Workshops

Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: HR Conference Room BV540, U of T Scarborough

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for pregnancy / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

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

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Baby & Toddler Talks: Toilet Learning (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Online, link will be emailed

This webinar aims to educate parents and caregivers on what toilet learning is, and how to set your child up for success when he or she is ready to use the toilet. We will discuss how to establish core skills, steps to toilet learning, and how to deal with accidents, keep your child motivated to continue learning. We will outline what signs to look for in your child to determine if it’s time to start toilet learning. There will be a question and answer period.

Facilitator: Sharmeen Abeysinghe is a mother of two boys.  She has been a Registered Early Childhood Educator for thirteen years and has worked with a variety of families and children.  Sharmeen’s views on toilet readiness and child rearing have foundations in early childhood theories, however it is her practical experience from working as an educator and being a parent where she prides herself on finding solutions which work.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome.

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Parenting to Protect Your Children Post Separation and Divorce (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: A webinar link will be emailed to you shortly before the event.

This introductory webinar will explore how parents can effectively buffer their children from conflict during the separation and divorce process. The webinar will then be followed with a question and discussion period.

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.

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Elder Care: Be With – Letters to a Caregiver

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

In this session, Mike Barnes, author of Be With: Letters to a Caregiver will present some of the main themes of his book. The focus will be on dementia caregiving, but also touch on issues relevant to any caring relationship. These issues include: being alertly present (Be); sharing presence with another (With); how and how far to respect autonomy; learning from inevitable mistakes; balancing information and compassion; recovering simple fundamentals: music, touch, shared silence, nature; dementia as a process of continual change (including, at times, change for the better); adjusting on the fly, under pressure.

The presentation will thus consist of half a dozen segments, each with a topic briefly discussed and illustrated by a passage from the book. Mike will then open it up to questions and discussion, in the hopes of exchanging ideas and experiences about dementia and caregiving, along with any other topics that might have arisen of interest.

Facilitator: Mike Barnes is the author of ten books of poetry, short fiction, novels, and memoir. He has won the Danuta Gleed Award and a National Magazine Award Silver Medal for his short fiction, and the Edna Staebler Award for non-fiction. He lives in Toronto.

For more information on Mike Barnes, please see this CBC article.

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.

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Helping Your Child Succeed at School (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, Davis Building Room 3130

All parents want their children to be happy and successful at school. Many working parents struggle with knowing how to support their children with school-related activities. This session invites participants to seek a partnership between child, school and themselves as parents. This partnership creates positive structure at home to support their children’s experience at school, and looks for ways to reward effort rather than outcomes.

During this 1 hour wellness session participants will:

  • Learn to build partnerships between child, school and parents
  • Discover how to create a positive structure at home to support children’s experience at school
  • Become aware of ways to reward effort rather than outcomes.

Facilitator: Homewood Health

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

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Fatherhood: Mastering What Matters: How Dads Can Encourage Self-Regulation in Children (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: UTSC, AA160

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.

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Online Chat for Student Families

Dates:

  • Friday, January 18, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • Child care & child care subsidies
  • Schools
  • Children’s programs
  • Balancing study and family (and work too, if that is your case)
  • How to get connected with a peer mentor
  • Other issues that student parents have to deal with

All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

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Overwhelmed to Overjoyed (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room IC318

Have you ever felt that there is too much going on? Between work, school, commute, family, (insert your issue here), you can’t find time to breathe? You are not alone! If you have ever wanted to alleviate the constant stress and take control of how you respond, come join us at Overwhelm to Overjoyed. During this 90-minute workshop, you will discover the 4 simple keys to managing stress in healthy ways.

Facilitator Bio: Tara Rhodes is a certified life and leadership coach, dedicated to helping people gain clarity on the life they want to live, and developing the healthy habits to make it a reality. S he firmly believes that life is too short to live a life which makes you unhappy. A wife and mom to two boys, she actively practices what she preaches to maintain a healthy balance and presence in every day.

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.

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Life Management Series for Students: Stuck in the Middle – Juggling School and Family Life

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 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.

“Stuck in the Middle” is a self-discovery session on dealing with constant challenges of having family responsibilities, working and being a student. This self-awareness session will help you understand the feelings of guilt that arise when juggling your role as a student and not always having enough time to spend with your children and/or your loved ones. It’s for everyone who feels overwhelmed.

Most of the exercises are done in pairs and within the group. In this session you will discover your patterns of ‘stuckness’ and learn to convert feelings of being overwhelmed into action, energy and change.

Facilitator: Anna Wesolinska is a Gestalt psychotherapist who has a private practice and has been running workshops at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, the North York Women’s Centre, and the Family Care Office.

Pizza lunch will be provided.

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

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

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved.

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Elder Care: Exploring Senior Housing Options

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This is a workshop for family caregivers who are coming to the difficult realization that their elderly loved one may no longer be able to live in their current home and may have to relocate to a care facility.

