At Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project we're pleased to announce the expansion of our mental health programming through free virtual counselling services for sex workers in Toronto & the GTA!
Starting in June we will be offering virtual group counselling sessions with our in-house counsellor Alicia Bunyan Sampson B.S.W/RSW (she/her) until September 2021.
*To register, please take the time to fill out the information below.
If you have any questions please contact Group Counsellor Alicia at: email@example.com
Pre-registration helps Alicia shape the program in a way that meets the needs of all participants. Alicia will contact you if follow up or clarification is needed before you receive details on the start date for group.
These groups are spaces for SWers to connect through the sharing of thoughts; feelings and experiences.
The primary goal of group is to provide SWers with the opportunity to share and process their experiences as well as develop community connections with folks who may have similar experiences. Additionally, folks will have access to a variety of resources that are focused on addressing trauma.
The groups will meet weekly via zoom until September. Each session will vary week to week from Topic Sessions where we will focus the group conversation on different topics, including (but not limited to):Self Care and Safety; Addiction; Finding Resources; Boundary Setting; How to talk to your family; friends; partners; Non-Monogamy; Naming Your Trauma; Pleasure and Power; Mental Health ;Emotional Regulation ; Building Relationships and Ending Destructive Ones and Navigating Complex Identities --- Or what Alicia likes to call “Talk Yo Shit” sessions - It is all up to the group.
➡️The CLOSED group will only be accepting 12 participants.
➡️The OPEN groups will only have 15 people participating at a time.
➡️The TEXT groups will have open participation (camera off. audio off. text-based chat only).
About Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers' Action Project:
We're one of Canada's oldest by and for sex worker justice organizations. We've served Toronto's downtown east end since 1986.
Our mission is to empower sex workers to live and work with safety and dignity and to lead the fight for decriminalization and sex workers’ rights in Canada.
We provide a wide-range of services and supports, but our organization is unique in that we are run by and for local sex workers and operate on the belief that sex work is real, legitimate and valuable work. We run regular drop-in programming, street outreach, safe sex and drug use supplies as well as political and legal advocacy. Maggie's runs culturally specific programming and resources for Indigenous sex workers, Black sex workers as well as non-binary, trans and 2Spirit communities.
COVID-19 has radically altered our work. We are no longer able to access our physical offices and drop-in space and have shifted most of our work to virtual platforms with limited street outreach. As many of our community members have been excluded from government aid and emergency support we've stepped in and expanded our work to provide emergency grants, food boxes, street outreach, mental health services, and more!
Maggie’s is founded on a number of principles which guides our activities:
-Sex work is socially legitimate, important, and valuable work;
-Sex work is not the same as human trafficking;
-Sex worker empowerment stops human trafficking;
-Sex work is not intrinsically dangerous, oppressive or exploitative;
-Selling sex is a pragmatic and sensible response to a limited range of financial options;
-The oppression of sex workers does not affect everyone in the same way; and
-Sex workers can be safer sex professionals.