Positive Impact Health Centers offers a variety of groups and training.
WILLOW – DULUTH Office Willow emphasized gender pride, helps women identify and maintain supportive social networks, teaching coping strategies, enhances awareness of STI transmission and HIV reinfection, teaches assertive communication skills and helps participants distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships and define types of abusive relationships. Contact Courtney Allen to register for information and registration at (678) 990-6448.
TWILLOW – Decatur Office Transgender Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women (TWILLOW). It is an authorized adaption of a CDC intervention specifically for Transgender women living with HIV. Participants discuss a variety of topics ranging from effective communication, types of abuse, coping strategies and other life skills that make living with HIV more manageable. TWILLOW consists of four (4) hour sessions and each participant receives $200 in incentives, a full catered meal, and roundtrip MARTA cards for their participation. The agency prides itself on maintaining the confidentiality of participants. TWILLOW IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS. Everyone is required to attend all 4 sessions (4 hours each from 12 to 4 p.m. each day). If you or someone you know identifies as transgender or gender nonconforming and are living with HIV, please contact Joi-Elle White to get registered for our next session. *Proof of HIV status is required for participation in TWILLOW.
TLC: Together Learning Choices (Acting Safe) – Decatur Office TLC is a group for minority youth living with HIV ages 16 – 24 to learn from each other in a safe space. TLC is a great way for young people to meet each other and feel supported. Led by trained coaches, TLC takes a fresh approach to sometimes challenging topics. Contact Kasarah Phillips or Will Wheaton at (678) 365-4300 for information and registration.
Here are some important details about the program:
- Group will meet once a week for 4 weeks. Each session is 3 hours and lunch is included with every session.
- Each week, participants will recieve a $50 gift card as a thank you gift for attending (for a total of $200 in gift cards)
- All materials will be provided to the partcipants, all they need to do is show up for the session
- Confidentiality is extremely importants for PIHC and it is one of the main tenets of the group.
50 Plus – Every Monday 2 to 3:30 p.m. – Decatur Office A supportive group for bi/gay men 50 or over to come together to receive support, healing, advice, coping strategies, new life skills, and wisdom. This is a unique and safe space to join, share, laugh, cry, love, grow and build connections. Contact Jeffrey Gause at (404) 589-9040 to be screened for the group.
DBT-Informed Skill Building Group – Every Monday 4 to 5:30 p.m. Decatur . Do my emotions ever get me into trouble? Do I get hot easily and have trouble cooling off? Do I have trouble getting what I want in my relationships, on my job, and in life? Have people ever told me that I am too much too handle? Then, this might be the group for you. Closed group, limited to 8 members, running in 5 week cycles. You must be refferrred by your PIHC therapist and meet one of the faclitators prior to enrollment. Please talk to your therapist if you are interested in this group.
Living Well with HIV for Long-term Survivors – Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday 2:00 – 3:30 PM – Duluth A group for persons with HIV who are interested in self-improvement as they learn to live well with HIV. Group members will assist one another in recognizing, accepting and overcoming life’s challenges. Open group, no pre-registration required. Please contact Paolo Mancini (678) 990-6417 for more information.
Peer Support Program – Decatur Office – This group is a peer support program which involves completing 3 training sessions. THe program is designed to assist with successful medication adherence. Upon meeting all requirements, incentives will be given. Nutritional supplements area lso provided during the training. Please contact Queen Hatcher-Johnson for more information at (678) 990-6431.
Thinking Positive HIV Support Group Decatur – The 2nd and 4th Friday from 11-12:30 pm. Contact Paolo Mancini for more information at (678) 990-6417.
Harm Reduction Group – Decatur – Mondays from 10 – 11 a.m. and Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Change is complicated. Join us to learn about the process of (your) change. This group is for individuals trying to manage substance abuse/use and that have attempted sobriety and a 12-step program before. Discussions will include issues of resistance, ambivalence, and motivation in relation to reducing behaviors that have been harmful to you. Contact Malochee Joseph at (678) 365-4320.
