The Schlifer Clinic offers a number of open and closed counselling groups throughout the year, with the exception of summer.

Information on the groups is available below, including how to register, if registration is required.  Please check back regularly to learn of added groups, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates.

There is strength in numbers. Sometimes the best thing is to sit down with other women who are also in your situation and learn from each other how to cope and recover.

2018 Groups Not Requiring Registration

Welcome to our “Spirited Women Group” for women survivors of violence!

This is a six week drop-in group held from October 11 – November 15, 2018. Sessions will be on Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Please check the flyer below for more details or call 416-323-9149 ext 234 if you require further information.

 

2018 Groups Requiring Registration

New groups that require registration will begin again after the summer.  Please stay tuned for registration information on Gardiner Expressive Arts, Digital Storytelling, and Living Artfully Beyond Trauma.

“Feet on the ground; Freedom in my bones”

Each year, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art collaborates with the Schlifer Clinic to run an Expressive Arts Group for women who wish to express their experience with violence through sculpture.  Lead by ceramic artist, Jess Riva Cooper and art therapist, Suzanne Thomson, this closed group is available to women with previous trauma-informed group experience and who are currently receiving individual therapy.

Date: September 18 – December 11, 2018
Day: Tuesdays
Time:
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7

Public exhibit runs from December 4 -11, 2018

GROUP NOW CLOSED.

Registration for this group is required. For more information, please call 416-323-9149 ext. 234. Applicants will be pre-screened for eligibility. Prior group work where the primary focus is on trauma is a prerequisite for participation in the workshop.  

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Gardiner Expressive Arts Group 2018

Life as a River

In this all day workshop therapists Kim Madden (RP, M. Ed.) and Suzanne Thomson (RP, RCAT) will draw on their extensive experience working alongside people who have survived trauma by employing the body as a vital resource using art to enhance skills and explore strengths.

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Barbra Schlifer Clinic, 489 College Street, Suite 508

Registration for this group is required. For more information, please call 416-323-9149 ext. 234. Applicants will be pre-screened for eligibility. Prior group work where the primary focus is on trauma is a prerequisite for participation in the workshop.  

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Out of Isolation, Winter 2016 Study

In winter 2016, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and Sistering offered a first stage, low-barrier drop-in group to provide homeless or precariously housed women who have experienced violence with the opportunity to attend weekly group sessions. The group was facilitated by Barbra Schlifer Clinic and Sistering counsellors. Dr. Catherine Classen conducted research on the group to explore the acceptability and effectiveness of trauma-informed group intervention on this specific demographic of women who are normally excluded from trauma groups.

Contact Us

To find out more about our services, please call our intake counsellors at 416-323-9149 ext. 234.

Please note: You may have to leave a message.

  • Say your name and phone number clearly and tell us when we can reach you.
  • Please tell us if it is safe for us to call you back and for us to leave a message.

For French-speaking women, services are provided by Oasis Centre des Femmes. Oasis can be reached at 416-591-6565.