P&P offers unique programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, Two-Spirit and questioning youth, ages 13-24. We also offer services for families of LGBTQ2S youth.
Young people we work with may need support with issues related to: gender identity and/or sexual orientation, relationships with romantic partners, family, peers or community, or the impact of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, transmisogyny and other forms of oppression (such as racism or ableism) on their mental health. They may also need support during a life transition. We serve youth who are struggling with depression or anxiety, or confronting traumatic experiences, including childhood abuse or family violence. We help clients make sense of and build resilience to cope with a variety of complex struggles. At the same time, youth are encouraged to explore and embrace their own individuality and identity.
Family Counselling and Parent support/education
LGBTQ2S youth and their parents/caregivers often have very different needs from counselling, for this reason, they may meet separately for a number of sessions, and eventually come together in joint sessions:
- Parents/caregivers can access education and counselling about gender and transition-related issues, have a supportive space to explore fears, worries and societal/ cultural/ religious beliefs about gender and sexuality, and learn how to promote youth mental health at home;
- Youth can do separate sessions on any issues relevant to their lives, as well as prepare for family sessions;
- In joint sessions, families are supported to repair and strengthen their relationships, create supportive home environments, and improve their ability to communicate. Siblings and other family members may be involved in some sessions, if needed.
Our family services are informed by Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT), an evidence-based treatment for adolescent depression and suicidality.
P&P offers a number of groups for LGBTQ2S youth and parents/caregivers of trans youth:
Boyoboy – a twice-monthly, drop-in group for youth 16-24, exploring issues of health, identity, arts & culture.
Chillout – an 8-week group for youth focused on developing skills and awareness for coping with anxiety, reducing social isolation and increasing knowledge of programs and services in LGBTQ2S communities.
Families in TRANSition (FIT) – a 10-week group for parents/caregivers of trans and gender questioning youth focused on learning about trans-related issues, strengthening family relationships, and promoting youth mental health and resilience.
Transcend – a 24-week project for trans, non-binary and questioning youth age 21 and younger to explore gender identity through art and activism.
Transceptance – an ongoing parent-led peer support group for parents/ caregivers of trans people, hosted by CTYS.
Yo! Yoga – an 8-week trauma sensitive yoga program using yoga as a tool to develop relaxation skills, to explore making choices, and to develop self-compassion, awareness, and skills in navigating mental health challenges.
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Interested in the Pride & Prejudice program? Contact us here.