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Married people tend to have healthier lifestyles, live longer, have more satisfying sexual relationships

Whilst Australia has seen a declining rate of marriage since 1947 – similar to other western nations – today more than 70% of women will marry in their lifetime, 1 in 5 marrying at least twice, with 4 in 5 couples living together before marriage (an increase from less than 1 in 5 in 1975). Lasting an average of 12 years, 1 in 3 of these relationships will end in divorce, most occurring in their primary producing years, around 45 for men and 43 for women in 2016 (ABS, 2016).

Marriage, however, still confers certain unique benefits. Based on a wealth of academic research, married people tend to have healthier lifestyles, live longer, have more satisfying sexual relationships, have more economic assets, and have children that tend to do better academically and emotionally. When relationships go right, couples who stay together tend to be happier, healthier and ultimately wealthier (Waite & Gallagher 2000).

Conversely, when relationships go wrong, couple distress is strongly linked to problems with individual health and well-being (Lebow et al 2012).

The children of couples who stay together – and therefore have both parents present in the house – are more likely to thrive in their well-being and education (McLanahan et al 2013).

References:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Marriage and divorces, Australia 2016.
  • Waite, L., & Gallagher, M. 2000: The case for marriage. New York: Doubleday.

Material used with permission of PREPARE/ENRICH.

Marriage and Relationship Education is a learning opportunity, much like you would do in any other important life event. Check out the video for couples on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xyuUl-JnIhM

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Denise Lacey – the 2019 recipient of the Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia (MAREAA) award for excellence

Congratulations Denise Lacey on being the 2019 recipient of the Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia (MAREAA) award for excellence.

The award recognises outstanding or exceptional service or contribution to marriage and relationship education.

It seeks to recognise those who meet two or more of the following criteria:

    Demonstrated excellent, consistent and innovative service to the field;
    Provided continuous outstanding service to the field;
    Implemented an outstanding or novel initiative;
    Made significant improvements to the content or process of relationship education;
    Shown a commitment to the ongoing development of the profession and;
    Shown dedication to the support and encouragement of others in the field.

Denise has been a guiding light and beacon of MAREAA since 1992 and has gathered and inspired the committee and driven depth of connection and conversation that has been crucial to MAREAAs success.

Quotes: “Denise has been a strong advocate for marriage education within government. She has been been involved in MRE for over twenty five years and has always had an infectious enthusiasm. Her dedication to the cause has been extraordinary”

“Denise should be recognised for her leadership and drive, mentoring and support. She has amazing energy and passion”

“Denise has been dedicated to the betterment of the field (of MRE) and been an active committee member of MAREAA and the former CSME for many years. Her leadership and drive and support of others has been nothing short of amazing.”

Congratulations to the deserved winner of the MAREAA Award for Excellence: Denise Lacey.

Congratulations Denise.

Shane Smith

Director, PREPARE/ENRICH Australia

President, Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia Inc.

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When life hands you lemons… Managing the unexpected occurrences in relationships! ONLY 3 DAYS TO GO!

MAREAA Joint National and Victorian State Conference, Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne

6 – 9 pm Friday, August 2 and
9 – 5 pm Saturday, August 3, 2019

Check out the following Video from Toni Powell. When Toni Powell’s husband asked her to marry him, she learned an important lesson…

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2186966888194877

Toni is an author, TEDx speaker, mentor, mother, relationship buff, recovering worrywart, social entrepreneur and wife…Toni is a passionate researcher and communicator about the wisdom behind enduring relationships, what makes people tick and the how-to of wellbeing and happiness.

Well regarded as both a thought leader and an entertaining speaker frequently interviewed on ABC radio on programs such as ‘Life Matters’ and ‘Focus’. Toni was guest lecturer at The Positive Education Institute’s renowned ‘Insight Series’, the opening Keynote at Positive Schools Conference and is a much loved regular at Happiness & Its Causes Conference.

Great speakers on topics such as Internal Family Systems, Grief and Loss and Stress and Changes in couples over the decades.

