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The dark matter of love: Science can change the way you love

Event Date: 17 August 2015

An evening at the movies with Prof Robert Marvin and attachment theory

Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm (please arrive at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start)

Venue: Ella Latham Theatre, Royal Children's Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville, Vic


The Longitudinal Studies Network, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (Deakin University), Centre for Women's Mental Health (Royal Women's Hospital) and Family and Relationship Services Australia are proud to present this evening presentation as part of a master class series with Professor Robert Marvin.

Professor Bob Marvin opens his Australian tour with this fascinating and once-only public presentation, where he will introduce and screen the 90 minute documentary film, The Dark Matter of Love. The film is about three children who grew up in a Russian orphanage, adopted into a Wisconsin family at ages 5 and 11. The new constituted family soon falls apart. Two of the world’s leading experts, one being Prof Marvin, step in to help.

Following the documentary, Prof Marvin will provide personal insight on his work with the children and carers featured in the film, and engage in conversation with the audience.

Live stream

A live stream of the event will be available. Payment is required to access the live stream on the day of the event from 6.15pm onwards. Please note the presentation will not be recorded for on-demand viewing. After receipt of your payment, an email will be sent with login details.

NB: Please do not register for live stream access after 5.00pm on 17 August 2015, as the login details cannot be sent in time for the presentation.

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Who should attend

Focused on pathways of prevention and intervention with children at risk, this seminar will be relevant to a wide range of researchers and clinical practitioners across infant, child and youth mental health, paediatric health care, maternal and child health nursing, child protection, foster care, family court and youth welfare sectors.

About Professor Robert Marvin

Bob Marvin is Professor Emeritus in the School of Medicine and Research Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, and Director of the Mary D. Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic, Charlottesville, Virginia. He was the Principal Investigator on federally-funded projects that developed and tested the Circle of Security® version of Attachment Theory, and The Circle of Security® Intervention protocol. Currently, he is especially active in implementing variations of this Circle of Security framework in developing community-based partnerships among professionals working with families with at-risk children. Throughout his career, Bob has been active in clinical attachment research, and in intervening with families who have children with chronic medical conditions and/or histories of disrupted early relationships. This work has led him to focus increasingly on developing clinical research tools for assessing and intervening with families at risk.


Cancellations must be submitted in writing to ARACY. Cancellations may be made before 11 August 2015 will incur an AUD$10.00 cancellation fee and the registration fee will be fully refunded. Cancellations on or after Tuesday 11 August will not receive a refund on fees paid.

Event Location: Ella Latham lecture theatre, Royal Children's Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville, Vic

Registrations Close: 13 August 2015 11:59 PM

Price: AU $ 50 (Inc. GST)

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