Workshops

Screening of the DVD Split and Discussion

Date:  Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time:  12:30 noon – 1:30 pm
Location: Room 346, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor Street W.

This screening will allow participants to view the DVD: Split – Divorce through Kids’ Eyes.  Split  is 28 minutes in length, and is described as a video that helps parents understand the emotional needs of their children during a divorce – and helps kids understand they are not alone.

After the screening, Professor Michael Saini will be available to speak to the video and answer questions.

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.

Please note, the video Split will be available to borrow from the Family Care Office library after the screening.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and partners are welcome.  Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Adoption Seminar

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Rm 313

Have you ever considered adoption as a way of growing your family? The first step of your adoption journey is educating yourself about the process and options. This session, led by the Adoption Council of Ontario, will provide an overview of private, public and international adoption processes in Ontario. As well, information will be provided on the Home Study and the education process necessary to become eligible to adopt in Ontario. Helpful tips and strategies to ease the adoption journey will also be discussed.

Facilitator: Danielle Otchie, MSW, RSW.

After working for five years as a frontline social worker in child protection, fostering and adoption, Danielle developed a passion for ensuring that every child has a family to grow up and grow old in. Danielle brings her local and international experience to the AdoptOntario team at the Adoption Council of Ontario. She assists adoption workers in profiling children and youth, and also advocates and communicates with families about children in care and the adoption process. Danielle’s work is focused towards the ultimate goal of finding successful matches, as she cares very deeply about making the adoption process as smooth as possible for both children and families.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: Brain Games

Date:  Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time:  12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location:  Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This workshop discusses myths and facts of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is an interactive workshop that provides the opportunity for open discussion and questions regarding dementia.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what are myths and facts about dementia
  • Understand signs and symptoms of dementia
  • Understand some of the research findings on reducing the risk of developing dementia
  • Recognize that lifestyle plays a role in reducing a person’s risk of developing dementia

Facilitator:  Nouchine Davarpanah, Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Toronto

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs

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Mindful Parenting (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: UTM Maanjiwe nendamowinan (formerly the new North Building), MN, Room #4107

In Mindful Parenting, we apply mindfulness principles to the art of parenting as a way to build a strong child-parent relationship and increase the well-being of both parent and child. In this introductory workshop, parents will learn about the key elements of Mindful Parenting, including listening with full attention, becoming aware of emotions, developing a non-judgemental attitude, accepting difficulties and challenges, building compassion and acceptance, and embracing mistakes as opportunities. Parents will not only experience practical exercises in the workshop, but also bring home tools and techniques for increasing presence, patience, and compassion towards self and child.

Facilitator: Mari Rossi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for parents and children since 2006. She also teaches an online Mindful Parenting course at Indiana University.  Mari has a degree in Psychology, with an specialization in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, and is currently a doctoral student in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at U of T. Between her academic pursuits and mindfulness teaching, Mari finds time for her most important work: parenting her eight year-old son and ten year-old daughter.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Happy Parents, Happy Kids

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 FULL
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Centre for Learning, Leadership & Culture (LLC) formerly Organizational Development Learning Centre (ODLC), 215 Huron Street, 6th floor, Room 610 (Please note this session will be livestreamed to UTSC and UTM)

Ann Douglas, a Canadian best-selling parenting author, provides a guide to parenting without anxiety, guilt, or feeling overwhelmed in her latest book:Happy Parents, Happy Kids.  In this presentation she will discuss:

  • Does parenting have to be this hard?
  • How to boost your enjoyment of parenthood
  • How to feel less anxious, less guilty, and less overwhelmed; and tap into the support you need

Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting. She is a U of T graduate, and received her degree in History in 1985.  She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio and the creator of Canada’s bestselling series of pregnancy and parenting books, The Mother of All book series. Her most recent books are Happy Parents, Happy Kids andParenting Through the Storm.  Please note her book Happy Parents, Happy Kids will be available for sale in the ODLC.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Online Chat for Prospective and Current Student Families

Dates:

  • Friday, October 25, 2019, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Monday, December 2, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer 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 prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

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Life Management Series for Students: Stress Management (Webinar)

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
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, with caring for others.

Students who have caregiver responsibilities face substantial challenges on top of already tough academic demands. Caring for others not only lessens available study time but adds emotional stress, both of which can impact learning and academic performance.  Learning to manage stress effectively is key to achieving one’s own goals while also supporting others. Further, evidence-based stress-management strategies can strengthen productivity, focus, memory, concentration, and critical thinking.