Know anyone who should attend… Registration is still available. Click here to register.

https://mareaa.asn.au/join-now/mareaa-joint-national-and-victorian-state-conference-2019/

Register Now

Conference Fees:
MAREAA Members $159 per person
(Including Friday supper and Saturday morning & afternoon tea, lunch and coffee/tea throughout and all handout materials).
Friday only including supper $60
Saturday only including lunch $140

Non-MAREAA Members $199 per person
(Including Friday supper and Saturday morning & afternoon tea, lunch and coffee/tea throughout and all handout materials).
Friday only including supper $75
Saturday only including lunch $170

Student/Unemployed/Concession $145 per person

*Special – Annual Membership $60.00 per person

Need help or assistance to register? Email us: admin@mareaa.asn.au,
or Shane Smith 0414993347

Conference Program

August 2, 2019
6:00 pm Registration
6:30 pm Welcome to Country
6:45 pm Toni Powell
7:50 pm Supper
9:00 pm Close of Evening

August 3, 2019
8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am Opening
9:30 am ‘Internal Family Systems’ – Dr. Danielle Williamson & David Eckle –
11:00 am Morning Tea
11:30 am ‘Intimacy from the Inside Out’ – Dr. Danielle Williamson & David Eckle –
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Panel Discussion – Peter Norden, Leonie Nolan, Amanda Smith-
2:45 pm Afternoon Tea
3:15 pm. Amanda Lambros – The Grief Recovery Method
4:45 pm Feedback
5:00 pm MAREAA AGM
Wine and cheese

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Regards,
Shane Smith
MAREAA President

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MAREAA National Conference 2-3 August 2019, special day rate available: When life hands you lemons… Managing unexpected occurrences in relationships

Topics ranging from Wellbeing and Happiness, Internal Family Systems and Grief and Loss and Stress, don’t miss out on yet another quality MAREAA event.

When life hands you lemons… Managing the unexpected occurrences in relationships!

$159 Members
[Friday only $60; Saturday $140]
$199 Non-Members 
[Friday only $75; Saturday $170]
$60 Annual Membership Special

Great speakers on topics such as Internal Family Systems, Grief and Loss and Stress and Changes in couples over the decades.

Conference Program

TONI POWELL, Speaker & Educator

Toni is an author, TEDx speaker, mentor, mother, relationship buff, recovering worrywart, social entrepreneur and wife…Toni is a passionate researcher and communicator about the wisdom behind enduring relationships, what makes people tick and the how-to of wellbeing and happiness.

Well regarded as both a thought leader and an entertaining speaker frequently interviewed on ABC radio on programs such as ‘Life Matters’ and ‘Focus’. Toni was guest lecturer at The Positive Education Institute’s renowned ‘Insight Series’, the opening Keynote at Positive Schools Conference and is a much loved regular at Happiness & Its Causes Conference.

DR. DANIELLE WILLIAMSON

A registered clinical psychologist, an approved supervisor and lecturer at Swinburne University in both the Counselling & Clinical psychology programs. She has a particular interest in treating trauma-related issues in adults, and has co-founded the Women’s Trauma Recovery Program in partnership with David Eckel.

Danielle works in private practice at Parkside Psychology, seeing adolescents, adults & couples with a wide range of presenting issues. Internal Family Systems therapy resonates for Danielle as it provides a way to listen deeply and be present with her own parts, and the parts and Self of others. It’s exciting to share this approach and explore the different applications for people across therapy and non-therapy settings.

DAVID ECKLE

Mr. David Eckel is an accredited mental health social worker with over 13 years experience counselling adults in community health, specializing in the areas of PTSD & complex trauma, GLBTIQ mental health and alcohol & other drugs. David has worked in counselling, project work and clinical supervision roles at IPC Health, VIC AIDS Council and Access Health and Community.

He is passionate about trauma treatment and is an EMDR practitioner, Level One and Two trained Internal Family Systems Therapist. David is also a trained creative arts therapist and experienced in supervision and training, having previously taught at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).

AMANDA LAMBROS

Director of The Grief Recovery Institute (AUS/NZ) – The only evidence-based program in the world which directly addresses grief and loss and helps grievers move beyond the pain caused by loss.

