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FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Programme - 2020
 
 

Course Information and Dates

 

COURSE OVERVIEW:  

FOCCUS is a questionnaire-based, pre-marriage education programme for couples contemplating marriage or wishing to explore their relationship prior to making a long term commitment. 

The programme enables the couple, with the aid of a trained facilitator, to identify and explore pertinent issues relating to marriage.  This process involves each person completing the FOCCUS inventory – a comprehensive set of statements about their relationship.  By comparing responses, strengths and areas for growth are highlighted and discussed in feedback sessions. The programme is offered in a private, confidential setting and facilitated by a trained and accredited FOCCUS facilitator.

Sessions are offered in a package of three one hour sessions over a period of three weeks (as per schedule). 

 

COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES:
  • Couple Match (including Lifestyle Expectations, Friends and Interests, Personality Match and Personal Issues)
  • Basic Skills (including Communication, Decision Making and Problem Solving)
  • Significant Issues (including Religion, Spirituality and Values, Parenting, Extended Family, Sexuality, Finance)
  • Special Issues (including Inter-faith Marriages, Second Marriages, Cohabitation, Covenant and Commitment, and Readiness to Marry)

A letter of attendance is provided to couples following completion of  the programme.  Please note celebrant's name and address on the registration form to assist in the completion of this letter. If unsure of these details, please advise this on the registration page.

All materials required for the programme are supplied.

 

COURSE SESSION TIMES: 

  Please scroll to the bottom of this page or click on the yellow "Book Now" tab at the top of the page to view current session dates and times.  Dates are added to the schedule throughout the year.  Please continue to check this site for updates. 
 
Each session is one hour.  To attain a letter of attendance all three sessions must be completed. 
 
Couples are advised to arrive fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled first session commencement time to complete administrative forms.
 
Appointments during office hours are available on request on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Please phone Centacare to negotiate appointments during business hours.
 
 
FOCCUS ELIGIBILTY AND COMPLETION DATES:
 
The FOCCUS programme MUST be completed two months in advance of the wedding.   
 
Registrations close one week before the course commencement date, if not sold out prior.

COURSE FEES (Per couple):

Full Fee - $320.00
One Concession (Current Commonwealth Governmnet Health Care Card) - $290.00
Two Concession (Current Commonwealth Government Health Care Card) - $230.00

Concession Cards must be verified prior to the commencement of the course.  Please phone the office for verification.

 

VENUE:

  •  THURSDAY EVENING APPOINTMENTS:-       Centacare FRS Offices, 58 Morgan Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, 4006 
  •  DAY APPOINTMENTS (Monday-Thursday):-  Centacare FRS Offices, 58 Morgan Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, 4006  (Please ring office to negotiate appointment times)

 

FOCCUS PROGRAMME: is most suited to couples who:-
  •      Are able to speak openly about their relationship with a facilitator in  private sessions
  •      Are able to attend three or four sessions during the week
  •      Have more than three months remaining until their wedding day
  •      Have a long relationship history
  •      Already have children
  •      Are entering a second marriage
  •      Older couples
  •      Have English as a second (non-preferred) language

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:

In the event of a cancellation, a  $100 administrative fee applies, if notification occurs within ten (10) days of the course commencement.  No refund will be provided if this notification is not received. No refund will be given if transfer to another course occurs followed by cancellation. No refund will be provided based on failure to attend the course.

In the event of cancellation of a session, a fee of $75 will be applied for a make-up session.

Please note: Due to the high demand for after-hours sessions, a make-up session in an after hour timeslot cannot be guaranteed.

TRANSFER POLICY:

In the event of a transfer to alternate date options, notification must occur  ten (10) days prior to the course commencement. Transfers can only occur based on current course capacity. An administration fee of $100 will apply for transfer of course dates. Please phone Centacare for booking transfers.

CHILDREN'S POLICY:

Children (of any age) are not permitted to attend courses. Unfortunately we are unable to provide child minding facilities, and cannot allow children to be left unsupervised on the premises.

 

BY REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE ABOVE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

Centacare Family and Relationship Services P: 07 3251 5000 (Monday-Friday 9am -4pm)

E: cfrs.fvadmin@bne.centacare.net.au

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Sessions

Sessions Description Status

Please click here to book Thursday 30th January, 6th & 13th February 2020 (4.30pm) 

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.S02/2020 (LH & AO'S) 30th January, 6th & 13th February 2020 (4.30pm) Sold Out

Please click here to book Thursday 6th, 13th & 20th February 2020 (5.15pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B03/2020 6th, 13th & 20th February 2020 (5.15pm) Sold Out

Please click here to book Thursday 6th, 13th & 20th February 2020 (6.30pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B04/2020 6th, 13th & 20th February 2020 (6.30pm) Sold Out

Please click here to book Thursday 5th, 12th & 19th March 2020 (5.15pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B05/2020 5th, 12th & 19th March 2020 (5.15pm) Sold Out

Please click here to book Thursday 5th, 12th & 19th March 2020 (6.30pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B06/2020 5th, 12th & 19th March 2020 (6.30pm) 2 Available

Please click here to book Thursday  26th March, 2nd & 16th April 2020  (5.15pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B07/2020 26th March, 2nd & 16th April 2020 (5.15pm) 2 Available

Please click here to book Thursday Thursday 26th March, 2nd & 16th April 2020 (6.30pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B08/2020 26th March, 2nd & 16th April 2020 (6.30pm) 2 Available

Please click here to book Thursday 30th January, 6th & 13th February 2020 (4.30pm) 

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.S02/2020 (LH & AO'S)
30th January, 6th & 13th February 2020 (4.30pm)
Sold Out

Please click here to book Thursday 6th, 13th & 20th February 2020 (5.15pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B03/2020
6th, 13th & 20th February 2020 (5.15pm)
Sold Out

Please click here to book Thursday 6th, 13th & 20th February 2020 (6.30pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B04/2020
6th, 13th & 20th February 2020 (6.30pm)
Sold Out

Please click here to book Thursday 5th, 12th & 19th March 2020 (5.15pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B05/2020
5th, 12th & 19th March 2020 (5.15pm)
Sold Out

Please click here to book Thursday 5th, 12th & 19th March 2020 (6.30pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B06/2020
5th, 12th & 19th March 2020 (6.30pm)
2 Available

Please click here to book Thursday  26th March, 2nd & 16th April 2020  (5.15pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B07/2020
26th March, 2nd & 16th April 2020 (5.15pm)
2 Available

Please click here to book Thursday Thursday 26th March, 2nd & 16th April 2020 (6.30pm)

Venue:- Centacare FRS, 58 Morgan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

FOC.B08/2020
26th March, 2nd & 16th April 2020 (6.30pm)
2 Available
 
 
 
 
 
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