Workshops

Life Management Series: Stress Management Webinar

Date: Wednesday, March 22
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Live webinar

All of us have 24-hours in a day. How do you use yours? Time-related stress is a fact of life. Students with caregiving responsibilities must find ways to manage time effectively and prioritize stress management. Students who can manage stress are more productive; have an easier time memorizing information and concentrating on their academic work; and an overall happier disposition. This one-hour webinar helps students learn to focus on goals, think strategically about hobbies, and explore what makes them feel relaxed.

Facilitator: Janelle Joseph, PhD

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities. The University has introduced the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), a new official document that helps students show employers and graduate schools the skills and competencies they have gained through their involvement on campus.

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome.

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Online Chat for Student Families

Date Time
March 24, May 15 10:00 - 11:00 am
April 21 1:00 - 2:00 pm
June 19 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • Child care & child care subsidies
  • Schools & children programs
  • Balancing study and family (and work too)
  • Any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner at U of T

All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

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Elder Care — Creating a Sense of Purpose with Meaningful Tasks: How can Technology Improve Quality of Life in People with Dementia?

Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Mechanical Engineering Building, 5 King's College Rd, MC 331

Currently, in long-term care environments almost all activities are organized and initiated by caregivers and workers. There is simply not enough time and money to implement a full regimen of meaningful activities for everyone living with dementia. How can appropriately designed technology improve the quality of life of people living with dementia? How can they be provided with meaningful activities and engaging interactions?

In this talk we will describe the development and evaluation of two new families of products for people with dementia. 1) Ambient Activities are being developed by our industrial partner (Ambient Activity Technologies) based on Montessori principles where sensori-motor interactions are emphasized, and are being evaluated by our research team in long-term care settings. 2) Reinforcement-learning based tools (Centivizers) are being developed in the Interactive Media Laboratory at the University of Toronto using an iterative design approach.

In this workshop I will discuss some of the science behind the use of Ambient Activities and Centivizers, and will describe some of the design challenges we face and some of the methods we are using to evaluate and improve the systems being developed. Live demonstrations of some of the developed products will be given. Discussions on the design requirements and design options based on participants' experiences with, or knowledge of, dementia will also take place. Our goal is to make this session a joint learning experience where we can exchange ideas on how to improve quality of life and sense of purpose for people with dementia living at home or in a long term care setting.

Facilitators:

Mark Chignell, is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He has a Ph.D. in Psychology (University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1981), and an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Ohio State, 1984). In addition to being the Director of the Interactive Media Lab, he is President of Vocalage Inc., a University of Toronto spinoff company, and a visiting scientist at both the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies and Keio University in Japan.

Dr. Andrea Wilkinson has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Cognitive Aging. She is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Mark Chignell's Interactive Media Lab, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. Andrea's research seeks to evaluate the impact of Ambient Activity Technologies on well-being related outcomes in residents with dementia, their loved ones, and long-term care staff. Her work is being funded through the AGE-WELL NCE: Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Award in Technology and Aging (2015-2017).

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.

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Elder Care: Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning and What You Should Know

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Before health providers provide care or treatment they must get an informed consent from you. Health Care Consent also involves planning your care needs based on your present health condition. Advance care planning is a process of planning for a time when you may not have the mental capacity to make decisions about your health care. It usually involves choosing someone to make decisions on your behalf when you are not able to do so. This person is known as a substitute decision-maker. Join Graham Webb, Executive Director at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly as he discusses the issues around health care consent, advance care planning, powers of attorney and substitute decision-making.

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) is a community legal clinic for low income senior citizens. ACE provides direct legal services to low-income seniors, public legal education, and engages in law reform activities.

Facilitator:

Graham Webb is a lawyer and the Executive Director at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly since October 2016. Previously he had been a Staff Litigation Lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly since May 1995. ACE gives direct client representation to older adults on age-related legal issues. He gives frequent legal education presentations on elder law issues to older adults and service providers, including police, health-care professionals and other lawyers.

He is a contributing author of Long-Term Care Facilities in Ontario: The Advocate's Manual, which is published by ACE, and is the author of journal and newsletter articles. He is a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Social Policy.

He has been a part-time evening instructor in Gerontology at Ryerson University, and has won an award from the Continuing Education Students' Association at Ryerson for excellence in teaching.

