Help for Families

Most, if not all, families have some conflicts between family members that are difficult to solve. 
For example:
  • Repeated non-compliance regarding household chores that goes beyond forgetfulness
  • Difficulties at school that are not being resolved
  • Differing views on household finances or spending
  • Family obligations that are excessively demanding, or that are not met
If you have a specific issue that you would like to solve between family members, then meeting with a third party could be a great solution for you. If you would like some clear guidance that is widely applicable to dealing with conflict within families, then take a look at the workshops listed below.

Workshops provide tools and integration for greater understanding and harmony within the family.

New Communication Paths includes a communication coach, so to speak, to assist in creating new pathways of communication.

Teen Leadership for Resolving Conflict is a training and mentoring program for teens to step up as positive leaders to promote effective solutions.

Dispute Resolution can bring disputes to a swift and sustainable solution while empowering those involved to create solutions that work.


Provide tools and integration for greater 
understanding and harmony within the family.

Parent-Teen Communication
This workshop gives parents and teens the tools they need to navigate the changes in family dynamics that occur as teens mature, while developing open communication and building stronger family relationships.

Gail Hope, mediator and facilitator is offering a series of Parent & Teen workshops, sharing the key communication skills that will help you build and maintain strong family relationships throughout while children are maturing into teenagers and young adults.

Consider this experiential workshop series where parents and teens learn the exact set of skills on the same day. Everyone has time to practice and integrate, before the next skills are introduced. Daily email support will be provided to remind and keep everyone on track.

Why Wait?

If family communication is breaking down, then why not give Hope to Help a call. Get in touch today!

                         By phone: Gail Hope 403-808-1931     By email:

New Communication Paths

Includes a communication coach, so to speak, 
to assist in creating new pathways of communication.

When New Communication Paths are appropriate:

A meeting focused on New Communication Paths is effective in helping family members to overcome rote communication styles, to unlock their potential, and to reach deeper understanding of complex issues. With a coach attending, and assisting participants to engage in shifting perspectives, attitudes and styles, family communication can change drastically. 

How to set up a New Communication Paths meeting:

A meeting is easy to set up. Check that a coach is available on the date and time that you would like to schedule the meeting. It is also helpful to share the goal(s) of the meeting with your coach before the meeting begins.

Why Wait?

If enhanced family communication will make life easier, then why not give Hope to Help a call? 
Get in touch today!

By phone: Gail Hope 403-808-1931     By email:

Teen Leadership in Resolving Conflict

is a training and mentoring program for teens to 
step up as positive leaders to promote effective solutions.

When Teen Leadership In Resolving Conflict is appropriate:

If your teen is already showing strong leadership qualities, giving them further skills for their leadership can boost their confidence and effectiveness. Learning how to resolve conflicts particularly with peers will make them the go-to person to sort out differences, or even short circuit them.

How to set up a Teen Leadership In Resolving Conflict:

Enrolling is easy. Contact us by email or phone and we will advise the next starting point for the program.

Why Wait?

If your teen is influential in their peer group, then why not give Hope to Help a call? Get in touch today!

By phone: Gail Hope 403-808-1931     By email:

Dispute Resolution

Can bring disputes to a swift and sustainable solution while 
empowering those involved to create solutions that work.

When Dispute Resolution is appropriate:

Mediation is a quick, effective and low risk method of solving conflicts and disputes. Mediation meetings are appropriate in situations where conflict has arisen. It is particularly suitable for families, as it can often strengthen the family unit for the long term, as participants learn to understand and gain respect for each other

What mediation involves:

Mediation facilitated by Hope to Help is usually held in a private space either at your home, or at a neutral location. Mediation meetings help people discuss and resolve a difficult situation with the help of a trained mediator. Typically, only one or two meetings are required to reach a suitable resolution. The length of the meeting can vary depending on the complexity of the issue, and the ease with which a solution that works for the family members is found. For scheduling purposes, allow 2-4 hours.

Prior to the meeting, participating family members will receive an individual phone call from a Hope to Help mediator to coach them on the process, and answer any questions that they may have.

The mediation process begins with establishing a suitable confidentiality agreement within the family, and the Hope to Help mediator. In some situations, this is important to the family. In others, families agree that they would prefer to proceed without a confidentiality agreement in place. Your Hope to Help mediator will help you decide on the best approach for your situation.

Making sure the right people are in the room
It is important to ensure that the people in the mediation meeting have the authority and responsibility needed to enact solutions generated by the process. Equally important, correct and sufficient facts and information relevant to the dispute should be on hand.

Problem Description
The mediator will guide the discussion to allow members to describe the problem that they see as causing the dispute. Participants are given the opportunity to share the facts as they see them, and to share the impact of the situation on themselves. This process of sharing and hearing from each other increasing understanding and respect between participants. Clearly defining a problem is the first, and often the biggest step towards solving it.

Solution Brainstorming
Guided by the mediator, the participants brainstorm possible solutions to their conflict. All solutions are accepted and noted down. The mediator ensures that the environment remains safe and open, and encourages all to look for solutions that work for everyone.

Resolution agreement
The possible solutions are considered and weighed in the light of what everyone really wants to get out of the situation. The mediator facilitates the discussion and summarizes the agreement of the final resolution that is reached. The agreement is written down and signed. 

Once a solution is reached in a mediation meeting, no further assistance is required from the mediator. Family members implement their side of the agreed resolution, and are often able to resolve future disputes between themselves using the new approach that they have learned.

Why Wait?

If you have a dispute that is affecting your family, then why not give Hope to Help a call? Leaving disputes unresolved can damage relationships unnecessarily. So get in touch today!

By phone: Gail Hope 403-808-1931     By email: