Here’s a listing of groups, seminars, classes and lectures open to the general public, listed by date. Please join our mailing list to receive upcoming event announcements.
POLY SUPPORT GROUP
Monthly on Saturdays
10:00 am -12:00 pm
Upcoming dates: August 12, September 9 and October 14
August’s Topic: The Burdens/Secrets We Carry
In the July support group we talked about poly families exploring if to tell, when to tell, what to tell children about being poly. An important concern surfaced around telling our children about our poly–ness and then asking them to hold that secret from friends, families etc. What are the burdens, secrets we carry being poly folks? How might we burden others with our secrets if we are not out fully? Let’s hang out together and discuss.
NOTE: Cindy & Rami will be out of town for the August meeting. LifeWorks clinicians, Elizabeth Duke, Psy.D. and Jacque Pfeiffer, AMFT, will be standing in as facilitators.
The Chicago Polyamory Support Group welcomes people wanting to learn more about themselves and polyamorous relationships. The group meets at Tribe Healing Arts Center in Chicago and is usually facilitated by Rami Henrich, LCSW and Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D. Find out more about the group and the next meeting at www.meetup.com/Chicago-Polyamory
Polyamory Information brochure downloadable PDF
SEX WORKER SUPPORT GROUP
Monthly on Saturdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
September 2, October 7 and November 4
Location: SWOP Chicago, 405 W Superior St, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654
September’s Topic: Privacy, Secrets, Coming-out, Part 2
August’s group began to explore the issue of coming out as a current or former sex-worker, and how that may look differently for each person, while certain feelings and themes may be shared amongst the group. Coming out as a sex worker can be thought of as the process through which one accepts sex work as part of their overall identity. It not only refers to the process of self acceptance, but also to the act of sharing one’s identity with others. Coming out is a process associated with other aspects of identity and orientation such as sexuality and gender; how is coming out as a sex worker similar or different? What are the unique challenges, risks, hopes, and benefits of coming out?
Some points of exploration we will include:
* How to answer the question, “what do you do for work?”
* Protecting privacy at work/school/home
* Managing the decisions to tell or not tell friends, family, romantic partners, dates etc., about sex work, and how much to tell them
* Support around coming out or managing non-disclosure or secrets
* and any others you might bring
Whether you need support or want to give support, please join us for our September meeting.
The monthly topic is a starting place for conversation and connection. Our intention is to follow the needs and interests of those in attendance. If you would like support or feedback on another topic or issue, please feel free to speak to a facilitator at the outset of the group or to share in the group.
This support group is for individuals who identify currently or previously as sex workers. If you are in the sex trade, you may experience stigma, shame, guilt or isolation. You may find it is a struggle to develop, manage and sustain positive and supportive personal relationships. You may have interpersonal conflicts within the industry, or difficulty with depression and/or anxiety. Support groups are a way to build community, share experiences and gain emotional support from others.
This group is co-sponsored by SWOP Chicago (Sex Worker Outreach Project) and is open to anyone who has previously or is currently working in the sex trade. (For the safety and protection of participants, this group is not open to consumers of sex industry services.) The group is facilitated by Brandon Haydon, LCSW, Cassandra Damm, LCSW and Serpent.
RSVP to www.meetup.com/Pleasure-Meetup
For more info, contact Rami@lifeworkspsychotherapy.com or
LifeWorks serves the north suburbs including Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge and Glencoe as well as Chicago neighborhoods including Lakeview, Edgewater, Rogers Park, Andersonville, Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call or email: [email protected] 847-568-1100