Social Service Groups | Actors Fund

Social Service Groups

The Actors Fund understands that a life in the arts has its own unique set of challenges. Our free groups offer a safe and confidential setting where performing arts and entertainment professionals can share and learn, as well as provide and receive support. Our groups are facilitated by social workers and provide valuable assistance and resources. Please read the group descriptions for further details, including how to register.

Due to the pandemic, all of our groups meet online only. We will update this page when we are able to safely offer in-person groups. Please view these tips for preparing if you are unfamiliar with participating in online support groups.

Please note: these groups are not psychotherapy groups and do not provide mental health treatment. If you are seeking mental health services, please visit actorsfund.org/MentalHealth to learn more and be connected to a social worker.

At this time, our groups are offered only in English.

NATIONAL GROUPS

These support groups are available to anyone living in the United States, Puerto Rico and US territories. 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Entertainment Professionals Gathering

This monthly group is open to all performing arts and entertainment industry professionals who identify as Asian American and Pacific Islander. This group aims to provide a safe space to share experiences and foster peer support.

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Black Entertainment Professionals Gathering

This monthly group for Black-identified participants in the performing arts and entertainment industry provides a safe space filled with shared experiences that focus on healing and affirmation. 

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COVID-19 Support Group for People Living with HIV

This 8-week support group for performing arts and entertainment professionals living with HIV provides a safe space for the HIV community and fosters connection and support during this time of COVID-19.

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Dancers Support Group

This 8-week support group is for professional dancers and choreographers who are facing personal or professional hardships. Through open discussion and the sharing of resources, this group will provide a safe space for dancers to support one another through current challenges.

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Finding Hope in Uncertain Times

This 6-week support group for performing arts and entertainment industry professionals will help you foster hope, giving you greater strength and purpose to navigate challenging times.

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Gendertainers: From Safety to Celebration

This 8-week group for professionals in performing arts and entertainment is a safe and affirming space for people whose gender identity exists outside of the male/female binary and/or are of the Trans experience.

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Good Grief Support Group

This 8-week support group is for performing arts and entertainment industry professionals age 55 and older who are grieving the recent death of a loved one. The group will provide a safe space to share feelings around loss and grief, as well as ideas for coping safely during challenging times.

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Guided Autobiography for Seniors

This 8-week support group is for performing arts and entertainment industry professionals over the age of 65. The group focuses on the meaning and purpose of our lives, while promoting well-being and creating community amongst peers.

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Mind Body Spirit: A Group for Black Women in Entertainment

This 8-week support group for Black-identified women in the performing arts and entertainment industry aims to provide a supportive and uplifting space to gather and share.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 

This 8-week educational group for performing arts and entertainment industry professionals uses meditation, mindful movement and inquiry as a way for people to develop skills enabling them to relate differently to stresses in their lives.

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Mindfulness Meditation

A daily, drop-in, 30-minute meditation support group for all professionals in performing arts and entertainment.

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Self-Care to Give Care: Caregiver Support Group

This weekly support group is for performing arts and entertainment industry professionals who do the challenging work of caring for an older adult loved one (whether a partner, spouse, parent, friend or other family).

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Support Group for Entertainment Professionals

This 6-week support for performing arts and entertainment industry professionals provides the space to connect with others in the community and reflect on participating in this unique, dynamic and challenging industry.

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Take Five: A Support Group for Parents in the Entertainment Industry

This 8-week support group for parents in the performing arts and entertainment industry who have children between the ages of 1-18 provides a non-judgmental space to share information, receive emotional support and discuss strategies with other parents.

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Thriving with The Actors Fund for Black-Identified People

An 8-week support group for Black-identified performing arts and entertainment industry professionals to discuss their challenges and experiences within the industry and community as a whole.  

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NEW YORK GROUPS

Due to state professional licensing regulations for social workers, these groups are available only to residents of New York.

 
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

This 8-week psychoeducational group for performing arts and entertainment industry professionals uses meditation, mindful movement and inquiry as a way for people to develop skills enabling them to relate differently to stresses in their lives.

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Mindshift: Cognitive Behavioral Skills for Anxiety and Depression

This 8-week psychoeducational group explores your responses to anxiety and depression and helps you develop skills to cope with unhelpful feelings.

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Positive Living

This ongoing group provides weekly support for performing arts and entertainment professionals living with HIV.

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Psychology of Money

This 6-week psychoeducational group explores how our thoughts, feelings and behaviors influence our relationship with money.

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Self-Care for Women in Entertainment

This is a 10-week group for participants who identify as women and who are facing a medical illness or injury. This group offers a space to connect with colleagues for community, support and the exploration of self-care.

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Seniors in Transition

This 10-week support group for performing arts and entertainment industry professionals over the age of 70 provides a safe space to explore and manage difficult challenges related to aging.

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CALIFORNIA GROUPS

Due to state professional licensing regulations for social workers, these groups are available only to residents of California.

Are You on the Fence With Life in the Industry?

This 8-week group helps performing arts and entertainment industry professionals navigate issues around continuing your career in the industry.

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Encore

This monthly group explores the challenges of growing older in the performing arts and entertainment industry. This group is for the 65 and older community.

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Mindshift: Cognitive Behavioral Skills for Anxiety and Depression

This 8-week psychoeducational group explores your responses to anxiety and depression and helps you develop skills to cope with unhelpful feelings.

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Mindshift: Cognitive Behavioral Skills for Anxiety and Depression - Graduates Check-in

This is a quarterly check-in for graduates of the Mindshift: Cognitive Behavioral Skills for Anxiety and Depression group. This check-in allows participants to review and discuss the skills learned in the 8-week group.

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Psychology of Money

This 6-week psychoeducational group explores how our thoughts, feelings and behaviors influence our relationship with money.

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Support Group for Women with Disabilities

An 8-week support group for participants who identify as a woman who are dealing with ongoing health issues or injury. A safe place for support, empowerment and community.

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