Harm Reduction Therapy Group – Duluth – Wednesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. Change is complicated. Join us to learn about the process of (your) change. This group is for individuals trying to manage substance abuse/use and that have attempted sobriety and a 12-step program before. Discussions will include issues of resistance, ambivalence, and motivation in relation to reducing behaviors that have been harmful to you. Contact Brandis Smith, LPC, (678) 990-6452 or Rebecca Stapel-Wax (678) 990-6452 for more information about the group.
Weekend Planning Sessions – Decatur – Every Friday from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Need to talk about your weekend recovery plans? Drop-ins welcome. Please call Paolo Mancini at (678) 990-6417 for more information.
(En español/In Spanish) Grupo de apoyo de VIH/SIDA – oficina de Duluth – Todos los miércoles de 6:00 – 7:00pm. Positive Impact Health Centers tendrá un grupo de apoyo para personas que viven con el VIH/SIDA. El grupo será dedicado a temas como el estigma, aislamiento, opresión, afrontamiento, estrés, depresión, familia, amistades y mucho más. El grupo será facilitado por Paolo Mancini, CPS/CARES. Si está interesado en participar, por favor llámeme al 678.990.6417.
Positive Choices – Decatur and Duluth Are you or someone you know a man who has sex with men living with HIV? If so, we would love to have you be a part of Positive Choices. Positive Choices is 5 sessions 2 1/2 hours in length that discussing life and coping skills. Meals are included and $150 gift cards. Please contact Tricea Dawkins at (678) 990-6447 to reserve your spot.
Family Support Group – Decatur – Wednesdays 10 a.m. for six weeks. Currently recruiting family members and loved ones of people with addictions to drugs or alcohol. This is an educational group. Interested individuals should reach out to Amanda Williams (404) 977-5219.
New Patient Orientation – Duluth and Decatur. Lokking for a great way to learn more about HIV as well as the many services provided by PIHC? Please join us at one of our monthly New Patient Orientation sessions. Duluth is the 3rd Tuesday of each month and Decatur the 3rd Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pizza will be provided. To reserve your spot, please call Paolo Mancini at (678) 990-6417.
Living Well with HIV: For Long Term Survivors 3:00PM – 4:00PM Duluth
A weekly group for persons with HIV who are interested in self-improvement as they learn to live well with HIV. Group members will assist one another in recognizing, accepting and overcoming life’s challenges. Open group, no pre-registration required. Please contact Sharon Kricun at (770) 962-8396 for more information.
Next Steps: For Those Recently Diagnosed with HIV
This group is designed for people diagnosed HIV positive in the past two years and for those who are partnered with someone diagnosed positive within the past two years. The focus of this group is educational and emotional components of new diagnosis such as doctor’s appointments, disclosure, negative attitude, medication, coping and stigma. If you would like to be contacted in September regarding the next group cycle please send your name and contact number.
Living Well with HIV: For Long Term Survivors-6:30 pm MIDTOWN CAMPUS
A weekly group for persons with HIV who are interested in self-improvement as they learn to live well with HIV. Group members will assist one another in recognizing, accepting and overcoming life’s challenges. Pre-registration required, please contact Alonso Romero at (404) 589-9040 EXT 136 for details and registration.
New Beginnings Risk Reduction Group 5:30PM – 6:30PM MIDTOWN CAMPUS
A peer to peer risk reduction group for individual with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Participants will utilize the group and each other in setting goals to address challenges they are facing in their individual recovery process. Please contact Robert Buntin at (404)589-9040 Ext 105 for details and registration.
Living Well with HIV: For Long Term Survivors 7:00PM – 8:30PM MIDTOWN CAMPUS
A weekly group for persons with HIV who are interested in self-improvement as they learn to live well with HIV. Group members will assist one another in recognizing, accepting and overcoming life’s challenges. Pre-registration required, please contact Alonso Romero at (404)589-9040 Ext 136 for details and registration.