The Academic Job Interview and Negotiating Your First Contract

This session will address best (and worst) practices at the interview and strategies for contract negotiations. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Interview techniques: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Negotiating terms of the job offer

Sponsor: Convened by the Status of Women Office in collaboration with the Offices of the Vice President and Provost; Vice President, Research; School of Graduate Studies; Family Care; Woodsworth College (THE500 program); Career Centre; Graduate Student Initiatives (GSI); and Graduate Students’ Union (GSU).

The ABC’s of Adoption for LGBTQ People

Are you considering adoption? Wondering what the options are for LGBTQ people? Two speakers from the Children’s Aid Society will discuss the adoption process; a lesbian couple will share their personal experience of adopting through Children’s Aid; and Pat Fenton from the Adoption Council of Ontario will discuss some of the issues involved in international adoption and private adoption.

This workshop is being sponsored by the Family Care Office; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Resources and Programs, U of T; and the LGBT Parenting Network, Family Service Association of Toronto.

Teens and the Family: Making it Work

Join us for an interactive discussion on how to navigate your family’s needs and requirements with the developmental stages and challenges of your teen. Bring issues for discussion around how you would like things to work better in your family.

By the end of this session you will be familiar with:

  • Your teen’s developmental challenges and how they play out in the family
  • Communication strategies that work in negotiating this dynamic
  • Resources and information that support active parenting

Facilitator: Lynne Mitchell. Lynne is a registered social worker in private practice. She facilitates parenting groups and has presented extensively on the topic of parenting teens.

Talking To Your Child About Sexual Orientation

Join us for a conversation about the many ways we talk about sexual orientation with our kids, and how you can create a more inclusive and hopefully welcoming environment for your child to learn both personally and about the diversity of lived experience in their communities and their city.

Open to parents with kids of all ages, this workshop aims to offer guidance and facilitate peer learning on how to communicate about sexual orientation in ways that match your own values and support your child regardless of their experience.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding sexual orientation (definitions, terms)
  • When and how to talk to your children
  • Responding to questions and comments inside the family and from the various communities you and your child are part of

Facilitator: Cory Silverberg

The Emotional Pathways of Adjusting to Separation and Divorce

This introductory workshop will explore the process and impact of separation and divorce with an emphasis on strategies for coping, and addressing the emotions that arise from this important life transition. The workshop will then be followed with a question and discussion period.

Facilitator: Michael A. Saini, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. For the past 15 years, he has been conducting custody evaluations and assisting children’s counsel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General in Ontario. He is a parent coach to assist parents with the transition of separation and he has written in the area of high conflict, alienation, supervised visitation, virtual visitation and parent competencies post separation and divorce