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At last months Annual General Meeting, the membership voted on introducing Organisational Membership. This will allow Marriage and Relationship providers to register all their employees as members of MAREAA.

How Organisational Membership would work?

Membership would be based on the (total) size of the organisation (i.e. number of educators that work at the organisation).

The voting rights are based on the size of the membership i.e. number of votes at the AGM or special meetings permitted per organisational membership size.
Each organisation will only nominate one contact person; however to attend Professional Development, the organisation can send the total ‘paid for’ educators for an organisational membership PD discounted rate. For example, for the smallest membership category, up to 3 educators can attend a MAREAA PD event at a discounted organisational membership rate. Any attendees over pay the full PD fee.

This will roll out on our new website which is coming in October. If you are currently a member you will have an opportunity to upgrade or transfer your membership over to Organisational Membership.

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At the 2016 MAREAA Victorian State Conference, the national executive announced the recipient of the 2016 MAREAA Award for Excellence.
Congratulations to Mary Brown (left).

The award was In recognition of her outstanding contribution and exceptional service to Marriage and Relationship Education in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and to marriage educators around Australia. Couples, families and individuals enjoy greater relationship health and well-being as a result of her commitment, generosity, skills and passion as both a Marriage and Relationship Educator and trainer.
Mary is seen here receiving her award from National President, Denise Lacey.
2014 recipient, Robyn Donnelly presented the award and had these wonderful words to say:

“I feel so humbled and privileged to talk about this award recipient for 2016. I know I am not Minister Kevin Andrews but I know he would be fully supportive of this recipient. They have many many years experience in our industry and field. They are a Gottman Groupie and I say that in a professional way in respect to their work, knowledge and how to help a couple.

They live and breathe the principles of making strong sound healthy relationships. They are a positive influence in their team, a mentor and sounding board for many educators, an ideas person. They are the Icebreaker king or Queen. They bring out the best in couples who are fortunate to work alongside this Educator. They are sincere, empathic and calming in nature.

They are highly skilled, knowledgeable and confident in their ability to highlight strengths in a couple even the couple may not know they have. They can turn a growth area or need of a couple into a positive. They even have this ability to help and assist educators who they inspire and mentor. They will share their passion, work and knowledge with anyone who will listen, and on occasion the taxi driver on way to a conference or meeting!

They are a leader and senior trainer in our field.

Congratulations to Mary Brown The MAREAA 2016 Award for Excellence Recipient”

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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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22nd National Annual General Meeting
To be held on Saturday 6th August, 4.30pm AEDT
At the location of Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne, Victoria
held following the MAREAA Victoria State Branch conference 2016.
Nomination form for the MAREAA National Management Committee 2016
Proxy Voting Form
2015 National Annual General Meeting Minutes