Family Life Education

Community Presentation and Facilitation Services

If your agency, service club, or business is looking for single session speakers, we can help. Some topics include boundaries, stress, grief and loss, self-harm, burnout in family or work environment, compassion fatigue, resilience, mindfulness, child development and self-esteem, creating healthy relationships, dealing with challenging people, learning to trust ourselves and others. Facilitated by MHFS staff members, workshops can be 45 minutes to 3 hours in length. Workshops have two key characteristics for learning: Presentation - this is educational information and content, and facilitation - this is normally in the form of group interaction. All presentations must be booked 3 or 4 weeks prior to event depending on request. Contact us for more information and fees.

Courses

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 self-refer and register, please call the AHS South Zone Central Access Team at 1-888-594-0211

Six week program starting March 7th- April 11th, 2024 5:30pm to 7pm. Please call 403-504-8026 to register.

Kids in the Middle is an 6 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. A parent information night will be held prior to the start of the program.

Session One:(Kids ONLY) 1.5 hours

Topic: Introductions

Introduction to the Kids in the Middle program- discussion and games/activities

Snack: To be determined

Session Two: (Kids Only) 1.5 hours

Topic: Feelings

Discussions and activities of feelings around divorce/separation

Snack: To be determined

Session Three:(Kids Only) 1.5 hours

Topic: Losses

Exploration of grief and loss

Snack: To be determined

Session Four:(Kids Only) 1.5 hours

Topic: Assertiveness

Discussion of assertive, passive, and aggressive communication styles

Snack: To be determined

Session Five: (Kids Only) 1.5 hours

Topic: Caught in the Middle

Discussing parents’ behaviors and mixed messages

Snack: To be determined

Session Six:(Parents & Kids) 1.5 hours

Topic: Self-Care and Wrap up Celebration

What have we learned?

Activities for Parents and Kids and Completion Certificates

Snack: To be determined

Fee: $60.00/child

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

In a pickle? Join DILLS! Created especially for Medicine Hat area’s 50+ population. Brought to you by the City of Medicine Hat and Medicine Hat Family Service. This is an open forum providing an environment that encompasses life long learning, while promoting personal well-being and the chance to connect with old friends and make new ones! Come and learn every fourth Wednesday. Look for topics on Shaw Cable News/ Medicine Hat News Senior Services, City of Medicine Hat Newsletter.

Location:Veiner Centre (225 Woodman Ave, SE)

Call 403-529-8307 for more information and to register.

Free of charge.

We are working to get the ABC’s of Home Alone program up and running again. Please check back for updates!

We have couples workshops happening the first Tuesday of each month until June 4, 2024 starting at 5:30pm until 7:30pm at the Medicine Hat Public Library. This is a four series workshop and it is free thanks to our friends Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta !!! To register or for more information please call Medicine Hat Family Service at 403-504-8026 please like and share this post with family and friends!

We are working on getting this group back up and running. Please check back for updates!

Brought to you by Medicine Hat Family Service and the BeYouth Centre, this group covers a variety of topics for teens ages 12-18 such as grief and loss, depression and anxiety, boundaries and consent, bullying and harassment, healthy relationships, gender identity and self esteem and resiliency and coping mechanisms.

The group runs every second Wednesday at the BeYouth Centre from 4-5pm. Cost is free!

To register, please call Medicine Hat Family Service at 403-504-8026. Parent consent is required.

This group creates a welcoming, non-judgmental, safe space for all individuals who have experienced infertility, and or pregnancy/infant loss. It was created to develop open discussion and peer support, led by participants with assistance from professionals.

Upcoming group dates:

February 21st, 2024

March 13th, 2024

April 10th, 2024

May 8th, 2024

June 12th, 2024

Time is from 6:30-8:30pm.

Location: Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce, with the exception of February 21st, 2024 which will be held at the Medicine Hat Public Library.