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

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location:  Zoom – access instructions will be emailed to you prior to the session

This workshop provides an overview of Pregnancy and/or Parental leave options. We learn about the Employment Standards Act, Employment Insurance as well as the University of Toronto’s top-ups. The workshop will also 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) and applying for Employment Insurance. 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.

Facilitator: Natasja VanderBerg, Faculty Relocation and Family Caregiver Leave Specialist, 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.

Elder Care: Caregiver Stress and Building Resilience (for those dealing with dementia)

Date: Thursday, November 23, 2023
Time:  12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location:  The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Reduce your caregiver stress by exploring the different types of caregiver stress and coping strategies, increasing awareness of the importance of self care and learning about supportive services.

Facilitator:  Zahra Amarshi, Caregiver Education Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society Toronto

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.

Cohabitation, Marriage, and Divorce: What everyone should know about family law

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The Zoom link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This workshop will address the questions:

  • What is the difference between common law spouses and married spouses?
  • What rights and obligations arise upon cohabitation? When?
  • What rights and obligations arise upon marriage?
  • What is a cohabitation agreement? What is a marriage contract? Should I have one?

Facilitator: Emma Katz – Associate lawyer with Kelly D. Jordan Family Law Firm, in Toronto, Ontario. Called to the Bar in 2013. Practising in all aspects of family law and fertility law. After practising civil litigation at a boutique firm for four years, transitioned into practising family law and joined Kelly Jordan in 2018. Completed Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School, during which time spent one semester working at Parkdale Community Legal Services. Contributed to family law chapter in new edition of Death of a Taxpayer. Contributed to writing resources regarding decision-making responsibility and parenting time for Family Law Education for Women. Current Member At Large on OBA Family Law Executive and CPD liaison for upcoming year. Involved with the OBA Young Lawyer’s Division as past member of executive. Member of Board of Directors of the legal aid clinic, Justice for Children and Youth.

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.

How to Cope with Burnout

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The Zoom link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Exhaustion. Overwhelm. Depletion. Stress. Mental health. These words have become common in our vocabulary over the last 3 years. And for good reason. Many of us are bursting at the seams, and cannot cope with what’s going on. If you can identify with anything mentioned, you may be experiencing burnout. We know that many people are experiencing this right now, in various forms. How do we navigate it effectively? Learning how to manage stress to be able to care for your kids, parents, and anyone in between is essential to stay out of burnout. Take time to invest in yourself today!

Facilitator: Tara Rhodes is a certified life and leadership coach, speaker and an award-winning facilitator and trainer. She is dedicated to helping people gain the clarity and confidence to advocate for the life they want to live, and then developing the healthy habits to make that a reality. She firmly believes that life is too short to live a life that makes you unhappy, and is on a mission to help her clients take control of their lives so they can share their unique gifts with the world. A wife and mom to two lively boys, she actively practices what she preaches to maintain a healthy balance and presence in her every day. You can find out more at on Tara Rhode’s website.

Let’s Talk About Childcare Subsidies

Date:Monday, November 21, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

While childcare costs in the GTA can be high, many families are eligible for government subsidies to help offset fees. In this webinar, City of Toronto staff will provide information on the subsidy process, from eligibility, to applying to finding a childcare centre where your subsidy can be used. Join us for more information on whether this is an option available to your family!

Facilitator: Peter Young, City of Toronto Children’s Services

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, 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.

Life Management Series: Navigating Career Development while Balancing Family Care (CCR approved)

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Family responsibilities can range from taking care of older adults to children, in this session we will be discussing strategies on how to balance both personal and professional responsibilities in your job search and career development.

This interactive themed discussion co-hosted by Career Exploration & Education and the Family Care Office will provide you and a group of your peers with the opportunity to learn strategies, ask questions and discuss ways to balance family responsibilities, the job search, and career development. There will be a 1-hour presentation by a Career Educator followed by 30 minutes of discussion-based conversation,

Facilitator: Steven Lappano, Career Educator, UofT Career Exploration and Education

* 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 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.

Children and Bullying: How to respond to a bully?

