Workshops

Elder Care: Residents’ Rights for a Person Living with Dementia

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The move to a long-term care home can be one of the most challenging and overwhelming times for caregivers throughout the dementia journey. During this presentation, we will examine the definition of a long-term care home and the legislated residents’ rights as they are currently outlined in the Long-Term Care Act of 2007. Also, we will review each right so the caregiver and/or the resident has a clearer understanding of how care is regulated throughout the long-term care homes, in Ontario.

Facilitator: Laura Petta MSW RSW works as a Social Worker for the Behaviour Support Ontario Caregiver Specialist Program and is an employee of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. In this role she assists family/friend caregivers who support a person living with dementia in one of the Toronto Central long-term care homes. Much of her long-term care experience was acquired while working for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs in both Santa Clara County California and New York City. More recently, at Dixon Hall here in Toronto, she worked as a Client Intervention Worker providing case management services to seniors and adults with disabilities living in the community.

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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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates (2022/2023)
Faculty Monday, December 12

Monday, February 6

Monday, April 3

Monday, June 12

Staff Tuesday, November 1

Tuesday, December 13

Tuesday, February 7

Tuesday, March 7

Tuesday, April 4

Tuesday, May 2

Tuesday, June 13

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 / primary caregiver 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 policies and 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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Mindful Parents: Resilient Children

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Time: 11:30 am – 1 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Do you ever find yourself automatically reacting to your children in ways that leave you feeling disconnected, discouraged, and even depleted? Do you find that some of the most difficult parenting moments are when your children need you the most? Mindfulness skills can help by supporting parents to regulate our big emotions when we are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or getting activated by our children’s big emotions. In this workshop, Sara will share mindfulness and compassion practices for in-the-moment parenting challenges, guided by a recognition that many of these challenges arise from the very stressful climate in which we parent. These practices can help us to be responsive rather than reactive; and be a little kinder towards ourselves along the way.

Facilitator: Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups in private practice. She is a certified Mindful Self-compassion teacher (UCSD) and has trained in PACT (A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy and Emotion Focused Family Therapy. She facilitates mindful self-compassion groups for parents and couples. She is the author of several mindfulness related children’s books including No Ordinary Pizza: A Story about Interconnection, My New Best Friend, which introduces self-compassion to children, and No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully. She is the parent of two children and can be found online at www.mindfulfamilies.ca

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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Answering Frequently Asked Questions about Wills and Powers of Attorney

Date: Monday, December 5, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The Zoom link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

More than 50% of adult Canadians don’t have a will. Most adults know that they should have a will. For a variety of reasons, many people put this off. Often, the process seems overwhelming. During his almost 30 years of wills and estate practice, Steve has encountered many repeated questions, and his seminar will provide some of those answers, to help demystify the process. He will be available at the end of the session to answer questions as well.

Facilitator: Steve Offenheim has been practicing law since 1994, and services wills and estates clients across Ontario.

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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Introduction to Family Law

Date: Tuesday, December 13
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 basics of Family Law and what is involved in:

  • Child decision-making responsibility and parenting time
  • Child and spousal support
  • Separation agreements
  • General overview of the family court process

Presenter: Downtown Legal Services

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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Mental Health for New Parents

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This workshop will explore issues that new parents face and how they can find resources and support during pre and post-pregnancy. Most new parents struggle with a lack of sleep, needing support, mental health, infant care, and more. Learn strategies to care for your baby’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs while taking care of your self too. Discover strategies, tools, and resources to help.

Facilitator:
Bronwyn Addico CBE(BFW) CD(DONA) www.balancingbirthbaby.com

Bronwyn Addico (she/her) is the owner of Balancing Birth to Baby, a support company for expecting and new parents that offers prenatal education and Doula support in Southern Ontario, Canada. She has been a Childbirth & Early Parenting Educator since 2015 and a Birth & Postpartum Doula since 2016.

After a difficult birth experience in 2013, she embarked on a journey to become a Birthing From Within childbirth mentor and spent time in California in 2016 to further her in-depth training. Bronwyn has been deeply influenced by this program’s view of birth as an initiation into parenting and how to examine your fears of birth and parenting. She uses the tools that she learned in this program within all aspects of her professional career and has developed them into a coaching program to help birthing people prepare for birth and work through a difficult or traumatic birth experience. She has supported more than 200 families during their births and early parenting journey.

Bronwyn is a single mother to two wonderful kids.

Contact Bronwyn: bronwyn@balancingbirthbaby.com

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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Why Do I Keep Spinning my Wheels since my Divorce?

