Workshops

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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Caring for Elders During A Pandemic

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

When the pandemic started, many of us found ourselves nagging our aging parents to stay inside and be careful. When your elders live with you, this presents additional gifts and challenges. In this session we will explore how roles and expectations may have changed during the pandemic, and how our default stress mechanisms both protect and challenge us. For many of us (especially this facilitator), the more stressed we get, the more controlling we get, and this can become complicated for the people we live with. We will consider strategies for balancing love and responsibility with respecting the autonomy of those we live with, no easy feat in such challenging times.

Facilitator: Rebecca Higgins has worked in community and social services for over 17 years, specializing in mental health education since 2010. Rebecca has been facilitating workshops on behalf of CMHA Toronto since 2015, and has produced and delivered curricula and resources for the CMHA Ottawa Branch and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

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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Navigating the Early Learning and Care Environment and Transitioning to School: Parent as Partners

Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Participants will gain an understanding of the external resources available for children requiring “Special Education Needs” (SEN) as well as typical developing children, and of the “Every Child Belongs” model (Service Delivery Model: Toronto Children Services).

We will talk about the process of transitioning children from childcare to full day learning and to elementary school, supporting them in childcare and school, and the importance of the collaborative relationship between parents, Resource Consultant, childcare and schools.

Facilitator: Loris Bennett, M.A. – Loris is a Doctoral Candidate in Leadership in Higher Education with a focus on Special Education and an Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies and Early Childhood Education. Loris has over 25 years of extensive experience in the human services field supervising residential programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities as well as offering comprehensive consultation to families and Early Learning Education and Care organizations that support children with special needs. Her scholarship is centered on teaching and professional activity, focusing on promoting access and equity for people with disabilities within a local, national and international context. Loris’ research interests include the areas of diversity, inclusion, access and equity for people with disabilities and expanding professional development of human services personnel.

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 Care: Understanding the Rights of Family Caregivers for Seniors in LTC Homes

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

During this pandemic, the rights of caregivers to visit family and friends in long-term care (LTC) have been increasingly unclear.

This webinar will explore the rights of caregivers during COVID19, particularly about visiting loved ones in LTC both when an outbreak is occurring and when it is not. Participants will learn the governing legislation and regulations, how to navigate blockages with LTC administration and what your rights really are.

Facilitator:  Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and CEO of CanAge, Canada’s Seniors Advocacy Organization, is a highly sought after expert regarding matters involving older adults in Canada and around the world. She also teaches at the University of Toronto, where she is also a Fellow of the Institute for Lifecourse and Aging.

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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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates (2020)
Faculty Monday, December 7

Monday, February 8

Monday, April 12

Staff Tuesday, December 8 FULL

Tuesday, February 9

Tuesday, March 9

Tuesday, April 13

Tuesday, May 4

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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Introducing Mindfulness to Children: One Playful Breath at a Time

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
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. Sara will also include an activity at the start for both parents & caregivers.

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 certified 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 the School 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. The children of U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend with a parent.

*Recommended for children ages 6-10 years old.

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: Family Dynamics and Dementia

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
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 is for family caregivers of individuals living with dementia. The focus of the session will be on exploring significant sources of conflict for families dealing with dementia and strategies for assisting families, building on strengths and resilience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify family dynamics and their effects on families
  • Explore significant sources of conflict for families dealing with dementia
  • Explore strategies for assisting families, building on strength and resilience
  • Develop an understanding of supportive services in the community

Workshop will be presented using Zoom.

Facilitator: Kimberly Dilmohamed, Caregiver Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Toronto

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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Worrying? Anxiety In Children

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Everyone, including children, experiences anxiety from time to time. Anxiety becomes a problem when it interrupts our lives and stops us from doing things we want or need to do.

In this interactive webinar, parents and caregivers will learn more about the topic of anxiety in children. We will explore how anxiety feels, physically and emotionally. Parents and caregivers will learn how anxiety can impact thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  As well, they will learn how to recognize anxiety and how to support kids who may be experiencing it. We will discuss signs, strategies and options to gain additional support and share supplementary resources. Participants will have opportunity to ask questions and learn from each other’s experience.

Facilitator: Rebecca Higgins has worked in community and social services for over 17 years, specializing in mental health education since 2010. She has designed and facilitated workshops for a wide range of groups, including library staff, tenants, security guards, business improvement associations, customer service professionals, youth, educators, and parents.

In addition, Rebecca has served as a panelist and presenter at conferences, delivered keynote speeches on mental health, and provided consultation support to community mental health initiatives.

Rebecca has lived and worked in Ireland, Honduras and Brazil. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a BA in English. Her first book, a collection of short stories called The Colours of Birds, is out now.

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

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Co-parenting in a Pandemic: Protecting Your Children Post Separation and Divorce

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
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 parents can effectively cope with the separation and divorce process during COVID-19 while buffering their children from conflict. The webinar will then be followed with a question and discussion period.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is an Associate 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. 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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Family Trivia! – an online workshop for children and an adult family member

Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Are you looking for a fun way to work together as a family on PA day? Why not join us and have a friendly competition of trivia?

This trivia competition is for families with child(ren) ages 6 to 10 years and an adult family member. Your family will be your team!

There is no minimum or maximum number of family members that can be part of one team.
Who will win? We shall see!!

Facilitators: Gobika Sithamparanathan (She/Her), MScOT Candidate ’21, and Joanne Lieu, Ph.D student whose program of study is Educational Leadership and Policy. Both students are currently student peer mentors with the Family Care Office.

Registration required. The child(ren) and a current University of Toronto student, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellow, or 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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Life Management Series for Students: Manage Time, Manage Distractions

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

When juggling course demands and caregiver demands, it can be difficult to create the sustained focus needed for both academic success and overall well-being. Most students may know they “should” schedule time and create space to study free of distractions–but the reality is this can seem difficult or even impossible given caregiving responsibilities. Whether you are parenting young children, caring for elderly parents, or looking after someone with a chronic or urgent condition, your time and space are not strictly entirely yours to control. Facilitated by a U of T learning strategist, this workshop offers a fresh, realistic perspective on how to study and manage life to allow for distractions and caregiver demands.

Facilitator: Ellyn Kerr, Learning Strategist, U of T Student Life: Academic Success

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. University of Toronto 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: Studying at Home with Children

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

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

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. University of Toronto 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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