Workshops

Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates (2021)
Faculty Monday, February 7

Monday, April 4

Staff Tuesday, February 8

Tuesday, March 8

Tuesday, April 5

Tuesday, May 3

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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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability — What’s Available and What’s Possible

Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for this discussion on parenting concerns for children with disabilities. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Management of the disability at home and at school
  • Discussing with your child about their learning disability
  • Advocating and finding supports for your child
  • Hear from 1-2 current U of T students with a learning disability about their experience growing up with a LD
  • Question and answer period

Speaker: Pearl Levey, Ph.D., Disability Advisor, U of T Accessibility Services.

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, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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Why do I keep spinning my wheels since my divorce?

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This introductory webinar will explore how adults get stuck in negative emotional cycles and how they can get traction on the right path by dealing, feeling and healing from the separation and divorce. The webinar will then be followed with a question and discussion period

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. 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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Hidden in Plain “Site” Preventing Online Sexual Exploitation Together

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The risk of online sexual exploitation of youth is rising, especially in the context of the #COVID19
pandemic. White Ribbon is pleased to offer a free webinar to parents on preventing all forms of
#onlinesexualexploitation and #sextrafficking.

In this webinar, parents will learn more about:

  •  Warning signs of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking
  • How to engage youth in practicing online safety
  • How to prevent this issue from happening through learning about healthy relationships, consent, allyship and equity
  • Help and resources available.

Facilitator: David Garzon is the Team Lead, Community Engagement at White Ribbon. He is responsible for the management and delivery of several key initiatives across White Ribbon, together with the program staff team. David has worked in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Colombia delivering workshops and implementing projects on gender equity, masculinities, LGBTQ+ rights, gender-based violence, feminism, youth empowerment, health, and fair trade. David holds a bachelor degree in Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean studies from York University, a certificate in Critical Reflections on Masculinities from the Center for Social Research, Technology and Capacity Building, and is currently finishing a post-graduate program in Global Business Management at Humber College

Registration required. 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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Life Management Series for Students: Financial Survival for Student Families – Learn how to manage your money, get out of debt, and use taxes to your advantage

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Are you a student struggling to cover the costs of your education and living expenses? Even if your tuition fees are covered by the departmental funding, scholarships or bursaries, supporting a family in Toronto can be expensive and many students struggle to afford the costs of living during their time at the university.

The facilitator will be talking about money and debt management, to provide you with important tools to help you better manage both.

Facilitator: Gary Rusyn, B.A., CEPF, Financial Educator, Credit Counselling Society

Registration required. University of Toronto students 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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Elder Care: Meaningful Activities (for Care Partners)

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Learn the importance of meaningful activities for people with dementia or their family members. Demonstrate importance of sensory stimulation for people with dementia. Employ additional strategies and resources for creating meaningful activities for people with dementia.

For care partners or family member of a person living with dementia

Facilitator: Kimberly Panditharatne, Caregiver Education Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society Toronto
Registration required. 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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Will my child be negatively impacted by my divorce?

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This introductory webinar will explore how parents can effectively cope with the separation and divorce process while buffering their children from conflict. The webinar will then be followed with a question and discussion period.

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. 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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Breastfeeding 101

Date: Monday, February 14, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Improve your chances of a better start in your breastfeeding journey! This workshop will
provide practical tools and valuable information on breastfeeding in the early days. You will learn:

  • How human bodies prepare to lactate
  • How our babies prepare to nurse
  • What to expect in the early days
  • What to look for in an efficient latch
  • What comfortable breastfeeding positioning looks like
  • How to tell breastfeeding is going well in the early days
  • When to ask for skilled help

Facilitator: Camila Valente is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Internationally Educated Nurse and mother of two children.

University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome to attend.

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: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
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 40 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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Children and Bullying

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This presentation talks about different types of bullying, why it happens and what to do once it happens. First, we will make distinctions between bullying and peer disagreements. Next, we discuss behaviours, underlying emotions, common student responses, and practical suggestions for supporting our children as parents and caring adults. We will finish with when and how caregivers can approach school staff or community services to seek support. We will keep the discussion grounded in examples from real-life situations that took place over the presenter’s 17-year experience with children and youth. Audience participation is encouraged.

Recommended for parents whose children are 7 to 14 years of age.

Facilitator: Nana Gulic is an Education Doctorate student at OISE’s Social Justice Education Department. She is a Child and Youth Worker with 17 years of experience in working with youth in Canada and internationally. With youth empowerment and engagement as the guiding premise, she worked in residential group homes, community development programs, elementary schools and international organizations. Her academic and professional passions are social and emotional skill development and democratic education. Nana is also a mother to a 10-year old boy for whom she wishes to become a caring, empathic and engaged citizen.

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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Women’s Wellness for Students: Communication and Healthy Relationships

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

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: Haesun Moon, PhD(c), MCC(c), CSFC.

Haesun Moon is a leading expert and educator on coaching and the use of language in transforming workplace dialogues leading to social change. Her academic and professional research in coaching dialogues and pedagogy from the University of Toronto introduced a simple coaching model, Dialogic Orientation Quadrant, that has transformed the way people coach and learn coaching worldwide. Haesun teaches Brief Coaching at the University of Toronto and serves as Executive Director at the Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching. She can be reached at learn@briefcoaching.ca.

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. 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 at University of Toronto. 

*You will be entered to win a raffle prize at the end of each session. Attendees who attended 3/4 sessions will also be entered to win a grand prize.

