Men’s Prevention Services which consist of five services; Many Men Many Voices, Healthy Relationships / CHOICES, Comprehensive Risk Counseling Services, Expanded Syringe Access Program, and the Barbershop. Within these programs there are various services provided and criteria to be met for enrollment.
Many Men Many Voices: Many Men, Many Voices, is a group level intervention geared towards gay and bisexual men of color. The sessions are co/facilitated at GMHC over three days or 7 weeks by a trained facilitator along with a trained Peer Educator. The goal of this program is to help the participants understand factors that influence behaviors and how they might lead to negative feelings and STD/HIV risk-taking behaviors.For more information regarding Many Men Many Voices contact Durell Knights at Durellk@gmhc.org or 212.367.1388.
Healthy Relationships / CHOICES: Healthy Relationships is a five-session, small-group intervention for men living with HIV/AIDS. Participants develop skills around disclosure and building self-esteem through role-playing, watching movie clips and interactive exercises. For more information regarding Healthy Relationships call 212.367.1384 or 212.367.1469.
The group typically meets either on Mondays/Thursdays (6pm-8pm) or Tuesdays/Fridays (2pm-4pm) (Note: Days and times are subject to change). Incentives are provided to group participants.
CRCS : An intensive, client-centered risk-reduction program for male and female clients who are HIV+ or who are at high risk for HIV infection or transmission. In this form of counseling, clients are counseled: to increase their knowledge about both HIV and substance use, to have dialogue about the relationship between substance use and unsafe sexual behaviors, to set realistic therapeutic and personal goals around drug and alcohol use, as well as addressing risky sexual behaviors.
For additional information about CRCS contact Jeremy at: 212-367-1359 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP): In addition to GMHC’s harm reduction, substance use, and mental health programs. ESAP’s mission is to reduce risks for HIV/AIDS and to promote options for healthy decision-making by offering clean syringes at no cost.
You can come and receive 10 clean needles each time you access the program. You do no need to exchange dirty needles in order to receive clean needles. You will be seen by an ESAP specialist to assess and begin to strategize how to reduce potential risks. Each time you meet with a specialist before you receive an ESAP kit from the nurse Practioner containing ten alcohol swabs, ten band aids, one ounce water bottle and one ounce bleach bottle with instructions on how to safely clean and dispose of needles and ten new syringes. Included are instructions on how to dispose of needles safely, both in English and Spanish. You will also be given a Fit pack to dispose their dirty needles. Throughout the building there are sharps containers where dirty needles can be disposed of. If you are not a client of GMHC, you will complete a short intake and assessment on your first visit. For more information regarding ESAP, please call 212.367.1384.
The Barbershop is a weekly support group for Black men who have sex with men. Each week a different topic will be discussed focusing on pertinent issues confronting participant’s lives. The intent is to be thought-provoking with the end goal of skills building, increased peer support, identification of risks and negotiating skills pertaining to risk reduction as it relates HIV/AIDS & Substance Abuse. For more information regarding the Barbershop please call 212.367.1384.
OBB (Outstanding Beautiful Brothers) provides counseling and community building & educational groups to young gay, bisexual, questioning and other men who have sex with men of color regardless of HIV status. All services are free and confidential. Click here for a full listing and information on OBB groups.
We offer a multi-disciplinary mental health clinic at GMHC that provides free short-term mental health, substance-abuse and treatment adherence counseling to adults living with HIV/AIDS, regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation.
We engage clients in an holistic, individually tailored collaborative approach. This is accomplished by creating a dynamic relationship between the client, therapist and other services providers within GMHC and the community. As a team, care coordinate is intended to support the client’s overall mental health and well-being. The impact of psychosocial stressors and behavior on physical health and quality of life are identified to support clients in making informed decisions. Client strengths are utilized to develop comprehensive and achievable treatment plans.
We work with clients on a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, trauma, identity, alcohol and substance use, compulsive sexual behavior, grief and loss, and relationship/family problems. We also support clients with mental illness through care coordination with their psychiatrist and 1:1 weekly counseling.
Our staff consists of professionals in the fields of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Creative Arts Therapies, Substance Use Counseling, and Counseling Assistant.
Counseling services are available in English. Clients enrolled in Mental Health Services are members of GMHC. In addition to the general intake of the agency, potential clients of Mental Health Services will need to be scheduled for a psychosocial assessment before receiving services. Following the assessment the client will be assigned a therapist and/or therapy group, based on availability and the client’s individual preferences. The expectation is that clients will participate in short- term (3-12 months) weekly sessions.
Individual Counseling program provides 1:1 individual weekly therapy sessions.
Family Counseling program works with families, whether biological or of choice, on a wide range of issues such as disclosure, loss, parenting skills and effective communication.
Couple Counseling is offered to couples who have been together for at least 1 year. Issues include healthy communication, trust, behavior change, and discordant HIV status couples.
Group Therapy focuses on issues such as: a New Diagnosis, Disclosure Concerns, Depression/Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Living Well with HIV, Young and Poz, Art Therapy, Long Term Survivors, Gay Men’s Support Groups, Sober Living and others. Mental Health Services Group Spring/Summer 2012 Calendar (PDF)
Creative Arts Therapy provides group and 1:1 individual weekly interventions that use the creative processes of art making, verbal and non-verbal expression and art projects to help foster change and enhance well-being.
For more information or to register for the group please contact Leon Setton at: email@example.com or call: 212.367.1284.
For more information regarding Mental Health Services at GMHC email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 212.367.1165.