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PREPARE/ENRICH – Core and Going Deeper Training Hornsby Nov/Dec

The Core Training Day includes all aspects of the Customised Version necessary to enable and accredit the Facilitator to use the material immediately.

The fee covers the programmed two day arrangement. It is preferable when the Core and Going Deeper Training days are run consecutively, that participants attend both days. If that is not feasible or is not available, you can attend the Going Deeper Training day within 12 months from the Core Training workshop, as advertised on this website.

The Going Deeper Day is a follow-up and consolidation day. It includes skills training and practice opportunities for working with feedback techniques and workbook exercises. The day covers selected content and processes relevant to working with step-families, mature age couples and conflicted couples.

It may be taken when registering as part of a programmed two day arrangement, or if that is not feasible or is not available, on a day to be selected (within 12 months) from the Core Training workshop, as advertised on this website.

The Core Training Day is a prerequisite to the Going Deeper Day.

Who may train to administer the inventories?

Persons working with couples (eg. marriage celebrants, educators, counsellors) who already have formal training as a –

  • Pastor/priest/minister/rabbi.
  • Counsellor/Psychologist
  • Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Worker trained in another relevant human resource discipline

and –

  • Lay people, who also have training in the above areas, nominated by, approved by, and supervised by and accountable to leaders of the institution (eg. clergy, pastors, priests) within which they will work. We are prepared to train such individuals and couples but they need to be selected and nominated with care.  Just because they are church members and have participated in a PREPARE/ENRICH program as part of their own preparation for marriage is not a sufficient qualification. It is important to consider their knowledge and skills.
An Early Bird Discount of 10% is available if you register and pay up to 30-days prior to Facilitator Training.
 

Please refer to full the terms and conditions including the cancellation policy here: www.prepare-enrich.com.au/terms-conditions

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PREPARE/ENRICH – Core and Going Deeper Training Parramatta October

The Core Training Day includes all aspects of the Customised Version necessary to enable and accredit the Facilitator to use the material immediately.

The fee covers the programmed two day arrangement. It is preferable when the Core and Going Deeper Training days are run consecutively, that participants attend both days. If that is not feasible or is not available, you can attend the Going Deeper Training day within 12 months from the Core Training workshop, as advertised on this website.

The Going Deeper Day is a follow-up and consolidation day. It includes skills training and practice opportunities for working with feedback techniques and workbook exercises. The day covers selected content and processes relevant to working with step-families, mature age couples and conflicted couples.

It may be taken when registering as part of a programmed two day arrangement, or if that is not feasible or is not available, on a day to be selected (within 12 months) from the Core Training workshop, as advertised on this website.

The Core Training Day is a prerequisite to the Going Deeper Day.

Who may train to administer the inventories?

Persons working with couples (eg. marriage celebrants, educators, counsellors) who already have formal training as a –

  • Pastor/priest/minister/rabbi.
  • Counsellor/Psychologist
  • Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Worker trained in another relevant human resource discipline

and –

  • Lay people, who also have training in the above areas, nominated by, approved by, and supervised by and accountable to leaders of the institution (eg. clergy, pastors, priests) within which they will work. We are prepared to train such individuals and couples but they need to be selected and nominated with care.  Just because they are church members and have participated in a PREPARE/ENRICH program as part of their own preparation for marriage is not a sufficient qualification. It is important to consider their knowledge and skills.
An Early Bird Discount of 10% is available if you register and pay up to 30-days prior to Facilitator Training.
 

Please refer to full the terms and conditions including the cancellation policy here: www.prepare-enrich.com.au/terms-conditions

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Text, Twitter, Tweet… Couples, the Internet and Social Media: Being distracted by the wired world

Social media has changed the daily lives of couples by:

  • How they stay in touch with others (and reconnect with people);
  • The way couples make friends, how they find acquaintances and how others find partners by connecting with people anywhere in the world;
  • How couples do business, how businesses connect to buyers and potential buyers;
  • How they reveal themselves and share information;
  • How couples allow their voice to be heard – to amplify a message; and
  • How they learn.

