The Quirky Kid team is heading to Canada in February 2015.

We will be presenting during British Colombia Alternative Education Program (BCAEA) conference. The British Columbia Alternate Education Association is a Provincial Specialist Association (PSA) of the BC Teacher’s Federation.

Alternate (or Alternative) Education programs exist in many varieties. At its simplest, Alternate Education attempts to help at-risk youth, who, because of a variety of factors, are unsuccessful in the main stream. Problems experienced by these students may include a wide range of social and emotional difficulties, drug issues, trouble with the law, teenage parenthood, and a whole host of others. What these students share in common is an inability to progress satisfactorily in the regular system.

You can find our more and register here: http://www.bctf.ca/bcaea/conference.html

Other Workshops

Between 16 and 18 of February 2015 we will also facilitate several workshops with the support of Richmond Addiction Services, our partier organisation in Canada responsible to promoting and reselling our programs in Canada and USA. Dates and locations will soon be advertised.

To keep up to date please make sure to register to the mail-list below:

I have recently joined the Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra as a Psychologist.  I bring with me a range of experience from my work both in Australia and in the U.K.   Since qualifying with a Master’s Degree in Applied Science (Psychology), I have worked across a range of settings with children, adolescents and parents.

I began my career working as a Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at Western Hospital, Melbourne.  From there I moved to The Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, where I worked for a number of years in a research-based clinic specialising in School Refusal.  I later became Co-ordinator of another research-based clinic: The Berriga House Adolescent Depression Clinic.

The lure of travel took me overseas to London, U.K. in 1997.  There, I spent 10 years specialising in Paediatric Psychology.  At St George’s Hospital in South London I gained experience working with children with varying medical conditions including diabetes, immune system disorders (including allergies), leukaemia, metabolic conditions, obesity and psychosomatic complaints.  Many of the children I saw were experiencing common childhood behavioural problems but others experienced psychological issues specific to their diagnosis and treatment (e.g. problems taking medication, needle phobias, social anxieties, cognitive and learning difficulties).

Most recently, I worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.  In this large Paediatric teaching hospital I worked as a Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Haematology, Immunology and Oncology teams.  In that role, I provided inpatient and outpatient assessments and interventions, ran group programs, administered a range of cognitive and educational assessments and undertook clinical research.

I have always gained great satisfaction from my work as a Psychologist and particularly enjoy the interaction with children/adolescents and their families.   I typically work within a cognitive-behavioural framework and am a strong advocate for an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.

Why I have moved to Quirky Kid?

To date, I have always worked in hospital-based settings.  However, now with a family of my own, Quirky Kid offers me a new professional challenge.   

I am excited to be working with the Quirky Kid team.  They are motivated, dynamic and collaborative in their efforts to deliver the best possible psychological care to families in a creative and progressive way.  The clinic environment is also enormously appealing to me.  It has been cleverly designed to use light, space and colour to create a welcoming environment for families.

What are my skills?

My particular area of expertise is in working with, and engaging with children, adolescents and parents.   I am skilled in conducting both clinical and psychometric assessments and in tailoring intervention programs to meet the individual needs of children and families.  Where required, I will often work closely with school and allied health professionals to facilitate a successful outcome.  In addition to addressing behavioural and mental health issues, I also have a broad range of experience in working with children and families affected by acute, chronic or life threatening medical conditions.

What will my role at QK be?

My role will be to provide assessments and evidence-based interventions to individuals and families attending the Quirky Kid clinic in Woollahra. Consultations will typically involve the child/adolescent, their carers and sometimes other family members.  Where indicated, education and allied health professionals may be consulted.  At times, I may also be involved in facilitating one of a range of Quirky kid group programs offered at the clinic.

I am incredibly excited about the journey ahead at Quirky Kid and will look forward to meeting and working with everyone associated with Quirky Kid.

New QK Book selected for ‘Hello! from Australia’ exhibition and catalogue at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015.

Oz authors and illustrators in the 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition Illustrations from 32 books have been selected out of 109 submissions from 24 Australian publishers for 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition. We are extremely proud to have our book, The Best of Friends as one of the selected title! This is the second recognition we received for our publishing work this year. 

The works, which celebrate and promote the vibrancy and variety of Australia’s children’s book illustrators and publishing, will be showcased at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The exhibition is the seventh annual display of Australian children books to be displayed at the fair, and is an initiative of the Australian Publishers Association created in partnership with Books Illustrated, funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

The exhibition aims to:

  • support publishers in the promotion and sale of rights
  • facilitate contact between Australian publishers and international agents and promoters
  • promote Australian culture internationally, and
  • draw attention to the diversity and depth of Australian children’s books.

Previous Bologna exhibitions of Hello! from Australia have received an enthusiastic afterlife at other book festivals and fairs, including presentations at:

  • Paju Bookcity in South Korea;
  • the National Youth and Children’s Library, Seoul;
  • the Korea Foundation Cultural Gallery, Seoul;
  • the inaugural International Illustration Concours on Nami Island, Korea; and
  • the Capital Library Beijing, China, as part of Australian Writers Week.

A highlight of the 2015 fair will be the presence of the Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French who will give the opening speech at the Australia Party and be part of the second international Children’s Laureate Summit in Bologna. The Catalogue will soon be available here.

Our title, The Best of Friends will be available Mid 2015.

Thank you for your amazing support during 2014.