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
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. A question and answer period will then provide participants with the opportunity to ask non-case specific questions.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is a 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, 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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Elder Care: Adjusting to Long-term Care for a Person Living with Dementia

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This workshop aims to give care partners an overview of issues related to long-term care (LTC). The goal is for care partners to learn about how to successfully prepare, transition a person living with dementia and how to support the person after the move to a LTC Home. We will discuss important things to consider when making application, settling the resident into their new home and how caregivers can take care of themselves in the process.

Facilitator: Laura Petta MSW RSW works as a Social Worker for the Behaviour Support Ontario Caregiver Specialist Program and is an employee of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. In this role she assists family/friend caregivers who support a person living with dementia in one of the Toronto Central long-term care homes. Much of her long-term care experience was acquired while working for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs in both Santa Clara County California and New York City. More recently, at Dixon Hall here in Toronto, she worked as a Client Intervention Worker providing case management services to seniors and adults with disabilities living in the community.
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.

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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Parenting without Anger

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

All parents get angry, but if you feel that anger is having a negative impact on your family, this workshop is for you. You will learn:
• How to recognize and cope with anger triggers
• Positive and negative aspects of anger
• Why you get angry
• Impact of anger on your children
• How to change the cycle of anger through the learning and development of essential parenting skills.

Facilitator: Karen Skinulis, Registered Psychotherapist specializing in parenting and family issues, co-author of three books for parents and teachers, a Certified Montessori Director, Parent Talk.

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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Will My Child Be Negatively Impacted by my Divorce?

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

While divorce has been found to be an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), parents can buffer their children from negative conflict. This webinar will provide parents with tools and strategies to protect their children from long term consequences of separation and divorce. A question and answer period will then provide participants with the opportunity to ask non-case specific questions.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is a 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, 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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Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues (Infants)

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 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, 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, 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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Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues (Toddlers)

Date: Monday, January 30, 2023
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, 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, 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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Introduction to Mindful Parenting

Evening Mindful Parenting Series
In February, the Family Care Office will be offering a two-workshop Mindful Parenting series. Introduction to Mindful Parenting will be offered online on February 9 7:45 pm – 9 pm. Mindfulness for Kids: Building a Parent’s Toolkit will be the following week at the same time. Notes:
1) Please try attend both workshops if you can! Please register for each one of you are planning to attend both.
2) If you are planning to participate with someone with whom you co-parent, please submit two registrations even though you might be logging in from the same device. Thank you!

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFUL PARENTING

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time: 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

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, through fun and practical exercises, the key elements of Mindful Parenting, focusing on three pillars: awareness, acceptance, and intention. Come clarify your values as a parent and learn how to translate your long-term parenting goals into day-to-day life with kids; find new ways to cultivate self-compassion and patience towards your child; and understand the crucial role of parenting “mistakes” and how to embrace them as opportunities.

Facilitator: Mari Rossi has been facilitating mindfulness and yoga programs for parents and children for 15 years, and has led the Family Care Office Mindful Parenting programs since 2013. Mari has a degree in Psychology, with a specialization in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health from the University of Toronto, and is currently a PhD 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 two kids, aged 11 and 13.

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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Mindfulness for Kids: Building a Parent’s Toolkit

Evening Mindful Parenting Series
In February, the Family Care Office will be offering a two-workshop Mindful Parenting series. Introduction to Mindful Parenting will be offered online on February 9 7:45 pm – 9 pm. Mindfulness for Kids: Building a Parent’s Toolkit will be the following week at the same time. Notes:
1) Please try attend both workshops if you can! Please register for each one of you are planning to attend both.
2) If you are planning to participate with someone with whom you co-parent, please submit two registrations even though you might be logging in from the same device. Thank you!

MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS: BUILDING A PARENT’S TOOLKIT

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time: 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

In this workshop we will explore practical ways of bringing mindfulness to the home. We will cover topics such as the benefits of a mindfulness practice for children, how to establish a mindfulness routine, and tips on practicing mindfulness as a family. Parents will leave with ideas of hands-on exercises, as well and simple and fun meditations to try with their children.

Facilitator: Mari Rossi has been facilitating mindfulness and yoga programs for parents and children for 15 years, and has led the Family Care Office Mindful Parenting programs since 2013. Mari has a degree in Psychology, with a specialization in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health from the University of Toronto, and is currently a PhD 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 two kids, aged 11 and 13.

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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Choosing Childcare that Works for your Family

Date: Friday, March 31, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 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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