Life Management Series for Students – Time and Stress Management: Making it Work

Date: Monday, March 27, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This workshop is intended for student caregivers. All of us have 24-hours in a day. Balancing family care and school is challenging, but there are strategies and supports that can help. You may have heard tips and tricks but how do you put them into practice. For those that attended our March 20th Tips and Tricks Workshop on Time and Stress Management, this is a chance to put tips and tricks from last week into practice and/or share what you’ve tried and troubleshoot. For those who have not attended, that is ok! We’ll do a quick review of basic tips and tricks to get up to speed before creating some plans for practice.

Facilitator: Cristina Peter, Learning Strategist, EdD Student, Mom of 2

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

Registration required. U of T students are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Mental Health for New Parents

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This workshop will explore issues that new parents face and how they can find resources and support during pre and post-pregnancy. Most new parents struggle with a lack of sleep, needing support, mental health, infant care, and more. Learn strategies to care for your baby’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs while taking care of your self too. Discover strategies, tools, and resources to help.

Facilitator:
Bronwyn Addico CBE(BFW) CD(DONA) www.balancingbirthbaby.com

Bronwyn Addico (she/her) is the owner of Balancing Birth to Baby, a support company for expecting and new parents that offers prenatal education and Doula support in Southern Ontario, Canada. She has been a Childbirth & Early Parenting Educator since 2015 and a Birth & Postpartum Doula since 2016.

After a difficult birth experience in 2013, she embarked on a journey to become a Birthing From Within childbirth mentor and spent time in California in 2016 to further her in-depth training. Bronwyn has been deeply influenced by this program’s view of birth as an initiation into parenting and how to examine your fears of birth and parenting. She uses the tools that she learned in this program within all aspects of her professional career and has developed them into a coaching program to help birthing people prepare for birth and work through a difficult or traumatic birth experience. She has supported more than 200 families during their births and early parenting journey.

Bronwyn is a single mother to two wonderful kids.

Contact Bronwyn: bronwyn@balancingbirthbaby.com

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also welcome to attend. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Webinar instructions will be emailed to you prior to the session

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

Registration required. All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Elder Care: Residents’ Rights for a Person Living with Dementia

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The move to a long-term care home can be one of the most challenging and overwhelming times for caregivers throughout the dementia journey. During this presentation, we will examine the definition of a long-term care home and the legislated residents’ rights as they are currently outlined in the Long-Term Care Act of 2007. Also, we will review each right so the caregiver and/or the resident has a clearer understanding of how care is regulated throughout the long-term care homes, in Ontario.

Facilitator: Laura Petta MSW RSW works as a Social Worker for the Behaviour Support Ontario Caregiver Specialist Program and is an employee of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. In this role she assists family/friend caregivers who support a person living with dementia in one of the Toronto Central long-term care homes. Much of her long-term care experience was acquired while working for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs in both Santa Clara County California and New York City. More recently, at Dixon Hall here in Toronto, she worked as a Client Intervention Worker providing case management services to seniors and adults with disabilities living in the community.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Life Management Series for Students – Time and Stress Management: the Tips and Tricks

Date: Monday, March 20, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This workshop is intended for student caregivers. All of us have 24-hours in a day. How can they be optimized? How do I balance all the things I want or need to do for my studies, my family, and my own well-being? What strategies can I use to mitigate the impact of stress on my studies? How do I avoid or respond to burnout? Balancing family care and school is challenging, but there are strategies and supports that can help. Students with family care responsibilities who find ways to manage time effectively can be more productive and have a sense of balance. Whether your life is predictable or unpredictable, there are ways of effectively using time to balance your competing priorities. This one-hour interactive workshop helps student parents to create realistic goals for their family and academic lives. We’ll share our best tips and tricks, and come prepared to share your own! As a student with If you attended our Stress and Time Management sessions last semester, you are more than welcome to attend and hear the content again- this is a replication of last semester’s workshop.

Facilitator: Cristina Peter, Learning Strategist, EdD Student, Mom of 2

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

Registration required. U of T students are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Women’s Wellness – Boundaries, Nervous Systems and Communication 101

Women’s Wellness is open to all women –  trans and cis – and nonbinary people who want to participate in programming that centers women’s experience who live in 30 or 35 Charles Street, University Family Housing. 

Take time out of your busy schedule just for you! Enjoy a breakfast and a weekly interactive session with on-site childminding provided. Raffle prizes each week! The Women’s Wellness series is an opportunity to pause and pay attention to your physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing.

The 2023 series weekly interactive sessions will be:

  • Thursday February 16 Connecting with Others and Ourselves
  • Thursday February 23 Find Your Slow: A Gentle Writing Workshop
  • Thursday March 2 Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence
  • Thursday March 9 Boundaries, Nervous Systems and Communication 101

To register, please email family.care@utoronto.ca and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner), and the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.

Organized by the Family Care Office, in collaboration with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre, University Family Housing, and the Community Safety Office.

Boundaries, Nervous Systems and Communication 101

Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: Breakfast begins at 9:30, childminding drop-off at 9:45 am and the workshop will run from 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Activity room at 30 Charles Street West

While stress is a regular part of our lives, being overwhelmed can get in the way of us understanding our needs and boundaries. This workshop will provide frameworks to understand one’s needs and to better equip participants in learning how to express them.