This one-hour webinar will present simple ways to manage stress as it arises as well as help build resilience to stress over the long term. We will:

  • examine what stress is and how to leverage it
  • explore simple practices to help alleviate stresses faced by caregivers
  • consider simple, realistic time-management and productivity approaches
  • tie this all in to learning and academic performance at U of T

Facilitator: Ellyn Kerr, Learning Strategist, U of T Student Life: Academic Success

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.

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Making Your Own Babyfood

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable, and best of all you know exactly what’s in it! Learn to:

  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Compare homemade and store-bought baby food
  • Adapt the food their family is eating to their baby’s needs
  • Handle and store food safely

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, Food Share

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Planning for Pregnancy and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Join us to find out how to make healthy choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum. The session, created by Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, will address participants’ specific concerns on a range of topics including: questions around conceiving, health concerns and risks during pregnancy, health care provider options, antenatal care and screening tests, and post-partum issues. Participants will be able to access resources that support the information provided in the workshop.

Facilitators: Drs. Meghan McGrattan and Dana Soroka, U of T Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Date (2019)
Faculty Monday, December 2
Staff Monday, November 4 FULL
Wednesday, December 11

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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 maternity / 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. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street

Lunch will be provided.

Many students debate whether they should have a baby in graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. This session will help you make a more informed decision about what it means to start a family during grad school, including:

  • A panel discussion featuring a faculty member and graduate students who are raising children; you will be able to hear firsthand about their experiences for integrating studies and careers with raising children
  • Hear about programs and resources available for students who are starting a family: University and Government leave policies; funding options for pregnancy/parental leave; and, resources for new parents
  • Self-assessment — you will have an opportunity to explore your own readiness to start a family.

Presented by the Family Care Office, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Gradlife Program.

Registration required. University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Building, 214 College Street, Room 313

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. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Faculty Relocation Service Information Session (Staff only)

Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Centre for Learning, Leadership & Culture (LLC) formerly Organizational Development Learning Centre (ODLC), 215 Huron Street, 6th floor, Room 610

In this session, you will receive:

  • An overview of the service provided by the Faculty Relocation Service including how to arrange for appointments for prospective tenure and teaching stream faculty, and how to order faculty recruitment booklets
  • Information from guest speakers who will review Faculty Housing, Dual Career Connection, immigration, and recruitment

A light vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Appointments with a Counsellor from the Alzheimer Society

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Family Care Office, 214 College St., Main Floor

Are you coping with a loved one who may have Alzheimer’s Disease? A highly trained counsellor will be available for free 45 minute confidential appointments on Friday, November 15.  The counsellor will be able to discuss any questions or personal concerns you may have about dementia, such as getting a diagnosis, immediate and future care, family matters, ethical issues, stress and coping techniques.

To make an appointment, please call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951.

Please register early, space is limited! University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners/spouses are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: The Role of the LHIN for the Caregiver (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough, Environmental Sciences and Chemistry Building, EV152, Catalyst Centre, 1st Floor

 This workshop presented by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will:

  • Discuss in-home and community services available to assist you in providing care to an elderly person
  • Provide you with information on the application process for admission into a long term care home and other community housing options
  • Address caregiver stress and burnout with a focus on proving specific coping strategies

Facilitator:  Sheri McKeen, Community Education and Outreach Representative with the Central East Local Health Integration Network

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome.  Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: Dementia 101 (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UTM, Davis Building, UTM Room (formerly the Faculty Club)

A dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming and often we don’t know where to start.

Come join us for this workshop as you begin this journey.  The topics covered include:

  • What is Dementia?
  • What changes can I expect?
  • What are some common symptoms?
  • How can I communicate effectively?
  • How can the Alzheimer Society Peel help me?

Facilitator:  Danielle Farrell, Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Peel

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: Understanding the System

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm (presentation for 45 minutes followed by a question and answer period)
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Preparing Healthy Lunches and Snacks (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UTSC, Arts and Administration Building, AA160 (Council Chambers)

Preparing healthy school lunches and snacks for your child can be easy if you have a few ideas up your sleeve. Join us to:

  • Find out how to maximize nutrients in your child’s lunches and snacks.
  • Discover ways to increase the chances of your child eating what you packed.
  • Learn how to become more efficient with your lunch/snack packing and spend less time in the kitchen!
  • Explore different lunch/snack container options and find out which will work best for your child.

Facilitator: Aviva Allen is a kids’ nutritionist and mother of two school aged boys, specializing in helping parents address picky eating and other feeding challenges. Aviva is also the founder of Healthy Moms Toronto, a network of over 19,000 moms across the GTA with an interest in living a healthy lifestyle.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so that we can accommodate your needs.

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