Under the Iceberg of Separation and Divorce: A Discussion Group

Date: Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St. W., Room 110

An in-person educational discussion group designed to help people deal positively with separation and divorce. Topics are driven by the need of its participants. They might include: 

  • Normalization of the separation experience
  • Divorce as a lonely planet
  • Individual coping skills and strategies to deal with fear
  • Creating new adult attachment scripts
  • The externalization of anger and conflict  
  • Dealing, feeling and healing
  • Moving on and for the better

This group will be open to both parents with children and individuals without children.  The first 3 sessions will focus on adult development and the last session will focus on children and parenting.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is a 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 parenting plan evaluations, voice of the child reports, parent coaching and he provides parent education workshops on issues related to separation and divorce.

Please note, this is an in-person discussion group and a cap of 15 registrants will be allowed to attend. 

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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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 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 workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Facilitator: Stephen Offenheim has been practicing law since 1994. His practice focuses on will and estate planning. He is committed to assisting people protect their family, by having appropriate estate planning documents prepared in an affordable manner.

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.

Understanding the Impacts of Learning Disabilities (LD) (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room AA160

This workshop will focus on understanding the impacts of Learning Disabilities (LD) on children and their families and will offer strategies for how to help children cope at home, school and play. It will explore the perspectives of both children and their parents. It will also teach parents about the Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto and other services that are available for children with LDs and AD(H)D.

Facilitator: Oksana Romanov, Rame Balasingam, Hilary Quinn with the Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto

Registration required. All 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.

Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will (U of T Mississauga)

Please join Cecile Ko Brock, a lawyer with Pallett Valo LLP for a workshop on estate planning.

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Registration required. 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.

UTSC Parenting: Encouragement and Self-Esteem (U of T Scarborough)

Some children navigate life with confidence and ease, while others are anxious, full of self-doubt. In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to assess the state of your child’s resilience, and gain ways to improve it.
  • Learn why not to say ‘good job’ and what to say instead.
  • Everyday tools that will help equip your child to withstand peer pressure, cliques, and bullying, while laying the groundwork for self-confidence, resilience and success.

Facilitator: Doone Estey, BA, MA. Doone is a Principal at Parenting Network Inc. and an Adlerian Parent Educator. She is in demand as an international expert on parenting, giving keynotes, school and corporate talks and media appearances at leading organizations.

Registration required. 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.

UTSC Parenting Workshop: HELP!!! I am the Parent of a Teen

Join us for a discussion on what is going on in your teen’s life and parenting strategies for dealing with these issues in a positive way. We will discuss:

  • Teen developmental stages and challenges
  • Internet and video games
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Sexuality
  • Peer pressure

Facilitator: Lynne Mitchell M.E.S., M.Ed., R.S.W. Lynne is a registered social worker in private practice in the area of individuals, relationships and families with a special interest in adolescents and young adults.

UTSC Eldercare: Taking the ‘Mystery’ out of Retirement Living

Join Esther Goldstein of Retirement Residential Placement Service, Inc. for an informative and practical session on the search for a retirement home. She will discuss the following topics:

  • What is a retirement home and who needs one?
  • How to look for a retirement home, including visiting tips
  • The emotional aspects of relocation and how to make the transition easier

Esther Goldstein has worked as a hospital social worker in the Greater Toronto Area for the past 12 years. Much of her work involves counselling clients and their families about the difficult task of relocating to care facilities and assisting them with the placement process.

UTM Workshop: Understanding the Support Services Available for Seniors in Peel Region

This workshop will provide caregivers of aging relatives an understanding of how to access support services that would help with the care of a loved one so that they can remain in the home longer, as well as information on accessing long-term care options if staying at home is no longer possible.

  • Kevin Leet, Program Facilitator
  • Family Services of Peel

UTM Workshop: Supporting a Family Member with Mental Illness

Families who have a loved one with mental illness experience significant stress, which can impact their own health, relationships, careers and financial situations. This workshop will help families and caregivers care for themselves and their loved ones by discussing the development of resilience in families living with mental illness by providing support, education, coping skills and self-care strategies.

Facilitator: Stephanie Kerr, Family Support Worker, Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME), Mississauga Office.

This workshop is brought to you by the Family Care Office and Health & Counselling Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga.

UTM Positive Parenting and Guiding your Child’s Behaviour

The UTM parenting group is inviting other members of the community to join in this positive parenting workshop. Participants will learn about the importance of setting limits, implementing appropriate consequences and offering choices to children. A time to refresh your parenting skills, learn new information and make connections with other parents/caregivers in your community.

Workshop presented by Venay, a Public Health Nurse with the Region of Peel Family Services.

Facilitator: Kasia Pytlik, M.S.W. student, Family Care Office