Phase One – 15-week Adult Peer Support Group Program
COVID19 Update: The health and safety of our group participants, volunteers, placement students, and staff continue to be our priority. All Gatehouse in person groups are cancelled until further notice.We continue efforts to respond responsibly to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have moved many of our programs online using virtual group meetings. An intake appointment is required prior to joining an online group. Intakes are conducted over the phone. Group participants must have access to the internet, a computer or smart phone with camera and microphone to join an online meeting. All group rules apply and will be emailed to participants prior to joining group. Each participant will be provided with an e-participant guide. A materials fee of $20 applies.
Phase 1 – 15-week peer-led groups offer support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in a safe and comfortable environment. A place to come together and have their voice heard. Our community-based setting supports adults as they move out of isolation and into inclusion as they continue their healing journey. Through facilitated discussions, men and women are given the tools to develop or enhance positive coping skills and the impacts that childhood sexual abuse can have on an individual. Since 1998, The Gatehouse has offered support groups for Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse through social re-connection, education, and information on the effects that sexual abuse can have. The 15-week group discusses a different theme or topic each week and is led by two Gatehouse trained volunteer facilitators.
Required: Participants must be over the age of 18 and be survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Persons who have sexual offenses/sexual offending behaviour are not permitted in the group programs. An intake (pre-group) meeting is required prior to attending a group. To schedule a confidential intake meeting, please EMAIL Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org There is a form that potential group participants must complete as part of the intake process. Download the INTAKE FORM_The Gatehouse 2020
Some of the topics that are discussed include:
- Triggers (Nightmares Brochure PDF)
- Moving out of isolation into inclusion
- Anger (Anger Brochure PDF)
- Inner child
- Re-establishing healthy boundaries (Partners Brochure PDF)
- Sexuality (Sexuality Brochure PDF)
- Loss and grief
- Addictions (Addictions Brochure PDF)
- Flashback and grounding techniques (Flashbacks Brochure PDF)
- PTSD (PTSD Brochure PDF)
- Neuroplasticity (Neuroplasticity Brochure PDF)
6-10 cycles of the group are offered throughout the year – typically every other month. Groups are now held online until further notice. We are using Zoom meetings to host groups. No meeting links are shared publicly. Each group has a unique link and password that is emailed to registrants only. Note, some Women’s Groups are also available during the day (on a limited basis).
Women’s Group (Evenings): Tuesday evening, 7 pm-9 pm
Women’s Day Group Thursday 12 pm – 2 pm – New group starting soon. Contact Stephanie for more info
Men’s Group (Evenings): Wednesday evening, 7 pm-9 pm. Contact Stephanie for more info
- Individuals may self-refer by contacting the program coordinators listed below.
- **Closed group process and no new participants are added to the group beyond the second week**.
For further program information and to schedule an intake meeting over the phone, please EMAIL Stephanie Alves. Please mention in your email that you writing to schedule an initial intake for the phase 1 program.
Program Coordinator, Phase 1 Women’s Groups: Stephanie Alves, 416-255-5900 ext. 221.
Men’s & Phase 2 Groups: Maria Barcelos, Executive Director or 416-255-5900 ext.225.
Main office Desk: Intake scheduling x222. please note, it may take us up to two weeks to return your call due to COVID19 restrictions.
Program Cost: Free
Materials Cost: There is a $20 cost for the program workbook.
Referral: No formal referral required. Participants self-refer
Note: The Gatehouse peer support group programs are for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse [incidents occurring before the age of 18]. If the survivor was 18 years of age at the time of the sexual abuse/sexual assault, the following resources are available in the community:
Resources for Survivors of ADULT sexual assault:
What’s up Walk-In Counselling Services across City of Toronto http://www.whatsupwalkin.ca/
Your Choice – http://yourchoice.to/
The Canadian Centre for Men and Families – in Toronto (Downtown) –Provides counselling and groups for various issues that Men facehttps://menandfamilies.org/services/
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CAMH – https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/trauma
Catholic Family Services of Peel http://www.cfspd.com/
Family Services of Peel – http://fspeel.org/
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The Gatehouse, a community based charitable organization that provides much-needed support, resources, and community to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Survivors of sexual abuse are in desperate need of our support and services and The Gatehouse relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses to fund and expand our creative programs including peer support groups, art therapy, wellness workshops, conferences, and the investigation support program.
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