Positive Living

  • Mazzoni Center HIV AIDS services Philadelphia PA LGBT health
For 2017, our long-running HIV/AIDS support group will be trying something new.  We know there's much more to you than your HIV/AIDS status, and we wanted to acknowledge that by providing a broader base of discussion, and introducing a series of issues and subjects that could be helpful and engaging for folks who are living with HIV/AIDS to explore.
Starting on Tuesday, January 3 we'll be presenting a 12-week workshop series on many different aspects of living with HIV/AIDS - from intimacy and relationships to substance abuse, mental health, aging, art therapy, HIV/AIDS in pop culture and more.  We're calling it "Positive Living."    
We'll focus on one specific topic each week, so that we can go a bit deeper on each of these 12 subjects, and have in-depth discussions, led by our facilitator in conjunction with a series of guests speakers and presenters.   (See full schedule below - also in the events section of our website).
You'll learn something new and different each week.  Our goal is to equip folks with a new set of skills to grapple with some of the issues that may come up around their HIV/AIDS status - and hopefully a whole new way of thinking about HIV/AIDS.  
We're presenting this "a la carte" style, so you can come to all 12 sessions, or as many as you would like.  (Note that on most weeks the group is “drop-in,” but in a few cases the workshop format requires us to limit the number of participants).  All sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., except where noted below.  For some sessions we will ask you to RSVP so we can ensure we have enough space for that particular session.
Schedule of workshops, and topics:
January 3- Intimacy/sex/dating 
January 10 - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an experiential group with Bob Pileggi (*RSVP required; limited to 20 people. This session will run 90 minutes from 6:30-8:00PM) 
January 17 - Newly diagnosed 
January 24– Disclosure and stigma with Kyle McKinley and Brian Taylor
January 31 - Substance use 
February 9 (Thursday) - Art therapy/creativity, experiential group with John Lutz (*RSVP required; limited to 12 people. This session will run two hours from 6:00-8:00PM)
February 14- Serodiscordant couples/dating with Brian Taylor
February 21 - HIV/AIDS and mental health with Kyle McKinley
February 28 – HIV/AIDS in pop culture with Cesar Mantilla and Brian Taylor
March 7 - Narrative therapy with Diane Gibfried (*RSVP required; limited to 10 people. This session will run 90 minutes from 6:30-8:00PM)
March 14 - HIV/AIDS and aging with Charles Grove
March 21 - Pride