The Teresa Group holds various support groups for children and families which provide a continuum of care. These are:
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 and Toddlers 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.
Parents have an opportunity to meet and learn parenting skills from each other.
Father’s Group provides a safe place for dads to connect with others who have children and who also live with HIV. The activities are designed to engage, teach and stimulate dads and their kids to get to know one another. Many topics are covered including parenting, self-care, and child development. This group helps reduce the isolation many fathers experience while raising a family.
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.
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.
Click below 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 Tangelderbeneath_the_mask
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. View the summary report below.ltw_program_evaluation