Amanda is an Author, TEDx Speaker, Relationship Educator and Clinical Supervisor. She’s also a wife to her complete opposite and a mother to two young boys who have more energy than the sun! She is beyond passionate and biased on the topics of relationships, Mental Health and Grief and Loss.

Register Now

Conference Fees:
(Including Friday dinner and Saturday morning & afternoon tea, lunch and coffee/tea throughout and all handout materials).
MAREAA Members $159.00 per person
Friday only including supper $60
Saturday only including lunch $140

Non-MAREAA Member $199.00 per person
Friday only including supper $75
Saturday only including lunch $170

Student/Unemployed/Concession $145 per person

*Special – Annual Membership $60.00 per person

Registration is available now. Click here to register for this exciting educators’ conference.

Register Now

MAREAA National AGM 2019

The MAREAA National Committee would like to invite all current, past and potential members and supporters to the Marriage and Relationship Educators’ Association of Australia 25th Annual General Meeting, to be held on Saturday August 3 2019, 5.00pm at the Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street (cnr Lansdowne Street), East Melbourne, VIC 3002

Be part of a national organisation dedicated to the advancement of Marriage and Relationship Education throughout Australia. 

Marriage and Relationship Association of Australia
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2019 Award for Excellence in the field of Marriage and Relationship Education

We are pleased to yet again be presenting the MAREAA Award for Excellence for outstanding or exceptional service or contribution in the field of marriage and relationship education. The award will be presented during the MAREAA National Conference 2019.

This award recognises outstanding or exceptional service or contribution to marriage and relationship education.  Recipients may be an individual, team, or program.

It seeks to recognise those who meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • demonstrated excellent, consistent and innovative service to the field
  • provided continuous outstanding service to the field
  • implemented an outstanding or novel initiative
  • made significant improvements to the content or process of relationship education
  • shown a commitment to the ongoing development of the profession
  • shown dedication to the support and encouragement of others in the field

Nominations for the Award for Excellence close Friday 26th July.

Please join us for the AGM, Award for Excellence, the national conference, or all three.

  1. Establishment

The MAREAA Annual Award for outstanding or exceptional service or contribution in the field of marriage and relationship education was established in 2013 to acknowledge and reward the contributions of an individual, team or program.

  • 2. Selection process
  • A selection panel comprising members of the MAREAA National Executive and MAREAA members will consider the nominations and make a decision as to the winning nominee based on the selection criteria. If a member of the selection panel is nominated, they will absent themselves from the selection process and be replaced by another MAREAA National Executive member or MAREAA member.

  • 3. Nomination process
  • Please start considering who you wish to nominate for this outstanding award and submit your nomination to the National Secretary. Nomination forms and the Terms of Reference can be found here:

    Nominations must be co-signed by a second nominator, set out the reasons for the nomination and include a signed, brief supporting statement.

    Closing date for nominations for the Award for Excellence is Friday 26th July.

    Nominations to be sent to: secretary@mareaa.asn.au

    Kind regards,
    Amanda Lambros
    Vice President
    MAREAA National Committee

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    Leonie Nolan: Couple counsellor, relationship educator, director PREPARE/ENRICH…. see her at the Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, East Melbourne, August 2-3, 2019

    Leonie Nolan cites her finest achievement as a 43 year old marriage that has been 90% fabulous with about 10% a bit Crazy.

    Leonie is married to Michael. They have three adult children, two are married and five beautiful grandchildren.

    When Leonie is not travelling to visit her family, or working with Michael on their farm, she is engaged in working with couples at Catholic Care Melbourne as a FOCCUS Facilitator. She has been doing this for the last ten years.

    For the last sixteen years Leonie has also worked at Open Doors Counselling in Ringwood, Melbourne. Here she works with clients who are struggling to comes to terms with the Grief around Pregnancy Loss as well as Relationship Issues.

    Leonie came to Counselling after being in the Aged Care Industry for many years owning and managing her Aged Care Facility.

    Leonie thoroughly enjoys working with couples and loves those “Light Bulb” moments when they discover new insights about their relationship.

