Support Groups

The Teresa Group holds various support groups for children and families which provide a continuum of care. These are:

Prenatal Group

Prenatal Group focuses on issues specific to HIV and pregnancy. Specialists from other community agencies and hospitals work with The Teresa Group to present the information.

New Mom’s Group

New Mom’s Group provides a safe place for moms to connect with others who have a baby and who also live with HIV. The activities are designed to engage, teach and stimulate as new moms and their babies get to know one another in their first year together. Many topics are covered including nutrition, and age and stage of development, and there is always time for songs and stories. This group helps reduce the isolation many new mothers experience.

Toddler Group

Toddler Group is a space for toddlers to play and practice new skills, while moms have a chance to connect with others who are coping with similar challenges related to living with HIV while facing the complexities of parenting.

Parents Group

Parents have an opportunity to meet and learn parenting skills from each other.

Leading the Way

“Leading the Way” is a support group for children and youth living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. The groups are available to children/youth ages 5 – 18 and run for nine weeks each spring and fall. Children/youth have the chance to meet others in similar situations in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Click here to read an article on the Leading the Way program: "Beneath the Mask: A Group Therapy Model Supporting Children Infected With and Affected by HIV/AIDS" by Simone Shindler and Mary Tangelder

The Teresa Group gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO which allowed us to conduct an evaluation for the Leading the Way Program for children and youth affected by HIV and AIDS. To view the summary report please click here.

Counselling

Individual or family counselling is available for children, youth and adults who feel they need support and to talk to someone. In-depth counselling, crisis management and ongoing support are offered, depending on the needs of the person/family.

Tutoring Program

The “Leap for Success” tutor/mentor program provides students in Grade 2 - Grade 12 with one hour of one-on-one or small group tutoring each week throughout the school year. To volunteer as a tutor/mentor, please contactConstance Nobes, Volunteer Coordinator or check out our Volunteer Opportunities page.

Circle of Care

The Circle of Care Initiative is a collaborative approach to providing diverse, innovative and practical support services for women living with HIV or AIDS in Toronto. The Circle of Care Initiative was designed in response to women’s own stated needs and interests. Its goals are to stabilize, strengthen and expand programs for women affected by HIV and AIDS. Circle of Care is a consortium of five AIDS Service Organisations: AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN), Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA) and The Teresa Group. For more information about Circle of Care contact Samara Carroll

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