Workshops

Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Workshops 2024

The Family Care Office hosts workshops to support staff and faculty with navigating Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leaves. The ‘Planning’ workshop can be taken at any time. Our ‘Practicalities’ workshop is for expectant parents who hope to begin their leaves in three or four months. Those who register for the ‘Practicalities’ workshop should have already attended the ‘Planning’ workshop. Workshop descriptions are below. Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff and faculty are welcome.

Upcoming Dates

Faculty Planning Workshop – Tuesday, May 28
Faculty Practicalities Workshops – Tuesday, June 4

Staff Planning Workshops – Wednesday, May 29
Staff Practicalities Workshops – Wednesday, June 5

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Online – you will receive a Zoom link prior to the workshop.

Register for May/June Planning and/or Practicalities workshops (UTORid required)
(If you have any questions during the registration process, please reach out to family.care@utoronto.ca or phone 416-978-0951. You should receive a registration confirmation by email when your registration request is confirmed, and a reminder two days before the workshop.)

Planning for Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leaves

This planning workshop provides an overview of Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver leave options. We learn about the Employment Standards Act, Employment Insurance as well as the University of Toronto’s top-ups. This workshop is intended to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about leaves, with a focus on the financial aspects of taking a Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave. Whether you are considering having a child or already expecting a child, this workshop is for you.

This workshop can be taken at any time in your journey. People who are planning to begin their leave within the next three or four months should also attend the “Practicalities of Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leaves” workshop.

Practicalities of Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leaves

This workshop is for expectant parents who have already attended the ‘Planning’ workshop who hope to begin their leaves in three or four months. The workshop will cover practical preparations that one must do before taking a leave and immediately following the start of the leave. These tasks include:

  • Filling in the Notification of Leave form (to be submitted to U of T three months before the start of the leave)
  • Applying for Employment Insurance
  • Continuing or discontinuing health insurance and pension contributions during the unpaid part of the leave
  • Adding a child to health insurance (if applicable) and considering other benefit changes

We will also provide resources to help you prepare for the arrival of your child and will discuss returning to work and balancing working and parenting.

** If the Practicalities workshop that is 3-4 months before your anticipated leave date is full, please email family.care@utoronto.ca

Registration – please use this link rather than the registration button below. Thank you for your patience as we test a new registration system.

Register for May/June Planning and/or Practicalities workshops (UTORid required)
(If you have any questions during the registration process, please reach out to family.care@utoronto.ca or phone 416-978-0951. You should receive a registration confirmation by email when your registration request is confirmed, and a reminder two days before the workshop.)

 

 

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How Ontario School Boards Identify and Support the Needs of Diverse Learners

Date: Friday, May 24, 2024
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Location: Zoom – A meeting link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This workshop will focus on Ministry of Education policies and processes related to supporting students with diverse needs and strengths. It will review the role of School Support Teams, Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Identification Placement Review Committees (IPRC). It will also provide a forum for participants to ask general questions about how students with exceptionalities access various supports and how parents can best navigate these systems.

Facilitator: For the past 15 years Jody Chong has split her time between her roles as an Assistant Professor at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and the Toronto District School Board where she is employed as a Special Education Teacher.  Prior to this, she worked as a Reading Teacher with the Learning Disabilities Research Program at SickKids Hospital for almost ten years. Her research interests include reading difficulties and disabilities and the implementation of evidence-based literacy programs in classrooms.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also 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 make appropriate arrangements.

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Life Management Series for Students: Becoming a Parent in Grad School

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Online (MS Teams)

Many students debate whether to have a baby during graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. This session will help you make an informed decision about what it means to start a family during grad school, including:
• A panel discussion featuring current and former graduate students who are raising children; you will hear firsthand about their experiences for integrating studies and careers while 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

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

* 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. U of T 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 make appropriate arrangements.

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Parenting without Anger

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared 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.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also 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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Life Management Series for Students: Balancing Parenting and an Undergraduate Degree

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Online (MS Teams)

Are you a parent or looking at becoming a parent while completing your undergraduate degree at UofT?  Join us on Wednesday, May 29th for information on navigating UofT as a parent, hear first hand undergraduate parent experiences and learn about grants and programs available from the University and the UofT Students’ Union that help support undergraduate student parents.  Finally, connect with others going through similar experiences as yourself!

