Infectious Diseases Clinical Program

HIV Support Groups

Mutual aid and psycho-educational support groups are run by mental health professionals in the Division of Pediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases. Because HIV/AIDS is a family disease, support groups for parents as well as children are listed here. Metro-Dade transportation tokens are available for bus and rail services, and a light snack is provided.

Groups for Children and Youth

KOOL KIDS I & II:

Youth ages14 through 21 and 8 through 14 who were infected with HIV before birth meet every Friday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. in the Batchelor Building to enjoy movies, arts & crafts, workshops and/or a mutual aid support session. English language only. Please contact Shelly Baer, Gladys Campa and Dieunane Formul at (305) 243-6386.

TEEN CONNECTION:

A mutual aid support group for HIV affected youth ages 13 through 19 meets every Friday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Batchelor Building. English language only. Please contact Anna Wyman at (305) 243-6384.

HEALTH PROMOTION and WELLNESS:

Two-hour workshops are held once a month (on teacher-work days) for Kool Kids and Teen Connection participants. The psycho-educational format includes topics such as sexuality, violence prevention, safety, massage and relaxation, HIV 101, adherence, etc. English language only. Please contact Shelly Baer at (305) 243-6386.

REAL TALK RAP GROUP:

Male and female youth with HIV/AIDS seen in the SAC clinic meet every first and third Wednesday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Mailman Center for Child Development. English language only. Please contact Helen Gutiérrez at (305) 243-3441

LIFESKILLS:

Male and female youth with HIV/AIDS seen in the SAC clinic meet every second and fourth Wednesday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Mailman Center for Child Development for a 10-week educational class that teaches life skills, such as budgeting money, job application and interviewing, dressing for success, applying for college, etc. Certificates of completion are awarded at the end of the course. English language only. Please contact Helen Gutierrez at (305) 243-3441.
Adult Support Groups

AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN’S GROUP:

Psycho-educational/mutual aid group for women with HIV meets every Monday from 11:00 AM to 12 noon in Dominion Towers. English language only. Please contact Anna Wyman at (305) 243-6364.

HISPANIC WOMEN’S GROUP:

Psycho-educational/mutual aid group for women with HIV meets every Monday from 10:30 AM to 12 noon in Dominion Towers. Spanish language. Please contact Martha Tabares at (305) 243-5832.

FEMME CREOLE/HAITIAN WOMEN’S GROUP:

Psycho-educational/mutual aid group for women with HIV meets every Thursday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in Dominion Towers. Creole language. Please contact Rodly St. Villien at (305) 243-5832.

M.O.B. (MEN ON BOARD):

Psycho-educational/mutual aid group for men who are caregivers to women and children with HIV/AIDS meets every other Monday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the BCRI. Spanish language. Contact Michael Medlin at (305) 243-6386.

PARENTING GROUP:

Parenting skills offered to parents and guardians of HIV infected, at-risk or affected children meets every Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the Mailman Center. English and Spanish language alternate weeks. Please contact Thelma Pratt-Fernández (305) 243-6562.

CAREGIVERS GROUP:

Psycho-educational/mutual aid group for guardians of HIV infected, at-risk or affected children meets second and last Tuesday of the month from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. English language only. Please contact Elise Bermúdez at (305) 243-6386.