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Now & Next™- Intensive

Monday 22 August @ 8:00 pm Thursday 15 September @ 10:00 pm AEST

Expression of Intrest – 1 ticket per person

No identifiable information you provide in this registration will be shared outside of the organisation

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Lasting positive change for your child and family

Learn how to set goals and reach them through this innovative program delivered by parents for parents

Now & Next™ is an innovative, award-winning online program for all parents, carers and grandparents of children who have a delay in their development or have a disability. As parents or carers, you will make the most significant difference in your child’s life.
Now & Next™ gives you the practical skills to do this.

This 8-sessions evidence-based program delivered via video conference will provide you with the tools to achieve positive outcomes for your child and your whole family.

Facilitated by Parents Like You

Now & Next™ is facilitated by trained and knowledgeable parents who are Peer Workers. Like you, peer workers all have children with a disability or developmental delay – a lived personal experience – and are employed to support parents and families who face similar situations.

Every peer worker has graduated from the Now & Next™ Facilitator Training program. It is the first ‘by families, for families’ program of its kind – with more than 600 alumni in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Finland.

Program overview

The program is delivered in eight sessions of 2 hours each, held over four weeks. Through interactive and engaging activities, you will:

  • Session 1: Create a long-term vision and set goals and prioritise goals for your child, family and self-using our unique Pictability™ tool, which will lay down the foundations for a positive future for your child
  • Sessions 2 & 3: Use our Goal to Action™ coaching tool to set three goals for you and your child (and reach them!)
  • Session 4: Identify your signature strengths and learn how to use them to achieve your goals
  • Session 5: Focus on the areas where you can make the biggest difference to your child and family’s life using the Now & Next™ Mindfulness colouring-in book
  • Session 6: Understand ‘flourishing’ and which practices can enhance well-being for different people, then learn how to increase the well-being and resilience of yourself, your child and your family
  • Session 7: Learn how to partner and create positive relationships with professionals, thereby increasing your personal agency, well-being and family resilience
  • Session 8: Review your toolkit and practice situations in which tools can be most effective

Internationally acclaimed

This unique program is internationally recognised as groundbreaking. Based on principles of adult learning, it was developed using the evidence of positive psychology, family leadership, gamification and family-centred practice.

Using tools specifically designed for the program, participants choose outcomes and work towards them with new clarity and purpose.

This program is for

Parents, family members and primary carers of children with disability, developmental delay or neurodivergence aged 0-12 years old.

Course schedule

2 weekly online sessions(Monday & Thursday); 2 hours each;
It is required that parents/carers be available to attend all eight sessions.


From Monday 22 August to Thursday 15 September
8pm to 10pm AEST/Sydney time
If you’re not in the AEDT (Sydney) Time Zone, see time conversion by adding your Time Zone, City or Town.


The course cost can be claimed through NDIS Capacity Building funding for Improved Daily Living* or purchased privately by international families.

*NDIS Price Guide, listed as “Item number 117 – Development of Daily Living and Life Skills, Improved daily living skills, 15_038_0117_1_3

The program’s total cost is $940 per person or per couple – only a limited number of couples per group. (Cost = $58.75 x 2 hours x 8 sessions).

The payment of the program will not be necessary during the Expression of Interest registration. A Now & Next™ team member will be in touch with you.


Online event delivered via Zoom video conference

RSVP by Thursday 11 August

Sessions are subject to cancellation due to low RSVP

Additional info

ResourcesAll material necessary to participate in this program will be mailed to you once your registration has been confirmed and finalised with a Now & Next™ team member.
Log in details Once registered, we will provide further details closer to the date, including the link to join the session. You will need a good internet connection to attend.
Certificate of Completion To get the best learning experience from this program, we encourage your involvement and interaction during each session. For attendees needing a certificate of attendance, we require the camera to be during all eight sessions to confirm attendance and engagement in each session.
AccessibilityWe want all families to engage fully in our Now & Next™ program. Everyone is welcome! This includes parents or carers who have a disability or neurodiversity, have a medical condition, or speak English as a second language. If there is anything we can do to make your participation more successful, please let us know.
Contact detailsFor more information on the dates and details of our next course, please contact the Now & Next™ team at nowandnext@plumtree.org.au or call us on (02) 9572 8840 or visit our website.

If you are an organisation and want to host Now & Next™ or enquire about group bookings, please contact clayton.buffoni@plumtree.org.au

We recommend families attend only 1 course at a time to focus on the learning outcomes.

About Plumtree

Plumtree is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation that helps families thrive.

Trusted for over 30 years, we provide therapies and support for children aged birth to 8 years with a disability or developmental delay and their families. Our free online and centre-based playgroups and parent educational programs support all families. At Plumtree Preschool, children of all abilities and cultural backgrounds learn together and begin to understand the value of inclusive communities.

Plumtree’s passionate, culturally diverse team of specialists work from the heart in a caring environment where families feel respected and informed.

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