Level 1 Sessions
Level 1 sessions are offered free of charge and are appropriate for new and existing Family Councils.
Family Council 101 (online video archived webcast)
This session is an introduction to Family Councils. It includes the fundamentals of a Family Council, starting a Family Council, an introduction to the Long-Term Care Homes Act as it applies to Family Councils, best practices and commonly asked questions.
This presentation is appropriate for generating interest in forming a Family Council, and for new and existing Councils.
Family Council Terms of Reference (online video archived webcast)
This session will help your Council better understand the purpose, structure and components of a Terms of Reference. It includes how to develop a new Terms of Reference and how to review an existing document to ensure that it meets the needs of your group.
This session is appropriate for all Councils.
Long-Term Care Homes Act and Family Councils
This presentation is an in-depth discussion of the Long-Term Care Homes Act as it applies to Family Councils. This presentation discusses the licensee’s obligations regarding Family Councils, Family Council membership, powers of a Family Council, the role of a Family Council Assistant and more.
This presentation is appropriate for all Family Councils who would like a better understanding of the Family Council sections of the Long-Term Care Homes Act.
Long-Term Care Homes Act and Family Councils is currently only available via webinar.
Length: 1.5 to 2 hours
Individual Strengths. Collective Impact.
A Family Concil is a group that is more than just the sum of its parts. Each member has skills, interests, and abilities that they can utilize to help the Council realize its potential and achieve its goals.
This session will cover:
- Council leadership models to maximize member involvement and Council effectiveness
- How to identify Council goals and activities
- How to identify and utilize members’ strengths to carry out work and accomplish goals
- Recruitment strategies to increase family engagement in the Council
- How staff and Council members can work together for success
Length: 1.5 to 2 hours
Family Council Advocacy Best Practices
This presentation covers best practices to keep in mind when a Family Council wants to take further action on an issue. This presentation discusses tips for ensuring confidentiality, improving effectiveness when working on shared issues and building healthy relationships to promote change.
This presentation is appropriate for Family Councils who would like more information and tips on working on shared issues.
Family Council Advocacy Best Practices is currently only available via webinar.
Length: 1 to 1.5 hours
Working Better Together: The Benefits of Family Involvement in LTC! (online video archived webcast)
Family members play an important role in the lives of LTC residents and the Long-Term Care Home community. Join us to learn more about how you can be involved in your loved one’s Home and make a difference. Topics covered in this session will include: how and why to get involved with your Home’s Family Council; working in collaboration with staff and management to affect positive change and support quality improvement; communicating respectfully and effectively; and, how to create positive relationships with staff, residents and families!
Goal: To inspire and inform you on how your involvement in your loved one’s Home can improve the quality of life for all residents and build community in the Home
Working Better Together is currently only available via webinar.
Top Ten Tips for Making it Work! (online video archived webcast)
Are you looking for ways to make your Council meetings and activities more positive and productive? This 1-hour session covers FCO’s top ten tips for how you can make the most of your Family Council meetings, events and initiatives.
From tips on taking meeting minutes, to setting smart goals, to how to maintain the group in times of stress, this session explores ways Council members can make the most of Council time and work.
Your Roadmap to Success: Family Council Terms of Reference (online video archived webcast)
A good Terms of Reference describes your Council's basic purpose, structure and operating procedures. It also serves as way to keep on track regarding your goals, communicates to people outside your Council what you do as a group, ensures fairness and accountability, and provides guidance for how to handle disagreements and challenges down the road. In short, a Terms of Reference is essential to Family Council success!
Writing or revising a Terms of Reference doesn't have to be a complicated or onerous activity. In fact, it can be a great way to discuss what you want to do as a group & build a group identity!
Skill Level: Introductory. This session is appropriate for all Councils.
Level 2 Sessions
Level 2 sessions are inexpensive fee-for-service workshops and are appropriate for Family Councils and Council members with an strong understanding of Family Council fundamentals.
Family Council Mission, Vision, Values and Goals
This workshop provides information on developing your Council’s Mission, Vision, Values and Goals. Determining your Council’s Mission, Vision, Values and Goals is an important step in organizing your Family Council and goes a long way towards ensuring your group’s success by capturing your collective identity and determining specific actions to take.
This workshop is appropriate for Family Councils who are developing or re-evaluating their Mission, Vision, Values and Goals.
Length: 2 hours
Family Council Recruitment
Family Council recruitment is an ongoing process and may be a challenge for many Family Councils as membership changes constantly. Ongoing outreach is an important aspect of keeping a Family Council growing and thriving. This workshop discusses different strategies for recruiting Family Council members and can help your group develop new ideas for Family Council recruitment.
This workshop is appropriate for new and existing Family Councils who are looking to develop or strengthen a recruitment strategy.
Length: 2 hours
Family Council Facilitation Skills
Strong facilitation skills are essential to running effective Council meetings, events, and initiatives. Developing facilitation skills will help to keep your group on track and productive, and aid in resolving addressing difficult behaviours during and between meetings. The Family Council Facilitation Skills Workshop will provide an introduction to the role and responsibilities of a facilitator, discuss how Council leaders can serve as effective meeting facilitators, and provide hands-on opportunities to build and practice facilitation skills.
Skill Level: Introductory-Intermediate. This session is great for Family Council leaders (Council Chairs, Vice-Chairs, Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Meeting Facilitators etc...) who are looking to build their facilitation skills in order to run more effective meetings and improve group operations. It will also be of interest to Family Council members who are considering taking on a more active role in their Council.
Length: 4 hours
Council leaders and members may come and go but a Council who has planned for succession is likely to continue successfully through leadership change and membership turnover. In short, succession planning is essential for Council success. This workshop provides Council members with information on succession planning and how to develop a succession plan that is tailored to the Council’s specific needs.
Skill Level: Introductory-Advanced.
Length: 3 hours
Finding the opportunity within the challenges: tips, strategies and tools to create and support positive relationships with family members!
This session is designed for LTC staff who work with Family Councils and other family members. Topics covered will include: the role, purpose, functioning and impact of Family Councils; the role of the Family Council Staff Assistant; the Long-Term Care Homes Act as it pertains to Family Councils; effective communication; managing and negotiating expectations; and, finding the potential in challenging circumstances.
Goal: To help you confidently engage your Home’s families and Family Council!
Length: 4-hour workshop. For more details on this staff workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that presentations and workshops may have a minimum registration requirement.
Are you interested in another topic? Family Councils Ontario can tailor presentations to the needs of Family Councils. Contact us for more information and to discuss the topic you have in mind.