Family Education Day: Caring for Your Child; Empowering Yourself

SickKids 2011 Family Education Day will be held February 19th (the family day weekend) at the hospital.

Please pass these event details on if you know someone who might be interested.

This education day will be an opportunity for parents/caregivers of children and teens who are patients at SickKids to:
  • Network with other parents/caregivers in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere
  • Feel empowered in their role as members of the healthcare team
  • Participate in a variety of topics that are relevant and of interest to their families (e.g. sibling support, patient safety, transitioning)
  • Collaborate with other parents/caregivers and healthcare providers at SickKids

The event is free and is designed to support families of kids with any sort of health issue and all inpatient and outpatient families are welcome.

The event is designed for parents and there is very limited child care available. Topic wise there is something on offer for all parents or care-givers and several sessions will include staff and parents co-presenting.

The event is coordinated by the Family Centered Care Advisory Council (FCCAC) with input from the Children's Council. FCCAC members will be on hand as well as staff to talk about parent volunteering and other family support services.

You can register online here.

8:45 - 9:15 Registrations, Breakfast and Networking
9:15 - 10:00 Welcome FCCAC, Conference Committee and Mary Jo Haddad
9:30 - 10:00 Turning Lemons into Lemonade: A parent's journey of living with a sick child Jodi Yeilding
10:00 - 11:00 Concurrent Session 1 Support for Siblings Dr. Maru Barrera
10:00 - 11:00 Concurrent Session 2 Families as Partners in Patient Safety Jonathan Blumberg and Rita Damignani
10:00 - 11:00 Concurrent Session 3 Family Legal Health Program and Tangible Supports Lee Ann Chapman, Lawyer, Family Legal Health Program
11:00 - 12:00 Concurrent Session 1 Helping Your Child Cope with Illness and Hospitalization Childlife Service
11:00 - 12:00 Concurrent Session 2 Helping Parents Deal with the School System Speaker TBA
11:00 - 12:00 Concurrent Session 3 Transition from Paediatric to Adult Care Lindsay Yeo, Kariym Joachim and Good to Go staff member Genevieve Kilman BA, CCLS
12:00 - 1:00Lunch and Networking
1:00 - 1:20 Child and Family Relations: Moving Forward with Service Excellence Marie Pinard and Cindy Bruce-Barrett
1:20 - 2:00PM Caring for Yourself as a Caregiver Irene Elliott and Janice Mulligan

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