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, Self-harm, Burnout & Compassion Fatigue , Resilience, 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 may include parents, guardians, sports instructors, volunteers in human services, corporate citizens, community agencies 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.



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 8-11 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.

Parent Orientation:(Parents ONLY) 1 hour

Introduction to the Kids in the Middle Program – Program Rationale and Agenda, Counselling Services, Documents and Releases completed.

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’ behaviours and mixed messages

Snack: To be determined

Session Six:(Parents & Kids) 1.5 hours

Topic: Self-Care and Wrap up Celebration

What have we learnt?

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

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.

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 every fourth Wednesday from September to November and January to May. 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 403-504-8026 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: 2019 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

ABC’s of Home Alone is a six hour course for children in ages 8 – 10 to learn the safety issues of being home alone for short periods of time. Who to call, easy snacks, preventative thinking are just some of the new stuff students will learn. We will be running a ABC’s of Home Alone course on August 14th and 16th, 2019 from 10am – 1pm. Please call Medicine Hat Family Service for more information or to register your child for this course.

Location: TBA

Call: 403-504-8026

Fee: $40.00 includes manuals and snacks – subsidies available

Emotional Self-Regulation for Adults! You will learn valuable new skills within this new groups for adults.

This closed group is to start May 22nd, 2019 for 7 weeks. We are currently looking for two more individuals to join the group in order for the group to run. Please call Medicine Hat Family Services for more information.

Call: 403-504-8026