Teletherapy Interpersonal Processing Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Teens
The Queers and Peers Support Group is a semi-open ongoing teletherapy interpersonal process group designed to help teens (ages 14 to 17, living in Maryland or D.C.) who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community who are experiencing stress, anxiety and/or problems with low mood. The goal of this group is to provide a safe and comfortable place for teens to receive support from other members of their community, discuss self and community advocacy, process the impact of prejudice, and improve interpersonal communication. This group will take place between 5:00 and 6:00 pm on Thursday evenings and will start on April 28th, 2022.
This group will help:
- Give and receive support from other teens in the LGBTQIA+ community
- Improve their ability to give and receive feedback from others
- Improve their ability to cope with life stressors
- Process the impact of prejudice
- Improve interpersonal communication and social problem solving
- Strengthen their relationships with others
- Discuss how our cultural identities impact our interactions with others
Interpersonal process groups are less structured than traditional groups and more akin to support groups. Process groups encourage its members to not only share their experiences and give support to each other, but also give and receive real time feedback about their experiences during the group. This allows group members to use the group to practice new ways of interacting with others. Although there is no formal agenda for the group, topics likely to be discussed in group include mindfulness, interpersonal functioning, coping with stress, how our cultural identities impact our interactions with others, coping with prejudice, and self-advocacy.
This group is open to teens of all gender identities, aged 14 to 17 who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community and live in Maryland or Washington, D.C. Individuals with and without prior therapy experience are welcome. Teens currently engaged in individual therapy are also welcome to join.