De-escalation Training for Caregivers

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June 28, 2023 at 9:30am - 4:30pm


Maranui Surf Lifesaving Club
107 Lyall Parade
Lyall Bay
Wellington 6022 6022
New Zealand
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Who's coming along

De-escalation Training for Caregivers

* Please note: registrations have closed for this training... 

However, we hope to run it again. So if you were unable to attend this course, we would like to put you on a waitlist for potential future FASD de-escalation trainings in other regions of the motu. Note – sorry but this is ONLY for whānau and caregivers of those with FASD, not other neurodiversities.

Please email Tracey at [email protected] to register your interest in further FASD-CAN De-escalation Trainings.



At FASD-CAN we know how hard it is for our caregivers who are dealing with the roller-coaster life that comes with loving and caring for a person with FASD. And if your tamaiti is also prone to aggression or violence when dysregulated, it makes things so much harder.

In response to many requests from our members for help in managing these situations, we have a new initiative to build our caregivers’ skills and capabilities in extreme behaviour management and de-escalation techniques. However, with the best will and training in the world, it may not always be possible to avoid violent confrontation, so some basic self-protection techniques will also be covered at the training.

The training will cover:

  • behaviour as a form of communication
  • triggers
  • stages of crisis
  • risk assessment/reduction
  • de-escalation strategies
  • self-protection techniques

The training is only for FASD-CAN caregiver members (not professionals, sorry) and is free to attend. If you are not a member, please click here to join – it's free and there are no requirements from you.

Where: Maranui Surf Life Saving Club (Ground Floor), 107 Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay, Wellington 6022

When:   Wednesday June 28

Time:    9.30am to 4.30pm. 

Morning tea and lunch will be provided. 

Numbers are strictly limited, so be quick to register your interest in attending the training. Preference will be given to those caregivers who are already dealing with aggression or violence from their tamaiti with FASD. 

Once you have registered your interest our Training Administrator (Tracey) will be in contact with you to discuss further your eligibility for inclusion in this initial training round.

Please note: Registrations of interest close on Friday 16 June 2023. 

Facilitator information

Jonathan Cobb

We have contracted Team Teach to facilitate this training – Jonathan Cobb is their key consultant and trainer based in Wellington.

Jonathan qualified as a teacher 32 years ago and has a passion for helping people over the barriers that hinder them from achieving their full potential. He was Principal of Te Ara School for 15 years working with ‘at risk’ young people in the Wellington region and the school was regularly highlighted for best practice in ERO reports into Activity Centres.

He is currently Chair of the Wellington Activity Centre Charitable Trust, co-founder of Activity Centres’ National Body being a Member of National Committee for over 10 years and Chair for over five years.

He has been a member of a working group that created the Learning Support Action Plan and the Curriculum Progress and Achievement Advisory Group. He also has seven years experience as a RTLB (Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour) in Wellington, working with teachers and parents to help change the learning environment for children and teenagers so that they could succeed.

Jonathan has also worked with unemployed adults teaching computer skills.

To find out more about Team Teach click here.

Funding is available to attend this training

If you need financial assistance to attend the training and you have not yet accessed our Whānau Direct Care in the Community Grant Scheme in this financial year, you can apply through this scheme for financial support to reimburse your travel costs only – up to a maximum of $1,000. 

Click here for more information on applying for a grant for travel costs.

What's next?

Once you’ve hit the Sign Up button, you'll receive a confirmation email and Tracey will be in touch.