Support groups

MAP offers various support groups in which all members can come together to share their experiences, stories, tips, and find comfort with each other. Support groups help us to see that you don’t have to struggle alone, and there are others who may be dealing with a similar situation. Our support groups run throughout the school year and are held in a confidential space. 

MAP grief graphic

Grief support 

Our bereavement and counseling group can support you as you adjust to the loss of a family member, significant other, friend or colleague. The group meets Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at 50 Broadway. To enroll, register online or call 212-701-9620. Download the flier »

Spring 2019
Session I: Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Session II: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30



Caregiver support 

Caregiving can be a difficult experience, but it does not have to be faced alone. The UFT's Member Assistance Program, in collaboration with the UFT Welfare Fund's Retiree Social Services, offers a caregiver support group. Connect in a safe and confidential space with other caregivers to share experiences, strategies and tips. The group meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at 52 Broadway. To enroll, email or call Christopher Chin, LMSW, at 212-598-9591. Download the flier »

Spring 2019: April 17, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Art therapy for new members

Calling all new members who want to have a fun and unique experience! Join the UFT Member Assistance Program for our first art therapy group. No artistic talent is required, just an openness to explore and participate in a group setting with your colleagues. Download the flier »

Sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway on May 22, May 29, June 5 and June 12. There is $10 registration fee per session.

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Families struggling with mental illness or addiction

Your union is here to help you and your family members affected by mental illness or addiction build better lives through education, support and advocacy. You'll share coping strategies and practical information. All support groups are led by a trained mental health professional and are held in a safe and confidential space.

Sessions meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway. Download the flier »

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  • March 13: Stigma
    Join a discussion of mental illness and addiction as public health issues.
  • March 20: Crisis management
    How to manage issues that arise when a family member is at risk.
  • March 27: Recovery
    How to be supportive to a family member addressing issues of mental illness or addiction.
  • April 3: Relapses
    How to remain steady when a family member slips up.
  • April 10: Medication
    Understand the role of medication in mental illness or addiction.
  • April 17: Self-care
    How to keep cool under pressure.

Other support groups

We are considering offering additional support groups for the 2018-19 school year. Please email if you are interested in learning more about any of these groups:

  • New teacher peer support group
  • Families affected by addiction and mental illness
  • LGBTQ support group
  • Transgender support group
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