Monthly Sex Worker Support Group this Tuesday, December 6 at Lifeworks Psychotherapy

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SEX WORKER SUPPORT GROUP
Monthly on Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm

Upcoming dates:
December 6

This group meets at Lifeworks Psychotherapy Center in Skokie, at 8707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 310. Just east of the Edens Expressway and the Dempster Station on the CTA Yellow Line.

At our first support group meeting there was quite a bit of shuffling around about what name to use on the name tags. One participant said, “names are a big thing.”  So, what is in a name? What’s the big thing names are? Does your name represent who you are in the trade? Does it protect you from being outed in public and personal walks of life? Does it make you more appealing, mysterious? If you are hiding your identity, what is it you are hiding? Let’s discuss together.

We are excited to launch this new support group for individuals who identify as sex workers.  People in the sex trade often experience stigma, shame, guilt, isolation, and struggle to manage personal relationships. They may have conflicts within the industry, and difficulty with depression and/or anxiety. Support groups are a way to build community, share experiences and gain emotional support form others.

This group is co-sponsored by SWOP Chicago (Sex Worker Outreach Project) and is open to anyone who has previously or is currently working in the sex trade. (For the safety and protection of participants, this group is not open to consumers of sex industry services.)  The group will be facilitated by Rami Henrich, LCSW and Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D.

RSVP to www.meetup.com/Pleasure-Meetup

For more info, contact rami@lifeworkspsychotherapy.com or
call 847-568-1100. 

LifeWorks practice brochure — downloadable PDF

Celestial Smut: An Intergalactic Celebration and Benefit

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SWOP – Chicago invites you to an intergalactic celebration on Saturday, November 19th! Celebrate SWOP – Chicago’s 10th anniversary at a fabulous fundraising event!

Celestial Smut is a decadent and dirty space-themed extravaganza. Join your favorite sultry space sinners at Cafe Mustache for a night packed with performances, DJs, raffles, tarot readings and more.

Suggested donation is $10, and 10% of all drinks purchased will go to SWOP Chicago.
Get a free raffle ticket if you bring 1 winter coat, pair of new socks, or bra or 3 toiletry items (our toiletry needs are: razors, shaving cream, lotion, tampons + pads, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner)

All toiletries will go toward our street outreach efforts in Garfield Park.
All donations SWOP Chicago receives will go toward various efforts we have including our street outreach efforts, quarterly brunch/round table events, legal outreach clinics, 12/17 International Day to End Violence Against Sex Work event and more.
To learn more, please visit our site at swop-chicago.org

Contact LeahLev4@gmail.com with questions, donations, or if you’d like to perform/DJ!

Monthly Sex Worker Support Group- This Tuesday, November 1 at Lifeworks Psychotherapy

swsg-2-03-1-1024x1024SEX WORKER SUPPORT GROUP
Monthly on Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm

Upcoming dates:
November 1, 
December 6

This group meets at Lifeworks Psychotherapy Center in Skokie, at 8707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 310. Just east of the Edens Expressway and the Dempster Station on the CTA Yellow Line.

November’s Topic: What’s In A Name?

At our first support group meeting there was quite a bit of shuffling around about what name to use on the name tags. One participant said, “names are a big thing.”  So, what is in a name? What’s the big thing names are? Does your name represent who you are in the trade? Does it protect you from being outed in public and personal walks of life? Does it make you more appealing, mysterious? If you are hiding your identity, what is it you are hiding? Let’s discuss together.

We are excited to launch this new support group for individuals who identify as sex workers.  People in the sex trade often experience stigma, shame, guilt, isolation, and struggle to manage personal relationships. They may have conflicts within the industry, and difficulty with depression and/or anxiety. Support groups are a way to build community, share experiences and gain emotional support form others.

This group is co-sponsored by SWOP Chicago (Sex Worker Outreach Project) and is open to anyone who has previously or is currently working in the sex trade. (For the safety and protection of participants, this group is not open to consumers of sex industry services.)  The group will be facilitated by Rami Henrich, LCSW and Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D.

RSVP to www.meetup.com/Pleasure-Meetup

For more info, contact rami@lifeworkspsychotherapy.com or
call 847-568-1100. 

LifeWorks practice brochure — downloadable PDF

Sex Worker Support group Interest Survey

SWOP-Chicago is developing a sex worker support group in conjunction with Lifeworks Psychotherapy. We’re interested in getting feedback from sex workers on their interest in attending such a group, best days/times and locations. Please take 5 minutes and fill out this survey to better help us with development and scheduling for this group.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NJGTMJF

Walk-In Legal Clinic June 15th

This month’s free legal clinic in conjunction with CALA is on Wednesday, June 15th 6-9pm at Coalition Impact, 405 W. Superior Ave., 7th Floor.

All services are free of charge for low-income individuals with current/former experience in sex trade or street economy.

The clinic accepts Walk-Ins, and you can also pre-schedule an appointment via our online intake form (or call 312-999-0056). If the clinic times or dates don’t work, we can do intake and offer general legal consultation, advice and education via phone at other times.

Got Questions? Call 312-999-0056 or email board@swop-chicago.org!