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Programming Connection


AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

Lessons Learned

  • Working with the sexual dynamic of the bathhouse environment rather than disrupting the sexual atmosphere helps to engage men and create a comfortable space
  • Ongoing communication with bathhouse managers/owners about the value of the program without being intrusive is critical to maintaining support for the program 
  • Like other therapeutic relationships, establishing an alliance with the client is important for success
  • Development and maintenance of a streamlined referral system for follow-up support services supports uptake of services out of the bathhouse
  • The counsellor must bring to the role in depth understanding of the complexities of the setting, the population and therapeutic counselling modalities

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