Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

When Flipping your Lid is a Dangerous option!
The Importance of Self Soothing


Marriage and Relationship Educators Association, (MAREAA) Vic Branch

Prepare/FOCCUS Facilitators Professional Development Evening

This evening offers FOCCUS and Prepare facilitators the opportunity to learn new skills and explore creative approaches to working with couples as they prepare for marriage.

Thursday November 8th, 2018

Stress is a normal part of life. Relationships can provide the safe haven from day to day stress. But what happens when interactions within the relationship feel stressful? How can we learn (and help our couples to learn) to turn off the alarm bell going off inside our head, give ourselves support in our mind, body and spirit? What methods of self-soothing can we develop to let ourselves know that we do have the resources to deal with whatever is troubling us in this moment? Are some methods of self-soothing healthier than others? What role can the partner play in this endeavour?

This session will explore these questions by direct experience, experimentation and curious discussion.

Presenter: Cathy Dixon

Cathy Dixon is a psychologist and FOCCUS facilitator. She currently works as a couple counsellor at Relationships Australia Victoria in Kew. She previously was involved in marriage and relationship education with CatholicCare Melbourne for 17 years. She has undertaken teacher training in mindfulness at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, Wales. She is nurtured and informed by her mindfulness practice and enjoys leading Mindfulness training groups.

When:          Thursday, 8 November, 2017      

Time:           7.15pm – 9.30pm

Where:         Knox Centre

                     383 Albert Street

                     East Melbourne

                     Please enter building from car park entrance off Lansdowne Street

                     (Car parking available behind Knox Centre, enter off Lansdowne St)

Cost:            $15 per person MAREAA member OR $20.00 per person non MAREAA member


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Note:   Payment to be made in cash at the door.

Certificate of attendance for PD purposes will be available from MAREAA.



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