Join, Esther Goldstein, social worker and author of Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®, as she explores:

  • How you discuss relocating with your loved one
  • The emotional aspects for both the caregiver and the loved one
  • The options for lifestyle choices from in-home supports to a facility
  • Retirement homes and long-term care homes

Facilitator: Esther Goldstein is a social worker and author of the Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®. She worked as a hospital social worker in the GTA primarily with the geriatric population, and now currently works full-time on her publication and the affiliated website www.senioropolis.com

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.

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Mindful Parenting

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: 33 St. George St., Cumberland House, Baldwin Room

Through this workshop we will consider how intention shapes our personal interactions, with a focus on parenting. We will also practice mindful techniques that support cultivating our ability to pause and be in the moment when we are with our children. The key elements of mindful parenting are: listening with full attention, becoming aware of emotions, developing a non-judgmental attitude, accepting difficulties and challenges, building compassion and acceptance, and embracing mistakes as opportunities.

Facilitator: Lauren Brown is a Wellness Educator, Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist and an experienced registered yoga teacher. She has facilitated mindfulness and self-care classes for numerous organizations and is currently the Coordinator for the Mindful Moments program at the University of Toronto. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education and is a Master of Education student where she is studying Adult Education and Workplace Learning.

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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Date (2019)
Faculty Monday, February 4
Staff Wednesday, February 6

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for pregnancy / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

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

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Breastfeeding 101

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: St. George Campus, Centre for International Experience, Cumberland Room, 33 St. George St.

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.

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

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 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.

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

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved.

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Elder Care: Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia — An Overview (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, Davis Building Room 3130

In this education workshop for family caregivers, the Alzheimer Society Peel will present an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, strategies to cope with caregiving, and resources in the community to help.

Facilitator: Danielle Farrell, Public Education Coordinator/Accessibility Officer, Alzheimer Society Peel.

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.

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Introduction to Family Law

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Room 313

Learn the basics of Family Law and what is involved in:

  • Custody and access
  • Child and spousal support
  • Separation agreements
  • Restraining orders
  • General overview of the family court process

Presenter: Downtown Legal Services

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

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Navigating Special Education in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Room 313

The workshop will focus on development of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC) process. It will also look at how learning challenges identified in the IEP are addressed in the classroom, and provide a brief overview of the gifted program. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the language and process of Special Education in the TDSB.

Facilitator: Centrally Assigned Principal, Special Education

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

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Baby & Toddler Talks: The Tips, Tricks & Challenges of Feeding Children Aged 18 months to 3 years

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Will your child only eat one food and refuse all others? Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the parent and the child in the feeding relationship, how to help your child develop healthy eating habits, how to deal with picky eating and create a stress-free mealtime environment. An important topic for parents of infants and toddlers as well as older children.

Facilitator: FoodShare

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.

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Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues

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

In this workshop you will learn to understand your child’s sleep patterns. Healthy sleep habits will be discussed including:

  • The importance of bedtime routine
  • How to deal with frequent night waking
  • How to cope with early morning risers
  • How to encourage your toddler to sleep in their own bed.

Facilitator: Dr. Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, Associate Professor at Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

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.

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Parenting Without Anger

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Room 313

All parents get angry, but if you feel that anger is having a negative impact on your family, this workshop is for you. You will learn:

  • How to recognize and cope with anger triggers
  • Positive and negative aspects of anger
  • Why you get angry
  • Impact of anger on your children
  • How to change the cycle of anger through the learning and development of essential parenting skills.

Facilitator: Karen Skinulis, Registered Psychotherapist specializing in parenting and family issues, co-author of three books for parents and teachers, a Certified Montessori Director, Parent Talk.

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Helping Your Child Develop Social Skills (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, Davis Building Room 3129

This workshop will help parents develop techniques to help your child become more socially competent, and to lay the groundwork for building successful relationships.

  • Assess social skills of both parents and children
  • Learn ways to teach respectful communication, problem solving skills, how to handle a variety of social situations and the emotions felt
  • Help build your child’s self esteem through encouragement and respect

This workshop will focus on children ages 5 – 12 years old.

Facilitator: Kolleen McIlveen, Family Education Centre. Kolleen has been working for the Family Education Centre since 2010, and became a Parent Educator in 2012. She has been involved in the field of parent education since 2004 when her child was a toddler. Kolleen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in Marketing and International Management.

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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: Anda Li – sexual health promoter, Toronto Public Health. Co-founder of the Raising Sexually Healthy Children program in 1999. By using the peer to peer capacity building approach, peer parent leaders have been trained from 15 language specific communities to lead discussion groups in their own languages. Anda is also the lead of the RSHC workgroup to develop new resources and new approaches to support parents and caregivers in helping children grow up sexually healthy.

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.

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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Baldwin Room, CIE

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will:

  • Find out what are the childcare options available
  • Learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers
  • Learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers
  • Learn about the latest changes in the system
  • Find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists

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

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