• About joining in couples’ lives and journeying with them for a period of time.
  • About assisting couples to build on their relationship skills and learn new skills.
  • Not a “what to do and how to do it.”
  • Not to lecture couples about marriage.
  • To assist couples affirm their decision to marry


  • To assist couples to reflect on their decision to marry.
  • To present to couples a personal, caring and considerate approach that demonstrates our interest in them and their future life together.

This section is devoted to current research within the field of education.

Adult Attachment Theory and Research

R. Chris Fraley University of Illinois 2010

In this very accessible paper, Fraley outlines how the original thinking about infant attachment has been applied to adult relationships and how our knowledge and understanding has evolved through empirical research.

Are we there yet?

An article especially for Civil Celebrants around the topic of Marriage Education.

The effectiveness of marriage and relationship education programs

Parker, R. (2007): The effectiveness of marriage and relationship education programs – Australian Institute of Family Studies, Family Matters No. 77;

Research and evaluation in marriage and relationship education

Parker, R. (2005): Research and evaluation in marriage and relationship education. Family Matters, 71, 32–35.:

Couple relationship education in Australia

Halford, K. & Simons, M. (2005), “Couple relationship education in Australia”, Family Process, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 147-159;

Recent progress in marriage and relationship education in Australia

Parker, R (2007): Recent progress in marriage and relationship education in Australia,

Evaluating the effectiveness of premarital prevention programs

Carroll, J. S., & Doherty, W. J. (2003). Evaluating the effectiveness of premarital prevention programs: A meta-analytic review of outcome research. Family Relations, 52, 105–118.

Australian couples in millenium three

Halford, K. (1999), “Australian couples in millenium three: A research and development agenda for marriage and relationship education”, Australian Department of Family and Community Services, Canberra.

Making a Case for Premarital Education

Stanley, S.M. ‘Making a Case for Premarital Education’, Family Relations, 50: 272-280, 2001


Competency standards are the building blocks that can be used to develop training programs for relationship educators. They can also assist organisations to provide appropriate supervision and professional development for educators.

For information about:

1. Certificate IV in Rel Ed – CHC42307 – Certificate IV in Relationship Education (CHC42408)

2. Diploma of Rel Ed – Diploma of Relationship Education (CHC51908))

Please consult –-

The National Training Information Service (NTIS), is the database on vocational education and training in Australia. At the NTIS website you can search for all organisations offering the above courses.

Relationships Australia WA are offering the Certificate IV Relationship Education (CHC42408) – Please see here for more details: Application Form and Prospectus

Several MAREAA members have been involved with government and relevant training bodies to develop a curriculum for a qualification of a Certificate IV and a Diploma of Relationship Education.

Whilst, at this time, the formalities have not been set in place and the qualifications in this area are not mandatory, as a professional body we encourage a high level of competency within the field. It is acknowledged that most relationship education providers expect educators to be well trained in current RE practice and be competent facilitators.

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