Monday, June 11, 2012

On Thursday the 21st of June, our resident celebrant blogger, Susan Gallina will be conducting an Ongoing Professional Development session for South Australian Marriage Celebrants on behalf of The Gordon TAFE Victoria. (Details below)

The session will be held at the:

University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus

from 4:00pm to 9:30pm

and is sure to be an evening filled with fun, great discussion and fabulous opportunities to network. Any celebrants who have attended a session that Susan has presented will tell you that they not only completed their requirements, but had a great time doing it.

One participant said:

"I completed my OPD in Adelaide on Thursday of last week and just thought I would reply to this email to say how very much I enjoyed it.  The facilitator was called Susan and it was a great session at a very pleasant venue.   Very informative, as I did not know too much about rituals and good interaction within the group.  It was serious but, at the same time, there was also an injection of humour, when needed, and this certainly added to the overall session being a success.  Thanks.”

If you are a South Australian Celebrant and are looking for an informative, fun and entertaining session to complete your OPD for 2012 then Susan would love to see you there.

If you are interested in attending, please follow this link to the Gordon TAFE website for further details and registration.


Course Details:   Marriage Celebrant Ongoing Professional Development – Face to Face – Package 4
Course Code: 25G01161

A requirement of the Attorney-General's Department is that Marriage Celebrants complete 5 hours of ongoing professional development each year.
Topics include: 2012 Compulsory Text (1 hour), Getting it Right on the Day (2 hours) and Music in the Marriage Ceremony (2 hours).

2012 COMPULSORY ACTIVITY This course is the 2012 Compulsory Activity provided by the Attorney Generals’ Department, Marriage Celebrants’ Section. Celebrants must complete this topic to successfully complete 2012 OPD requirements. The topics covered are:
1. Accepting correct forms of evidence for proof of date and place of birth.
2. Witnessing the NOIM in Australia and overseas and other frequently asked questions in relation to the NOIM including:
• Shortening of time
• When does the notice period commence
• Total period of residence in Australia
• Transferring the NOIM
• Recording the names of the parties on the NOIM
3.Information Sheet on Forced and servile marriage

GETTING IT RIGHT ON THE DAY This course will be useful for celebrants who wish to ensure that issues which may arise on the day are anticipated and can be dealt with appropriately. A range of potential situations and examples will be discussed during this workshop.
By the end of this workshop, participants will:
• increase awareness of the value of a well conducted wedding rehearsal by developing a ‘Rehearsal Checklist’
• explore strategies for performing effectively on the day
• ensure that participants in the ceremony are aware of the movements required
• consider useful tools and equipment which may assist with the smooth running of the occasion.
MUSIC IN THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY This course will be useful for Celebrants who wish to enhance ceremonies by the inclusion of music. A wide range of music will be discussed and issues of copyright will be raised.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
• increase awareness of the role/value of music in the marriage ceremony
• increase/ broaden the resource base of celebrants with regard to sourcing music and readings for ceremonies
• consider ways of presenting resources to clients and where necessary helping them to increase their a2wareness of the resources available; to therefore assist clients to make choices of music and readings for their ceremony
• revise/ review the copyright requirements when including music in a marriage ceremony
This course has relevance to both civil and religious Celebrants.