This technology also creates difficult situations for couples involving emotional intimacy and fidelity, including the ease of access to personal details, the ease at which private communication can take place and access to pornography. Facebook is increasing cited in divorce proceedings in both the US and UK.

Whilst most of the qualities that help sustain a good relationship have not changed – commitment, effective communication, constructive conflict and patience, honesty, forgiveness amongst others – there is strong evidence that couples are using these technologies to enhance their relationships. Both the opportunities and threats associated with the use of internet and mobile technologies including the stress associated with their use by couples must be understood and considered to ensure effective communication in all their life stages.

While younger adults in serious relationships are more likely than older couples to report that the internet has had an impact on their relationship, this impact can cut both ways. Many young couples view technology as a way to bring greater intimacy to their relationship, even as it introduces new sources of tension.

  • 45% of online 18-29 year olds in serious relationships say the internet has had an impact on their relationship – 21% say a major impact.
  • 42% of 18-29 year olds with a mobile phone in a serious relationship say their partner has been distracted by their phone while they were together.
  • 41% of online 18-29 year olds in serious relationships felt closer to their partner because of online or text conversations.

“Technology is everywhere and our relationships are no exception,” said Amanda Lenhart, lead author of the report and Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center. “And for younger adults and those in newer relationships, tools such as mobile phones and social media are there at the beginning and play a greater role today for good and for ill.”

Reference:

  • Cowley, D, 2017: Social Media Statistics Australia – April 2017: https://www.socialmedianews.com.au/social-media-statistics-australia-april-2017/
  • Hampton, K.N., Rainie, L., Lu, W., Shin, I., & Purcell, K. (2014). “Social Media and the Cost of Caring.” Pew Research Center, Washington, DC. Available at: http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/01/15/social-media-and-stress/

Tune in for more tips and ideas next week.

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

Keep up with the latest from the MAREAA online:

Join us at www.mareaa.asn.au or sign up to our Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bRigGf

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Text, Twitter, Tweet… Couples, the Internet and Social Media: It’s not just millenials who are obsessed with technology

The accelerating rate at which new technology is introduced to the public has created a divide between how different generations prefer to communicate – and not just with their friends and family.

Millennials, those born between 1980 and 1994 have penetrated the workforce, and their increases in income has resulted in $200 billion in annual buying power. This generation continues to grow at an alarming rate, becoming the biggest generation in the workforce for the first time in 2016. Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, may have been surpassed in numbers by millennials this year, but they still dominate the market with $2.3 trillion in spending power.

It’s no surprise that millennials are on multiple channels and devices simultaneously, but many may not be aware that boomers are much more tech savvy than you expect. 91% of boomers use one or more social media sites. For 58% of these social boomers, the top action taken after use a social networking site was to visit a company website.

We have seen how smartphones can enhance our lives, but there is a fine-greyline where use can be perceived as antisocial, cause arguments, and endanger those around us. We are all increasingly enthusiastic smartphone users and doing so across a growing range of social (and solo) situations. A third use their devices ‘always’ or ‘very often’ when spending time with friends, walking or watching TV. Almost a quarter of mobile consumers use their phones ‘always’ or ‘very often’ talking to friends and when eating at home, or eating out with family or friends. And a disturbing 1 in 10 of us use our smartphones when crossing the road or driving.

References:

Tune in for more tips and ideas next week.

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

Keep up with the latest from the MAREAA online:

Join us at www.mareaa.asn.au or sign up to our Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bRigGf

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Jennifer Mason – the 2018 recipient of the Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia (MAREAA) award for excellence.

Congratulations Jennifer Mason on being the 2018 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

Jennifer has been dedicated in her work with relationships in and outside of Centacare working across age groups from young children to adults. She has been dedicated to the betterment of the field and been an active committee member of MAREAA and the former CSME for many years. Her wit, humour intelligence and professionalism have built and delivered work with high integrity always.

Jennifer was an incredibly skilled FOCCUS trainer and in all her work made sure it was of a very high standard and quality. Aside from these qualities she has been very supportive as a peer with an enthusiastic, energetic and embracing attitude to current research and findings that better her work and the outcomes for couples and children.

Congratulations Jennifer Mason!

