Workshops

Planning for Pregnancy and Beyond (webinar)

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for this webinar 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.

Please note: The two physicians delivering the session do not have any expertise regarding COVID 19 and will not be able to respond to concerns regarding COVID 19. If you are registering for this session, you should be planning on getting pregnant and not already pregnant.

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.

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Appointments with a Counsellor from the Alzheimer Society

Date: Monday, November 2 or Friday, November 6, 2020
Location: Upon signing up on either of these two dates, your phone number and name will be provided to the counsellor for a 45 minute appointment.

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 Monday, November 2 or Friday, November 6.  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 or email family.care@utoronto.ca

Please register early, space is limited! University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners/spouses are welcome.

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Online Chat for Prospective and Current Student Families

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

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 and current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

 

 

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Orientation 2020 Session: Child Care & Before and After-School Care + Social

Date: Monday, September 21st, 2020.
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 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.

This session will include a Social, following the presentation portion of the session to network and ask additional questions.

A Family Care Office staff member will be available to answer any general questions.

Facilitator: Maria Jardim, Family Care Advisor (Student Focus)

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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Talking with Parents and Caregivers about Sexual and Gender Diversity in Children, Youth and Families – An Introduction

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to each session’s start time.

This interactive workshop will describe what sexual and gender diversity means and the various ways these diversities may express themselves in children, youth and families. This session will also introduce a gender-affirmation model of care (gender expansive parenting and caring).

As an overview, the workshop will:

  • Deepen your understanding of what sexual and gender diversity is and the various ways it may express in children and youth, and specifically within 2SLGBTQIA families;
  • Deepen your understanding of affirmation as a framework to better support and celebrate children, youth and families with sexual and gender diversity;
  • Build confidence in how best to speak to other human beings (younger and older) about 2SLGBTQIA children, youth and families – especially if you are part of a cisnormative and heteronormative family; and
  • Explore gender expansive parenting as a way to promote engagement, productivity and health/well-being for everyone

Facilitator: Mx. Ashley McGhee, The 519

Registration required. All current staff, faculty, students 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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Orientation 2020 Session: Supports for Academic Success – Accessibility Services + Social

Date: Friday, September 25th, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Lead by Accessibility Services, Academic Success Centre and First Nations House, this session will help you learn about the supports and resources available to you to succeed in your academics at the University of Toronto.

This session will include a Social, following the presentation portion of the session to network and ask additional questions.

A Family Care Office staff member will be available to answer any general questions.

Facilitators: Reshma Dhrodia – Accessibility Services; Bonnie Maracle – Academic Success Centre (ASC) and The First Nations House

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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Orientation 2020 Session: FCO Overview & Student Panel + Social

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Online – Access information will be sent to you closer to the date of the session

The Family Care Office invites incoming and current students with family responsibilities to this orientation session!

This session will provide you with a welcome and overview from the Family Care Office and a panel of students with family responsibilities. You will be able to discover strategies and insights from current students with family responsibilities on how to adjust to university life.  We recommend all students with family responsibilities to attend this session.

To participate in one of our additional Orientation 2020 sessions that are specific to your needs, please register below by following these links:

Our orientation sessions will provide you with the opportunity to start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others.

For those of you who can stay, we will remain online to provide you with an opportunity to meet your fellow students with family responsibilities and to ask questions.

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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Orientation 2020 Session: Your Student Union and Their Services + Social

Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Learn about the resources available to you by your Student Union, such as UTSU, GSU, APUS and UTMAGS.

This session will include a Social, following the presentation portion of the session to network and ask additional questions.

A Family Care Office staff member will be available to answer any general questions

Facilitators: UTSU, GSU, APUS and UTMAGS representatives

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates (2020)
Faculty Monday, October 5

Monday, December 7

Staff Tuesday, October 6

Tuesday, November 3

Tuesday, December 8

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

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Orientation 2020 Session: Life Beyond the Classroom + Social

Date: Friday, October 9th, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for a presentation by the Co-Curricular Record and Graduate Skills Professional Program to learn more about life beyond the classroom at U of T.

This session will include a Social, following the presentation portion of the session to network and ask additional questions.

A Family Care Office staff member will be available to answer any general questions

Facilitators: Co-Curricular Record (CCR) representative – Rose Lin; Graduate Skills Professional Program (GPS) Representative – Liam O’Leary

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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Parenting Through the Storm

Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm (The facilitator will be available for 30 minutes after the 1 hour presentation to answer questions)
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

“Having a child who is struggling doesn’t make you a bad parent, just as being a child who is struggling doesn’t make your child a bad kid.” That’s a powerful and reassuring message to hear if you happen to be the parent of a child who is struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, an autism spectrum disorder, or a related challenge. This webinar is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents. Expect a workshop that is kind, encouraging, and real and that leaves you feeling anything but alone.  After the 1 hour presentation, the facilitator will be available for 30 minutes to answer questions.

Facilitator:  Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting and mental health. She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio and a bestselling parenting book author. Ann is the creator of The Mother of All Book series and the author, most recently, of Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm. A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country.

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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Baby and Toddler Talks: Making Your Own Baby Food: Introducing Solids

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Online – link will be emailed to registered participants prior to workshop

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

Learn to:

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

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, FoodShare

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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Black Like Us: Parenting from a Black father’s Lens

Date: Monday, November 9th, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This webinar will look at parenting from the lens of Black fathers and what it means to parent Black children during a time of Covid-19 and Anti- Black racism. What does it mean to teach our Black children about self-love during a time of discrimination and hate?

Find out about strategies, tools, resources available to support Black children around education, policing and mentorship.

This webinar will also touch on allyship and what can non-Black folks do for their part to challenge anti-Black racism in Toronto.

Facilitator: Brandon Hay (MES), founder of the Black Daddies Club, www.theblackdaddiesclub.com.

Registration required. All current staff, faculty, students 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 and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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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