Life Management Series: Negotiating Time for Family — Strategies for Bringing up Family in Discussions with your Supervisor

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Webinar (access details will be provided)

What happens when family responsibilities clash with academic expectations?

Thinking about how to start a conversation with your supervisor about family priorities can be stressful. Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC) for a webinar about the challenges of talking to your supervisor about family and learn the key negotiation strategies that will help you to become more effective at discussing your family needs with your supervisor.

By the end of this webinar you will:

  • Feel more confident about having a discussion with their supervisor about family issues
  • Be able to identify supports available to graduate students and techniques that may help them prepare for discussions with supervisors about family issues
  • Understand the importance of preparation for any discussion with a supervisor aimed at reaching an agreement (i.e. negotiation)

Facilitators: G2G Peer Advisor & Manager, Grad CRC

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

Registration required. All University of Toronto students are welcome.

Fatherhood: Mastering What Matters: How Dads Can Encourage Self-Regulation in Children

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Self-regulation is the ability to stay focused and alert in the midst of stress, novelty, and uncertainty. It involves self-control, empathy, and self-awareness. This workshop will give an overview of self-regulation and what dads can do to help their children master their emotions and make healthy choices.

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a marriage and family therapist focusing on men’s and couple’s issues, as well as, the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario.

Registration required. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Parents of Multiples Meet-Up

Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Calling all parents of multiples! Here at U of T, there are many parents of multiples. Get together with people who really understand how crazy things can get and how amazing (and unique) parenting twins, triplets, quads, quints… is.

This is a one-time, non-facilitated, agenda-free, expectation-free, diaper-free, peer meet-up – open to any U of T parents of multiples.

Expectant parents of multiples are also welcome.

Register

Elder Care: Healthy Caregiving

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Caregiving is very special. Watching someone you love become ill and gradually lose his/her memory and abilities can be very hard on you as well as your family. You need to take care of yourself and make sure that you stay healthy.

This workshop will focus on:

  • What are some of the risks of caregiving?
  • What are some of the rewards and joys of caregiving?
  • We will also address resources and navigating the system.

Facilitator: Elaine Kohn, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, and Susana Braslavski, MSW RSW, Social Worker in Seniors Counselling and Referral Services at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Women’s Wellness @ Student Family Housing: Healthy Eating

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Student Family Housing

Join Food Share in a community food workshop where the focus is on healthy eating within a budget due to an expected rise in food prices.  You will be introduced to Canada’s new Food Guide, mindful eating, how to plan meals for the week, how to change recipes to increase nutrition and decrease cost, how to store meals and prepare leftovers safely.

Facilitator: Courtney South, Food Share, is a Registered Dietitian and food justice advocate who is determined to increase food literacy within the community. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University and completed a dietetic internship at Sick Kids Hospital. During her internship, she worked with families from around the world to provide paediatric nutrition counselling, and education.

TO REGISTER: Call us at 416-978-0951 or email  family.care@utoronto.ca and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner/spouse), the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.
Registration is open to all female identified students and student partners/spouses living in Student Family Housing.

Raising Sexually Healthy Children (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room AA160

This inclusive workshop will help parents talk about safety, boundaries and sexual health education with children and pre-teens.

Attend the workshop and you will:

  • Learn about children’s sexual growth and development
  • Help children learn how to protect themselves from unwanted sexual interference
  • Prepare yourself to help children learn about sexual and gender diversity
  • Increase your confidence in answering young people’s questions about sexuality
  • Increase your comfort level with handling challenging situations such as children’s sexual
  • expression, discussion of consent and internet safety

Facilitator: Desiree Doberstein, Toronto Public Health

Registration required. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Breastfeeding 101

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

An opportunity for women planning/trying to breastfeed to ask questions and to learn valuable tips on how to breastfeed.

Facilitator: Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

Please register early, space is limited!  All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Life Management Series for Students: Advocating for Oneself & One’s Family through Letters & Email

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between academic life and caring for others.

Students with family responsibilities have a lot on their plate! When a problem arises – be it academic, family related, personal or professional – advocating for oneself and one’s family can feel like a daunting task, particularly if the stakes are high. Traditionally defined as the “art of persuasion,” rhetoric is a powerful tool which students can use to better communicate through the written word. What is the best way to present one’s case? How can emotions be conveyed strategically and diplomatically? When writing a letter or email, what should come first – the presentation of the problem or the suggested solution? This workshop will touch upon these questions by focusing on the strategic use of rhetoric in letter and email writing.

Facilitator: Dr. Viktoria Jovanovic-Krstic, Writing & Rhetoric, Innis College. Dr. Jovanovic-Krstic brings with her years of experience in English stylistics and grammar, as well as business and technical communications from academic institutions across Canada and Europe. Her main areas of research and interest are the rhetoric of war, spinning and framing tactics in the press, grammar, persuasive writing and business communication. Viktoria is also a mom of two children who is no stranger to the life of a student with family responsibilities!

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

* This Event is Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program approved.

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

Women’s Wellness @ Student Family Housing: Communication and Healthy Relationships

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Student Family Housing

Healthy relationships and families are key to our well-being. We look to our partners and families as a place of refuge and support, but they can also be a place of stress, especially if we are not communicating well. In this interactive workshop we will discuss how to:

  • Identify the ways that stress impacts our relationships and families;
  • Communicate clearly to promote understanding and teamwork;
  • Develop a plan to nurture your own self-care, which benefits your whole family.

Facilitator: Dr. Angela Koh is a passionate Solution Focused Brief Coaching practitioner with nearly 20 years of experience in education and leading learner-centred curriculum and workshops.  Dr. Koh participated in designing the Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching’s flagship coaching certificate program and has delivered it worldwide.

TO REGISTER: Call us at 416-978-0951 or email  family.care@utoronto.ca and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner/spouse), the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.
Registration is open to all female identified students and student partners/spouses living in Student Family Housing.