Family Event: Strolling with the FCO

Location Date and time (2019)
AGO Wednesday, June 19, 2019
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Meet at the Family Care Office, 214 College Street, Room #103
Riverdale Farm Wednesday, August 21, 2019
10:30 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Meeting House, 201 Winchester Street

Explore the city with other U of T parents and kids! Enjoy walking excursions to parks, museums, and local neighbourhoods. Find new places to play while connecting with other parents of young children.

Join us at the Family Care Office in June to walk to the Grange Park, behind the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Bring snacks, sunscreen and enjoy the AGO for free after 6 pm with your children! Join us again to have fun at the Riverdale Farm in August, meet other U of T families at the Meeting House (see attached map)

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.

Register

Student Families 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.

Pre-registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name, U of T status, names of all participating family members and children’s ages. Deadline to register: Thursday, March 7 @ 5:00 pm.

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.

Say Goodbye to Homework Hassles

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. George campus, Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Strengthening Families Together (SFT) on Campus

Strengthening Families Together (SFT) on Campus is a four-session education program for family members and friends of individuals living with mental illness.

SFT is designed to give families and caregivers the tools they need to address the day-to-day issues that arise while supporting their relative with schizophrenia or related illness.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Treatment options
  • Navigating the system
  • Coping skills
  • Effective communication
  • The criminal justice system

Facilitators are from the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

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.

To register please contact: knicholls@schizophrenia.on.ca. This education program is in partnership with the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.

Student Parent Meet-Up

Join us for a social with the Family Care Office peer mentors. Refreshments will be provided. Childcare and snacks will be provided for children up to 12 years of age. Babies should stay with the parent if not yet mobile.

After you drop off your children at the Early Learning Centre (OISE location), join the other student parents for a workshop on Mindful Parenting.

In Mindful Parenting we apply mindfulness principles to the art of parenting as a way to build a strong child-parent relationship and increase the well-being of both parent and child. In this introductory workshop, parents will learn about the key elements of Mindful Parenting, including listening with full attention, becoming aware of emotions, developing a non-judgemental attitude, accepting difficulties and challenges, building compassion and acceptance, and embracing mistakes as opportunities. Parents will not only experience practical exercises in the workshop, but also bring home tools and techniques for increasing presence, patience, and compassion towards self and child.

Facilitator: Mari Rossi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for parents and children since 2006, and this is her fifth year facilitating the Family Care Office’s Mindful Parenting series. She also teaches an online Mindful Parenting course at Indiana University. Mari has a degree in Psychology, with an specialization in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, and is currently a doctoral student in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at U of T. Between her academic pursuits and mindfulness teaching, Mari finds time for her most important work: parenting her six year-old son and eight year-old daughter.

Relax, unwind and meet other student parents who understand your challenges and concerns!

If you require child care for this session, please call our office at 416-978-0951 or email us at: family.care@utoronto.ca We will require the names of your children and ages.

All U of T student parents and their partners are welcome. Registration required. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Student Family Storytelling: Call for participation in our Talking Walls art installation, Every Family Belongs

Join us for an opportunity to socialize with other students with family responsibilities and a chance to be featured in Hart House’s upcoming Family Day-themed exhibition.

Help us increase visibility of students with family responsibilities on campus by sharing your story and having your photo taken on this day.

Childminding and light refreshments will be provided.

All students and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration required. If childminding is needed, please call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951 or email us with your child’s name and age.

Supporting Child Adjustment to Separation and Divorce

Participants discuss how parents can help children cope with separation and divorce. Topics include:

  • Divorce from the child’s perspective
  • Factors affecting how children cope with separation and divorce
  • Strategies for supporting child adjustment

Facilitator: Mike Stone, MSW, from Family Service Toronto, Families in Transition

Supporting Caregivers 55+ in Toronto

In this session, Jennifer Hardy, OT Reg. (Ont.) will:

  • Discuss and provide an overview of a seniors’ mental health initiative known as “Living Life to the Full”
  • Provide information on the availability and eligibility of Living Life to the Full in Toronto for caregivers 55+, as well as some additional resources.

Facilitator: Jennifer Hardy, OT Reg. (Ont.), Program Manager, Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+ with the CMHA, Ontario Division. Jenny has been working at CMHA for almost 3 years in her capacity as coordinator of the Living Life to the Full program, a CBT-based mental health promotion program delivered in community settings. Jenny has worked to bring Living Life to the Full to older adults across Ontario, and is currently focused on a program roll out in Toronto with caregivers over the age of 55+. Since graduating from the University of Toronto, Jenny has spent her career working to implement community based initiatives for older adults, including a food security program, friendly visiting service, and community garden initiative.

Please note this workshop is intended for caregivers who are 55 years or older.

Supporting a Family Member with Mental Illness

Families who have a loved one with mental illness experience significant stress, which can impact their own health, relationships, careers and financial situations. This workshop will help teach individuals/families how to navigate the mental health system and provide them with support, education, coping skills and self-care strategies. Q&A and an informal discussion will follow.

Facilitator: Christine Cooper is the Executive Director at the Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME). Christine develops programming and the awareness for Families who have been impacted by mental health. Under her tenure, FAME has grown from one site to seven locations in the Greater Toronto Area, in her ongoing efforts to continue to build upon the need to support families.

UTSC Facilitator: Sarah Robertson, Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME)