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ACT offers a wide range of group-based programs. Some of these are support groups, some of these are more educational in nature. We offer groups specifically for people living with HIV, for those concerned about their risk of HIV, as well as groups that focus on mental health or substance use. 

ACT Groups

Addressing Trauma & Recovery (ATR)
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For cis and trans gay, bi & queer men who are survivors of childhood physical and sexual abuse.

The ATR program is a one-year trauma therapy program for cis and trans gay, bi & queer (GBQ) men who are survivors of childhood physical and/or sexual abuse. Participants who are selected for the program will participate in an 8-week psychoeducational group, followed by up to 25 individual therapy sessions focused on trauma recovery. This program is open to all GBQ guys, regardless of race, ability of HIV status.

For more information or to register, contact Vincent at vfrancoeur@actoronto.org or 416-340-8484 ext. 229

Dates: This program is offered one a year, usually starting in the spring


 

Body Image Support Group
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Finding balance between being the best version or yourself and an unhealthy strive for perfection.

From the effects of social media and dating apps to the negative self-talk and potentially difficult relationships with food and exercising, this 8-week group allows cis and trans gay, bi and queer (GBQ) guys to find support and balance in their relationship with their body and self-esteem. This group is open to all GBQ guys regardless of race, ability or HIV status.

For more information or to register, contact Vincent at vfrancoeur@actoronto.org or 416-340-8484 ext. 229

Dates: This group is offered at least once a year in the Fall and sometimes of a second time in the Spring (depending on demand)


 

Expressive Arts Therapy
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An art therapy group for people living with HIV.

A four-week art therapy group for people who are living with HIV that explores people’s experiences using different artistic mediums. This group is a great opportunity for people to find different ways to share their life experiences.

For more information contact Katrina Krizmancic at kkrizmancic@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs twice a year in the Fall and Spring.


 

Financial & Estate Planning
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A workshop series for people living with HIV.

This four-week educational workshop series brings in experts in the fields of financial and estate planning to help people living with HIV think about these issues.

For more information contact Katrina Krizmancic at kkrizmancic@actoronto.org

Dates: This series runs twice a year in the Spring and Fall.


 

Gay Men's Wellness Group
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The Wellness 8-week support group is design for cis and trans gay, bi and queer (GBQ) men who want to improve their holistic well-being.

This group explores topics like anxiety, loneliness, relationships, self-esteem, happiness, setting goals and much more – depending on the group’s interest. It is open to all GBQ guys regardless of race, ability or HIV status.

For more information or to register, contact Vincent at vfrancoeur@actoronto.org or 416-340-8484 ext. 229

Dates: This group is offered at least once a year in the Spring and sometimes of a second time in the Fall (depending on demand).


 

Jumpstart
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A combination of support group and educational workshops for gay, bi and queer guys who have recently been diagnosed with HIV.

This is a four-week group for gay, bi and queer identified guys who have recently been diagnosed with HIV on some of the issues that they might need to know about moving forward. This includes workshops on medication, how to talk with your doctor, and emotional wellbeing.

For more information contact Katrina Krizmancic at kkrizmancic@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs twice a year, in the Fall and Spring.


 

Living with HIV
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A support group for people who are living with HIV.

A group for anyone living with HIV to come together and share their experiences with other people who are also living with HIV. This eight-week group is open to anyone living with HIV regardless of gender, race or ability.

For more information contact Katrina Krizmancic at kkrizmancic@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs once a year in the Summer depending on demand.


 

Living with HIV for Gay Men
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A support group for gay, bi and queer men who are living with HIV.

A group for anyone living with HIV to come together and share their experiences with other people who are also living with HIV. This eight-week group is open to anyone living with HIV regardless of gender, race or ability.

For more information contact Katrina Krizmancic at kkrizmancic@actoronto.org

Dates: This groups runs once a year in the Summer depending on demand.


 

Meth & Sex Group
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A support group to start disassociating meth use and sexuality/intimacy.

This 8-week group was developed from a need to create a space where men trying to quit crystal meth can come and talk about the ways crystal meth effects their sexuality.  Open to all cis and trans gay, bi or queer (GBQ) guys who have a commitment to stopping crystal and have experienced some form of success on their own in the past few months, the sessions explore the realities, obstacles and strategies that will help them move forward with their (sexual) life. This group is open to all GBQ men regardless of race, ability or HIV status.

For more information or to register, contact Vincent at vfrancoeur@actoronto.com or 416-340-8484 ext. 229

Dates: This group is offered at least twice a year in the (late) Summer and in the Winter and sometimes a third time in the Spring (depending on demand).


 

Newly Diagnosed
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A support group for people who have recently been diagnosed with HIV.

A group for people to share their experiences and find connection with other people who have recently been diagnosed with HIV. This group defines “newly” not in terms of amount of time that has passed but the kinds of issues that you might be experiencing.

For more information contact Katrina Krizmancic at kkrizmancic@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs once a year in early Spring.


 

PEACH
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A combination of support group and educational workshops for gay, bi, queer, and trans guys to build skills for healthier relationships and better sex.

A ten-week group for gay, bi and queer guys who are interested in learning more and building the skills that they need for healthier relationships with other men. Some of the topics include stronger communication skills, how to negotiate the kind of sex and relationships you want, and how to navigate the complicated social landscape of dating.

For more information contact Katrina Krizmancic at kkrizmancic@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs once a year in early Spring.


 

Planning for the Long Term
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A combination of support group and educational workshops for people who are living with HIV to think about their health and well-being tomorrow, next month and next year.

A ten-week long group for people who living with HIV to think and learn about their health and wel-lbeing in a diverse number of ways. This program has two series, the first focusing on mental health and the second with a focus on physical health.  Topics include but are not limited to sexual health, disclosing to family and friends and staying physically active.

For more information contact Katrina Krizmancic at kkrizmancic@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs twice a year in the Fall and early Spring.


 

SPUNK!
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SPUNK! is support group for gay/bi/queer men who want to make changes regarding their drug use, whether those changes are harm reduction or abstinence. 

SPUNK! is a closed group that focuses on the individual goals of the participants and runs for 6 weeks. This group explores substance use from a non-judgmental point of view and looks at how it impacts sexuality and daily living. We provide tools for personal development and services once the program is over. SPUNK! uses Motivational Interviewing (MI), as well as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) as well as Mindfulness techniques.

For more information contact Gavin Bejaimal at spunk@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs twice a year, for 6 weeks each.