Shane Smith

Director, PREPARE/ENRICH Australia

President, Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia Inc.

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Victorian Branch State Conference 2018

Tickets

MAREAA Members $140 per person
Non-MAREAA Members $180 per person
Student/Unemployed/Concession $95 per person

AMANDA LAMBROS PRESENTING: Daring to be Vulnerable to be Brave and From the Bedroom and Beyond

Daring to be Vulnerable to be Brave (Brene Brown Session)

How does your ability to be vulnerable impact on you and those you work with? Have you taken the time to reflect on how bravery helps or hinders you? Would you be willing to take steps towards being more daring in life, work and relationships? If so, how will this impact what you do going forward? By drawing upon the research of Brene Brown, this is an interactive workshop which will get you thinking about vulnerability, bravery and daring. How these impact you personally and how they have the ability to impact on the people you work with. If you don’t know anything about Brene Brown, that’s fine, this workshop will include video clips and an activity workbook.

From the Bedroom and Beyond (Intimacy Session)

OMG – There’s a Sexologist in the room! This light-hearted and interactive workshop will have you question what you know about intimacy and sexuality and how to help couples grow in this space to engage in the most fulfilling, sexually healthy relationship possible. A workbook with activities to help you define and reflect on the concept of intimacy, with suggested activities for those you work with will be provided. Come with an open mind and a willingness to question, question, question.

Conference Program

9.00am Registration
9.30am Welcome and opening
10.00am Morning session (including morning tea)
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Afternoon session (including afternoon tea)
4.15pm Summary and evaluation
4.30pm MAREAA AGM
Wine and cheese

Conference Fees:

(Includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas and all handout materials).

MAREAA Members $140 per person
Non-MAREAA Members $180 per person
Student/Unemployed/Concession $95 per person

NB: Group bookings cannot be made online. For group bookings please download the registration form.

Contact: Shaily
Tel: 03 9287 5516

Parking:

Limited parking is available. Enter off Lansdowne Street.
The venue is in close proximity to Parliament Station and trams.
(refer to Melway Map 44 A7). Conference entry from car park.

Bookshop:

An excellent range of books and resources will be available for purchase at the conference courtesy of ‘St Luke’s Innovative resources’ bookshop.

An opportunity not to be missed!

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Text, Twitter, Tweet… Couples, the Internet and Social Media: The phone is driving a wedge into our relationships

Smartphones have moved front and centre, across many of our relationships for better and in some cases, for worse. A recent study looked at the relationship between the presence of mobile devices and the quality of face-to-face catch-ups (Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey, 2016).

The results, not surprisingly, found that conversations in the absence of mobile devices were rated as significantly higher compared with when the individuals communicating had access to their mobile devices.

The debate is beginning to intensify in business and social settings as to what constitutes appropriate smartphone behaviour. The rules are not written and what one mobile consumer might think is appropriate, another might deem abhorrent.

When phones were first released the act of taking a call or even looking at your phone at a restaurant was a no-go zone, compared with today where the standard protocol is to take a photo of your dish, to post it online for your friends to join in your dining experience. It seems that as much as we love our smartphones, our adoring connection with them is creating distances and disharmony in many of our closest relationships.

Nearly a third of Australians admit to having had an argument about mobile phone usage with their partner and 1 in 5 do so at least monthly. If we are not careful our most favourite device could become our most divisive device.

Specifically, the survey found that a quarter of Australian 18-24 year olds noted that their excessive use of smartphones had caused disagreements with their partners. For 25-34 year-olds the proportion was even higher, at 36 per cent.

Reference:

  • Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey, 2016 http://landing.deloitte.com.au/rs/761-IBL-328/images/tmt-mobile-consumer-2016-final-report-101116.pdf

Tune in for more tips and ideas next week.

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

Keep up with the latest from the MAREAA online:

Join us at www.mareaa.asn.au or sign up to our Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bRigGf

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PREPARE/ENRICH Parenting Version Training

The Parenting Version of PREPARE/ENRICH is designed to guide couples through the emotions of parenting by empowering them with insight into their parenting style, family dynamics, and couple relationship. The Parenting Version is best used with any committed couple whose primary concerns are children and parenting issues.