Our team will be taking a well deserved holiday from today, 18th of December 2014 and most of us will return on 6th of  January 2015.  If you need to contact us, head to our contact page. We will have very limited access to emails during that period but will respond as soon as we are back. You can continue to:

If you experience an emergency, you can contact:

 

Back by popular demand, we are making our celebration cards available once gain. These beautifully illustrated cards are printed locally and feature 100% recycle paper. With $10 you get 3 unique designs with celebration notes as: ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘ Be Marry’ and ‘Joy’.

We will be donating $1 of each pack to refugee projects overseas.

Grab your at the Quirky Kid Shoppe while stocks last.

A little while ago our team had the pleasure of working with LEGO.  Our consultancy role involved sharing our expertise on the understanding of boy’s play behaviour  – particularly in relation boy’s desire to ‘age up’ and the importance characters have in establishing a strong understanding and emotional connection with to story content.

We delivered key and strategic information based on the brief provided around elements of boys’ play behaviour, how they have changed over times and the historical perspective on play, taking into account new social trends. We also explored boys  interests when growing up and how they connect and engage with cartoons, and how these relate back to their play.

LEGO was fantastic to work with and demonstrated great ethical care and guidelines, regarding child development while working with us.

Our principal child psychologist, Kimberley O’Brien,  headed the research with the support of our clinical team. We regularly work with organisations like LEGO, helping them to develop better products and services for children, adolescents and families. You can see our list of existing clients on our website.

 

We have a new position available at Quirky Kid. More information about the role and how to apply, visit: http://childpsychologist.com.au/about-us/employment/customer-superhero

What’s the job?

Never a dull moment in the office, we are looking for someone who is dynamic, has excellent organisational skills and a keen interest in technology. We need someone to control our client flow; manage our busy schedules with precision, complete all the administration tasks in relation to office management as well as provide caring intake to new clients. You need to love to speak with people and have a lot of empathy.

Apply Today. 

 

Power Up performance program for young people

Last night, during the sold out ceremony for 21st annual Educational Publishing awards at the State Library of Victoria Power Up!, our performance psychology resource, was awarded the Best Student Resource (Primary) under the Arts/Humanities category. 

The judged praised our resource as follow:

Power Up is a target product that has wide appeal an application. It is unique in its approach in helping students enhance performance to achieve success by identifying and improving cognitive strategies. Clearly presented, well-designed and practical in its application. it delivers contemporary and relatable video content”.

Our team, Kimberley O’Brien (principal Educational and Development Psychologist), Leonardo Rocker (Publisher and Business Manager) and Lisa Diebold (Designer) were proud to receive the award from Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Senator for Victoria, who was officially representing the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education.

The awards is a significant achievement for our growing educational publishing house and confirms the amazing quality and innovation of our resources and products. We are a very proud team this week!

The ceremony was led by by Michael Gordon Smith, Chief Executive of the Australian Publishers AssociationAPA) and provided participants with inspiring and challenging speeches by David Barnett, Managing Director, Pearson Australia. and David Howes – Executive Director, Curriculum, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. We also heard from Murray St Leger, Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Agency and Cliff Brigstocke, Chief Executive Officer, OPUS Group.

Australian’s largest educational and most successful publishers like Pearson, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press Macmillan Education Australia took home many awards.The full list winners is available in the EPAA catalogue 2014.

Our contented focus and commitment

Quirky Kid has a refreshed enthusiasm and focus to continue developing innovative resources for the educational sector in Australia and overseas. We have two more incredible resources in the pipeline and can’t wait to share those with you.

We would like to thank our clients and colleagues for their support and encouragement. We also invite schools and colleagues interested in offering this resources for their students and clients to get in touch with us.  We are very happy to come to you and demonstrate how this resource can contribute to your students psychological support.

Offering Power Up!

You can purchase and find our more about Power Up! in the following websites:

You can also become an affiliate by registering here.

You can become a Power Up Facilitator by completing the registration from online

If you would like to offer this resources for your students, please contact us to discuss our school licenses.

Power Up Award

We are proud to announced the Power Up! has been shortlisted for the 2014 Educational Publishing Awards under Primary: Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities. We are against Pearson Australia and Pascal Press, two of the largest publishers in Australia. This is a major achievement and a fantastic reward for our work and dedication over the past months.  

Power Up is Quirky Kid’s performance psychology program for young people aged 10 to 16 years.

Organised by trade body the Australian Publishers Association, the EPAAs celebrate excellence in educational publishing  in Australia. Now reaching its 21st year, the event is an opportunity to showcase the innovation, quality and dedication publishers devote to their pedagogical products.

Awards will be presented in the primary school, secondary school, TAFE & vocational and tertiary education categories as well as to the APA Primary and Secondary School Publisher of the Year. ​ The event night is scheduled for

  • Date:                   17th September 2014
  • Location:             State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Time:                   5.30-9.30pm

To buy the online resource or register to a workshop visit Http://powerup.com.au

This week Psychologists Kimberley O’Brien and Simonne Cohen are heading to Fairfield Public school in Sydney to start facilitating ‘The Best of Friends Program’ for 12 lucky male students from Year 3, 4, 5.

The program will go over two weeks and will include aspects of the new program workbook currently under production here at Quirky Kid Publishing.

The 8 hours workshop will covered areas such as Making Friends, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking and others key areas around Social Skills. Students will participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and presentations while discussing and practicing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

We will update this post with more information as they become available. The Best of Friends has been offered to a number of school around Sydney like: Moriah College, Illawarra Grammar School, International Grammer School, St Thomas Public School, Thirroul Public School, Redlands, and many other.

More information about the program on our website. You can register for the school based workshops online as well. 

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