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This is the second and final session in the Children and Bullying series. In the first session, parents learned about different types of bullying, as well as roles, signs and consequences of bullying for bullies, victims and witnesses. During this session, we turn our focus on supporting victims and witnesses of bullying. Parents will learn how to help their child respond to bullying, whether as a witness or a victim. First, we will address strategies parents can utilize before the child experiences bullying. Here, we will focus on resiliency and examine key protective factors that help build it. Next, we will explore specific skills and techniques parents can teach their children in order to help them respond to bullying with confidence. We will end the session by identifying situations that need a higher level of parental intervention such as meeting with school staff/officials or searching for professional support for their children. Attendance at the first session is not a pre-requisite.

The presentation will occur from 12-1:00pm and the facilitator will be available for questions for the last 30 minutes.

Recommended for parents whose children are 7 to 14 years of age.

Facilitator: Nana Gulic is an Education Doctorate student at OISE’s Social Justice Education Department. She is a Child and Youth Worker with 17 years of experience in working with youth in Canada and internationally. With youth empowerment and engagement as the guiding premise, she worked in residential group homes, community development programs, elementary schools and international organizations. Her academic and professional passions are social and emotional skill development and democratic education. Nana is also a mother to a 10-year old boy for whom she wishes to become a caring, empathic and engaged citizen.

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 (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

Children and Bullying

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This presentation talks about different types of bullying, why it happens and what to do once it happens. First, we will make distinctions between bullying and peer disagreements. Next, we discuss behaviours, underlying emotions, common student responses, and practical suggestions for supporting our children as parents and caring adults. We will finish with when and how caregivers can approach school staff or community services to seek support. We will keep the discussion grounded in examples from real-life situations that took place over the presenter’s 17-year experience with children and youth. Audience participation is encouraged.

Recommended for parents whose children are 7 to 14 years of age.

Facilitator: Nana Gulic is an Education Doctorate student at OISE’s Social Justice Education Department. She is a Child and Youth Worker with 17 years of experience in working with youth in Canada and internationally. With youth empowerment and engagement as the guiding premise, she worked in residential group homes, community development programs, elementary schools and international organizations. Her academic and professional passions are social and emotional skill development and democratic education. Nana is also a mother to a 10-year old boy for whom she wishes to become a caring, empathic and engaged citizen.

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.

Communication for Partners: Managing Conflict & Staying Connected

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

“Happy ever after is not by chance. It’s by choice.” – Dr. John Gottman, PhD

Do you find yourself arguing with your partner about the same things and not getting anywhere?

Do you feel something’s missing from what could be a great partnership?

Sometimes, couples want to make changes to improve their relationship, but don’t necessarily feel that they need therapy. Add the stress and uncertainty of the current pandemic, and our relationships can’t help but be affected in some way. Pre-existing difficulties may be amplified or new stresses may arise. Either way, bringing intentionality to our interactions, particularly when we are vulnerable and stressed, can only be of benefit.

In this seminar, Sara will present a brief overview of key principles from the research of Dr. John Gottman that will not only help couples survive, but thrive in the pandemic and beyond. The strategies offered in this seminar are useful to all romantic partners, whatever the status or configuration of their relationships.

Participants will learn:

  1. The four key behaviours that can spell disaster in relationships – and what to do instead.
  2. Strategies for ‘repair,’ that help turn an interaction around before it goes completely off-track
  3. Concrete tips for daily activities that can strengthen your connection

Participants are welcome to attend individually or with a partner.

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. 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.

Career Planning for Students with Family Responsibilities

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Making career decisions can be tough. In this session, we will explore holistic approaches to career development and planning that can you take your next steps.

Learn how to:

  • Navigate caregiving responsibilities when making career decisions
  • Develop a flexible career strategy that works for you and your family
  • Explore and access career related resources offered by Career Exploration and Education (resume building, job shadowing, mock interviews and appointments)

Facilitator: Kelci Archibald (she/her) – Kelci is a Career Educator at Career Exploration and Education, St. George Campus, U of T. In her role, Kelci designs and delivers career education curriculum for undergraduate, professional and graduate students. Kelci’s work involves supporting students, individually and in groups, in building their future career stories. Kelci has an Honours B.A. in Theatre from Dalhousie University, a B.Ed. from OISE and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from OISE. Kelci lives in Hamilton with her husband, 4 year old son, and dog.

This session is only open to current U of T students.

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.