Workshops

Living Life to the Full Program (FULL)

Dates & Times:

Thursdays, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Location: This course will be on-line; the zoom meeting link will be emailed to you before June 11

Living Life to the Full is a nine-week mental health promotion course based on the principle of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). The course is intended to help participants gain skills and knowledge for coping with stress, and various life challenges. You maybe someone experiencing difficulties during the COVID 19 time, or maybe you are a caregiver to a loved one, or simply feel this course could help you with a challenge you are experiencing right now. This course is for you. Please note this course isn’t considered psychotherapy.

Facilitator: Canadian Mental Health Association

This group will require a minimum of 8 participants to register.  It will have a maximum of 12 participants.

For further information on the content of the sessions, please view the brochure.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and partners are welcome to attend.

Please note: your registration will be for all sessions from June 11 – August 6, 2020.

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

Date: Monday, July 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Online or other suitable arrangement. If your session is hosted online, you will receive a webinar link prior to the workshop.

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.

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Introducing Mindfulness to Children: One Playful Breath at a Time

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Time: 10:30 – 11:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Mindfulness practice is known to foster resilience, emotion regulation and attention as well as reduce anxiety and stress. But how can we engage children in mindfulness when it is so often associated with sitting still? In this workshop, Sara will playfully introduce mindfulness to children through story, movement and fun activities that go beyond ‘sitting still.’ In this way, children can get a taste of mindfulness and even teach their parents afterwards.

Facilitator: Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups in both private practice and the Mindfulness Clinic. She has trained as a facilitator in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and is a trained teacher in Mindful Self-compassion (MSC). She facilitates mindfulness & compassion workshops and groups for all ages. She is the author of several mindfulness related children’s books including My New Best Friend, which introduces self-compassion to children and No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully. She has been a regular instructor at Ryerson University in theSchool of Early Childhood Studies for over 13 years. She is the parent of two children and can be found online at www.mindfulfamilies.ca

Registration required. U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse and children are welcome to attend.

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Online Storytime with U of T Libraries

Date:Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2020
Time: 11:00 – 11:30 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to each session’s start time.

Join an online storytime with U of T librarians, who will be reading from their favourite picture books.

Recommended for ages 3-8 years (but all are welcome!)

Registration required. Children of University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome to attend.

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Mindful Parents: Resilient Children

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 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’s challenging behaviour 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. 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 both private practice and the Mindfulness Clinic. She has trained as a facilitator in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and is a trained teacher in Mindful Self-compassion (MSC). She facilitates mindfulness & compassion workshops and groups for all ages. She is the author of several mindfulness related children’s books including My New Best Friend, which introduces self-compassion to children and No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully. She has been a regular instructor at Ryerson University in theSchool of Early Childhood Studies for over 13 years. She is the parent of two children and can be found online at www.mindfulfamilies.ca

Registration required. U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

 

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Online Chat for Prospective and Current Student Families

Date: Monday, August 10, 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.

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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates (2020)
Faculty Monday, August 10

Monday, October 5

Monday, December 7

Staff Tuesday, June 23 (FULL)

Tuesday, August 11

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.

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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 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. 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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Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities 2020

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: TBD

The Family Care Office invites incoming and current students with family responsibilities to Orientation 2020!

Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others:

• Meeting virtually with other students with family responsibilities and university staff
• Learn about services and resources on campus
• Discover strategies and insights from current students with family responsibilities on how to adjust to university life

Stay tuned, the Family Care Office will be updating our website with upcoming details about the orientation.

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome.

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