He is an elected member of the Canadian Bar Association, National Elder Law Section Executive Committee. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies.

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.

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Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar

Session Date
Faculty Mondays, April 10, June 5
Staff Tuesdays, April 11, May 16, June 20

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person's life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for maternity / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms - a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? - a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

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

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Baby & Toddler Talks: Babyfood - Introducing Solids

Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable, and best of all you know exactly what's in it! Learn to:

  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Compare homemade and store-bought baby food
  • Adapt the food their family is eating to their baby's needs
  • Handle and store food safely

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, FoodShare

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

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Becoming a Grandparent

Date: Monday, April 24
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Are you or your partner expecting a baby? Or are you a grandparent? This is a workshop for your parents and in-laws - or for you, if you are or will be a grandparent soon - to update knowledge about evidence-based, safe infant care practices in areas such feeding, sleeping, and babysitting. Active discussions will be encouraged.

Facilitator: Jody MacDonald RN EdD, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Grandparents of babies of University of Toronto students, staff and faculty are welcome. Grandparents and expectant grandparents only, please!

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Becoming a Grandparent (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Catalyst Centre, Room EV152, Environmental Sciences and Chemistry Building, U of T Scarborough

Are you or your partner expecting a baby? Or are you a grandparent? This is a workshop for your parents and in-laws - or for you, if you are or will be a grandparent soon - to update knowledge about evidence-based, safe infant care practices in areas such feeding, sleeping, and babysitting. Active discussions will be encouraged.

Facilitator: Jody MacDonald RN EdD, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Grandparents of babies of University of Toronto Scarborough students, staff and faculty are welcome. Grandparents and expectant grandparents only, please!

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Parenthood Through Surrogacy

Date: Monday, May 1
Time:
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location:
Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Room 313

Join us for an informal information session for prospective parents led by experienced legal and mental health experts specializing in the field of fertility. During the session, we will discuss some of the following issues:

  • Legal steps involved in growing a family through surrogacy.
  • Legal landscape for surrogacy in Canada (i.e. the laws pertaining to legal parentage of the child and reimbursement of the surrogate's expenses).
  • Pitfalls and trouble spots to keep in mind when considering surrogacy.
  • Emotional and social considerations of intended parent(s) embarking on surrogacy for family-building.
  • Factors that gestational surrogates need to consider when deciding on a match with intended parent(s).
  • The latest research about the emotional and social development of children born through surrogacy.

Facilitators: Michelle Flowerday, LL.B. and Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych.

Michelle Flowerday, LL.B. is a fertility lawyer in Toronto. Michelle works with couples facing infertility, for LGBTQ people/couples wanting to start a family, for single people looking to grow a family alone, and for surrogate mothers and egg, sperm and embryo donors assisting in the process. Michelle's expertise includes negotiating and drafting agreements related to surrogacy, co-parenting, egg, sperm and embryo donations, making court applications for declarations of parentage, and other legal issues related to third party reproduction. Michelle works with clients in the greater Toronto area, across Canada and internationally. She speaks at conferences on the topic of fertility and surrogacy law and has provided legal advice to fertility clinics and hospitals on contract laws and compliance with Canadian assisted human reproduction laws and regulations. Michelle is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, Fertility Matters, the Advocates' Society and the 519 Church Street Community Centre.

Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and conducts psychological assessment and treatment with adults and couples in private practice. She is the Clinical Director of the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (Toronto, Canada) where she supervises psychologists and graduate students, and is active in research with publications and presentations in the areas of infertility and psychotherapy research. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Counselling Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.

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.

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Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: HR Conference Room BV540, U of T Scarborough

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person's life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for maternity / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms - a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? - a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

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

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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Wednesday, May 10
Time:
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location:
Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will:

  • Find out what are the childcare options available
  • Learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers
  • Learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers
  • Learn about the latest changes in the system
  • Find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists

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.

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Fatherhood: How Dads Can Encourage Self-regulation in Their Children

Date: Wednesday, May 17
Time:
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location:
Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Self-regulation is the ability to stay focused and alert in the midst of stress, novelty, and uncertainty. It involves self-control, empathy, and self-awareness. This workshop will give an overview of self-regulation and what dads can do to help their children master their emotions and make healthy choices.

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a marriage and family therapist focusing on men's and couple's issues.

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.

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