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.
NOTE: All TPAN group service schedules have changed since March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
To find out which of the groups below are currently active, LEARN MORE HERE.
All groups are free. Unless otherwise noted, active groups require a simple registration or in-take form.
Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Education (HOPE)
Our next HOPE group will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 10th at TPAN’s offices (5537 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL). Because of COVID-19 safety guidelines, we are limiting the group to 6 people.
- $15 Gift Card upon Intake
- $25 Gift Card upon Graduation and $100 gift package
- $15 Gift Card upon completion of 3-month Follow-Up
- Uber rides to travel to and from TPAN
Empowering Positive Innovative Change
EPIC is African-American same gender loving men over the age of 18 who are ready to learn what they can do to make healthy lifestyle changes. Participants will learn about topics which could be preventing them from living the life they want. Topics will include mental health, trauma and stigma related to gender, HIV status and race. Those enrolled and active in the program will attend an overnight health retreat at a local hotel. Participants who are ready to address substance abuse issues will receive referrals to our program partners.
To learn more and enroll contact Eric at email@example.com or call (773) 989-9400.
African American Men
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.
Bus meets weekly on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 PM
Men Over 45
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.
An ongoing peer-led support group for people living with HIV, with a primary focus on men 50+. New members are welcome.
Educational + Therapeutic Programs
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 Aging" and "The Impact of Mental Health on HIV Adherence".
View the TPAN Calendar for upcoming CTL presentations.
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.
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.
Community Support & Education for Persons Living with HIV
TEAM (Treatment Education Adherence Management)
KNOWLEDGE. COMMUNITY. POWER.
Knowledge is power. And the knowledge that you are part of a connected community can give you strength. TPAN’s TEAM program empowers people living with HIV to: understand the basic science behind HIV infection; find/continue conscientious health care and begin/continue effective treatment; manage the infection and prevent secondary infection; explore personal issues surrounding HIV such as stigma and disclosure; and become advocates for self and/or community.
NEW VIRTUAL FORMAT in 2020: TEAM has been adapted and updated to create an online environment that is safe, supportive, and connected to you. The core components are in tune with the physical, medical, and emotional needs of HIV-positive individuals today. Best of all, TEAM is fun!
Registration is required to participate.
Recovering Substance Users
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
TPAN hosts Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings for HIV-positive or negative individuals.