Discussion Groups


Graduate Student Parent Circle

Date: Monday, April 10
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location:Hart House Committees Room, 2nd Floor

Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities!

Refreshments will be served.

All U of T graduate student parents and expectant graduate student are welcome.

This program is a collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, Graduate Student Union, Grad Life and Hart House.


Living Life to the Full — Course

Date: Fridays, April 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2 and 9
Time: 9:00 am to 10:15 am
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Living Life to the Full is an interactive 8-week course that provides skills and knowledge to cope with life's challenges. By participating in this course, caregivers have an opportunity to care for themselves by learning principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to feel more in control of their lives, happier, and more socially connected. This Spring, we are excited to offer this course (valued at $185) for free to caregivers aged 50+.

Over the 8 weeks the topics addressed include: Why Do I Feel So Bad, I Can't Be Bothered Doing Anything, Why Does Everything Always Go Wrong?, I'm Not Good Enough, How To Fix Almost Everything, The Things You Do That Mess You Up, Are You Strong Enough To Keep Your Temper?, and 10 Things You Can Do To Feel Happier Straight Away.

Please note, due to funding restrictions you must be over the age of 50 and caring for another person in your life (family member, friend or neighbour).

Sponsored by: Queen West Central Toronto Community Health Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association and by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program as part of the ENRICHES Collaborative.

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. Space is limited to 15 people but a minimum of 8 is required so please register by April 17th so that we can determine if we have the minimum attendance to begin the group.


Coping after a Recent Separation & Divorce Discussion Group

Date: Thursdays, March 23, 30 and April 6
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: The Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave, 3rd floor meeting room

An 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:

  • Grief and letting go (being realistic of self and others)
  • Coping with children and co-parenting
  • Anger and resentment
  • Resources for surviving the separation and moving on
  • Strengthening support systems (loneliness)
  • Exploring what is ahead

This group will be open to both parents with children and individuals without children.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is an Associate 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 custody evaluations, he is a parent coach for separated families and he provides parent education workshops on issues related to separation and divorce.

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


Expectant Parents Group (Winter session)

Date: Winter 2017 FULL
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: TBA

A bi-monthly group for U of T expecting parents to:

  • Gain insight into various aspects of pregnancy including nutrition, emotional and physical changes, labour and delivery, and post-partum issues such as feeding your baby and adjusting to new life.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other expecting parents regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Winter 2017 Session dates:

Session Title Date
Equipment & Gadgets You Will Really Need January 30
Pregnancy Changes & Concerns * February 13
The Birthing Experience * February 27
Feeding Your Baby * March 13
Caring for Yourself & Your Baby March 27
Adjusting Your Family Life April 10

* Facilitator: Jody MacDonald, RN EdD, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Expectant parents who are U of T students, staff, faculty and their partners/spouses both are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.

This program is a collaborative initiative of the U of T Family Care Office, the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Toronto Public Health. If you have an accommodation need, please email family.care@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements.

Mindfulness for Parents

Dates: Thursdays, May 25; June 1, 8, 15
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Anthropology Building, 19 Russell Street, Room 124

Back by popular demand, Mari Rossi will be leading a 4-week series on Mindfulness for Parents. Each session will include a discussion and a guided meditation. Exercises to be tried at home will be offered every week. Participants are encouraged to attend all 4 sessions.

Facilitator: Mari Rossi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for parents and children since 2006, and this is her fourth year facilitating the Family Care Office's Mindful Parenting series. She studies Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, as well as Women and Gender Studies, at U of T. Between her academic pursuits and mindfulness teaching, Mari finds time for her most important work: parenting her five year-old son and seven year-old daughter.

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


U of Tots (U of T Scarborough)

Date: TBA
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: AA160-Council Chambers, U of T Scarborough

Calling all parents at U of T Scarborough! U of Tots is a new parenting group that will meet once a month to share resources, socialize, chat about our unique experiences and hear from experts on a range of topics. Join us for the first meeting on Tuesday, November 29 from 1-2 pm to meet other parents and help choose topics/speakers for the upcoming year. Questions? Email Holly Fraser or pop by BV588 at UTSC with any thoughts on this new group! Open to staff, faculty and student parents of (preferably) 1-5 year olds.

Parents' Group at U of T Student Family Housing (for residents only)

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Charles St. Drop-in Centre, 30 Charles St., 3rd Floor

A self-directed group for parents and their young children up to 5 years of age who live at the U of T Student Family Housing. Participants have an opportunity to meet other parents, make connections and share experiences. Group members develop a support network within the Student Family Housing buildings and learn about family resources.

Parents of Multiples Meet-Up

Date: TBD
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: TBD

Calling all parents of multiples! Here at U of T, there are many parents of multiples. Get together with people who really get how crazy things can get and how amazing (and unique) parenting twins, triplets, quads, quints... is.

This is a one-time, non-facilitated, agenda-free, expectation-free, diaper-free, peer meet-up - open to any U of T parents of multiples. Expectant parents of multiples are welcome.

Other Groups

Mature Students Association

Contact: MatSA@MatSA.ca

The Mature Students Association understands the unique experience of being a mature student at the University of Toronto. Their goal is to provide social and academic support to all mature students and to address issues that are relevant to mature students at U of T.


Student Parents Group at Woodsworth College

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: WW 123

Session Title Date
Income Tax Basics March 13
End of Year Celebration & Stress Management March 27

The Student Parent Group hosted by Woodsworth College and the Transitional Year Programme is open to all students pursuing undergraduate studies while parenting, regardless of part-time/full-time status or college affiliation. The group meets bi-weekly for student parents to connect, develop support networks and build community. You are welcome but not obligated to attend as often as you like. The format of these meetings is designed to meet the diverse interests and needs of group members which may range from study skills, academic advising, career planning, and financial aid to family care. Come and meet other undergraduate student parents at UofT.

Learn more: join our listserv by emailing studentparentgroup-l-request@listserv.utoronto.ca