Work/Life Workshops: Fall 2009

The Office of Work/Life invites you to our Fall Workshop series.  Below is a list of all of our offerings.  Click on the links to access a brief description for each workshop and a corresponding link to register for these sessions, which are free of charge.   While we recommend that you register, we will accommodate walk-ins when we can.  For lunch-time sessions, please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. 

Contact the Office of Work/Life at worklife@columbia.edu or at 212-854-8019 for more information or questions.

CHILD CARE:

ELDER CARE:

HOUSING:

PARENTING:

    SCHOOLING:

STRESS MANAGEMENT:

WORKPLACE:

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CHILD CARE:

The Annual Columbia University Child Care Fair 

Stop by the Child Care Fair to gather information and talk to representatives from Upper West Side child care centers, family day care homes, and nursery schools, including those affiliated with Columbia.  Co-hosted by Columbia's School and Child Care Search Service and the Office of Government and Community Affairs, this event is open to the community.  No registration is required.

  • Date:  Wednesday, September 23
  • Time:  4:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Location:  Morningside Campus - Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium

Please note that child care is not available for this event.

The ABC's of Child Care Options

Learn about the variety of child care options available so that you can best determine which type meets your family's needs.  Two dates are offered; select one that is most convenient for you.    Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. 

  • Date and Time: Monday, November 16 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register 
  • Date and Time: Friday, December 11 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register  
  • Location (for both events):  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Office, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway
  • Presenters:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Counselors

Please feel free to bring your infants and young children if you do not have child care.

ELDER CARE:

Planning for the Future: Legal Tools for Older Adults

Facilitated by an elder law attorney, this workshop covers a variety of legal topics including power of attorney, guardianship, advance directives, wills, and trusts.   Participants will be able to recognize the importance of planning for the future for themselves and for older loved ones, understand the major legal tools necessary to ensure that their life decisions will be their own, and know where to get assistance to help them with the planning process.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 6 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register 
  • Location: Lerner, Room 477
  • Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)

Getting Squished in the Sandwich Generation

The challenges of being a parent as well as a caregiver to an aging relative are endless. How do you set priorities, meet everyone's needs, go to work, take care of the home, and not burn out from stress and too much responsibility? This seminar answers those questions in both emotional and pragmatic terms.

  • Date: Tuesday, December 1 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register 
  • Location: Lerner, Room 477
  • Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)

HOUSING:

Buying Your First Home - Everything You Need to Know

With the downturn in the real estate market, this might be the right time to buy. 

A panel of real estate brokers, attorney and mortgage broker will discuss what first time home buyers should consider and how to be an effective buyer in the current marketplace.  Find out what you need to know about financing, credit reports, types of mortgages, the contract of sale, what happens at closing, and more.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 20 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Register
  • Location: Lerner Hall, Party/Performance Space, 1st Floor
  • Presenters: Real estate brokers, attorney and mortgage broker

Moving? Where to Live in NYC

You may need to lower your housing costs or you may want to take advantage of the changing real estate market - and now might be the time to make a move! With all of the diverse options in New York, there's a home out there for you. Learn about the different neighborhoods throughout the city and the types of properties available - rental apartments, houses, co-ops and condos - and receive an overview of how to go about renting or purchasing property.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 17 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register
  • Location: Lerner Hall, Jed D. Satow Conference Room, 5th Floor
  • Presenters:  Real estate brokers from the five boroughs

PARENTING:

Breastfeeding Matters

"Breastfeeding Matters" is an educational workshop for expectant and new mothers who want to breastfeed their babies when they return to work or school.  Participants will learn breastfeeding basics, common difficulties and how to manage them, and return-to-work/school strategies and resources.  Feel free to bring your spouse or partner, and your infant if you have already given birth. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 14 from 3:00 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
  • Register
  • Location: CUMC- Hammer Building, HSC 404
  • Presenter:  Zola D. Golub, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Fellow-American College of Childbirth Educators (FACCE), Clinical Nurse Specialist-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian 
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Steps to a Successful Adoption

The adoption process can seem overwhelming and confusing. To support a positive adoption experience, this seminar lays out the different adoption options available and walks prospective adoptive parents through the steps of the adoption process.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 28 from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Register  
  • Location: Studebaker, Room 469
  • Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)

SCHOOLING:

Kindergarten:  From (Independent School) Admissions to (Public School) Zoning

For parents with children who will be starting Kindergarten in 2010

To accommodate the schedules of Columbia families, we will offer this session on a number of dates and times.

Join us for a small-group, informal Q & A session that will offer practical information on what you need to know to weather the process of finding the right public, parochial or independent school for your child

MORNINGSIDE

  • Date and Time:  Tuesday, September 15 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register 
  • Date and Time:  Wednesday, September 16 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register    
  • Date and Time:  Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Register  
  • Date and Time:  Tuesday, September 29 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register
  • Location (for all of the above events):  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Office, 516 W. 112th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam
  • Presenters:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Counselors

Please feel free to bring your infants and young children if you do not have child care.

CUMC

  • Date and Time:  Friday, September 25 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register
  • Location:  CUMC - Hammer Building -  HSC 324
  • Presenters:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Counselors

Please note that child care is not available for this event.

Entry into Elementary Schools:  An Overview of Options for Kindergarten through Grade 5

Learn how to navigate the often confusing timeframes and deadlines for gaining entry into public (including gifted and talented, non-zoned, dual language programs), parochial and independent schools in the New York City. 

  • Date and Time:  Thursday, October 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Register  
  • Location:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Office, 516 W. 112th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam
  • Presenters:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Counselors

Please note that child care is not available for this event.

Middle and High School Opportunities

Find out about the range of public, parochial, independent and boarding school options and learn about the application process and requirements for each type of school. 

  • Date and Time:  Thursday, October 1 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Register   
  • Location:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Office, 516 W. 112th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam
  • Presenters:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Counselors

Access and Affordability in Independent Schools:  Financial Aid in an Age of Overstretched Budgets

Learn about the factors that Financial Aid Officers consider in determining how to allocate an independent school's Financial Aid Budget. 

  • Date and Time:  Thursday, October 15 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Register  
  • Location:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Office, 516 W. 112 between Broadway and Amsterdam
  • Presenters:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Counselors

STRESS MANAGEMENT:

Dealing with Your Responses to Stress

A car cuts you off. Your boss gives you an emergency assignment late Friday afternoon. You find out your loved one may need surgery. Your teenager says something very hurtful to you. The temptation in each of these situations is to respond without thinking, letting your emotions take control. But that's often the worst thing to do. You need to drive safely, negotiate with your boss for a reasonable deadline or help, ask the physician about other options, and let your teenager know you're hurt without hurting him or her in return.

This workshop will help participants to understand the nature of stress, recognize both common and unique responses to stressful situations, and learn techniques for handling both their short- and long-term negative responses to stress

  • Date and Time: Thursday, November 12 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lerner, Room 569
  • Register
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, December 8 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Register
  • Location: Lerner, Room 477
  • Presenter (for both of the above events): Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)

WORKPLACE:

Working in Intergenerational Teams

Does a 21-year-old right out of college have much in common with a 45-year-old middle-manager and a 60-year-old who's been in the field for 35 years? Do they use the same language? Do they make the same assumptions? Can they work together smoothly? The short answers? No, no, no, YES. To learn how to interact effectively with people from other generations, this training, aimed at workers of all ages, introduces the generations to each other and teaches them about the different ways their coworkers may see the world.

  • Date and Time: Monday, October 26 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Register
  • Location Change: Lerner Hall, Satow Room, 5th Floor
  • Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)