Family Life Education

Community Presentation Services

If your agency, club or group is looking for single session speakers, we can help. Some topics include: Boundaries, Stress, Grief and Loss, Love Connections, Mindfulness, Child Development and Self-Esteem, Creating Healthy Relationships, Dealing With Challenging People, Learning to Trust Ourselves and Others, Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse, Parenting: Support and Networking, Possibilities Thinking: Taking in the Good. Participants include parents, guardians, sports instructors, volunteers in human services, corporate citizens and oil field workers. Facilitated by MHFS staff members, presentations are designed from 45 minutes in length to a 3 hour workshop. Contact us for more information and fees.


This course examines the beliefs which support abusive behaviour. How to identify abuse, resolve conflicts, and develop respectful ways to negotiate, communicate, and understand changing roles and relationships will be explored in a safe and confidential setting.

This Course is sponsored by Medicine Hat Women Shelter and more information can be obtained by calling 403-529-1091.

Medicine Hat Service coordinates a number of men’s offender treatment groups throughout the year aimed at helping men explore various issues surrounding their intimate partner violence and abuse. This 8-10 week group seeks to explore/incorporate new beliefs, thoughts and actions that support and promote healthy relationships. While the majority of referrals are mandated clients (court ordered) directed through our contracted services with AHS – Mental Health, we also invite non-mandated referrals (with no outstanding domestic violence issues before the court) to register for our groups.

Funding for Courage to Change for Men made possible in part through a grant from Alberta Health Services.

Program dates are set annually. (5-6 staggered start dates per year)

Availability of programs is subject to number of registrants.

Free of Charge

For more information and to register please phone Medicine Hat Family Service at (403) 504-8026

Kids in the Middle is an 7 week program for children between 8-12 years of age whose parents are experiencing separation or divorce. The topics include the loss of the nuclear family, divided loyalties, step families, dealing with the feelings of divorce and positive coping skills. Please call 403-504-8026 to register. A parent information night will be held prior to the start of the program.

Facilitator: Jody Spreckley – BA, Master of Counselling Psychology Student
Co-Facilitator: To be determined
Day & Time: Mondays* from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Dates: January 30 through March 20, 2017
Location: Medicine Hat Family Services – 477 – 3rd Street SE (Entrance on 5th Avenue)
Contact Phone Number: 403-594-0332 (Jody’s direct line)

Parent Orientation: Monday January 30, 2017 (Parents ONLY) 5:00 to 6:00 pm
Introduction to the Kids in the Middle Program – Program Rationale and Agenda, Counselling Services Consent, Documents and Releases completed, and Q & A.

Session One: Monday February 6, 2017 (Kids ONLY) 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Topic: Introductions
Introduction to the Kids in the Middle program- discussion and activities

Session Two: Monday February 13, 2017 (Kids Only) 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Topic: Feelings
Discussions and activities of feelings around divorce/separation

*No Group on Monday February 20th Family Day – Enjoy some family time 

Session Three: Monday February 27, 2017 (Kids Only) 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Topic: Losses
Exploration of grief and loss

Session Four: Monday March 6, 2017 (Kids Only) 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Topic: Assertiveness
Discussion of assertive, passive, and aggressive communication styles

Session Five: Monday March 13, 2017 (Kids Only) 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Topic: Caught in the Middle
Discussing parents’ behaviours and mixed messages

Session Six: Monday March 20, 2017 (Parents & Kids ) 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Topic: Self-care and Wrap-up Celebration
What have we learnt?
Activities for parents and kids and Completion Certificates

Fee: $52.50/child

Subsidies are available through the generous support of the United Way of Southeastern Alberta

MBSR is an eight-week program for adults, designed to introduce the elements of mindfulness and meditation as an avenue to reduce stress and develop greater health and wellness. When we are suffering our lives seem “dark”, mindfulness helps us to be more in tune with what life has to teach us, sometimes in new, and transforming ways! Classes are held weekly and one full Saturday, and include a mixture of psycho-education, group dialogue, guided meditation, and home practice. For those wanting to learn more about MBSR an orientation date will be scheduled. Please call 403-504-8026 to register.

Facilitator: Cathy Brotzell BSW, MSW, RSW

Co-Facilitator: Jody Rempel BA,


Cost: $125.00; Maximum 20 participants

Sponsored by Alberta Family Justice (Justice and Solicitor General)

PAS is no longer offered through Medicine Hat Family Service.

To take the online PAS course please follow the link below.

Sponsored by Alberta Family Justice, Family Mediation Services

Alberta Justice, Family Mediation Services, invites separated or divorced parents of young children to attend a free communication course. Help your children get out of the middle. Learn to communicate effectively while parenting apart. This six hour class includes topics such as understanding the conflict cycle, dealing with anger, using “I” messages. Learn to communicate with the other parent for your children’s sake… they are worth it.

Dates & Times:

April 25 & 26, 2017 @ 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Free of Charge

Call 403-504-8026 to register

In a pickle? Join DILLS! Created especially for Medicine Hat area’s 50-plus population Senior Services – City of Medicine Hat and Medicine Hat Family Service. This is a contemporary thematic topic series addressing relationships. Come and learn on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Look for topics on Shaw Cable News/ Medicine Hat News Senior Services, City of Medicine Hat Newsletter.

March 22, 2017 – Communicating in Challenging Situations: The BIFF Technique (Brief, Informative, Friendly and Firm)

April 26, 2017 – Dating after the loss of a spouse

Whether you have lost a spouse through death or divorce, dating again has its challenges. This workshop will provide discussion about dating topics for mature adults who are contemplating dating and those already dating.

Location: Strathcona Centre (1150 5th ST SE)

Call 403-504-8026 or 403-529-8383 for more information

Free of charge

“Hostile mail – especially email- has become much more common over the past decade. Most of this mail is just “venting” and has little real significance. However, when people are involved in a formal conflict (a divorce, a workplace grievance, a homeowners’ association complaint, etc) there may be more people involved and it may become legally significant. How you handle hostile mail may impact the future of long-term relationships.” (Bill Eddy, Author of B.I.F.F.)

This course provides the participants with skills to determine when (if) to respond, how to avoid emotional responses and how to determine your goal before your response. Scenarios and hands on approach will be used increase skill in writing brief, informative, friendly and firm responses. The book entitled, B.I.F.F., by Bill Eddy will be given to all participants as part of the registration fee.

Dates:2017 dates to be announced

Fee: $62.40/participant – includes book and workshop supplies

Facilitator: Carolyn Freeman, B.A, M.Sc, R-SLP(c)

Minimum: 8 participants