Workshops

Webinar: Studying at Home with Children

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Time:3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom meeting https://zoom.us/j/533807632

Join us for a webinar with Learning Strategist (and mother) Cristina Peters.  This webinar will discuss strategies for working/studying from home with children .

Facilitator:  Cristina Peters, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Centre

University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome to join the Zoom meeting!  Please note, after this webinar, you may be interested in joining the U of T Student Parents and Student Carers Online Platform

For attendance, please register by visiting the calendar link here.

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Caring for Children with Disabilities while Social Distancing (Webinar)

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Webinar (link will be provided prior to the session)

Are you a parent who has a child with a disability? We recognize that it may not be an easy transition for you and your child to self isolate.

This webinar will help provide you with resources and tips to help you and your child adapt to the new routine as a result of social distancing.

Facilitator: Sukaina Dada is currently pursuing her PhD in Critical Disabilities Studies and the Founder and Executive Director of SMILE, a not-for-profit organization on a mission to provide support to children and youth with disabilities and their families.

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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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates (2020)
Faculty Monday, April 6
Staff Friday, March 13

Thursday, April 16 (on-line)

Wednesday, May 13 (may be on-line)

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313 (If the session will be on-line, 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 (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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Bullying: Strategies for Change for Parents (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough, AA160, Council Chambers, Arts & Administration Building

During this interactive workshop, parents will arrive at a common understanding of the phenomenon of bullying and its impact. You will be able to understand the difference between bullying and conflict along with how parent’s and guardians can have a role in preventing bullying and intervening when it happens. This workshop will provide you with COPA’s empowerment-based tools and resources on how to approach bullying and explore the role that parent’s and guardians can have in preventing bullying and intervening when it happens.

Facilitator: COPA Facilitator

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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Living Life to the Full Program for Caregivers

Dates & Times:

Thursdays, May 14 (12:00 p.m. – 2: 00 p.m.)

May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 9 (12:00 – 1:30 pm)

Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St, Room 313

Living Life to the Full is an eight-week mental health promotion programme 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 life challenges.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Facilitator: Canadian Mental Health Association

This group will be require a minimum of 12 registrants by April 22, 2020.

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

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows who are caregivers 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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safeTALK for Caregivers

Date:  Friday, May 15, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St, Room 313

This safeTALK is geared to help caregivers to strengthen their approach to enhancing mental health awareness.

We encourage you to attend a 4-hour safeTALK training for student, staff or faculty caregivers offered by the Health Promotions Programs team in collaboration with the Family Care Office. All participation fees for the session will be covered by Health and Wellness and the Family Care Office.

What you can expect:

safeTALK is designed to ensure that people with thoughts of suicide are connected to helpers who are prepared to provide first-aid interventions. To learn more about LivingWorks safeTALK, visit the LivingWorks website.

If you have questions, please reach out to health.promotion@utoronto.ca

This session will require a minimum of 10 registrants who will attend the session before it will proceed.

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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