* 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. U of T 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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Life Management Series for Students: Budgeting 101 for Student Families

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024
Time: 12:00  – 1:30 pm
Location: Online (MS Teams)

All students with family responsibilities are invited to join us and learn more about keeping a budget for their family!  Participants will learn to make “cents” of money and the 7 steps to budgeting which will help them take control of their finances and give them peace of mind.

Facilitator: Tim St. Vincent is the Credit Counselling Society’s Financial Educator for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the GTA, he is based out of Winnipeg. Tim has over 25 years experience in Financial Services and is a retired Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Tim has also completed the Canadian Securities Course (Hons.) has achieved his Certificate in Management (C.I.M.) Hons. and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance. Tim believes strongly in the power of education, planning and acting on your plan.

* 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. U of T 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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Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues (Session #1: Infants)

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 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 and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also 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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Parenting & Caregiving with The 3Es

Date: Wednesdays, June 5 & 12, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with registered participants by email prior to the session start time.

Over 2 sessions, parents/caregivers will learn about children’s social-emotional development, specifically “The 3Es of Social-Emotional Development”: emotion regulation, empathy for the self, and empathy for others. During these sessions, practical strategies for supporting children’s development and mental health will also be shared.

Facilitators:
Dr. Ruthie Speidel and CCDMP Training Team, Centre for Child Development, Mental Health & Policy, UTM. For more information about the CCDMP, please see their website or subscribe to their new e-newsletter.

Registration Required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also 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.

Please note:
Those who register for June 5th will automatically be placed on the registration list for June 12th as well.  Participation in both sessions is recommended, however not required.  Attendees are welcome to participate in a single session if they so choose.  Attendees who attend both sessions, on June 5 & 12, may be eligible to apply for a 3Es training certificate (non-academic credit) to be provided by the CCDMP. Please contact the CCDMP directly for additional details regarding the certificate.

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Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues (Session #2: Toddlers)

Date:  Monday, June 10, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 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 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 and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also 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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Working with a Fertility Clinic

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom – The webinar link will be shared via email prior to the meeting

Discover the uniqueness of every person’s fertility journey and explore your options with expert guidance. Join us to gain insights into navigating fertility support for everyone and find answers to your questions about working with a fertility clinic.

Facilitators:  Mount Sinai Fertility

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with Mount Sinai Fertility.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also 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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Strengthening Your Step Family

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Location: A link will be shared with registered participants a few days prior to this event.

Gather with other step parents to discuss the experiences specific to blended families and how to navigate the challenges and find your place in parenting.

Learning outcomes:

  • Examine the dynamic of blended families and how you can build a cohesive blended family that connects, communicates and cooperates.
  • Adding another parent and/or children can be disruptive to a family.

This course will focus on ways to integrate two families effectively, improve communication between all family members, learn to work with the personalities of each person in the household and deal with conflicts that can arise between two (or more) homes.

Presenter:

The Peel Family Education Centre (FEC) has been offering peer-support parenting courses, workshops, meet up groups and book clubs throughout the region of Peel since 1974. All of their Parent Educators are certified with FEC in adult-learning and Adlerian Psychology principals to offer evidence-based parenting skills and strategies to parents, along with lived experience and peer-support.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also 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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For Dads by Dads: How to Build Awesome Kids & Have Fun Doing It

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Description: Gather with other ‘dads” to discuss experiences specific to those who self-identify as fathers/fathering. Discuss how to navigate challenges and find your place in parenting.

Presenter: The Peel Family Education Centre (FEC) has been offering peer-support parenting courses, workshops, meet up groups and book clubs throughout the region of Peel since 1974. All of their Parent Educators are certified with FEC in adult-learning and Adlerian Psychology principals to offer evidence-based parenting skills and strategies to parents, along with lived experience and peer-support.

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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Elder Abuse: What you Need to Know

Date: Thursday June 27, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Description: Elder abuse is a growing area of concern in Ontario. This workshop will be helpful for family members, carers, and service providers who will learn about elder abuse and the forms of elder abuse including financial abuse and scams, how to spot elder abuse, steps to take if someone is being abused, safety planning, and resources to help.

Facilitator: METRAC’s Legal Director, Andrea Collins-Fitzpatrick. Andrea is a lawyer who was called to the Bar in Ontario and Manitoba and has a particular interest in access to justice and providing legal information in plain language.

Registration Required: University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also 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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