Marriage and Relationship Educators

Exciting news… THE MAREAA CONFERENCE 2017 Program is live: Book Now! Don’t miss out

Register now to join the peak marriage and relationship educators conference exploring the well-being of Children, Men and Women, Families and Communities.

Click below to access the interactive program. Your first view will be top level. So, you need to click and follow to the next level to see speaker names, panel/presentation titles and abstracts.

Alternately – if there is someone’s work that you particularly follow – you can search by presenter name as well.  We have also segmented the program into themes – so, if you are interested in a particular theme – you can also look through what is on offer in the program that way.

We are very proud of the program we are able to bring you in 2017. The program provides something for everyone and is a great networking opportunity – tell your colleagues – inside and outside the sector. We are aiming to bring you ‘Voices in the Family: Children, Men and Women’ – and you have a significant role to play in achieving that outcome. We look forward to seeing you at the Conference in Melbourne this November.

Any questions – don’t hesitate to be in touch with the MAREAA Conference committee.


Click on the session title to view individual presentation details, with presentation abstract and author information.

The ‘Speaker’ tab will show you details and presentation types of all speakers at the MAREAA Conference 2017


Family Stability, Parenting and Resilience


Partnering and Cohabitation

Supporting Adolescents

Men and Fatherhood

Repartrnering and Modern Stepfamilies

Facilitation, Learning Styles and Group Dynamics

Relationship Breakdown and Post-separation

Please note that the program is subject to change without notice

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Registration Desk open
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Conference Opening and Welcome to Country
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Opening Address
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 1: Dr Angela Donkin
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 2: Professor Kerry Arabena
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM
Morning tea (Wednesday)
11:20 AM – 11:35 AM MAREAA Opening Address
11:35 AM – 12:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 3: Harry Benson
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 4: Lea Waters
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch (Wednesday)
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 5: Chloe Shorten
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
1A: Family Stability, Parenting and Resilience 1B: Supporting Adolescents 1C: Family Stability, Parenting and Resilience
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon tea (Wednesday)
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 6: Amanda Lambros
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
2A: Partnering and Cohabitation 2B: Facilitation, Learning Styles and Group Dynamics 2C: To be Advised
Close of Day 1
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Dinner: AGM

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Boat Builders Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Opening and welcome
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 7: Dr Bruce Smyth and Prof Daryl Higgins
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Morning tea (Thursday)
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 8: Harry Benson
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
3A: Facilitation, Learning Styles and Group Dynamics 3B: Family Stability, Parenting and Resilience 3C: Men and Fatherhood
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch (Thursday)
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 9: Tim O’Leary
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
4A: Relationship Breakdown and Post-separation 4B: Relationship Breakdown and Post-Separation 4C: To be advised
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon tea (Thursday)
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
5A: Children 5B: Facilitation, Learning Styles and Group Dynamics 5C: Relationship Breakdown and Post-Separation
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
5D: Children 5E: Facilitation, Learning Styles and Group Dynamics 5F: To be Advised
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM Closing Address

MAREAA Conference Registration Rates:

 Registration costs
Standard Rate
14 Oct 2017 –
8 Nov 2017
 Member Conference
 Non-Member Conference*
 Member Day Rate (Wednesday or Thursday)
 Non-Member Day Rate (Wednesday or Thursday)
Join us for a fabulous start to the day, networking over a delicious breakfast at one of Melbourne’s premiere and award winning bar and café’s The Boat Builders’ Yard, just steps from the conference venue
*Includes 12 months membership to MAREAA.
MAREAA Members Only ‘6 for 5’ promotion registration
Want to send more than one person?
The Conference registration also offers a ‘6 for 5’ promotion for MAREAA Members only. Simply enter the names of 5 members you will register in one transaction and when complete, you’ll receive a link and code in your confirmation email to register your 6th attendee.

If you have registered a group, click on the link below to view attendee details, add or remove delegates, and view your invoice.

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