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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.

 

Tools for Life Change

This innovative 13-session workshop provides participants with practical tools for managing major life’s changes such as moving to a new city, getting married or fired, break ups, coming out, or a major health diagnosis.

 

Trans* Peer Support Groups

These groups are for individuals across the gender spectrum and in any stage of gender transition. The focus of the groups is to promote social support and well-being for transgender and gender-expansive adults.

 

Living Trans for Trans Latinas
A group promoting social support and wellness specific to trans Latinas. Topics such as the celebrations and challenges of gender transition and receiving gender-affirming care, sexuality, intimacy, and building healthy relationships are explored.

 

Trans Families

Are you the parent, guardian or caregiver of a transgender or gender-expansive youth? This is a seasonal workshop which involves education and discussion around what it means to support your adolescent in transition.

 

Queer Women

This group is for anyone who identifies as queer and as a woman. The conversations in this group cover a broad range of topics from relationships to work to realizing one’s full power.

 

Silver Circle

Groups for LGTBQ folks over 60 that take place across the District. Topics include caring for ill partners and elderly family members, maintaining vitality, sex, dating, and leading a fulfilling life – all through the lens of being LGBTQ.

 

The Newcomers

A trauma-informed group specifically for LGBTQ asylum seekers and newcomers to the U.S. The group focuses on topics related to sexuality and gender in the midst of seeking asylum.

 

HIV Long-Term Survivors

A weekly group for anyone living with HIV. The group is dedicated to creating a supportive space to not just survive but thrive while living with the virus. It is open to all genders and orientations.

 

Living with HIV

A weekly group for anyone who has been diagnosed with HIV, whether the diagnosis is recent, or you are now ready to manage the impact of HIV on your life. It is open to all genders and orientations.

 

Gay Men Over 50

A group for gay men over 50 seeking to sustain their quality of life and sense of purpose in this phase of life. The group focuses on topics like relationships, dating, aging, and health.

 

Currents

For same-gender loving men in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, this group engages participants in powerful conversations about living a full life with purpose.

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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