    Leonie’s academic achievements include a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Victoria University and a Batchelor of Economics from Monash University.

    She endeavours to stay abreast of the latest developments in Relationship Counselling.

    Hosted by the MAREAA Victorian State Committee and National Committee we are thrilled to have Danielle join our wonderful line up of great topics and sensational speakers.

    Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, to be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, August 2-3 2019.

    With topics ranging from Wellbeing and Happiness, Internal Family Systems and Grief and Loss and Stress, the 2019 MARENC promises to bring new thinking and ideas for professional development for both professional and voluntary practitioners interested in the field of marriage, relationship and family education.
    $159 Members
    $199 Non-Members

    $60 Annual membership special

    Great speakers on topics such as Internal Family Systems, Grief and Loss and Stress and Changes in couples over the decades.

    Registration is available now. Click here to register for this exciting educators’ conference.

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    Mandi Smith: Couple Counsellor, Relationship Educator, Director PREPARE/ENRICH…. see her at the Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, East Melbourne, August 2-3, 2019

    Mandi Smith is a relationship counsellor specialising in work with couples in the areas of relationship education, relationship enrichment and counselling. Strong relationships between couples brings many benefits to families and society in general. Mandi believes all relationships are a work in progress and have untapped potential, we just need to help them along the way.

    Hosted by the MAREAA Victorian State Committee and National Committee we are thrilled to have Mandi join our wonderful line up of great topics and sensational speakers.

    Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, to be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, August 2-3 2019.

    Hosted by the MAREAA Victorian State Committee and National Committee we are thrilled to have Danielle join our wonderful line up of great topics and sensational speakers.

    Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, to be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, August 2-3 2019.

    With topics ranging from Wellbeing and Happiness, Internal Family Systems and Grief and Loss and Stress, the 2019 MARENC promises to bring new thinking and ideas for professional development for both professional and voluntary practitioners interested in the field of marriage, relationship and family education.

    $159 Members
    $199 Non-Members

    $60 Special Annual Membership

    Great speakers on topics such as Internal Family Systems, Grief and Loss and Stress and Changes in couples over the decades.

    Registration is available now. Click here to register for this exciting educators’ conference.

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    Amanda Lambros: beyond passionate and biased on relationships, Mental Health and Grief and Loss…. see her at the Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, East Melbourne, August 2-3, 2019

    Director of The Grief Recovery Institute (AUS/NZ) – The only evidence-based program in the world which directly addresses grief and loss and helps grievers move beyond the pain caused by loss.

    Amanda is an Author, TEDx Speaker, Relationship Educator and Clinical Supervisor. She’s also a wife to her complete opposite and a mother to two young boys who have more energy than the sun! She is beyond passionate and biased on the topics of relationships, Mental Health and Grief and Loss.

    Hosted by the MAREAA Victorian State Committee and National Committee we are thrilled to have Danielle join our wonderful line up of great topics and sensational speakers.

    Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, to be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, August 2-3 2019.

    With topics ranging from Wellbeing and Happiness, Internal Family Systems and Grief and Loss and Stress, the 2019 MARENC promises to bring new thinking and ideas for professional development for both professional and voluntary practitioners interested in the field of marriage, relationship and family education.
    $159 Members
    $199 Non-Members

    Great speakers on topics such as Internal Family Systems, Grief and Loss and Stress and Changes in couples over the decades.

    Registration is available now. Click here to register for this exciting educators’ conference.

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    David Eckel, passionate about trauma treatment… see him at the Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, East Melbourne, August 2-3, 2019

    Mr. David Eckel is an accredited mental health social worker with over 13 years experience counselling adults in community health, specializing in the areas of PTSD & complex trauma, GLBTIQ mental health and alcohol & other drugs. David has worked in counselling, project work and clinical supervision roles at IPC Health, VIC AIDS Council and Access Health and Community.

    He is passionate about trauma treatment and is an EMDR practitioner, Level One and Two trained Internal Family Systems Therapist. David is also a trained creative arts therapist and experienced in supervision and training, having previously taught at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).

