Welcome to one of Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center’s (The Center) newest programs, the LGBTQ Well-Being Institute. The LGBTQ Well-Being Institute at The Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive, holistic wellness programming that affirms and uplifts all members of the LGBTQ community. The Institute is committed to removing barriers to wellness experienced primarily by the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our community. The Institute’s work includes no-cost, culturally-responsive, short-term individual and group counseling along with a wide range of educational and wellness services to support individuals in living healthy and fulfilling lives.
The LGBTQ Well-Being Institute offers:
No-fee short-term counseling for lgbtq+ individuals, couples and families provided in a safe and confidential space
Our Counselors will offer a listening ear, provide support and assist you in identifying options, finding resources and gaining perspective.
Support groups and psychoeducational groups
Our counseling groups are different than other support groups listed below, in that they are facilitated by a counselor and require a committment from group members. New members are introduced following an individual meeting with the group’s facilitator
Please Note: Short-term counseling will be focused on support, encouragement, suggestions, and the provision of information, education or community referrals. It will not include the diagnoses or treatment of mental, emotional, nervous, or behavioral disorders. Your counselor will assist you in finding a licensed professional in the community to provide such services to you should that be one of your identified needs
Caregivers Support Group: Meets at the Center the 1st Thursday of each month from 3:00pm – 4:15pm
LGBTQ+Ability: for members of the disabled and LGBTQ communities. Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Taconic Resources for Independence, 82 Washington Ave, Suite 214, Poughkeepsie, NY.
PFLAG: for families and friends of LGBTQ people. Meets at the Center on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Trans Spectrum Discussion Group: Meets at the Center on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm.
Health and Wellness Activities
Acupuncture:Beginning with a brief 10-minute intake before a regularly scheduled session, Acupuncture of the ears, hands, and feet are provided in a group setting to treat symptoms of pain, stress, and a variety of other health conditions. Click here to get started.
Hudson Valley Queer Outdoors:Meets Monthly in different locations in the community. Check current calendar for details.
HIV/STI Testing Happy Hour:Free and confidential HIV & STI testing at the Center on the first Thursday of the month from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. To reserve your spot, call 845-704-7322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pruebas gratis de VIH y ETS. Jueves primeros, 5 a 7:30pm en el Centro Comunitario LGBTQ del Hudson Valley, 300 Wall Street, Kingston, NY. Para más información, llama al 845-704-7322 ó escribe a email@example.com
Latin Dance for Everyone: On various Saturdays. All are welcome, no experience or partner necessary. Class starts at 7:00 p.m. Contact Carlos at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Refuge Recovery:Meets at the Center on Tuesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm
AA Serenity at the Center* – Meets at the Center on Fridays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
AA Vision for You*– Meets at the Center on Sundays from 10:00am – 11:00am
Adult Children of Alcoholics: Meets at the Center on Sundays from 11:30am – 12:30 pm
Al Anon- Rainbow Promise: Meets at the Center on Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Sexual Compulsive Anon– Meets at the Center on Thursdays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
The Rainbow After: Meets at the Center on the second and fourth Mondays from 7:00 – 8:00pm
* AA groups are not affiliated with, or a program of, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
Workshops and Presentations
The Center provides health & education workshops, series, and special events throughout the year. Past offerings have included Pelvic Floor Workshop; Advanced Care Directives; Introduction to Imago Therapy; breast and prostate cancer information sessions; sex education tailored to individuals at different stages of life; and self care clinics. Check current calendar for upcoming events.
Consulting and Professional Development Training
GSA Support: The Well-Being Institute offers assistance and consultation to educators associated with Hudson Valley GSA’s (Gay Straight Alliance; Gay Student Association; and Gender Sexuality Association) and in order to provide one-on-one professional development for group leaders, and/or short-term counseling support for a group facing a crisis. Click to email the Well-Being Institutefor more information, or call 845-331-5300, ext. 209.
Professional Development Trainings: Informed by the work of the Well-Being Institute programs, the Center provides no-cost training on LGBTQ Culturally Responsive Care for educators, health and human service providers, schools, and government workers. Click here to Learn More.