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Virtual Walk-In / Single Session Counselling

Community members are invited to access our virtual counselling program weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. by calling 416.595.9618. Our counsellors offer a single telephone session. 

The counselling session is about 50 minutes and is open to all persons 18 years of age and older.  As available, a counsellor will return the call between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily. 

Weekly Meditation Group

This weekly webinar is an invitation to engage in a guided mindfulness practice.  Each week, a counsellor will lead participants through a meditation and provide information about a weekly topic, such as mindfulness, coping strategies, or understanding emotion.

Date(s): Every Monday
Time:
1 – 1:30 p.m.
How:
Offered via Zoom
Fee:
No fee
Registration information:
To register or for more information contact Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: [email protected]

Resilient Bodies
Trauma-Informed Yoga Webinar

This 10-week webinar is for people who have experienced trauma. This online webinar is an invitation to practice gentle trauma-informed yoga and to learn how yoga/mindfulness are useful for trauma recovery.  Participants will gain skills to assist them in understanding and managing trauma responses.  Each session will include both an educational component as well as a yoga practice.  The yoga offered in this webinar is suitable for both beginners and those who already have a yoga practice.

Dates: Tuesdays, October 5 – December 7, 2021
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Registration: To register, contact the Service Access Unit.
Phone: 416-595-9618
Email: [email protected]

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Families in Transition – Single Session Workshops

Online weekly workshops series for parents. Participants can register for any number of sessions. Certificate of attendance will be sent after each workshop.

Dates and topics:

Tuesdays, 3 – 5 p.m.

Oct 5: Pandemic Effects on Families and Coping with these Effects
Oct 19: Let’s Talk About Co-Parenting
Oct 26: Parenting During a Time of Change
Nov 2: How to Build Resilient Children
Nov 16: Managing Tough Emotions as a Parent
Nov 23: Tips on Having Difficult Conversationsbetween Parents/Caregivers
Nov 30: Supporting Youth and Young Adults During a Time of Change
Dec 7: Self-Care in Times of Change

Location: All workshops will be hosted on zoom.
Cost: $40
Registration: To register, contact the Service Access Unit.
Phone: 416-595-9618 Email: [email protected]

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Group for Emotional Self-Regulation

The group helps individuals:

  • Know they are not alone in their distress and that others struggle with similar issues.
  • Share information and learn from each other.
  • Experience a safe place within which to practice new skills.

Every week/session a new technique will be introduced and practiced to help you with reducing your anxiety and having more self-regulation.

Date: October 7 to November 11, 2021
Time: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Fee: $10 per session. Sliding scale available. Please let us know when you register.
Registration: Registration is open until October 4. Pre-screening required and assigned when registering. Please call Family Service Toronto, Service Access Unit at 416.595.9618

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Breathwork

This webinar is for anyone looking to improve their well-being, create a sense of internal balance, regulate strong emotions, and gain strategies to use the breath as a tool for improving their physical and mental health.

Science shows that re-learning how to breath can improve our physical and mental health. In this 3-week series, participants will discover the healing power of the breath and learn various breathing strategies to regulate emotions and body systems.

Week 1 – Introductions to Breathwork
Week 2 – (Re)Learning to Breathe
Week 3 – Regulating the Nervous System

Date: Wednesdays, October 13, 20, & 27, 2021
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Registration/Information: The webinar is free. To register, contact the Service Access Unit.
Phone: 416-595-9618
Email: [email protected]

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Self-care and Self-compassion Group

An 8-week trauma-informed psychoeducational therapy group for women-identifying survivors who have experienced trauma in the past or present. This group offers an opportunity to learn about the topics of self-care and self-compassion, how and why it is useful in the trauma healing process, space to practice self-compassion exercises in group, and connect with others who have shared experiences.

Who is it for?

Women-identifying survivors on the waitlist or enrolled in the Violence Against Women program at Family Service Toronto. Priority will be given to individuals currently on the waitlist and not participating in individual counselling. Participants must be able to participate in a manner that allows for privacy and comfortable keeping video on during the duration of each group session.

Date(s): Every Thursday; October 14, 2021 to December 2, 2021
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
How:
Offered via Zoom or phone
Fee:
No fee
Registration information: To register contact the Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit for further information at 416.595.9618 or email: [email protected]

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Seniors Chat Group

A discussion group for anyone aged 55 and over offered by Seniors and Caregivers Support Service counsellors.

Bring some coffee or tea and join FST counsellors for a weekly drop-in chat. We will discuss a variety of topics with the goal of building connection and support with one another.

Date(s): First and third Wednesdays of the month starting in September: September 1 and 15, October  6 and 20, November 3 and 17, December 1 and 15
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
How:
Offered via Zoom or phone
Fee:
No fee
Registration information: To register contact the Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit for further information at  416.595.9618 or email: [email protected]

Caring for the Caregiver Group

Free group offered by Seniors and Caregivers Support Service counsellors

Are you caring for or concerned about a senior (55+)? Maybe a parent, spouse, partner, relative or friend? Join other caregivers in a safe and confidential space to exchange ideas, offer support, and share experiences. This is a drop-in, open group (participants can attend all or some of the group days and times) and different topics are discussed each session. Participants can also bring their own topics for discussion.