    Hosted by the MAREAA Victorian State Committee and National Committee we are thrilled to have Danielle join our wonderful line up of great topics and sensational speakers.

    Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, to be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, August 2-3 2019.

    With topics ranging from Wellbeing and Happiness, Internal Family Systems and Grief and Loss and Stress, the 2019 MARENC promises to bring new thinking and ideas for professional development for both professional and voluntary practitioners interested in the field of marriage, relationship and family education.
    $159 Members
    $199 Non-Members

    Great speakers on topics such as Internal Family Systems, Grief and Loss and Stress and Changes in couples over the decades.

    Registration is available now. Click here to register for this exciting educators’ conference.

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    Dr. Danielle Williamson, Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of the Womens Trauma Recovery Program… see her at the Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, East Melbourne, August 2-3, 2019

    A registered clinical psychologist, an approved supervisor and lecturer at Swinburne University in both the Counselling & Clinical psychology programs. She has a particular interest in treating trauma-related issues in adults, and has co-founded the Women’s Trauma Recovery Program in partnership with David Eckel.

    Danielle works in private practice at Parkside Psychology, seeing adolescents, adults & couples with a wide range of presenting issues. Internal Family Systems therapy resonates for Danielle as it provides a way to listen deeply and be present with her own parts, and the parts and Self of others. It’s exciting to share this approach and explore the different applications for people across therapy and non-therapy settings.

    Hosted by the MAREAA Victorian State Committee and National Committee we are thrilled to have Danielle join our wonderful line up of great topics and sensational speakers.

    Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, to be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, August 2-3 2019.

    With topics ranging from Wellbeing and Happiness, Internal Family Systems and Grief and Loss and Stress, the 2019 MARENC promises to bring new thinking and ideas for professional development for both professional and voluntary practitioners interested in the field of marriage, relationship and family education.
    $159 Members
    $199 Non-Members

    Great speakers on topics such as Internal Family Systems, Grief and Loss and Stress and Changes in couples over the decades.

    Registration is available now. Click here to register for this exciting educators’ conference.

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    Toni Powell, Speaker & Educator… see her at the Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, East Melbourne, August 2-3, 2019

    Toni is an author, TEDx speaker, mentor, mother, relationship buff, recovering worrywart, social entrepreneur and wife…Toni is a passionate researcher and communicator about the wisdom behind enduring relationships, what makes people tick and the how-to of wellbeing and happiness.

    Well regarded as both a thought leader and an entertaining speaker frequently interviewed on ABC radio on programs such as ‘Life Matters’ and ‘Focus’. Toni was guest lecturer at The Positive Education Institute’s renowned ‘Insight Series’, the opening Keynote at Positive Schools Conference and is a much loved regular at Happiness & Its Causes Conference.

    Hosted by the MAREAA Victorian State Committee and National Committee we are thrilled to have Toni join our wonderful line up of great topics and sensational speakers.

    Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, to be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, August 2-3 2019.

    With topics ranging from Wellbeing and Happiness, Internal Family Systems and Grief and Loss and Stress, the 2019 MARENC promises to bring new thinking and ideas for professional development for both professional and voluntary practitioners interested in the field of marriage, relationship and family education.
    $159 Members
    $199 Non-Members

    Great speakers on topics such as Internal Family Systems, Grief and Loss and Stress and Changes in couples over the decades.

    Registration is available now. Click here to register for this exciting educators’ conference.

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    When life hands you lemons… Managing the unexpected occurrences in relationships!

    The Victorian State Committee and National Committee is thrilled to introduce a wonderful line up of great topics and sensational speakers at the upcoming Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) 2019, to be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, August 2-3 2019.

    With topics ranging from Wellbeing and Happiness, Internal Family Systems and Grief and Loss and Stress, the 2019 MARENC promises to bring new thinking and ideas for professional development for both professional and voluntary practitioners interested in the field of marriage, relationship and family education.
    $159 Members
    $199 Non-Members

    Great speakers on topics such as Internal Family Systems, Grief and Loss and Stress and Changes in couples over the decades.

    Registration is available now. Click here to register for this exciting educators’ conference.

    Register Now