Workshops

Say Goodbye to Homework Hassles (Webinar)

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Online, link will be emailed

Is the nightly hour of homework a negative experience for both you and your child? Not all homework problems are the same and each requires a tailored solution. Learn how to help your child handle this important responsibility and establish good study habits – vital tools for their future academic success.

Facilitator: Karen Skinulis has worked as a parenting counselor and parenting workshop leader for more than 20 years. She became a registered psychotherapist in 2016. She is a sought-after speaker and the co-author of Parent Talk, Practical Parenting, and Classrooms That Work, all of which are national bestsellers. Karen has been a guest parenting expert for a variety of popular news media — the Globe and Mail, CBC, Global TV, and City Life magazine. She has helped thousands develop effective strategies for behavior, based on a respectful, democratic approach to parenting.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome.

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Worrying? Anxiety In Children – Full

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Everyone, including children, experiences anxiety from time to time. Anxiety becomes a problem when it interrupts our lives and stops us from doing things we want or need to do.

In this interactive workshop, parents and caregivers will learn more about the topic of anxiety in childen. We will explore how anxiety feels, physically and emotionally. Parents and caregivers will learn how anxiety can impact thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  As well, they will learn how to recognize anxiety and how to support kids who may be experiencing it. We will discuss signs, strategies and options to gain additional support and share supplementary resources. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions and learn from each other’s experience.

Facilitator: Rebecca Higgins is a Mental Health Educator with a Master’s degree in Social Work and a BA in English. Since 2015, she has facilitated over 450 workshops on behalf of CMHA Toronto. As well, she has produced and delivered curricula, trainings and resources for the CMHA Ottawa Branch and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). In addition, she has served as a panelist and presenter at several conferences, delivered keynote speeches on mental health, and provided consultation support to various community mental health initiatives.

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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Communicating with Teens (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Location: UTSC, Room IC 318

Learn the ins and outs of communicating effectively with your teen. In this workshop, we will discuss the following themes:

  • What is Communication and why is it so important to have it with your teen
  • How is communicating with a teen different from a younger child
  • How to really listen to your teen
  • Common Communication Blocks
  • Specific communication strategies to enhance the parent/teen relationship
  • Keeping the lines of communication open when you’re teen is off to university/college

This workshop is designed for parents of teens ages 12 and up.

Facilitator: Ferne is a long standing Family Life Educator with Jewish Family & Child. Ferne has facilitated numerous groups and workshops for children, teens and adults, these include: Living with Teens Parenting, One Family, Two Homes for families experiencing separation and divorce, Social Skills for both the parents and children, Family Life for grade 6, 7 & 8 students in the public and day schools, Tobacco Education, Teen Programs. Ferne is a certified facilitator in the Triple P Parenting Program which focuses on Positive Parenting strategies and has a background in Adlerian philosophies. In Ferne’s non-professional life she is the mother of 2 adult boys and a grandmother who enjoys numerous hobbies. Ferne brings a wonderful sense of humour and knowledge to everything she does.

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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Online Chat for Student Families

Dates:

  • Friday, October 19, 10:00 – 11:00 am

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 programs
  • Integrating study and family (and work as well)
  • Any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner at U of T

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

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How Your Attachment Style Affects Your Parenting Style – Full

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Location: St. George campus, Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

In this workshop, parents will gain an understanding of:

  • Attachment styles (secure attachment, avoidant attachment, ambivalent attachment)
  • Discover how their attachment style with their primary caregiver influences their current parenting style.
  • Explore the impact of our attachment styles through interactive exercises
  • Gain insight into narratives around relationships we may have created that are blocking our growth.

Participants learn how they can be more aware of areas they need to work on to develop healthier relationships with their children. If one doesn’t know about their unconscious, default ways of reacting that are deeply ingrained in the psyche, there is no chance to consciously create positive change. There is a special emphasis put on practical techniques parents can try based on their attachment style in relating better to their children. In this way, the children may be more likely to develop a secure attachment style. Attachment styles and working models of relationships can change, and by changing a parent’s attachment style, their child’s attachment style can become more secure too.

Facilitator: Samantha Samuels is in her final year of the Masters of Counselling Psychology program at OISE, University of Toronto and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University. She has worked as a counsellor in not-for-profit and educational settings in Ontario. Through her studies in Psychology and couples/family therapy, she has researched the attachment styles and its impact on parent-child relationships in great depth. Samantha has developed and facilitated numerous workshops across the Greater Toronto Area and enjoys sharing information related to personal growth and self-development.

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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Elder Care: Building on Family Dynamics in Coping with Dementia

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This workshop will explore the major challenges and concerns that can arise for families caring for a person with dementia.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify family dynamics and their affects on families
  • Explore strategies for assisting families, building on strengths and resilience
  • Develop an understanding of supportive services in the community

Facilitator: Susan Price, Social Worker, Alzheimer Society of Toronto

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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Planning for Pregnancy and Beyond

Date: Monday, October 29, 2018
Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Join us to find out how to make healthy choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum. The session, created by Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, will address participants’ specific concerns on a range of topics including: questions around conceiving, health concerns and risks during pregnancy, health care provider options, antenatal care and screening tests, and post-partum issues. Participants will be able to access resources that support the information provided in the workshops.

