Discussion Groups

U of Tots (U of T Scarborough)

Date: TBA
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: AA160-Council Chambers, U of T Scarborough

Calling all parents at U of T Scarborough! U of Tots is a new parenting group that will meet once a month to share resources, socialize, chat about our unique experiences and hear from experts on a range of topics. Join us for the first meeting on Tuesday, November 29 from 1-2 pm to meet other parents and help choose topics/speakers for the upcoming year. Questions? Email Holly Fraser or pop by BV588 at UTSC with any thoughts on this new group! Open to staff, faculty and student parents of (preferably) 1-5 year olds.

Parents’ Group at U of T Student Family Housing (for residents only)

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Charles St. Drop-in Centre, 30 Charles St., 3rd Floor

A self-directed group for parents and their young children up to 5 years of age who live at the U of T Student Family Housing. Participants have an opportunity to meet other parents, make connections and share experiences. Group members develop a support network within the Student Family Housing buildings and learn about family resources.

Student Parents Pizza Night (partners and children are welcome)

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: GSU Loft*

Kick off your children’s March Break weekend by joining other student parents and their children for a fun and relaxing night out. While parents relax and network, children activities will be provided in the same space such as button-making, colouring, and playing with other children. Pizza will be provided!

*Access: The UTGSU Building is not fully wheel chair accessible.

Registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca or call 416-978-0951 with parent’s name(s) and your child’s name and age. Deadline to register: Thursday, March 7 @ 5:00 pm. All U of T student parents and their children are welcome!
Under the Iceberg of Separation and Divorce: A Discussion Group

Date: Fridays: February 8, 15 and March 1 and Thursday, March 7
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 2295

An educational discussion group designed to help people deal positively with separation and divorce. Topics are driven by the need of its participants. They might include:

  • Normalization of the separation experience
  • Divorce as a lonely planet
  • Individual coping skills and strategies to deal with fear
  • Creating new adult attachment scripts
  • The externalization of anger and conflict
  • Dealing, feeling and healing
  • Moving on and for the better

This group will be open to both parents with children and individuals without children. The first 3 sessions will focus on adult development and the last session will focus on children and parenting.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is an Associate Professor, holds the endowed Chair in Law and Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. Program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He conducts custody evaluations, he is a parent coach for separated families and he provides parent education workshops on issues related to separation and divorce.

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


Expectant Parents Group (Winter session)

Date: January/February 2019
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Rm 313

A group for U of T expecting parents and their partners to:

  • Gain insight into various aspects of pregnancy including nutrition, emotional and physical changes, labour and delivery, and how to feed and care for your baby.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other expectant parents regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Winter 2019 Session dates:

Session Title Date
Equipment & Gadgets You Will Really Use Monday, January 21
Pregnancy Changes & Concerns Monday, February 4
The Birthing Experience Monday, February 11
Feeding Your Baby & Caring for Yourself Monday, February 25

Expectant parents who are U of T students, staff, faculty and their partners/spouses both are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required. 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.