This workshop with be an introduction into:

  • stress and our nervous system
  • what our nervous systems tells us about our boundaries
  • communicating our needs
  • learning grounding techniques

Facilitator:

Ninotchka (she/her) is a registered social worker providing therapy in private practice in Toronto. With a B.Ed and a MSW, she believes in the power of social change through education, when growth, development, justice and wellbeing are nurtured intentionally with skill, integrity and support. She has focused her work on supporting people who have experienced marginalization and harm through systemic barriers and oppression. Combining her clinical and educational skills, Ninotchka aims to disrupt systems of harm and contribute to building a just society and relationships founded in support and skills in care, responsibility, consent, well-being and joy.

What to Expect on Your Birth Partner Journey: a workshop for non-birth parents and birth partners

Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The Zoom link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The Family Care Office is excited to present this new workshop for non-birth parents and/or chosen family who will be supporting the birth parent in the birthing process. We’ll discuss:

  1. some things the non-birthing partner can expect during the birthing process and beyond
  2. ways to care and support the birth parent during pregnancy, the birthing process and beyond
  3. self-care when caring for others in the family
  4. ways to bond with the new baby

Facilitators:

The workshop will be an informal conversation between Natasja VanderBerg (a Family Care Advisor and non-birth parent to one child) and Kelly Carrington, Registered Massage Therapist and a Certified Birth Doula. Kelly is the first male doula certified through DONA International in Canada in 2014. Kelly is a father of three boys and a partner. Read about why he became a doula.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also welcome to attend. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Parenthood through Third-Party Reproduction

Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for an informal information session for prospective parents led by experienced legal and mental health experts specializing in the field of fertility. During the session, we will discuss some of the following issues:

  • Legal steps involved in growing a family through third-party reproduction, including donated eggs, sperm, or embryos
  • Known or anonymous donation arrangements
  • Boundaries for involvement by the donor in the life of the child
  • Feelings about biological connection

Facilitators: Michelle Flowerday, LL.B. and Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych

Michelle Flowerday, LL.B. is a fertility lawyer in Toronto, Ontario.  She is a passionate advocate for and works closely with couples facing infertility, with LGBTQIA people/couples wanting to start a family, with single people looking to grow a family alone, and with surrogates, and egg, sperm, and embryo donors assisting in the process.  Michelle’s expertise includes negotiating and drafting agreements related to surrogacy, co-parenting, egg, sperm, and embryo donations, making court applications for declarations of parentage, and advising on other legal issues related to third party reproduction.  Michelle works with clients in the Greater Toronto Area, across Canada, and internationally.  She speaks at conferences on the topic of fertility and surrogacy law and provides legal advice to fertility clinics and hospitals on laws related to contracts, consent, and compliance with Canadian assisted human reproduction laws and regulations.  Michelle is an Officer of the Board of Fertility Friends Foundation and a contributing member of fertility clinic ethics committees, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and the Law Society of Ontario.

Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and conducts psychological assessment and treatment with adults and couples in private practice. She is a Partner of the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (Toronto, Canada) where she supervises psychologists and graduate students, and is active in research with publications and presentations in the areas of infertility and psychotherapy research. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Counselling Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also welcome to attend. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Women’s Wellness – Wen Do Women’s Self Defence

Women’s Wellness is open to all women –  trans and cis – and nonbinary people who want to participate in programming that centers women’s experience who live in 30 or 35 Charles Street, University Family Housing. 

Take time out of your busy schedule just for you! Enjoy a breakfast and a weekly interactive session with on-site childminding provided. Raffle prizes each week! The Women’s Wellness series is an opportunity to pause and pay attention to your physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing.

The 2023 series weekly interactive sessions will be:

  • Thursday February 16 Connecting with Others and Ourselves
  • Thursday February 23 Find Your Slow: A Gentle Writing Workshop
  • Thursday March 2 Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence
  • Thursday March 9 Boundaries, Nervous Systems and Communication 101

To register, please email family.care@utoronto.ca and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner), and the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.

Organized by the Family Care Office, in collaboration with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre, University Family Housing, and the Community Safety Office.

Wen Do Women’s Self Defence

Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: Breakfast begins at 9:30 am, childminding drop-off at 9:45 am and the workshop will run from 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Activity room at 30 Charles Street West

This Wen-Do workshop is for women (cis, trans, and anyone who identifies as a woman). In this class, participants will learn simple, powerful physical self-defence skills, explore effective verbal self-defence strategies, develop their ability to recognize and deal with threatening situations, increase their confidence, and have fun!

Facilitators:

Leslie Allin loves teaching Wen-Do because working at the intersection of practice (learning effective physical techniques) and theory (dismantling stereotypes surrounding violence against women, knowledge about self-defense, and naming women’s experience) profoundly empowers women. She continues to be inspired by her students’ insights, energy, and determination. She also volunteers on the Wen-Do phone line. Leslie holds a PhD in Literature and lectures on representations of empire, race, and gender.