Office Closure Information in response to COVID-19

 

Our physical office is closed but you can connect with us online.

Given the most up-to-date information from Alberta Health Services and the recommendations for social distancing, the Centre for Sexuality’s office is closed until further notice. Please continue to practice safe hygiene and risk mitigation to keep everyone safe. More information from the Alberta Government can be found here:  https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

► Many of our services have moved online. Please see below for more information. Keep checking back as we announce more online programs! We have also included some community resources that are offering services during this time.

We want to reassure you that our organization is weathering this storm. Please read this update message from our President & CEO, Pam Krause.

Centre for Sexuality Services:

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING SERVICES:
During this time, we want to ensure that people have the support that they need. We will continue to offer counselling sessions by phone and video meeting. Please visit our Counselling page to find out how to connect with a counsellor:  https://www.centreforsexuality.ca/programs-workshops/counselling/

 

RESOURCES AND REFERRALS:
We are still available to answer your sexual health and relationship questions. We can also provide you with resources and referrals. Please email us at intake@centreforsexuality.ca with your questions.

Although our office is closed, we have left safer sex supplies (condoms and lubricants) and pregnancy tests on our front door. Please take what you need. The Centre 15 building is open to the public from 9am-5pm.

 

Centre for Sexuality Programs:

TRAINING CENTRE:
Our Training Centre is now offering online workshops for parents and professionals. Check the post for registration info on our online workshops and webinars.

 

CALGARY GSA NETWORK:
During our office closure, our GSA Network is still available to provide online supports for GSA teachers and youth looking for resources and connections to replace school-based GSAs while schools are closed – feel free to reach out to us at hmutch@centreforsexuality.ca. Check our GSA Network page for updates, and join our next online GSA meetup — follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news!

 

CAMP FYREFLY:
While we know that nothing will quite replace the in-person experience of Camp fYrefly, the Centre for Sexuality is committed to creating an online and remote option so participants still have access to support and community. Please visit our Camp fYrefly page for more info, and reach out to our Camp fYrefly Calgary coordinator at hmutch@centreforsexuality.ca with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support.

 

WISEGUYZ:
An online version of WiseGuyz is on the way for current program participants! For more information please contact the program manager, Maria at msaona@centreforsexuality.ca

 

GIRLS’ PROGRAM:
An online version of the Girls’ program is on the way for current program participants! For more information please contact the program manager, Erin at ehenriksen@centreforsexuality.ca

 

RELATIONSHIP AND SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION:
An online version of the Relationship and Sexual Health Education Program is being developed. Do you run a youth program that could benefit from one of our online workshops? For more information please contact the program manager, Erin at ehenriksen@centreforsexuality.ca

 

GENDER CREATIVE FAMILIES NIGHT:
We’re moving our monthly meetings ONLINE! Check our program page for more info and to register.

 

GET INVOLVED:
Be sure to continue to check our “Get Involved” page for current opportunities to join our team including Practicum Placements, job postings and volunteer opportunities.

 


Community Services:

STI Testing and Reproductive Health:

STI CLINIC (Sheldon M. Chumir Centre):
The AHS STI Clinic is only seeing urgent cases and are no longer providing “wellness routine STI testing”. (see the section below for criteria of “urgent cases”). Anyone with any cold, flu, or fever symptoms, if they’ve travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, or if they’ve been in close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis will not be able to receive services. The clinic doesn’t have the proper equipment or measures in place to protect their staff from potential exposures, so people are asked to phone ahead: (403) 955-6700 if possible and to speak with a nurse before visiting the clinic, just to ensure they won’t be turned away.

They are also arranging a drive through service at the Urgent Care so that contacts who have made arrangements with a nurse can drive up to receive their medications.

 

SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CLINICS:
Effective March 18th 2020, Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinics will be limiting services to only those that are considered to be of an urgent nature. They are closing their reception area and using signage to ask clients to call upon arrival so that they can pre-screen them for the nature of their visit and COVID risk before entering the clinic.  If the client does not have an urgent concern, they are asking them to return home and call at their convenience for a phone consult.  Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis and in keeping with AHS recommendations around COVID precautions www.ahs.ca/covid

The following are urgent SRH concerns:

  • KNOWN STI and need treatment
  • Contact to a known STI and need testing/treatment
  • Symptoms of an STI
  • Care following a recent sexual assault
  • Birth control supply pick-up with prescription on file
  • Pre-booked appointment (for PrEP appts or those that the nurse has pre-screened and then booked)

 

COUNSELLING SUPPORTS – GENERAL

Distress Centre
Free crisis counseling available online or on the phone. https://www.distresscentre.com/

Calgary Counseling Centre
Available to provide counselling services online or on the phone. Counseling fees are based on a sliding scale. https://calgarycounselling.com/covid19

                                 

COUNSELING SUPPORTS – SEXUAL ABUSE / ASSAULT

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA)
Free counselling services for those who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. http://www.calgarycasa.com/

 

LGBTQ2S+ SERVICES AND RESOURCES

See this PDF for a listing of lots of LGBTQ2S+ services and resources in our area: LGBTQ2S+ Resource List (COVID-19 Services)