Hidden in Plain “Site” Preventing Online Sexual Exploitation Together

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The risk of online sexual exploitation of youth is rising, especially in the context of the #COVID19
pandemic. White Ribbon is pleased to offer a free webinar to parents on preventing all forms of
#onlinesexualexploitation and #sextrafficking.

In this webinar, parents will learn more about:

  •  Warning signs of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking
  • How to engage youth in practicing online safety
  • How to prevent this issue from happening through learning about healthy relationships, consent, allyship and equity
  • Help and resources available.

Facilitator: David Garzon is the Team Lead, Community Engagement at White Ribbon. He is responsible for the management and delivery of several key initiatives across White Ribbon, together with the program staff team. David has worked in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Colombia delivering workshops and implementing projects on gender equity, masculinities, LGBTQ+ rights, gender-based violence, feminism, youth empowerment, health, and fair trade. David holds a bachelor degree in Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean studies from York University, a certificate in Critical Reflections on Masculinities from the Center for Social Research, Technology and Capacity Building, and is currently finishing a post-graduate program in Global Business Management at Humber College.

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.

How to Cope with Burnout

Date: Monday, July 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.

Exhaustion. Overwhelm. Depletion. Stress. Mental health. These words have become common in our vocabulary over the last 18 months. 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?

Come join us for this 60-minute session, where you will discover more about what burnout is from a family perspective and how to identify when you have it, learn the key strategies to deal with burnout when it’s happening, and the practices to put in place to prevent it from happening in the future. In addition, you will be able to experience two coping mechanisms in real time, so you know how to recreate it for yourself!

Facilitator: Tara Rhodes is a certified life and leadership coach, speaker and trainer, dedicated to helping people gain clarity on the life that they want to live, and developing healthy habits to make it a reality. She firmly believes that life is too short to live a life that makes you unhappy and is on a mission to free her clients from guilt, imposter syndrome and unworthiness so that they can share their gifts and dreams with others. A wife, and mom to two lively boys, she actively practices what she preaches to maintain a healthy balance and presence in her day-to-day. Find out more at www.tararhodes.ca.

How to Adopt

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

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: Ellen Igumnova RSW, BSW

With her experience in children welfare, Ellen developed a passion for contributing to positive social change in our society by working towards finding permanent and stable homes for children involved in Ontario’s child welfare system. As a Clinical Coordinator, Ellen has been working with the AdoptOntario team and other professionals since Fall 2019 to create profiles for waiting children, communicate with prospective adoptive parents, identify matches and share information regarding adoption with the ultimate goal of finding permanence for children as every child deserves to grow up with love and support from a family that they can call their own.

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.

Halloween ‘Character Treats’ – an online workshop for children and an adult family member

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Halloween is a fun time when we use our creativity to transform ourselves and become something or someone else. In this Halloween-themed activity, children and their parents will identify their individual ‘character treats’. They will explore how their individual characteristics connect to those around them and why that can be a real treat! Participants will learn to face four Halloween ghosts: Denialin, Doubty, Worry-Anne and Fearan. This social and emotional learning activity is aimed at children 6 to 10 years of age. For this activity, please have paper, markers, crayons, coloured pencils and scissors.

Recommended for children 6 to 10 years and an adult family member.

Facilitator: Nana Gulic is an Education Doctorate student at OISE’s Social Justice Education Department. She is a Child and Youth Worker with 16 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 9-year old boy for whom she wishes to become a caring, empathic and engaged citizen.

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.

Happy Parents, Happy Kids

Ann Douglas, a Canadian best-selling parenting author, provides a guide to parenting without anxiety, guilt, or feeling overwhelmed in her latest book:Happy Parents, Happy Kids.  In this presentation she will discuss:

  • Does parenting have to be this hard?
  • How to boost your enjoyment of parenthood
  • How to feel less anxious, less guilty, and less overwhelmed; and tap into the support you need

Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting. She is a U of T graduate, and received her degree in History in 1985.  She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio and the creator of Canada’s bestselling series of pregnancy and parenting books, The Mother of All book series. Her most recent books are Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm.  Please note her book Happy Parents, Happy Kids will be available for sale in the ODLC.

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

How Might We Create a More Family-Friendly UofT?  Student Parent Feedback Session

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Robarts Library, Family Study Space, 9th Floor, Room 9-002.

