Workshops

Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates
Faculty (2020) Monday, February 3
Staff (2019) Wednesday, December 11
(2020) Friday, February 14

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. 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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Life Management Series for Students: Managing Time, Managing Distractions

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

When juggling course demands and caregiver demands, it can be difficult to create the sustained focus needed for both academic success and overall well-being. Most students may know they “should” schedule time and create space to study free of distractions–but the reality is this can seem difficult or even impossible given caregiving responsibilities. Whether you are parenting young children, caring for elderly parents, or looking after someone with a chronic or urgent condition, your time and space are not strictly entirely yours to control. Facilitated by a U of T learning strategist, this workshop offers a fresh, realistic perspective on how to study and manage life to allow for distractions and caregiver demands.

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

Pizza lunch will be provided.

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

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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Parenting to Protect Your Children Post Separation and Divorce (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: A webinar link will be emailed to you shortly before the event.

This introductory webinar will explore how parents can effectively buffer their children from conflict during the separation and divorce process. 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. University of Toronto students, staff (including post-docs), faculty, and their partners are welcome.

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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. 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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Elder Care: The Resilient Caregiver

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Learn and practice resilience based coping strategies that can help you and your family retain balance in your daily life!

Caring for a loved one is rewarding, but it also involves many changes and demands. Aging adults, especially those suffering from illness, disability or dementia, need special care that respects their well-being needs as well as our own. Building resilience is ensuring that you are prepared in times of high stress.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn self-care strategies.
  • Discover where you invest most of your physical and emotional energy and whether it’s productive.
  • Uncover your coping style and learn practical tools that will help you and your family be more resilient in times of stress.

Facilitator: Anna Wesolinska is a Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist with a Masters degree in Adult Education and Community Development. She has a private practice and has been running workshops at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, the North York Women’s Centre, and the Family Care Office at the University of Toronto.  She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques including Psychodrama, Drawing, Playback Theatre, and Mindfulness based interventions. Her therapy practice includes adults, couples and adolescents working through a broad range of relationship issues such as loss, conflict, trauma, life transitions, chronic health problems, body and identity concerns, post-partum challenges as well as working through blocks in creativity.

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

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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

  • Understanding learning disabilities, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • 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 (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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Panel Discussion: Advocating within the Education System

Date:  Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Centre for International Experience (CIE), 33 St. George Street, Cumberland Room

Join us for a conversation about how we can advocate within our school systems for our own children.  Learn how to advocate for content that reflects the actual Indigenous history of this land, the still present impacts of colonization, and equity as a key part of being a member of society.

Panelists:

  • A parent of a trans child who has a series of challenges to regular attendance and “success” within the system.
  • A U of T PhD student who is an educator in the private system and also works with ESL and international students. This student is also a parent, Muslim and Kashmiri.
  • An Indigenous educator and former elementary teacher with extensive knowledge of colonization.
  • The Principal of Kensington Community School, who also works in his off time to support families with children with special needs to negotiate the system.

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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Online Chat for Prospective and Current Student Families

Dates:

  • Friday, January 24, 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 am

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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Positive Parenting (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Davis Building – UTM Room (formerly the Faculty Club), 3rd floor

This practical and informative presentation helps parents develop a strong foundation of parenting that will help their children develop skills of social development and well-being. Participants will also learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour.

During this 1hour wellness session participants will:

  • Discuss how to develop a strong foundation of parenting
  • Use this foundation as a springboard to parenting practices that help your child develop skills of social development and well-being
  • Learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour

Facilitator: Homewood Health

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.

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Breastfeeding 101

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: TBA

An opportunity for women planning/trying to breastfeed to ask questions and to learn valuable tips on how to breastfeed.

Facilitator: Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

Please register early, space is limited!  All 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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Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

In this workshop, you will learn and understand your child’s 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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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Facilitator: Stephen Offenheim has been practicing law since 1994. His practice focuses on will and estate planning. He is committed to assisting people protect their family, by having appropriate estate planning documents prepared in an affordable manner.

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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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UofT Scarborough; EV152, Catalyst Centre, Environmental Science & Chemistry Building

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Facilitator: Stephen Offenheim has been practicing law since 1994. His practice focuses on will and estate planning. He is committed to assisting people protect their family, by having appropriate estate planning documents prepared in an affordable manner.

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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Elder Care: Healthy Caregiving

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Caregiving is very special. Watching someone you love become ill and gradually lose his/her memory and abilities can be very hard on you as well as your family. You need to take care of yourself and make sure that you stay healthy.

This workshop will focus on:

  • What are some of the risks of caregiving?
  • What are some of the rewards and joys of caregiving?
  • We will also address resources and navigating the system.

Facilitator: Elaine Kohn, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, and Susana Braslavski, MSW, RSW, Social Worker in Seniors Counselling and Referral Services at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System 

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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Navigating Special Education in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Room 313

The workshop will focus on development of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC) process. It will also look at how learning challenges identified in the IEP are addressed in the classroom, and provide a brief overview of the gifted program. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the language and process of Special Education in the TDSB.

Facilitator: Special Education Inclusion Consultant

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.

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Life Management Series for Students: Negotiating Time for Family (webinar)

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
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, while caring for others.

What happens when family responsibilities clash with academic expectations? Thinking about how to start a conversation with your graduate supervisor about family priorities can be stressful. Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC) for a webinar that will help you to:

• Feel more confident about having a discussion with your supervisor about family issues and obligations;
• Identify helpful campus supports and resources; and
• Learn key negotiation strategies that may be useful as you prepare for discussions with your supervisor around family interests.

Facilitators: G2G Peer Advisors, Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC)

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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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: To be confirmed

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. 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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Elder Care: Exploring Senior Housing Options (U of T Mississauga)

Date:  Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UTM, Davis Building, UTM Room (formerly the Faculty Club)

This is a workshop for family caregivers who are coming to the difficult realization that their elderly loved one may no longer be able to live in their current home and may have to relocate to a care facility.

Join, Esther Goldstein, social worker and author of Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®, as she explores:

  • How you discuss relocating with your loved one
  • The emotional aspects for both the caregiver and the loved one
  • The options for lifestyle choices from in-home supports to a facility
  • Retirement homes and long-term care homes

Facilitator: Esther Goldstein is a social worker and author of the Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®. She worked as a hospital social worker in the GTA primarily with the geriatric population, and now currently works full-time on her publication and the affiliated website www.senioropolis.com

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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