Appointments with a Counsellor from the Alzheimer Society

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Family Care Office, 214 College St., Main Floor

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 Friday, November 15.  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.

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

Adoption Seminar

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Rm 313

Have you ever considered adoption as a way of growing your family? The first step of your adoption journey is educating yourself about the process and options. This session, led by the Adoption Council of Ontario, will provide an overview of private, public and international adoption processes in Ontario. As well, information will be provided on the Home Study and the education process necessary to become eligible to adopt in Ontario. Helpful tips and strategies to ease the adoption journey will also be discussed.

Facilitator: Danielle Otchie, MSW, RSW.

After working for five years as a frontline social worker in child protection, fostering and adoption, Danielle developed a passion for ensuring that every child has a family to grow up and grow old in. Danielle brings her local and international experience to the AdoptOntario team at the Adoption Council of Ontario. She assists adoption workers in profiling children and youth, and also advocates and communicates with families about children in care and the adoption process. Danielle’s work is focused towards the ultimate goal of finding successful matches, as she cares very deeply about making the adoption process as smooth as possible for both children and families.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

At Home Alone (P.A. Day)

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019 (P.A. Day)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

A fun workshop to help families prepare their 9 – 14 year old to be home alone safely. This interactive workshop for parents and their 9 – 14 year olds will help:

  • Communicate together
  • Find out if their 9 – 14 year old is ready to be home alone
  • Increase safety knowledge
  • Develop an At Home Alone plan together

Facilitator: Stephanie Forestell, City of Toronto Public Health Nurse

University of Toronto current students, staff, faculty and their families are welcome. Registration required at or 416-978-0951 with your child’s name and age

Adjusting to Parenthood

When a child enters your life everything changes and for most new parents it takes quite the effort to adjust to their new lives. In this session, parents will explore the emotional and physical challenges of adapting to parenthood and how to better manage them.

Facilitator: Debra Williams-Conliffe, R.N., MN, Child Health & Development-Early Years, Department of Public Health, City of Toronto

All students, staff, faculty and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration required.

Avoiding Parental/ Caregiver Burnout

Learn and practise resilience based coping strategies that can help you and your family regain balance and joy in your daily life!

Caring for a child or a loved one is rewarding, but it also involves many changes and stressors: household and routine disruption, financial pressures as well as, long-term responsibilities.

Caregivers are often vulnerable to a wide range of physical and emotional challenges. Avoiding burnout is ensuring that you have a good balance in all areas of your busy life. In this session, you will:

  • Learn how to regulate your schedule and refuel your spirit!
  • Find out how to actively prevent burnout, address conflicts, uncover your coping style and reassess your attitude.
  • Discover where you invest most of your physical and emotional energy and whether it’s productive.

Facilitator: Anna Wesolinska, M.Ed., is a Gestalt trained psychotherapist with nine years of experience in private practice. Anna works from a model of health, balance and empathy by bringing into awareness the places where we get stuck and our unique ways of getting there. Anna is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Join us for an educational session to find out about:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and their common signs
  • How to get your child assessed

Facilitator: Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director of Autism Ontario: A special education teacher by training, she has worked for 35 years with individuals with a variety of exceptional learning needs, but particularly with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. A parent of a child with autism will also speak about the experience of finding supports in the GTA.

Athletic Centre Orientation and Class (Students Only)

Tour the Athletic Centre, learn about opportunities for you and your families to be physically active! The tour will end with a 30 minute session led by a personal trainer. You’ll learn a quick strength building circuit that can be done anywhere with minimal equipment to energize your studies!

What to wear and bring: T-Card, running shoes (closed toe), clothing you can move in, no jeans please. Bring a lock if you’d like to use the change rooms.

Please arrive for the tour dressed for activity.

Assessing and Supporting Children with Learning Disabilities

This workshop will provide insight into the world of children with learning disabilities by addressing early identification, therapeutic supports, and educational options. Participants are invited to send their questions to the presenter ahead of time and/or bring them to the workshop for discussion. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Recognize some early signs of a learning disability
  • Find out how to get your child assessed
  • Access information and resources on programs which support children with learning disabilities

Laura Cheng, M.A., UT Family Resource Centre Co-ordinator, has over ten years of experience working with children with a range of special needs in a variety of settings.
Tracy Whitfield-Sochan, MSW., Disabilities Counsellor and Educator, works at the Learning Disabilities Program Counselling and Development Centre at the York University.

Anger Management for Parents

Understand what triggers your anger. Begin to master strategies that effectively deal with conflict and anger. Explore expectations, communication styles as well as learn how to deal with power struggles. Your anger can be dealt with in a manner that leaves everyone’s dignity intact.