The Innovation Hub​, in partnership with the Family Care Office, is looking to hear from student-parents on how U of T can be more family-friendly.  Join us to learn about the results of a research project the Innovation Hub conducted last year with student parents and then participate in interactive activities ​and dialogue that will generate practical ideas for how the university can better support student parents.  Your contributions will influence the future direction of student life programming and services.

As a thank you for participating, each participant will be provided with a $10 coffee gift card.

Facilitators: Innovation Hub staff members

University of Toronto current students are welcome.  You are also welcome to bring your child(ren) to this space, but please be advised you will be required to provide supervision.  We will have some toys and activities for the younger children under 5 years of age.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca or 416-978-0951, and please provide us with your child’s age if they will be attending.

Please note, if you cannot attend the event, but would like to provide feedback, please contact innovationhub@utoronto.ca.

Helping Your Child Develop Social Skills (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, Davis Building Room 3129

This workshop will help parents develop techniques to help your child become more socially competent, and to lay the groundwork for building successful relationships.

  • Assess social skills of both parents and children
  • Learn ways to teach respectful communication, problem solving skills, how to handle a variety of social situations and the emotions felt
  • Help build your child’s self esteem through encouragement and respect

This workshop will focus on children ages 5 – 12 years old.

Facilitator: Kolleen McIlveen, Family Education Centre. Kolleen has been working for the Family Education Centre since 2010, and became a Parent Educator in 2012. She has been involved in the field of parent education since 2004 when her child was a toddler. Kolleen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in Marketing and International Management.

Helping Your Child Succeed at School (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, Davis Building Room 3130

All parents want their children to be happy and successful at school. Many working parents struggle with knowing how to support their children with school-related activities. This session invites participants to seek a partnership between child, school and themselves as parents. This partnership creates positive structure at home to support their children’s experience at school, and looks for ways to reward effort rather than outcomes.

During this 1 hour wellness session participants will:

  • Learn to build partnerships between child, school and parents
  • Discover how to create a positive structure at home to support children’s experience at school
  • Become aware of ways to reward effort rather than outcomes.

Facilitator: Homewood Health

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) staff, faculty and students are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

How Your Attachment Style Affects Your Parenting Style

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Location: St. George campus, Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

In this workshop, parents will gain an understanding of:

  • Attachment styles (secure attachment, avoidant attachment, ambivalent attachment)
  • Discover how their attachment style with their primary caregiver influences their current parenting style.
  • Explore the impact of our attachment styles through interactive exercises
  • Gain insight into narratives around relationships we may have created that are blocking our growth.

Participants learn how they can be more aware of areas they need to work on to develop healthier relationships with their children. If one doesn’t know about their unconscious, default ways of reacting that are deeply ingrained in the psyche, there is no chance to consciously create positive change. There is a special emphasis put on practical techniques parents can try based on their attachment style in relating better to their children. In this way, the children may be more likely to develop a secure attachment style. Attachment styles and working models of relationships can change, and by changing a parent’s attachment style, their child’s attachment style can become more secure too.

Facilitator: Samantha Samuels is in her final year of the Masters of Counselling Psychology program at OISE, University of Toronto and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University. She has worked as a counsellor in not-for-profit and educational settings in Ontario. Through her studies in Psychology and couples/family therapy, she has researched the attachment styles and its impact on parent-child relationships in great depth. Samantha has developed and facilitated numerous workshops across the Greater Toronto Area and enjoys sharing information related to personal growth and self-development.

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.

Healthy Child Screening Clinic

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (drop-in clinic, no appointment is necessary)
Location: Basement of the Early Learning Centre (ELC), 7 Glen Morris Street

Please buzz the staff of the screening clinic for entrance to the basement of the ELC

FREE developmental and nutritional check-up for children between 0 – 6 years of age. An opportunity to speak to a public health nurse about your child’s healthy development.

Come in and have your child screened for developmental, communication, and nutritional risks.

Have your questions answered regarding topics such as: Physical Growth, Social/Emotional Development, Motor Skills, Language Development, Picky Eaters, Physical Activity, and Feeding Environment.

Drop in clinic.  No appointment necessary.  Two Toronto Public Health Nurses will do the screening.

You are encouraged to bring your child with you; however, children are not required to attend the screening.  Strollers must be kept outside, and may be locked to a bike post.

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