“PREPARE/ENRICH Parenting puts you at the intersection of marital and parental dynamics and equips you to offer help, hope, and healing.”- Ron L. Deal, LMFT, LPC, author of the bestselling book The Smart Stepfamily and coauthor with David Olson of The Remarriage Checkup

Goals of the Parenting Version

  • Explore strengths and growth areas as partners and parents
  • Strengthen communication with your partner and children
  • Identify and manage parenting stress
  • Discuss parenting styles and how you work together as a team
  • Resolve couple and parenting issues
  • Increase parenting confidence and satisfaction

Parenting Content

Standard PREPARE/ENRICH couple scales adapted for the Parenting Version:

  • Parenting Stress Profile
  • Co-Parenting or Step Parenting
  • Family Spiritual Beliefs (optional scale)
  • Family Map

Scales that are unique to the Parenting Version:

  • Five Parenting Styles – Global
  • Five Parenting Styles – by Child
  • Confidence in Parenting
  • Child Behavior Issues Checklist
  • Family Communication
  • Family Satisfaction
  • Relationship Satisfaction by Child
  • Communication Satisfaction by Child

In addition to the parenting report content, new workbook exercises were designed to help couples better understand themselves, their partner, and their parenting. Some of these exercises include creating a wish list for parenting, establishing a balanced parenting style, and designing a weekly family meeting.

“It brings to light dimensions of parenting that couples aren’t always aware of, especially when distressed. Also, it is good that it addresses the complexities of stepfamilies. I especially like the ‘Parenting Styles’- very useful.”

Getting Started

  • To get started with the Parenting Version of PREPARE/ENRICH, you will need to become PREPARE/ENRICH Certified by attending a Workshop.
  • Once trained, Contact Us to activate the Parenting Version in your facilitator account.
  • The cost to activate the Parenting Version is $40

Available for PREPARE/ENRICH facilitators only

Please refer to full the terms and conditions including the cancellation policy here: www.prepare-enrich.com.au/terms-conditions
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Text, Twitter, Tweet… No screens at bedtime or during family time

According to a recent survey, we are fast becoming (if not already) an always-on mobile society. Our addiction to our favourite device and the apparent need to check regularly and respond instantly must be in response to our growing fear of missing out or perhaps our love of being always-on.

For children, this obsession can start early but needs to be tackled by parents to ensure good habits are learnt and distractions from mobile technology don’t impact negatively on their health and learning abilities.

Here are some tips:

2. No screens at bedtime or during family time.

You don’t have to confiscate their phones, you can get an app that can automatically block activity at a certain time or when a time limit is exceeded.

By installing a child control app on all devices that your children use, you can set various time limits for the Internet, PC or mobile device and even specific programs, apps and websites. some even shut the device down automatically, displaying a lock screen.

In your search browser, type ‘manage your kids screen time’. Use the app as a starting point for conversations about screen use, not as a replacement for them.

Reference:

Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey, 2016: http://landing.deloitte.com.au/rs/761-IBL-328/images/tmt-mobile-consumer-2016-final-report-101116.pdf

Tune in for more tips and ideas next week.

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

Keep up with the latest from the MAREAA online:

Join us at www.mareaa.asn.au or sign up to our Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bRigGf

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PREPARE/ENRICH – Core and Going Deeper Training Parramatta July

The Core Training Day includes all aspects of the Customised Version necessary to enable and accredit the Facilitator to use the material immediately.

The fee covers the programmed two day arrangement. It is preferable when the Core and Going Deeper Training days are run consecutively, that participants attend both days. If that is not feasible or is not available, you can attend the Going Deeper Training day within 12 months from the Core Training workshop, as advertised on this website.

The Going Deeper Day is a follow-up and consolidation day. It includes skills training and practice opportunities for working with feedback techniques and workbook exercises. The day covers selected content and processes relevant to working with step-families, mature age couples and conflicted couples.

It may be taken when registering as part of a programmed two day arrangement, or if that is not feasible or is not available, on a day to be selected (within 12 months) from the Core Training workshop, as advertised on this website.

