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We were informed today that one of our presenters Kim Halford, will no longer be able to speak at our state conference. His wife was admitted to hospital today and will undergo heart surgery tomorrow.
We have however been able to make some changes and have 2 new exciting sessions to offer everyone. Please find below the new program.

Morning Session
Small Investment – Big Returns! NOT Superannuation but Mindfulness
Participants will use mindfulness ideas and practices to:
• Help couples to deepen acceptance of self and other in their relationship
• Enrich intimacy or deep knowing of self and other
• Help couples think and feel at the same time by gaining access to their thoughts and staying connected to their feelings
• Promote optimal conditions for “tricky” couple conversations

Presenter: Cathy Dixon is a psychologist and counsellor. She has previously worked as an assistant manager, educator and facilitator in the Marriage and Relationship Education Unit at CatholicCare Melbourne. She has undertaken teacher training in mindfulness at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, Wales. She delivers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy groups, uses mindfulness with clients in her counselling work, and enjoys the bene ts of mindfulness practices in her own life. Participants will be involved in a range of activities that could be useful when working with couples.

Afternoon Session
Navigating a Gen Z Couple
Ever wondered why your couples are distracted by their phone? Confused by language such as Cray Cray, Defs and and selfies? Not sure what the future holds for your young engaged couples?
This workshop will give you the background on who Generation Z, how they prefer to learn, why it feels they speak another language, how they differ to Gen Z and what they are facing as they head into marriage. We will explore the role media consumption plays in their decision making and how their online profile connects them to a global community.
Presenter: Michael O’Keeffe has facilitated relationship education programs for over 12 years in schools, pre marriage settings and to parents of young students. A qualified school teacher, and Director of his own educational consultancy company, Michael regularly presents workshops on how Generational Theory can be used to enhance relationships. He is also the Treasurer of MAREAA and recently managed the Cilvil Celebrants Project.

Integrating Creative Techniques to Deliver Engaging Conversations with Gen Z
This workshop will provide a practical, evidence-informed approach to engaging Gen Z through the use of creative methods to help couples learn, change and develop. In this workshop, Shane will describe an active, multisensory, concrete, theory driven approach developed by Ed Jacobs and Christine Schimmel called Impact Theory that offers the MRE practical ways to frame and encourage Gen Z individuals and couples to be active, thinking, seeing and experiencing. It recognises that change comes from not only verbal, but also visual and kinaesthetic exchanges and offers the potential to effect much deeper changes in people and their interpersonal relationships.

Presenter: Shane Smith is the Director of Prepare/Enrich Australia and Vice President of the Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia. He actively promotes and facilitates marriage and family relationships and has delivered a wide variety of parenting and relationship education programs and has a broad understanding of digital technology and the impact of the internet, mobile technology and social media on couple relationships and how digital technology matters in the lives of Australian couples and is a regular writer on this topic.
The day starts at 9.30am and will conclude at 4.15pm.

Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street (cnr Lansdowne Street) East Melbourne

Participants are welcome to attend the MAREAA AGM which will begin at 4.30pm followed by Wine and Cheese.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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