternatives Today (CHAT)

TPAN's newest group for those who are HIV-negative

CHAT is an open group that provides a safe space for individuals who may be vulnerable to HIV infection to be supported and heard around their lived experiences. All 18+ individuals are welcome to attend--no age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation restrictions.

CHAT participants can expect to:

  • Participate in conversation surrounding personal fears, frustrations, and anxieties in an environment that promotes respect of each other’s lived experiences 
  • Join in supportive conversation and discussion with others who may share similar experiences
  • Gain a sense of empowerment and feel motivated to reduce one’s personal risk
  • Be introduced to other TPAN supportive services for HIV-negative individuals. Referrals are based on qualifications/interests
Choosing Healthy Alternatives Today (CHAT)
Repeats every week, on Thursday until Thu, Dec 27, 2018.
To find out more about CHAT or join a session, contact Erin Conley at 773-989-9400 x 280

Committed to Living (CTL)

Committed to Living is an ongoing "lunch and learn" series hosted by TPAN for people living with HIV. A new HIV-related topic is presented each month by a knowledgeable facilitator. Previous CTL topics have included: "Side Effects with HIV Therapy," "HIV and Kidney Disease," "HIV and Hepatitis C Co-infection," and "HIV and Kidney Disease."

View the TPAN Calendar for upcoming CTL presentations.

To learn more, attend, or sponsor a presentation, contact Jessie Mott at 773-989-9400 x 232

Treatment Education Adherence Management (TEAM)

TEAM is a quarterly in-house peer-led treatment education program focusing on the successful management of HIV. TEAM provides a safe, supportive, and structured environment in which participants can learn and leverage their experiences for healthy futures. The TEAM curriculum is 10-hours, offered over the course of three days. The core components are in tune with the physical, medical, and emotional needs of HIV-positive individuals today.

Registration required.

NEXT SESSION BEGINNING IN AUGUST
TEAM (Treatment Education Adherence Management)
Repeats every week, on Wednesday until Wed, Aug 23, 2017.
To learn more and register, contact Jessie Mott at 773-989-9400 x 232

Committed to Caring (CTC)

Committed to Caring is an ongoing "lunch and learn" series hosted by TPAN for HIV/AIDS care providers—case manages, social workers—meant to help improve providers’ work with HIV-positive clients. Recent CTC topics have included: "HIV and Substance Abuse," "Considerations for Patients Late to Care," "HIV and Liver Disease," and "HIV and Mental Illness."

View the TPAN Calendar for upcoming CTC presentations.

To learn more, attend, or sponsor a presentation, contact Jessie Mott at 773-989-9400 x 232

Art Therapy

A weekly, open group co-facilitated by a licensed therapist and a visual artist. Art therapy provides an opportunity for exploration of the creative process in a therapeutic setting. No previous artmaking or abilities required. Art materials are provided for communal use. For HIV-positive individuals 18+. Meets Wednesdays, 12-2p.m.

Registration required.

Art Therapy
Repeats every week, on Wednesday until Wed, Dec 27, 2017. Except on Wed, May 24, 2017.
Please contact Christina Joly at 773-989-9400 x 208.

Newly HIV-Positive

Future Focused

Future Focused is a closed therapeutic group facilitated by a licensed therapist that provides a safe space for HIV-positive MSM (men who have sex with men) of all ethnicities, ages 18 and up, to process HIV diagnosis, issues of disclosure, treatment, stigma, and other concerns.

Registration is required.

To find out more about Future Focused or join our next session, contact Christina Joly at 773-989-9400 x 208. 

Treatment Education Adherence Management (TEAM)

TEAM is a quarterly in-house peer-led treatment education program focusing on the successful management of HIV. TEAM provides a safe, supportive, and structured environment in which participants can learn and leverage their experiences for healthy futures. The TEAM curriculum is 10-hours, offered over the course of three days. The core components are in tune with the physical, medical, and emotional needs of HIV-positive individuals today.

Registration required.

NEXT SESSION BEGINNING IN AUGUST
To learn more and to register, contact Jessie Mott at 773-989-9400 x 232

Recovering Substance Users

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

TPAN hosts Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings for HIV-positive or negative individuals.

AA and NA meetings will reconvene shortly. 

To learn more, please contact Christina Joly at 773-989-9400 x 208

Reclaiming Me

Reclaiming Me is a closed support group facilitated by a professional therapist for current and recovering crystal meth users. Group members should be gay-identifying men ages 25 and up. Reclaiming Me supports harm reduction, with group members setting personal goals—be they total sobriety or reduced use. Group members are encouraged to explore deeper issues related to their use in a safe and controlled environment.

Registration required.

We are currently recruiting participants for Reclaiming Me. The group will begin meeting shortly once enrollment is complete.

Contact Paul Konz at 773-989-9400 x282 for more information and at register.