Have Only Positive Expectations (HOPE)
For families experiencing challenges that arise from stress, conflict, alcohol or other drug use, mental health or safety concerns.
What is HOPE?
HOPE is an evidence-informed six-week online programme for the ‘whole family’. It is a skills-based programme for families experiencing challenges that arise from family stress, conflict, alcohol or other drug use, mental health or safety concerns.
It is delivered online with individual families and skilled facilitators using the platform Zoom. Families are provided weekly with the handouts and supplies that allow them to participate fully in the programme in their own home.
The whole family approach means that the parents and young people all engage in the programme together and the programmes provides skills and knowledge to help families build and strengthen family relationships, bonding and provide positive family wellbeing. Families learn and develop skills that build family cohesion, develop resilience, and improve family communication whilst supporting the family’s safety.
How it works
HOPE is delivered with individual families online in their own home by two facilitators using the Zoom platform. Each session runs for 45-60 minutes once weekly and a family dinner is delivered on the evening of the programme. Resources required are delivered to the family each week for family skills activities.
Families can be referred on the programme by Community, Voluntary and Statutory organisations working with and supporting families including schools, youth groups, family support agencies, mental health services, etc.
Where it is available
The HOPE programme is an online programme and is available to families remotely.
Who can take part
The HOPE programme is free and available to families with parents/guardians and children aged 6-18 years.
"It has brought us together as a family, we spend more time together, talking, playing games, having fun! Our relationship changed, we are much closer"
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Publications & Resources
Alcohol Forum Publications:
Assessment of Incidences of Alcohol Related Brain Injury in the HSE West (Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim) and Health and Social Care Trust Areas 2011
Alcohol Related Brain Injury: A Guide for Professionals
Alcohol Related Brain Injury: A Guide for Families
Mind Your Brain – Brief Advice
Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain
Other International Publications:
A Fuller Life: Report of the Expert Group in Alcohol Related Brain Damage, Scottish Executive
Alcohol and Brain Damage in Adults, Royal College of Psychiatrists UK
All in the Mind: Meeting the Challenge of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage, Alcohol Concern, Wales