Dates to be announced

How: via Zoom or phone – zoom link will be provided.
Registration information:  To register contact the Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit for further information at 416-595-9618 or email: [email protected]

Emotional Skills Group

This is an online skills group offering 2SLGBTQ+ clients a space to learn and practice the emotional skills needed for managing stress, regulating emotions and having healthier relationships. Each session centers a core emotional skill, with sessions building and integrating upon one another. Groups are limited to maximum 10 participants.

Date(s): to be announced
Time: 10-11:30 am
How: Zoom meeting
Fee: $10 per session. Sliding scale available. Please let us know when you register.
Registration information: contact Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: [email protected]
Eligibility: Participants have to be eligible for services through DKS; interested in learning tools to cope with emotional dysregulation; and able to commit to attending 5/8 sessions

Queer and Connected

Queer and Connected Workshops

Online educational workshop for LGBTQ2S+ -identified youth, ages 16 -29

When: Every other Thursday, 4 – 6 p.m.
Dates: June 10 & 24, July 8 & 22, Aug 5 & 19, Sept 2, 16, 30, Oct 7 & 21, Nov 4 & 18, Dec 7 & 23 
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of workshops)
Cost: Free

Queer and Connected Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual (LGB)*** Peer Support Group

Online peer-facilitated support group for LGB-identified youth, ages 16 – 29

When: Every other Wednesday, 4 -6 p.m.
Dates: June 2, 16 & 30, July 14 & 28, Aug 11 & 25, Sept 8 & 22, Oct 13 & 27, Nov 10 & 24, Dec 15 & 29
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of meetings)
Cost: Free

Queer and Connected Trans & Non-binary** Peer Support Group

Online peer-facilitated support group for Trans & non-binary-identified youth, ages 16 – 29

When: Every other Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m.
Dates: June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, Aug 4 & 18, Sept 1, 15 & 29, Oct 6 & 20, Nov 3 & 17, Dec 8 & 22
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of meetings)
Cost: Free

*LGB – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer-self-identified

* 2SLGBTQ+ youth with multiple, intersecting identities will be able to self-select the group they want to participate in based on which group best fits their needs

For more information, contact:
Chantal P, Queer and Connected Project Coordinator
[email protected]

For program registration:
Call or email the Service Access Unit
416-595-9618
[email protected]

Women’s Resilience: A Nigerian Perspective

A Virtual Group Meeting to enhance women resiliency. Issues on self care and compassion, coping strategies, self-growth and lots more are discussed collectively. Program offered by the Violence against Women Program Facilitator ( Nigerian Community)

Date(s): Every Tuesday
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
How: Conference phone call
Fee: No fee
Registration information: Contact Blessing by email [email protected]
Contact number for more information: 437.226.4478

In Contact – Podcast for Spanish Seniors

A brief review of what is relevant at the local level with an indication of available services that help overcome the challenges in “Times of Coronavirus”. The program is offered by Seniors Community Connections (SCC)

Audience: Latino Hispano Community
Facilitator: Rodrigo Briones, SCC Coordinator, Lation Hispano Community Facilitator
Date(s): Once a week
Time: Link to podcast always available
Fee: No fee
Registration: Contact number for more information: Rodrigo 416.755.5565 ext. 438

Chitchat Group (Arabic Speaking  Women’s Support Group) الدردشات نسائية عربية

Chitchat is a free online group for Arabic-speaking women offered by Family Service Toronto – Healthy Families, Healthy Communities program iChitchat is a free online group for Arabic-speaking women offered by Family Service Toronto – Healthy Families, Healthy Communities program in partnership with Arab Community Centre. It’s an opportunity for women to meet, share and learn from each other, improve the quality of their family life, build skills for safe and healthy relationships, and gain awareness of resources.

Date(s): ongoing, every Friday
Time:
2 – 4:30 p.m.
How:
Zoom
Fee: No fee
Registration:
Call Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: [email protected]

Café Group (Arabic Speaking Men’s group) القهوة للرجال

Café is a free online group for Arabic-speaking newcomer and refugee men offered by Healthy Families, Healthy Communities program. It’s an opportunity for men to meet, tell their stories, and express their feelings and hopes. Group members learn and adopt new skills for building strong families in Canada.  It is offered through a partnership between North York Community House and Family Service Toronto.

Date(s): Fridays/biweekly
Time:
12 – 3 p.m.
How: Offered via Zoom
Registration : Call Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: [email protected]

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Ellama- Elhelwa (Arabic Speaking Women’ s Group) اللمة – الحلوة  

Ellama-Elhelwa is a free, online group for Arabic-speaking newcomer and rEllama-Elhelwa is a free, online group for Arabic-speaking newcomer and refugee women offered by Family Service Toronto – Healthy Families, Healthy Communities partnership between North York Community House. It is an opportunity to meet with other women who are interested in learning about Canadian culture, making new friends, sharing their experiences, and gathering information and resources. 

Date(s): Tuesday / biweekly (ongoing)
Time: 1 – 3:30 p.m.
How: Offered via Zoom
Registration information
: Call Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: [email protected]

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