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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. 

Creative Connections, Women’s Expressive Arts Therapy Group

Journey Through Senses: An online expressive art therapy group offered by FST/Violence Against Women Program counsellors and students at the Create institute for all women who want to heal, play, learn and create through art. No skills or previous art experience required. A group for women 18+

Dates: Fridays,  March 5, 12 and 26, April 9 and April 23 
Time: 10 am- 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Registration: To register, contact the Service Access Unit.
Phone: 416-595-9618
Email: [email protected]

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Resilient Bodies
Trauma-Informed Yoga Webinar

This 12-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, April 13 – June 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.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.

March 25: Pandemic Effects on Families and  Coping with these Effects
April 1: Let’s Talk About Co-Parenting
April 8: Parenting During a Time of Change
April 15: How to Build Resilient Children
April 22: Managing Tough Emotions as a Parent
April 29: Tips on Having Difficult Conversations between Parents/Caregivers
May 6: Supporting Youth and Young Adults During a Time of Change
May 13: Self-Care in Times of Change
Certificate of attendance will be sent after each workshop. Please note that all workshops will be hosted on zoom.

Location: Zoom
Cost: $40
Registration: To register, contact the Service Access Unit.
Phone: 416-595-9618 Email: [email protected]

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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 July, 2021:
April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Date(s): Third Tuesdays of the month through July, 2021:
March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20
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: [email protected]

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: April 15 to May 20, 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 April 13. Pre-screening required and assigned when registering. Please call Family Service Toronto, Service Access Unit at 416.595.9618

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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 June: April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 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: [email protected]

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): to be announced.
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 be added to the list and be announced when the group starts, or for more information, contact Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: [email protected]

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Queer and Connected

Queer and Connected Workshops, February – May 2021

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

When: Every other Thursday, 4 – 6 p.m.
Dates: Feb. 18; Mar. 4, 18; Apr. 1, 15, 29; May 13, 27 
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, February – May 2021

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

When: Every other Wednesday, 4 -6 p.m.
Dates: Feb. 10, 24; Mar. 10, 24; Apr. 7, 21; May 5, 19 
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, February – May 2021

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

When: Every other Wednesday, 4 – 6 p.m.
Dates: Feb. 17; Mar. 3, 17, 31; Apr. 14, 28; May 12, 26 
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]

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]

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): Thursday / biweekly (group is ongoing and started May 7, 2020)
Time:
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
How: Offered via Zoom
Registration : Call Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: [email protected]

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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