Discussion Groups

Parents’ Group at U of T Student Family Housing (for residents only)

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Charles St. Drop-in Centre, 30 Charles St., 3rd Floor

A self-directed group for parents and their young children up to 5 years of age who live at the U of T Student Family Housing. Participants have an opportunity to meet other parents, make connections and share experiences. Group members develop a support network within the Student Family Housing buildings and learn about family resources.

Expectant Parents Group (Winter session)

Date: January/February 2020
Time: 
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George St., Rm 2175

A group for U of T expecting parents and their partners to:

  • Gain insight into various aspects of pregnancy including nutrition, emotional and physical changes, labour and delivery, and how to feed and care for your baby.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other expectant parents regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Winter 2020 Session dates:

Session Title Date
Equipment & Gadgets You Will Really Use Monday, January 20
Pregnancy Changes & Concerns Monday, January 27
The Birthing Experience Monday, February 3
Taking care of Your Baby & Yourself Monday, February 10

Expectant parents who are U of T students, staff, faculty and their partners/spouses both 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

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Under the Iceberg of Separation and Divorce: A Discussion Group

Date: Thursdays (February 13, 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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