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. 

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: Aug 6, 20, 27, Sept 3,10, 17, 24, Oct 1.
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 August 18. Please call Family Service Toronto, Service Access Unit at 416.595.9618

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Seniors Weekly Wellness Group

A weekly discussion group for anyone aged 55 and over.

Facilitator:  Brenda Anderson, MSW, RSW; Zenia Castanos, MSW, RSW; Ern Relyea, MSW, RSW
Date(s): First and third Wednesday of each month: July 15, August 5 and 19
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
How:
Offered via Zoom
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
Facilitator: Caro Castro, David Kelley Services counsellor
Date(s): Tuesdays : August 25 – October 13
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 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

Parenting Discussion Group

The Families in Transition team is hosting a drop-in parenting group through Zoom. The group is a discussion group on topics including problem solving through uncertainty, managing safety concerns, self-care and sticking to parenting/co-parenting plans.  We hope you can join us to talk, connect and share your experiences of parenting or co-parenting during these difficult times.  Please call out Service Access Unit to answer some questions and be sent the zoom link for the group.

Audience: All Parents
Date(s):  Every Thursday
Time: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
How: Zoom meeting
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      

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Emotional Skills DBT Group

A 4-workshop series; the group is open to all those interested, and participants can attend all sessions or just one.

  • Distress Tolerance: Help handle and disengage from painful thoughts, feelings and urges
  • Mindfulness: Bring attention to the present moment with self-awareness
  • Emotional Regulation: learn to understand how our emotions work, to reduce how vulnerable we are to negative emotions, and to build positive emotional experiences.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Help with your relationships, setting boundaries and asking for your needs, understanding other’s perspectives.

Facilitator: Gillian Frise, FST counsellor
Date(s): May 13, 20, 27, June 3
Time: Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.
How: Zoom meeting
Fee: No fee
Registration: To register or for more information contact Family Service Toronto Service Access Unit 416.595.9618 or email: sau@familyservicetoronto.org

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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