Life Management Series for Students: Negotiating Time for Family (webinar)

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar (link will be emailed to you before the session)

A workshop series designed to empower students to balance their academic priorities and self-care, while caring for others.

What happens when family responsibilities clash with academic expectations? Thinking about how to start a conversation with your graduate supervisor about family priorities can be stressful. Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC) for a 30 minute webinar designed to empower students to balance family and academic priorities using negotiation and self-advocacy strategies.  This webinar will help you to:

  • Feel more confident about having a discussion with your supervisor about family issues and obligations;
    • Identify helpful campus supports and resources; and
    • Learn key negotiation strategies that may be useful as you prepare for discussions with your supervisor around family interests.

Facilitators: G2G Peer Advisors, Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC)

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. University of Toronto students are welcome.

Women’s Wellness @ Student Family Housing: Communication and Healthy Relationships

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Student Family Housing

Healthy relationships and families are key to our well-being. We look to our partners and families as a place of refuge and support, but they can also be a place of stress, especially if we are not communicating well. In this interactive workshop we will discuss how to:

  • Identify the ways that stress impacts our relationships and families;
  • Communicate clearly to promote understanding and teamwork;
  • Develop a plan to nurture your own self-care, which benefits your whole family.

Facilitator: Dr. Angela Koh is a passionate Solution Focused Brief Coaching practitioner with nearly 20 years of experience in education and leading learner-centred curriculum and workshops.  Dr. Koh participated in designing the Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching’s flagship coaching certificate program and has delivered it worldwide.

TO REGISTER: Call us at 416-978-0951 or email family.care@utoronto.ca with your name, U of T status (or status of your partner/spouse), the names and ages of your children if you require childminding. We strongly encourage participants to register for all sessions in order to receive the full benefits of this series. Registration is open to all female identified students and female identified student partners/spouses residing in Student Family Housing.

*You will be entered to win a raffle prize at the end of each session.

Feeding Body & Soul: Soup, Homemade Bread & Bannock (Students only)

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: First Nations House – 563 Spadina Ave., 3rd Floor

Learn to cook a delicious, quick & inexpensive meal in this hands-on workshop, taste a sample and take some home for dinner!

We will be cooking a three-sisters soup and learning the teachings behind it, bannock (Indigenous fried bread) and how to make a quick and delicious bread recipe that will take industrialized bread off your grocery list!

Facilitators:

John Croutch is a status Indian of mixed heritage. An Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) member of Wikwemikoong First Nation on his mother’s side and of German Canadian heritage on his father’s side. John currently works as an Indigenous Cultural Competency Trainer with HR & Equity and as a Standardized Patient Trainer with the Faculty of Medicine both at the University of Toronto. John ran his own restaurant for 9 years, closing in 2004 and recently received his Chef de Cuisine certificate from Liaison College.

Lee Maracle – born in North Vancouver, Lee Maracle is a member of the St o: lo nation.  She is the author of a number of award winning and critically acclaimed literary works. She is co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award winning My Home as I Remember.  Maracle has published in some of the most prestigious anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide.  She is Traditional Teacher for First Nations House at U of T. and teaches in the Indigenous Studies program.  She holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University, is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, U of T, a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal and the Order of Canada. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at four universities. She holds three teaching awards and seven writing awards, including the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and is a finalist for the prestigious Neustadt award, often referred to as the American Nobel.

Please register early, space is limited. University of Toronto students are welcome to attend.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

A collaboration of Student Life Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Training, First Nations House and the Family Care Office.

Navigating Special Education in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street – #101 Baldwin Rm

The workshop will focus on development of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC) process. It will also look at how learning challenges identified in the IEP are addressed in the classroom, and provide a brief overview of the gifted program. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the language and process of Special Education in the TDSB.

Facilitator: Special Education Inclusion Consultant

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 (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

Elder Care: Healthy Caregiving

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Caregiving is very special. Watching someone you love become ill and gradually lose his/her memory and abilities can be very hard on you as well as your family. You need to take care of yourself and make sure that you stay healthy.

This workshop will focus on:

  • What are some of the risks of caregiving?
  • What are some of the rewards and joys of caregiving?
  • We will also address resources and navigating the system.

Facilitator: Elaine Kohn, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, and Susana Braslavski, MSW, RSW, Social Worker in Seniors Counselling and Referral Services at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System 

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 FULL
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UofT Scarborough; EV152, Catalyst Centre, Environmental Science & Chemistry Building

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.

Facilitator: Stephen Offenheim has been practicing law since 1994. His practice focuses on will and estate planning. He is committed to assisting people protect their family, by having appropriate estate planning documents prepared in an affordable manner.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

Under the Iceberg of Separation and Divorce: A Discussion Group

Date: Thursdays (February 20, 27 and March 5, 2020)
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St. W., Room 702

An educational discussion group designed to help people deal positively with separation and divorce. Topics are driven by the need of its participants. They might include:

  • Normalization of the separation experience
  • Divorce as a lonely planet
  • Individual coping skills and strategies to deal with fear
  • Creating new adult attachment scripts
  • The externalization of anger and conflict
  • Dealing, feeling and healing
  • Moving on and for the better

This group will be open to both parents with children and individuals without children. The first 3 sessions will focus on adult development and the last session will focus on children and parenting.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is an Associate Professor, holds the endowed Chair in Law and Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. Program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He conducts custody evaluations, he is a parent coach for separated families and he provides parent education workshops on issues related to separation and divorce.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Student Families Pizza Night

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: UTGSU Loft, 16 Bancroft Ave, 2nd Floor

Join other student parents and their children on the night before the February P.A. Day 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. We will be serving pizza!

Register at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name and status at U of T, names of family members and ages of children, and dietary restrictions if any by Tuesday, February 11.

This event is a collaboration with the UTGSU, Hart House, and the Family Care Office.

*Access: Unfortunately the 2nd floor of the UTGSU building is not wheelchair accessible.

Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 FULL
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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.

Facilitator: Stephen Offenheim has been practicing law since 1994. His practice focuses on will and estate planning. He is committed to assisting people protect their family, by having appropriate estate planning documents prepared in an affordable manner.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements