Workshops

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. This session is open to community members as well as 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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Online Chat for Student Families

Date Time
May 15 10:00 - 11:00 am
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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Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar

Session Date
Faculty Mondays, June 5
Staff Tuesdays, 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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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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Appointments with a Counsellor from the Alzheimer Society

Date: Tuesday, May 30
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Family Care Office, 214 College St,. Main Floor

Are you coping with a loved one who may have Alzheimer's Disease? A highly trained counsellor will be available for free 45 minute confidential appointments on Tuesday, May 30th. The counsellor will be able to discuss any questions or personal concerns you may have about dementia, such as getting a diagnosis, immediate and future care, family matters, ethical issues, stress and coping techniques.

To make an appointment, please call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951.

Please register early, space is limited! 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.

Life Management Series: Negotiating Time for Family: Strategies for Bringing up Family in Discussions with your Supervisor

Date: Tuesday, May 30
Time:
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location:
Online

What happens when family responsibilities clash with academic expectations?

Thinking about how to start a conversation with your supervisor about family priorities can be stressful.  Join Heather and Priyanka from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre for a webinar about the challenges of talking to your supervisor about family and learn the key negotiation strategies that will help you to become more effective at discussing your family needs with your supervisor.

By the end of this webinar you will:

  • Feel more confident about having a discussion with their supervisor about family issues
  • Be able to identify supports available to graduate students and techniques that may help them prepare for discussions with supervisors about family issues
  • Understand the importance of preparation for any discussion with a supervisor aimed at reaching an agreement (i.e. negotiation)

Facilitators: Priyanka Chandran, G2G Peer Advisor and Heather McGhee Peggs, Manager, Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) 

Life Management Program is a workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between their academic lives and caring for others. 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, 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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Parenting Workshop: Encouragement and Self-esteem (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Monday, June 5
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: U of T Mississauga, Davis Building, Room 3129

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. She recently presented at the ONSAP (Toronto), NASAP (Chicago and Philadelphia), CCC Alliance (New York City) and le club b (Toronto) conferences. Doone is a co-author of Raising Great Parents, How to be the Parent Your Kids Need You to Be.

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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Planning for Pregnancy and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, June 7
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Join us to find out how to make healthy choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum. The session, created by Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, will address participants' specific concerns on a range of topics including: questions around conceiving, health concerns and risks during pregnancy, health care provider options, antenatal care and screening tests, and post-partum issues. Participants will be able to access resources that support the information provided in the workshops.

Facilitators: Drs. Katie McLean and Dana Soroka, U of T Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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: Wednesday, July 5
Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Housing Conference, Room 203

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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