Educational & Support Groups

Led by our professional counselors, our support groups give you and other teens a chance to constructively and confidentially discuss issues that are important to you. Together, you’ll share personal experiences, express concerns or questions, and learn ways to address challenges.

Current Educational & Support Groups

Gendernauts

Do you feel like your gender identity is more complex than just “boy” or “girl”? Want to talk about it with others who are experiencing the same thing? Gendernauts is an eight-week support group for teens exploring a gender identity or expression that transcends traditional stereotypes, blends or breaks the gender binary, or otherwise pushes normative ideas about gender.

Facilitated by Debra Mier, LCSW and Alyx Hanson. Three education and support sessions for parents are included, facilitated by Liz Ellis, LSW.

When: Mondays, 6pm–8pm
Where: Response Center, 3033 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
Cost: $25 per meeting (sliding scale considered on a case-by case basis).

To schedule an intake and reserve your spot: Contact Debra Mier at 773.516.5511.


Gimme a (Mindful) Minute!

Are you someone who worries about the future constantly? Do you forget to stop and smell the roses? Join us for a six-week support group where you’ll learn the practice of “mindfulness.” You’ll find out how to:

  • Gain control over your mind and thoughts.
  • Practice grounding and self-acceptance techniques.
  • Gain tools to regulate overwhelming thoughts and stress.
  • Meet other teens and learn together in a safe, welcoming, and FUN environment!

Manage the stress of everyday life in a calmer, controlled, intentional way and learn how to live in the here-and-now!

Facilitated by Eshley Spitzer.

When: Wednesdays, 6:45pm–8pm
Where: Response Center, 3033 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
Cost: $150 for all six sessions (sliding scale available).

To schedule an intake and reserve your spot: Contact Eshley Spitzer at 773.516.5504.


Give Us Your Feedback!

Our support groups are always changing and developing so that they reflect issues relevant to you. Do you have an idea for a support group you’d like to see us create for your community? Call us at 847.676.0078 or send an email to ResponseCounseling@jcfs.org.