Resilience 101

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Life as we know it has been turned upside down. Our homes now function as our workplaces, playgrounds and social areas, our family members and roommates are closer than ever before, and we have been forced to shift our routines, among other things.

Let’s face it: our version of normal no longer applies.

This shift has had an unmistakable impact on our lives – increased stress & loneliness, taking on multiple roles at home and not being able to enforce the right boundaries to name a few. It’s easy to feel that no one understands what you are feeling and that you have to figure it out on your own.

You don’t have to! There are many proven ways to build resilience that will support your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

During this 60-minute webinar, you will understand what resilience is, explore methods that can be included in your lifestyle, and the one easy life hack that can help you tap into a positive mindset to help when times get tough.

Facilitator: Tara Rhodes is a certified life and leadership coach, speaker and trainer, dedicated to helping people gain clarity on the life that they want to live, and developing the healthy habits to make it a reality. She firmly believes that life is too short to live a life that makes you unhappy and is on a mission to free her clients from guilt, imposter syndrome and unworthiness so that they can share their gifts and dreams with others. A wife, and mom to two lively boys, she actively practices what she preaches to maintain a healthy balance and presence in her day-to-day. Find out more at www.tararhodes.ca.

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

Redefining Traditional: Making Higher Education Family-Friendly

Open to students across all post-secondary institutions, Redefining Traditional is an online community for student parents, their partners and supporters. This community aims to equip student parents with the tools needed to successfully navigate their multifarious roles, engage them to join a cross-institutional community of belonging, and support them by facilitating productive dialogue among advocates and change-makers. Learn more here.

Elder Care: Parenting Your Parents

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

When the pandemic started, many of us found ourselves nagging our aging parents to stay inside and be careful. When your elders live with you, this presents additional gifts and challenges.

In this session we will explore how roles and expectations may have changed since the onset of the pandemic, and how our default stress mechanisms both protect and challenge us. For many of us (especially this facilitator), the more stressed we get, the more controlling we get, and this can become complicated for the people we live with. We will consider strategies for balancing love and responsibility with respecting the autonomy of those we live with, no easy feat in such challenging times.

Facilitator: Rebecca Higgins has worked in community and social services for over 17 years, specializing in mental health education since 2010. Rebecca has been facilitating workshops on behalf of CMHA Toronto since 2015, and has produced and delivered curricula and resources for the CMHA Ottawa Branch and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

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

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Managing Parenting Pressures During a Pandemic

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Parenting is difficult in the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. In this webinar we will discuss some of the pressures parents are experiencing as families try to work, study, live and play in close quarters and constant company. We will validate struggles, reflect on shifting expectations during a pandemic and consider strategies for navigating this difficult time without adding additional pressures or lists to participants. Good enough is good enough, especially right now.

Facilitator: Rebecca Higgins has worked in community and social services for over 17 years, specializing in mental health education since 2010. Rebecca has been facilitating workshops on behalf of CMHA Toronto since 2015, and has produced and delivered curricula and resources for the CMHA Ottawa Branch and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

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

Parenthood Through Surrogacy (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
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 surrogacy
  • Legal landscape for surrogacy in Canada (i.e. the laws pertaining to legal parentage of the child and reimbursement of the surrogate’s expenses)
  • Pitfalls and trouble spots to keep in mind when considering surrogacy
  • Emotional and social considerations of intended parent(s) embarking on surrogacy for family-building
  • Factors that gestational surrogates need to consider when deciding on a match with intended parent(s)

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

Michelle Flowerday, LL.B. is a fertility lawyer in Toronto. Michelle works with couples facing infertility, for LGBTQ people/couples wanting to start a family, for single people looking to grow a family alone, and for surrogate mothers 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 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 has provided legal advice to fertility clinics and hospitals on contract laws and compliance with Canadian assisted human reproduction laws and regulations.

Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and Psychotherapist and conducts psychological assessments and treatment with individual adults, couples and families. She is a Director at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (Toronto, Canada) where she practices and supervises psychologists and graduate students in the provision of psychological services. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Counselling Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and remains active in professional activities and committees with CFAS. She consults regularly to fertility clinics and adoption agencies throughout Canada and internationally. Dr. Hakim is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the Ontario Psychological Association.

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

Elder Care: Exploring Senior Housing Options (Webinar)

Date:  Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This is a webinar 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.

 

July 2020

Living Life to the Full Program 
Thursday, July 2 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)
Monday, July 6 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Living Life to the Full Program
Thursday, July 9 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Living Life to the Full Program
Thursday, July 16 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Living Life to the Full Program
Thursday, July 23 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Living Life to the Full Program
Thursday, July 30 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Studying at Home with Children (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Once you register, you will receive a link to join the webinar.

Join us for a webinar with Learning Strategist (and mother) Cristina Peters.  This webinar will discuss strategies for working/studying from home with children .

Facilitator:  Cristina Peters, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Centre

University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome to join the Zoom meeting!  Please note, after this webinar, you may be interested in joining the U of T Student Parents and Student Carers Online Platform

For attendance, please register here.