Build a stronger relationship together
CatholicCare Victoria offers several workshops for couples preparing for marriage, including private workshops and a group workshop for couples.
Couples in Ballarat, Greater Melbourne, Geelong and Gippsland can access our Pre-Marriage Education workshops.
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Led by qualified, experienced educators
Pre-marriage education programs aim to help couples build stronger relationships as they prepare for marriage – and a lifetime together!
Our pre-marriage education programs are led by qualified, experienced educators who help couples to put relationship theory into practice.
In our Pre-Marriage Education programs, couples learn how to:
- explore their relationship’s strengths and differences
- find ways to grow their friendship
- build skills to navigate and manage conflict
- discuss the challenges that they may face and plan positive ways to respond
- think creatively about a vision for the future and the marriage they want to build
We offer two Pre-Marriage Education programs: Partnerships and Remote FOCCUS.
Remote FOCCUS (Greater Melbourne & Gippsland)
Our FOCCUS workshop is currently being offered remotely using video conferencing.
Remote FOCCUS is a pre-marriage education program for individual couples to reflect on their relationship in a private, confidential setting. Couples complete an online inventory then work through their responses with a qualified facilitator over three 1-hour sessions.
This private setting allows couples to talk about their strengths and discuss the challenges they may face as their relationship evolves.
- $370 per couple (if both are employed)
- $320 per couple if one or both is unemployed or a student
An $85 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations with more than 10 days notice.
A $170 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations with less than 10 days notice.
A $65 transfer fee applies if a couple wishes to change one or more FOCCUS appointments.
Remote FOCCUS Bookings
Remote FOCCUS is offered in several locations across Melbourne and Gippsland.
To book, please contact your nearest location or book online:
PREPARE is a pre-marriage education program for individual couples to reflect on their relationship in a private, confidential setting. Based on a scientifically developed questionnaire, couple sessions are tailored to your family makeup and living arrangements.
A facilitator will work with you over three to four feedback sessions, building on relationship strengths and identifying possible growth areas.
- $220 per couple
- $110 per couple (concession)
PREPARE workshops are held in Ballarat. To book a workshop please call our Ballarat office on (03) 5337 8999.
We have now resumed our Partnerships workshops. Please be aware that the running of workshops is dependent on COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.
Partnerships is held in a group setting with up to a dozen couples per group. It is led by two facilitators and each course runs from 9:30am to 5:00pm on a weekend.
The Partnerships workshop enables you to explore your relationship strengths and differences, learn new skills for growing your friendship, and develop a shared vision for your future together.
While Partnerships is a group program, couples will not be asked to share information about their relationship with other participants.
An $80 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations with more than 10 days notice.
A $155 cancellation fee applies to to all cancellations with less than 10 days notice.
A $60 transfer fee applies if a couple wishes to transfer into a different program time or venue.
Partnerships courses are held in East Melbourne, and in Warragul (for couples living in Gippsland). Book a workshop online:
Even after 13 years together, we realised there were still things that we could learn about each other. We actually wish we had done this sooner! There were A LOT of lightbulb moments.
Pre-Marriage Education group program (Ballarat)
Our Pre-Marriage Education group program has been informed by Dr John Gottman’s extensive research into what makes marriages work. We offer a one-day program that incorporates Dr Gottman’s findings in a fun and interactive way with private couple discussion time and group learning.
This workshop covers topics on relationship skills including communication and conflict management, as well as discussion around the impact of personal values and expectations in a relationship.
- $220 per couple
- $110 per couple (concession)
Pre-Marriage Education group program Bookings
The next Pre-Marriage Education group workshop will be held on:
- Sunday 17 July 2022 | 9:30am - 4:00pm
Pre-Marriage Education group workshops are held at the Ballarat Family Relationship Centre. To book a workshop or make an enquiry please contact:
Client Rights and Responsibilities
Our Pre-Marriage Education programs are managed from our Ballarat FRC and East Melbourne offices.
To enquire about these workshops, please contact your nearest office:
Ballarat FRCEast Melbourne
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