Now and Next™ - New Zealand (McKenzie Centre) Online

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The Now and Next™ group program help parents and carers develop skills to achieve positive outcomes for their child, family and self.

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A first of its kind in Australia and now in New Zealand, this parent-led,evidence-based program has been life changing experience for families. Participants choose outcomes and work towards them with new clarity and purpose. Now and Next™ is family centered, based on strengths and takes into account how adults like to learn.

This program is for families of children with disability or developmental delay.


This online program is delivered in eight weekly sessions of 2 hours each.

Through fun and engaging activities, you will:

  • Identify a vision and write goals for your child, family and self-using our unique planning tool Pictability™;
  • Learn to apply the principles and tools of positive psychology to achieve better outcomes for your child, family and self;
  • Learn how to use our 'goal to action' strategy to achieve your 3 goals during the program;
  • Reflect on your child, personal and family strengths using the Now and Next™ Mindfulness colouring-in book;
  • Identify your signature strengths and how to use them to achieve positive outcomes;
  • Learn how to create positive relationships with professionals;
  • Learn how to improve your child, family and personal well-being;


Past participants have greatly valued the group setting that brings together families raising children with a developmental delay or disability. A first of its kind in Australia, this parent-led, evidence-based program:

  • Provides a safe environment where families can openly share their stories;
  • Builds new relationships and a network of support;
  • Enables families to learn about new strategies and ideas from each other;
  • Empowers and inspires families to “get in the driver’s seat” and take charge of their journey.


Weekly Sessions: From Monday 20th September to Monday 8th November (8 sessions); 8pm to 10pm via Zoom.

Further details will be provided closer to the date. You will need a good internet connection to attend.

Register your expression of interest here through Eventbrite. You will then be contacted by a Now and Next™ team member to discuss this program and confirm your attendance and provide further instructions on how to join the webinar on the day.

It is recommended that families be available to join all 8 Now and Next™ sessions.

MATERIAL: All material necessary to participate in this program will be mailed to you once your registration has been confirmed and finalized with a Now and Next™ team member.

CONTACT US: For more information, please contact:

  • Now and Next coordinator (NZ), Eram Afroze, E:
  • Trisha Benge, McKenzie Centre Director, Ph: 07 8395 357 ext. 710 E:

Funded by JR McKenzie Trust in partnership with McKenzie Centre.

The Now and Next™ program has been developed by Sylvana Mahmic (CEO, Plumtree) and Dr Annick Janson (Clinical Psychologist and Positive Psychology Researcher) both of whom are parents of young men who have a disability. They developed this program because they learnt that a positive vision and a focus on strengths is the best foundation for your child and family’s future.

Over 300 participants have completed this award-winning program in the past 24 months. Now and Next™ was also facilitated in New Zealand, Finland and Canada. Watch this 6-minute clip where they describe what they gained from the programme.

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