Online Storytime with U of T Libraries

Date: Thursdays, August 27 and September 3, 2020
Time: 11:00 – 11:30 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to each session’s start time.

Join an online storytime with U of T librarians, who will be reading from their favourite picture books.

Recommended for ages 3-8 years (but all are welcome!)

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

Managing Your Finances in Times of Uncertainty

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online – link will be emailed to registered participants prior to workshop

In these times of great uncertainty, there are so many unanswered questions and so many aspects of our lives that are outside of our control. How, then, can we remain in control of our financial lives to build and protect our futures? How do we put ourselves in the best position to be able to weather any potential future storms still to come?

Join us for this interactive webinar where we will discuss:

  • Strategies for assessing where your family is financially right now, deciding where you would like to be and how you can best get there.
  • How to prepare for future unknowns, including the tax implications of many benefit programs and the effect of loan deferrals on our long term debt repayment plans.
  • OSAP deferrals and student COVID-related benefits.
  • Concrete strategies for rebuilding emergency funds and even sharing some everyday savings ideas.

There will be plenty of time for questions, so you can email them to us in advance or come with yours!

Facilitator: Anne Arbour, a Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society, a non-profit agency dedicated to helping Canadians manage their money better, solve their debt problems and learn about credit.

Registration required. U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and their families are 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.

If you wish please email your questions in advance to family.care@utoronto.ca.

Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

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. 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.

Online Chat for Prospective and Current Student Families

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

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

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.

 

 

November 2020

Appointments with a Counsellor from the Alzheimer Society
Monday, November 2 • By appointment

Expectant Parents Group: Feeding Your Baby & Caring for Yourself
Monday, November 2 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Appointments with a Counsellor from the Alzheimer Society
Friday, November 6 • By appointment

Black Like Us: Parenting from a Black father’s Lens
Monday, November 9 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)
Wednesday, November 18 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Living Life to the Full Program

Dates & Times:

Thursdays, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Location: This course will be on-line; the zoom meeting link will be emailed to you before June 11

Living Life to the Full is a nine-week mental health promotion course based on the principle of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). The course is intended to help participants gain skills and knowledge for coping with stress, and various life challenges. You maybe someone experiencing difficulties during the COVID 19 time, or maybe you are a caregiver to a loved one, or simply feel this course could help you with a challenge you are experiencing right now. This course is for you. Please note this course isn’t considered psychotherapy.

Facilitator: Canadian Mental Health Association

This group will require a minimum of 8 participants to register.  It will have a maximum of 12 participants.

For further information on the content of the sessions, please view the brochure.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and partners are welcome to attend.

Please note: your registration will be for all sessions from June 11 – August 6, 2020.

Mindful Parents: Resilient Children

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Do you ever find yourself automatically reacting to your children’s challenging behaviour in ways that leave you feeling disconnected, discouraged, and even depleted? Do you find that some of the most difficult parenting moments are when your children need you the most? Mindfulness skills can help by supporting parents to regulate our big emotions when we are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or getting activated by our children’s big emotions. In this workshop, Sara will share mindfulness and compassion practices for in-the-moment parenting challenges. These practices can help us to be responsive rather than reactive; and be a little kinder towards ourselves along the way…

Facilitator: Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups in both private practice and the Mindfulness Clinic. She has trained as a facilitator in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and is a trained teacher in Mindful Self-compassion (MSC). She facilitates mindfulness & compassion workshops and groups for all ages. She is the author of several mindfulness related children’s books including My New Best Friend, which introduces self-compassion to children and No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully. She has been a regular instructor at Ryerson University in theSchool of Early Childhood Studies for over 13 years. She is the parent of two children and can be found online at www.mindfulfamilies.ca

Registration required. U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are 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.

October 2020

Orientation 2020 Session: UTSU, GSU, APUS, UTMAGS + Tea Social
Friday, October 2 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Expectant Parents Group: Equipment & Gadgets You Will Really Use
Monday, October 5 • 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Faculty Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Monday, October 5 • 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Staff Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Tuesday, October 6 • 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Orientation 2020 Session: Life Beyond the Classroom
Friday, October 9 • 10:00 – 11:00 am

Expectant Parents Group: Pregnancy Changes & Concerns
Monday, October 19 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Parenting Through the Storm
Tuesday, October 20 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Expectant Parents Group: The Birthing Experience
Monday, October 26 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Baby and Toddler Talks: Making Your Own Baby Food: Introducing Solids
Wednesday, October 28 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Planning for Pregnancy and Beyond
Wednesday, October 28 • 4:30 – 6:00 pm