Facilitators: Drs. Katie McLean and Dana Soroka, U of T Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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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Appointments with a Counsellor from the Alzheimer Society

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Family Care Office, 214 College St., Main Floor

Are you coping with a loved one who may have Alzheimer’s Disease? A highly trained counsellor will be available for free 45 minute confidential appointments on Friday, November 2.  The counsellor will be able to discuss any questions or personal concerns you may have about dementia, such as getting a diagnosis, immediate and future care, family matters, ethical issues, stress and coping techniques.

To make an appointment, please call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951.

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

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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Date (2018)
Faculty Monday, December 3
Staff Tuesday, November 6 FULL
Tuesday, December 4

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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Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: Main Activity Hall, MultiFaith Centre – 569 Spadina Ave., 2nd Floor

Lunch will be provided.

Many students debate whether they should have a baby in graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. This session will help you make a more informed decision about what it means to start a family during grad school, including:

  • A panel discussion featuring a faculty member and graduate students who are raising children; you will be able to hear firsthand about their experiences for integrating studies and careers with raising children
  • Hear about programs and resources available for students who are starting a family: University and Government leave policies; funding options for pregnancy/parental leave; and, resources for new parents
  • Self-assessment — you will have an opportunity to explore your own readiness to start a family.

Presented by the Family Care Office, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Gradlife Program.

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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Raising Sexually Healthy Children and Pre-Teens

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This interactive LGBTQ2S inclusive workshop will help parents talk about safety, boundaries and sexual health education with children and pre-teens.

Come and be prepared to:

  • Learn about children’s growth and sexual development
  • Increase your confidence in answering young people’s questions
  • Increase your comfort level with handling challenging situations

Facilitator: Jennifer Paterson is a Sexual Health Promoter with the Toronto Public Health. She is passionate about inclusive sexual health education for people of all ages.

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Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for pregnancy and parental leaves. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • 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!

Facilitator: Kaye Francis, Manager, Family Care Office

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Introduction to Fertility

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St W, Room OI 2286

Attend this workshop to get the facts on fertility from Dr. Marjorie Dixon, the CEO & Medical Director of Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health.

During the one-hour session, Dr. Dixon will cover:

  • An overview of fertility
  • Issues, symptoms and causes
  • Fertility myths
  • Treatments and costs
  • Supports and services in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

Facilitator Bio:

Dr. Marjorie Dixon is the founder of Anova Fertility – Canada’s first full service fertility centre with a next generation embryology laboratory. Dr. Dixon is a graduate of the McGill University’s School of Medicine. Her initial postgraduate training was at the University of Toronto, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her passion for reproductive medicine continued during her postgraduate training with a 3-year subspecialty, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology accredited fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Vermont. Dr. Dixon is an active member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and holds the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, where she actively participates in medical student and resident education. She continues to be an invited speaker at both national and international conferences in her field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

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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Introduction to Family Law (Webinar)

Date: Monday, November 19, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Online – Access details to be emailed

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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Fatherhood: Mastering What Matters — How dads can encourage self-regulation in their children (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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.

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Life Management Series for Students: Stress Management (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Online

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

University of Toronto expects a lot from its students­. Responsibility caring for others adds unique concerns and stressors to already-challenging academic demands. We all know that effectively managing stress can increase productivity, help with memorization, recall, and concentration, and support overall well-being. This one-hour webinar will equip students to better manage stress as it arises and to become more resilient to stress generally. We will:

  • revisit what stress really is
  • explore mindfulness and embodiment practices to help alleviate specific stressors faced by caregivers
  • consider strategies to become a strong “self-manager”
  • tie this all in to learning and academic performance at U of T

Facilitator Bio: Ellyn Kerr, Learning Strategist, U of T Student Life: Academic Success

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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will (University of Toronto Scarborough)

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room AA160

Please join Harvey S. Goldstein , a Family lawyer who deals in all areas of family law, and who has been practicing law since 1984.  He has extensive experience in the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney.

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) 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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Baby & Toddler Talks: Making Your Own Baby Food: Introducing Solids

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: St. George campus, Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable, and best of all you know exactly what’s in it! Learn to:

  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Compare homemade and store-bought baby food
  • Adapt the food their family is eating to their baby’s needs
  • Handle and store food safely

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, 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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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: St. George campus, Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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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Elder Care: Geriatrics 100

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm (presentation for 45 minutes followed by a question and answer period)
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

An introduction to some of the cognitive and emotional changes your older relative may experience and the resources available to you. In this session we will discuss the following:

  • Dementia, depression and delirium: All of these illnesses can share very similar symptoms yet the treatment for each is vastly different. What are these illnesses? What are their symptoms? How can I be sure my older relative is properly diagnosed?
  • Learn about the vast array of community services and health professionals that can both assess and treat your relative. For example, how do I find a geriatrician or a memory clinic
  • Bring your individual questions/concerns and ask the facilitator for her advice

Facilitator: Zoe Levitt is an Elder Care Consultant with a Masters’ Degree in Social Work. She has been working with the elderly in their homes and in hospitals for more than 25 years.

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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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.

Please register! All University of Toronto staff, faculty and students are welcome.

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Helping Your Child Succeed at School (University of Toronto 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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