Indigenous cultures have always recognised the critical importance of creating a Rite of Passage (ROP) process to support the coming of age of their boys and girls. No matter where in the world these rites occur, they involve the same three basic phases.


Dr Arne Rubinstein has spent almost 30 years creating contemporary ROP programs for young people and their families in Australia and overseas. In this keynote address, he will cover the importance of recognising times of transition throughout children’s lives and creating ceremonies to celebrate them.


Arne shows us that not only are these processes easily adaptable to school settings, teachers are perfectly placed to lead the way in offering our children what they need to flourish at this critical time.


His presentation will explore:


About Arne


Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on Rites of Passage and adolescent development. He has over 30 years’ experience working as a doctor, mentor, inspirational speaker and facilitator. In 2008, he was nominated for Australian of the Year for his groundbreaking work with youth.


Arne’s 2013 book, The Making of Men, has become a bestseller and is a practical handbook for parents and teachers of boys.


Through his ‘Dr Arne School Program’, he carries the message of the importance of a ROP in helping young people to understand and acknowledge how they are changing, and to honour their gifts and talents. He runs programs with schools including Melbourne Grammar, The King’s School, Christ Church Grammar in Perth and St Paul’s Grammar in Sydney. 


Arne’s spectacular bush property on the North Coast of New South Wales, YarraKoora, has been transformed into a camping and leadership training facility for people from around the world.