Workshops

Introduction to Family Law

Date: Monday, February 13
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Centre for International Experience (CIE), 33 St. George Street, Cumberland Room

Learn the basics of Family Law and what is involved in:

  • Custody and access
  • Child and spousal support
  • Separation agreements
  • Restraining orders
  • General overview of the family court process

Presenter: Downtown Legal Services

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome.

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Life Management Series: Advocating for Oneself & One's Family through Letters & Email

Date: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between academic life and caring for others.

Students with family responsibilities have a lot on their plate! When a problem arises - be it academic, family related, personal or professional - advocating for oneself and one's family can feel like a daunting task, particularly if the stakes are high. Traditionally defined as the "art of persuasion", rhetoric is a powerful tool that students can utilize to better communicate through the written word. What is the best way to present one's case? How can emotions be conveyed strategically and diplomatically? When writing a letter or email, what should come first - the presentation of the problem or the suggested solution? This workshop will touch upon these questions by focusing on the strategic use of rhetoric in letter and email writing

Facilitators: Dr. Jovanovic-Krstic and Karolina Szymanski.

Dr. Viktoria Jovanovic-Krstic, Writing & Rhetoric, Innis College. Dr. Jovanovic-Krstic brings with her years of experience in English stylistics and grammar, as well as business and technical communications from various academic institutions across Canada and Europe. Her main areas of research and interest are the rhetoric of war, spinning and framing tactics in the press, grammar, persuasive writing and business communication. Perhaps more importantly, Viktoria is also a mom of two children who is no stranger to the life of a student with family responsibilities!

Karolina Szymanski is an Academic Liaison Officer at OISE at the University of Toronto. Since joining U of T as staff in 2007, she has worked with graduate and undergraduate students in both academic and student life capacities. Having once been a student parent, Karolina finds it rewarding to help student caregivers advocate for themselves within and beyond academia.

*This Event is Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program approved. GPS consists of a range of optional "offerings" with a time commitment roughly equivalent to 60 hours of work. Its successful completion will be recognized by a transcript notation.

* 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.

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Exploring the impact of a learning disability on your child's success in University — A Panel Discussion

Date: Friday, February 17 (PA Day) *TENTATIVELY CANCELLED - Please call 416.978.0951 for further details*
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Does your child have a learning disability or an autism spectrum disorder?

The Family Care Office and Accessibility Services will be hosting a panel and get together for students', staff or faculty children (Grade 7 or higher) (if your child cannot attend, please feel free to still register)who have a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder to meet with current U of T students with a learning disability/ASD. If your child cannot attend, please feel free to still register.

This will be an opportunity for your child to hear from current U of T students who can explain the impact of having an autism spectrum disorder or a learning disability on studying and succeeding at university. These students will discuss their transition to university, personal experiences and their coping strategies. There will also be an opportunity to ask these students questions and mix informally.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please register early, space is limited! University of Toronto students, staff, or faculty, and their partners/spouses are welcome to bring their children who are in Grade 7 or higher. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

To register call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951 or email family.care@utoronto.ca

Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar

Session Date
Faculty February 21, April 10
Staff March 6*FULL*, April 11, May 16

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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Supporting Caregivers 55+ in Toronto

Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

In this session, Jennifer Hardy, OT Reg. (Ont.) will:

  • Discuss and provide an overview of a seniors' mental health initiative known as "Living Life to the Full"
  • Provide information on the availability and eligibility of Living Life to the Full in Toronto for caregivers 55+, as well as some additional resources.

Facilitator: Jennifer Hardy, OT Reg. (Ont.), Program Manager, Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+ with the CMHA, Ontario Division. Jenny has been working at CMHA for almost 3 years in her capacity as coordinator of the Living Life to the Full program, a CBT-based mental health promotion program delivered in community settings. Jenny has worked to bring Living Life to the Full to older adults across Ontario, and is currently focused on a program roll out in Toronto with caregivers over the age of 55+. Since graduating from the University of Toronto, Jenny has spent her career working to implement community based initiatives for older adults, including a food security program, friendly visiting service, and community garden initiative.

Please note this workshop is intended for caregivers who are  55 years or older.

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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Baby & Toddler Talks: Developing Parental Resilience Webinar

Date: Friday, February 24
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: online

Lunch & learn designed to help parents of young children develop their parenting skills.

This webinar will focus on developing resilience as a parent of young children. Resilience has been defined as the ability to use one's resources and knowledge to deal with problems or setbacks in parenting in an adaptive way, according to Gavida-Payne et al1. Through participating in this workshop, learners will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand the importance of developing coping skills, and its connection to resiliency. This seminar will also delve into the relationship between and effect of parental resiliency on health outcomes of the parent and of the child.
  • Learn about how your family can become more resilient as a whole. In addition to building coping mechanisms as an individual, the workshop will address strategies that can be adopted by the whole family. Learn to cope with stressors together, and to build stronger relationships.
  • Learn about resiliency skills that are specific to a widely experienced parental challenge: fatigue. Learn about the effects of parental fatigue on the parent-child relationship, and about strategies you can develop to manage fatigue in a positive way.

Facilitators: Nadine Nejati and Vishalini Sivarajah. Nadine is a second year medical student at the University of Toronto, and is completing a community placement with the Family Care Office. She completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours degree at McMaster University, with a minor in Psychology. Vishalini is a second year medical student at the University of Toronto, and is completing a community placement with the Family Care Office. She completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours degree at McMaster University, with a specialization in Global Health.

References:
1. Gavida-Payne S, Denny B, Davis K, Francis A, Jackson M. Parental resilience: A neglected construct in resilience research. Clinical Psychologist. 2015;19(3):111-121
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cp.12053/pdf

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Communication in Family Life (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Monday, March 6
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Faculty Club, U of T Mississauga

This session describes some fundamental aspects of communication that apply to interactions within families. Participants will review communication strategies and skills that allow for healthy and open communication to enhance the quality of their relationships.

Facilitator: Homewood Health

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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Positive Parenting (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Council chambers-AA160, U of T Scarborough

This practical and informative presentation helps parents develop a strong foundation of parenting that will help their children develop skills of social development and well-being. Participants will also learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour.

During this 1 hour wellness session participants will:

  • Discuss how to develop a strong foundation of parenting
  • Use this foundation as a springboard to parenting practices that help your child develop skills of social development and well-being
  • Learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour

Facilitator: Chris Brown, Homewood Health

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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Baby & Toddler Talks: Toilet Training

Date: Wednesday, March 8
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Centre for International Experience (CIE), 33 St. George Street, Cumberland Room

Learning to respond to elimination needs is as simple as learning to respond to your baby's need for food, sleep, warmth, play, and holding. This workshop will educate parents on an alternate, gentle and non-coercive way to respond to a baby's elimination needs. We cover the background and philosophy of Elimination Communication (EC), as well as conventional toilet training, and working through any misconceptions or misinterpretations of the practice and, of course, how to get started.

This class will include a Q&A portion and resources will be provided for you to explore as you take steps further into the world of toilet training, by starting simply and easily.

Facilitator: Marjorie Wong is a diaper-free enthusiast and educator. She works with clients pre and postnatally, educating and bringing insight to families looking for a natural alternative to full-time diapering. She is a birth and postpartum doula working with families before, during and after pregnancy and has been teaching yoga (prenatal and hot yoga) since 2008. It is her personal experience as mother of two that most inspires; to live holistically, as nature intended.

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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 and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location:Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for maternity and parental leaves, and for a successful return to work. 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!

Facilitator: Magdalena Rydzy, Family Care Office

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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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.

Other workshops in this series:

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: 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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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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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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