Workshops

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Webinar instructions will be emailed to you prior to the session

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for pregnancy and parental leaves. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Facilitator: Kaye Francis, Manager, Family Care Office

Registration required. All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 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.

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How to Cope with Burnout

Date: Monday, July 12, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Exhaustion. Overwhelm. Depletion. Stress. Mental health. These words have become common in our vocabulary over the last 18 months. And for good reason. Many of us are bursting at the seams, and cannot cope with what’s going on. If you can identify with anything mentioned, you may be experiencing burnout. We know that many people are experiencing this right now, in various forms. How do we navigate it effectively?

Come join us for this 60-minute session, where you will discover more about what burnout is from a family perspective and how to identify when you have it, learn the key strategies to deal with burnout when it’s happening, and the practices to put in place to prevent it from happening in the future. In addition, you will be able to experience two coping mechanisms in real time, so you know how to recreate it for yourself!

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 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.

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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates (2021)
Faculty Monday, August 16

Monday, October 4

Monday, December 13

Staff Tuesday, August 17 (FULL)

Tuesday, October 5

Tuesday, November 2

Tuesday, December 14

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Online or other suitable arrangement. If your session is hosted online, you will receive a webinar link prior to the workshop.

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for pregnancy / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy/parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff and faculty 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.

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Balancing Job Search & Family Care

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you prior to the session start time.

Family responsibilities can range from taking care of older adults to children, in this session we will be discussing strategies on how to balance both personal and professional responsibilities in your job search. This interactive themed discussion co-hosted by Career Exploration & Education and the Family Care Office will provide you and a small group of your peers with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss ways to balance family responsibilities and job search. There will be a 15-minute presentation by a Career Educator followed by 30 minutes of discussion-based conversation.

Attendance is capped at 30 to ensure all participants have the space to share their questions, thoughts and experiences and provide their own advice.

All new and current U of T students with family responsibilities 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.

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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 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. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners 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.

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Meet, Greet & Ask Questions: A Chat for Incoming and Current Student Families

Date: Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

A session for U of T students with family responsibilities and their spouse/partner to chat and connect with their peers and/or to ask a Family Care Advisor 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 new and current U of T students with family responsibilities 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.

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Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities 2021

Date: Friday, September 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 am– 12:00 pm (tentative)
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The Family Care Office invites incoming and current students with family responsibilities to Orientation 2021!

Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others:

  • Meet other students with family responsibilities and university staff
  • Learn about services and resources on campus
  • Discover strategies and insights from current students with family responsibilities on how to adjust to university life

Stay tuned, the Family Care Office will be updating our website with upcoming details about the orientation.

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities 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.

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Childcare Subsidy Information Session

Date: Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you prior to the session start time.

Learn what child care subsidy is and the eligibility requirements by the City of Toronto, including information about:

  • How the City of Toronto Children’s Services manages its wait list
  • What if you don’t find a childcare space after the subsidy interview meeting?
  • Looking for a job, self-employment and childcare subsidies
  • Recent changes and updates

Facilitator: Peter Young, City of Toronto Children’s Services staff

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.

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