Managing Finances during the Pandemic and Planning for Afterwards (Webinar)

Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Have you or your family been impacted financially by Covid-19? Are you worried that your income may be impacted in the near future? Worrying about our health along with our finances can be scary, stressful and can create a lot of stress on us and our families.

Join us for a practical webinar on how to plan for emergency reduced income, deal with your bills as well as your creditors. You are not alone and we are here to help you!

Facilitator: Anne Arbour is the Financial Educator at the Credit Counselling Society, with over 25 years of experience in financial services and a passion to promote financial literacy in her community. Anne holds an MBA from York University – Schulich School of Business, and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF).

Registration Required. U of T students, staff, faculty and their families are welcome to attend.

Fatherhood: A Father’s Guide to Building Character in Children (Webinar)

Date:  Friday, April 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The job of a parent is to help our children figure out how to live productive lives as they grow.  Too often we fall into the trap of focusing on behaviour and we miss the opportunity to encourage and teach them to build good character.  This workshop will give us some ideas of the importance of character over behaviour and how to instill good character as a pattern for our children’s growth.

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a marriage and family therapist focusing on men’s and couple’s issues, as well as, the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario.

Navigating the End of Term Challenges & Advocacy – A Conversation for Students with Family Responsibilities

Date: Tuesday, April 14 , 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for a conversation based on your questions during this unprecedented time. The panel will share thoughts on how to both navigate the university’s systems and how you can advocate for yourself and your family at the end of term when facing difficulties asking for accommodations.

Panelists: Jodie Glean – Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office Director, Karolina Szymanski – Graduate Liaison Officer, OISE Dept of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education, Maria Jardim – Advisor (Student Focus) – Family Care Office.

Moderator: Mairi McKenna-Edwards, Student Life Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusivity Training

U of T graduate and undergraduate students with family responsibilities are welcome to attend.

To register, please email family.care@utoronto.ca with your name and department/College. Questions will be collected ahead of the discussion at registration to protect your anonymity.

Webinar: Managing Finances during the Pandemic and Planning for Afterwards (Evening Session for Students and Student Partners)

Date:  Monday, April 6, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Have you or your family been impacted financially by Covid-19? Are you worried that your income may be impacted in the near future? Worrying about our health along with our finances can be scary, stressful and can create a lot of stress on us and our families. Join us for a practical webinar on how to plan for emergency reduced income, deal with your bills as well as your creditors. You are not alone and we are here to help you!

Facilitator: Anne Arbour is the Financial Educator at the Credit Counselling Society, with over 25 years of experience in financial services and a passion to promote financial literacy in her community. Anne holds an MBA from York University – Schulich School of Business, and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF).

Registration Required. U of T students and their partners are welcome to attend.

If you are registering from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, April 6th please email family.care@utoronto.ca to receive access instructions.

Caring for Children with Disabilities while Social Distancing (Webinar)

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Webinar (link will be provided prior to the session)

Are you a parent who has a child with a disability? We recognize that it may not be an easy transition for you and your child to self isolate.

This webinar will help provide you with resources and tips to help you and your child adapt to the new routine as a result of social distancing.

Facilitator: Sukaina Dada is an Occupational Therapist currently pursuing her PhD in Critical Disabilities Studies and the Founder and Executive Director of SMILE, a not-for-profit organization on a mission to provide support to children and youth with disabilities and their families.

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.

Women’s Wellness @ Student Family Housing: Self-Care: Challenges and Strategies

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Student Family Housing

Practicing self-care enhances our health and well-being, supports success in our work/studies, and improves our relationship with ourselves and the world around us. This workshop will explore the following topics and discuss positive coping strategies to address each challenge:

  • Time constraints
  • Juggling multiple responsibilities
  • Compassion fatigue and overwhelm
  • Expectations
  • Disconnection and isolation

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).

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.

 

Family Care Office: Service Update

We remain open and available to provide support to members of our community.  As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, we will predominately be providing our services remotely through phone and videoconferencing.  We encourages individuals to contact us by phone or email to set-up an appointment.

As advised by the Vice President and Provost to cancel all discretionary and non-academic events in response to COVID-19, the Family Care Office, under the direction of the Division of Human Resources & Equity will be cancelling all non-essential events from today until the end of April.  Where possible, we are currently moving some of our workshops to a virtual format, and we will be in contact with all registrants for these workshops.

We hope to be able to return to standard operations in the coming weeks.

We remain dedicated to ensuring our services remain accessible and uphold our commitment to confidentiality and privacy. Requests for in-person appointments will be assessed on an individual basis. Please note that we will not be taking drop-in appointments at this time.

Our Office hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To access support, we request that individuals e-mail family.care@utoronto.ca or call (416-978-0951) to book an appointment. For more information, please visit our website at https://familycare.utoronto.ca/

All information regarding the University’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus can be found on the University of Toronto website. Responses to many Frequently Asked Questions from the U of T community about the coronavirus are also available.

Women’s Wellness @ Student Family Housing: Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Student Family Housing

Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence is a program for girls and women to heighten their sense of self-trust and awareness of their environment. This workshop offers information, resources and an opportunity to discuss and learn physical techniques around safety, including responses to the most common assaults. Attendees will learn effective blocks, strikes, body language and verbal self-defence.

Facilitator: Deb Parent has taught Wen Do to thousands of girls and women since 1987. She pioneered Dyke and Trans self-defence courses and is a senior instructor and board member with Wen-Do. Deb was on staff with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre from 1980 – 2001. She is also the recipient of the 2007 City of Toronto Pride award and the 2016 Inspire lifetime achievement award.

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.

Stress Management for the Sandwich Generation (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Monday, March 9th, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UTSC Catalyst Centre, EV152

Are you juggling the responsibility of caring for aging parents while supporting your own children? Have you ever felt that there is too much going on? That there is so much on your plate? Between your job, commute, dreams, family, (insert your issue here), you can’t find time to breathe? You are not alone! Learn how you can alleviate your stress and take control of your response when you are juggling multiple responsibilities. Join us for a 90-minute session, where you will discover 3 simple keys to managing stress in healthy ways, and you will walk away with transformational tools that you can use to minimize the chaos right away.

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. 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 (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