The Core Training Day is a prerequisite to the Going Deeper Day.

Who may train to administer the inventories?

Persons working with couples (eg. marriage celebrants, educators, counsellors) who already have formal training as a –

  • Pastor/priest/minister/rabbi.
  • Counsellor/Psychologist
  • Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Worker trained in another relevant human resource discipline

and –

  • Lay people, who also have training in the above areas, nominated by, approved by, and supervised by and accountable to leaders of the institution (eg. clergy, pastors, priests) within which they will work. We are prepared to train such individuals and couples but they need to be selected and nominated with care.  Just because they are church members and have participated in a PREPARE/ENRICH program as part of their own preparation for marriage is not a sufficient qualification. It is important to consider their knowledge and skills.
An Early Bird Discount of 10% is available if you register and pay up to 30-days prior to Facilitator Training.
 

Please refer to full the terms and conditions including the cancellation policy here: www.prepare-enrich.com.au/terms-conditions

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Victoria State Conference and National AGM, Saturday August 4, 2018 East Melbourne

AMANDA LAMBROS PRESENTING: Daring to be Vulnerable to be Brave and From the Bedroom and Beyond

Daring to be Vulnerable to be Brave (Brene Brown Session)

How does your ability to be vulnerable impact on you and those you work with? Have you taken the time to reflect on how bravery helps or hinders you? Would you be willing to take steps towards being more daring in life, work and relationships? If so, how will this impact what you do going forward? By drawing upon the research of Brene Brown, this is an interactive workshop which will get you thinking about vulnerability, bravery and daring. How these impact you personally and how they have the ability to impact on the people you work with. If you don’t know anything about Brene Brown, that’s fine, this workshop will include video clips and an activity workbook.

From the Bedroom and Beyond (Intimacy Session)

OMG – There’s a Sexologist in the room! This light-hearted and interactive workshop will have you question what you know about intimacy and sexuality and how to help couples grow in this space to engage in the most fulfilling, sexually healthy relationship possible. A workbook with activities to help you define and reflect on the concept of intimacy, with suggested activities for those you work with will be provided. Come with an open mind and a willingness to question, question, question.

Conference Program

9.00am Registration
9.30am Welcome and opening
10.00am Morning session (including morning tea)
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Afternoon session (including afternoon tea)
4.15pm Summary and evaluation
4.30pm MAREAA AGM
Wine and cheese

Book here: https://mareaa.asn.au/events/victorian-branch-state-conference-2018/

Parking:

Limited parking is available. Enter off Lansdowne Street.
The venue is in close proximity to Parliament Station and trams.
(refer to Melway Map 44 A7). Conference entry from car park.

Bookshop:

An excellent range of books and resources will be available for purchase at the conference courtesy of ‘St Luke’s Innovative resources’ bookshop.

An opportunity not to be missed!

Victorian State Committee: Offering three (3) FREE registrations to Victorian members and one (1) FREE registration to an interstate membership

Our Victorian State Committee is offering three (3) free registrations to Victorian members and one (1) free registration to an interstate member who would like to attend the MAREAA Victorian State Conference to be held on August 4th 2018.

This is an opportunity to assist and encourage those members who may not otherwise have been able to attend to participate in professional development.

The amount covered will be $140 (conference registration). As always the MAREAA Vic State Conference will be a valuable learning and networking day. You will find information about the conference theme and presenters on the MAREAA website HERE>

We believe this is a positive contribution to assist in ongoing professional development for marriage and relationship educators in Australia.

The conditions for application:

  1. The applicant must be a current MAREAA financial member.
  2. (to join go to MAREAA:  www.mareaa.asn.au)
  3. The applicant is not in receipt of a subsidy to attend already. eg. from his/her workplace or other organisation, unless the organisation does not provide for professional development.
  4. The email application outlining your case is to sent me by Friday 6th July 2018 to newsletter@mareaa.asn.au

The Committee will make the decision and notify successful applicants via email by 11 July, 2018.

Kind Regards,
Leonie Nolan,
MAREAA Victoria
C/- CatholicCare
PO Box 196, East Melbourne 8002newsletter@mareaa.asn.au