House Meetings: Addressing Conflict

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House meetings can be places where residents may voice disagreement. 

This is natural, as any individuals who share living space and spend large amounts of time with one another.  Be prepared to address conflict in the house meeting constructively.

  • Encourage residents to express their concerns openly and respectfully, and work together to find solutions.
  • Remind residents of the ground rules for the house meeting.
  • If appropriate, determine that a conflict between a few individuals would need to be addressed separately outside of the house meeting.


It is important to mediate conflicts impartially and emphasize the importance of compromise and understanding.

(LEARN MORE by watching this two hour video on Basic Mediation Skills for Recovery House (

(LEARN MORE by watching this 80 minute video on Walking With Residents Through Conflict