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Now and Next program for parents and carers: Achieve the progress you want

Training provider

Plumtree Learning

Contact: Annick Janson



Phone: 027 288 1949

Training details


Now and Next program for parents and carers: Achieve the progress you want.

Training type

Leadership development, including consumer and family/whānau.

Approximate cost

The suite of programs range between $200 to $950.

About the training

The Now and Next program is a capacity building initiative for families of young children with special needs and co-designed with them. The program is evidence-based and data is collated in real time throughout the sessions for quality control and to ensure that participants' experience is optimal.

Our evaluation framework includes standardised tools that measure the impact of our work. We are gradually building data for each level and you can follow our progress by exploring this site.

This family capacity building initiative works on 3 groups of people: families raising a child with needs or not meeting their milestones, peer families who enrol in our leadership training and professionals who support families.

Our research follows each of these three groups of people as they engage, train and expand their knowledge and become part of collective communities.

Now and Next is the first totally ‘by families, for families’ program of its kind to be offered in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada and expanding. By challenging the traditional ‘grief’ mindset often associated with these families, and replacing grief with the concept of overwhelm and the promise of growth, Now and Next supports families to engage in authentic, creative visioning for their child and for themselves.

Program elements are aimed at progressing children’s goals by engaging their families. Through interactive group work, the program supports families to vision, plan, set goals, and develop goals into action, in the context of a peer led environment.

Training location

On site or via Zoom.

Training duration

The program begins with a visioning session in an 8 week, 2hour per week, or a 4 full day protocol.

Disability involvement

Yes disabled people/whānau are involved.

Global benchmark community impact

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