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. 

DKS 2020 Autumn Ecotherapy Group

Workshop series offered by David Kelley Services (DKS) for DKS clients and clients eligible for DKS services

Our online therapy group is designed to offer you a deeper connection to the natural world and to yourself. The group offers stress reduction and mindfulness through virtual exploration of the green world.  There will be in-session online practices that are designed to be replicated when you need them both inside and outside. Take away activities will be suggested.

Date(s): Starting Wednesday November 04
Time:  10 -11 AM
How: Zoom
Fee: No HIV program clients, sliding scale for LGBTT2SQQIA+ program clients

Registration:
To register, contact the Service Access Unit.
Phone: 416-595-9618
Email: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

Queer and Connected

Free group for LGBTQI2S+ youth offered by David Kelley Services.

The peer-led educational workshops and social groups offers participants the opportunity to discuss challenges related being in the LGBTQI2S+community, learn strategies and skills, increase knowledge on health and preventative sexual practices, expand their awareness of resources and services in the city of Toronto and build healthy, supportive relationships with peers and mentors. Learn more about the program.

When: Every Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.
Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9 
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of workshops)
Cost: Free

Who to contact for more information:
Chantal Persad, Queer and Connected Community Facilitator
Email: ChantalPe@familyservicetoronto.org

Registration:
To register, contact the Service Access Unit.
Phone: 416-595-9618
Email: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

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.

Date(s): First Tuesdays of the month through December:
October 6, November 3, December 1
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Date(s): Third Tuesdays of the month through December:
October 20, November 17, December 15
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

How: via Zoom or phone.
Registration information:  To register contact the Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit for further information at 416-595-9618 or email: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

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: Nov 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec 3, 10
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. There will be a short preregistration phone session with the group leader.
Registration: Registration is open until Nov. 3. Please call Family Service Toronto, Service Access Unit at 416.595.9618

Seniors Weekly Group Chat

A weekly 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 through December: September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16
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: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

Emotional Skills Group

This online skills group offers clients a space to learn and fine tune the necessary emotional skills needed for emotional health. The group helps with the ongoing development of stress management, emotional regulation skills, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.  Each session of the group is built around a core emotional skill, with sessions building and integrating upon one another as the group progresses.

Audience: David Kelley Clients and those eligible for the service
Date(s): Wednesdays: November 4 – December 23
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
How: Zoom meeting
Fee: $10 per session. Sliding scale available. Please let us know when you register.
Registration information: To register or for more information contact Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

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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: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

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 Adekemi by email adekemiqu@familyservicetoronto.org
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 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.

Facilitator: Nariman
Date(s): ongoing, every Friday
Time:
2 – 4:30 p.m.
How:
Zoom
Fee: No fee
Registration:
416.755.5565 ext. 402 or call Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

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.

Facilitator: Nariman
Date(s): Thursday / biweekly (group is ongoing and started May 7, 2020)
Time:
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
How: Offered via Zoom
Registration : 416.755.5565 ext. 402 or call Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

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

Ellama-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. 

Facilitator: HFHC / Nariman
Date(s): Tuesday / biweekly (ongoing)
Time: 1 – 3:30 p.m.
How: Offered via Zoom
Registration information
: Contact number for more information: 416.755.5565 Ex 402 or call Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

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