 

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Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues (Infants)

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

In this workshop, you will learn about your infant’s (0-12 months old) sleep patterns. Healthy sleep habits will be discussed including

  • The importance of sleep for infants and parents
  • Expected changes in sleep across the first year of life
  • How to cope with frequent night waking

Facilitator: Dr. Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, Associate Professor at Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

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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Women’s Wellness Series for Students: Tips & Strategies to Manage Your Finances

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Does looking at financial statements make you anxious or confused? Join us for a session on money management strategies that will ease your worries and help you achieve your financial goals.

This workshop will offer budgeting tips for families, information on government student grants and bursaries, advice on setting realistic financial goals, and ways to budget lump sumps (i.e. grants or OSAP payments). This session will touch on options for repaying, calculators to use, and RAP.

The webinar will cover:

  • Apply meaning to your money;
  • Set S.M.A.R.T. financial goals;
  • Understand the components of creating an effective budget;
  • Track your expenses and identify areas of change;
  • Plan and have enough for irregular expenses, emergency savings and other fun things; and
  • Create a paycheque plan that matches your budget

Facilitator:

Gary is the Credit Counselling Society’s Financial Educator for Ottawa. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, as well as teaching high school in Montreal. Gary strives on practicing what he teaches. Gary is also fluently bilingual in English and French. Gary is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance.

Gary est un éducateur financier pour Credit Counselling Society pour Ottawa. Avec plus de 15 ans d’expérience dans le secteur financier, ainsi que l’enseignement secondaire à Montréal. Gary peut communiquer efficacement dans les deux langues officielles.

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. 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 at University of Toronto. 

*You will be entered to win a raffle prize at the end of each session. Attendees who attended 3/4 sessions will also be entered to win a grand prize.

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Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues (Toddlers)

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

In this workshop, you will learn about your toddler’s (1-3 years old) sleep patterns. Healthy sleep habits will be discussed including:

  • The importance of bedtime routine
  • How to deal with frequent night waking
  • How to cope with early morning risers
  • How to encourage your toddler to sleep in their own bed.

Facilitator: Dr. Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, Associate Professor at Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

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

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
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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Women’s Wellness for Students: Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

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: Leslie Allin is a senior instructor with Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defence. She teaches at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, and trains facilitators for the EAAA Sexual Assault Resistance Education Program.

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. 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 at University of Toronto. 

*You will be entered to win a raffle prize at the end of each session. Attendees who attended 3/4 sessions will also be entered to win a grand prize.

Maximum capacity for this session is 12 persons. All others will be put on a waiting list for a future session.

This online session includes physical activity. The physical techniques will be presented online with the understanding that some women may be sitting or sometimes standing at their computer and so we will be encouraging students to do only what is emotionally comfortable and physically safe for their bodies.

Important: Participants should know in advance of the need for privacy and confidentiality while our class is in session. Women taking this online workshop must ensure that they have a room with a door that will close, or that they are alone in their residence.

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Elder Care: Understanding the System

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Trying to find the government, community and private resources to assist you to care for your aging relative in the home can be overwhelming. Who do you start with and what is available?

In this session, Zoe Levitt, M.S.W., R.S.W will guide you through:

  • The types of services and resources that are available for your elder relatives who are still living in their own homes
  • Finding and selecting available home care supports
  • How to access these supports and the costs that might be involved
  • Bring your individual questions/concerns and ask the facilitator for her advice

Facilitator: Zoe Levitt is an Elder Care Consultant with a Masters’ Degree in Social Work. She has been working with the elderly in their homes and in hospitals for more than 25 years.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, 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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Women’s Wellness for Students: What’s in Your Toolbox

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

How are you feeling today? Feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed? Take 3 deep breaths. How was that? I hope that helped. We spend much of our time caring for our spouses, children, family members, friends, pets then add juggling work life, errands, housework, homework, family functions, meetings, etc. Do you find that there just isn’t enough time left in your day to care for yourself?

Self-Care is the act of taking care of your own mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

This workshop will allow participants to engage in an interactive session that explores how to juggle multiple responsibilities, identify and evaluate their own coping strategies in their toolbox. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to practice some techniques and leave the workshop with a self-care plan which can be added to their toolbox.

Facilitator:

Danielle Farmer is a Registered Social Worker and Child and Youth Care Practitioner who has dedicated the last 20 years to working with children and young adults. Recently, she joined the Health & Wellness Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough as a counselor / therapist.

She utilizes various therapeutic approaches in her practice such as Solution-Focused Therapy Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT); Narrative Therapy, as well as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She is passionate about self-care and in her spare time enjoys hiking, teaching Zumba and Socacize.

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. 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 at University of Toronto. 

*You will be entered to win a raffle prize at the end of each session. Attendees who attended 3/4 sessions will also be entered to win a grand prize.

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Young Carers: Self Care for Care Partners

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Young carers (18 to 40 years old) play an important role in the lives of family members living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. This interactive workshop is designed to help care partners/family members caring for people living with dementia discuss the concept of Self Care and the important role it plays in managing the day-to-day stress

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is self-care?
  • Common barriers preventing caregivers from practicing self-care
  • The benefits of self-care habits
  • Strategies, approaches and ideas on incorporating self-care into our daily schedule
  • Emotional hygiene and how to practice it
  • Creating a self-care plan and sticking to it

For care partners or family member of a person living with dementia.

Facilitator: Curtis Larade, Social Worker with the Alzheimer Society Toronto

Registration required. 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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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
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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