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Peer Support - General

With deep roots in some of Whitman-Walker’s earliest programs, Peer Support Services offers volunteer-based individual and group peer counseling for a variety of sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Whether it’s coming out, relationships, self-esteem, transitioning, managing chronic conditions, or something else, Peer Support Services are a great way to connect for help.

Our dedicated volunteer Peer Counselors are not licensed mental health professionals. However, they complete a minimum mandatory 9-hour training delivered by Whitman-Walker Behavioral Health staff, and receive ongoing supervision and support. If during your enrollment in Peer Support Services you or we determine that a professional or higher level of care would better address your needs or goals, we’ll help you connect.

You do not have to be a medical patient at Whitman-Walker to engage in individual or group peer support. All Peer Support Services are free of charge, but we do encourage donations.

See below for descriptions of programs and groups.

For more information, to inquire about enrolling in individual or group support, or to find out how to be a volunteer peer counselor, please call the Peer Support Services Coordinator, at 202.939.7646 or e-mail peersupport@whitman-walker.org. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Format: daytime and evening, group and short-term individual

Location: Peer Support services are offered at Whitman-Walker at 1525 and Max Robinson Center

In crisis? Here are some resources.

 

Individual Peer Support:

Peer counselors meet with peers for 50-minute sessions, once per week, for 10 weeks. Counselors can help peers set goals for success or just provide a listening ear; they are trained to provide objective support. Availability of individual peer support depends on the availability of counselors that have the experiences you are looking for, as well as when you are available to meet.

 

Group Peer Support: 

Peer Support Groups focus on specific topics. Their purpose is to promote social support and wellbeing and to share knowledge and experiences on related topics. All of our Peer Support groups meet in the afternoon or evenings, some weekly and some twice a month. Contact us to see if a group is currently being held, and if there is space.

Trans* Peer Support Group

Focused on promoting social support and well-being for individuals across the gender spectrum and at any stage of transition.

 

Gay Men Over 50

For gay men seeking to sustain their quality of life and sense of purpose as they enter this new phase.

 

HIV Newly Diagnosed

For anyone who has been recently diagnosed with HIV. Topics include adjustment to diagnosis, medication, disclosure, dating, health and wellness. It is open to all genders and orientations.

 

HIV Long Term Thrivers

For anyone living with HIV for 3 or more years. Topics include life with HIV, aging, loss, health and wellness. It is open to all genders and orientations.

 

Tools for Life Change

A 12-session workshop on managing major life changes such as losing a job, moving to a new city, or ending a relationship.

Locations

All our Services are available in multiple languages upon request.

Our bilingual staff and volunteers will help get the language services you need!

202.745.7000

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