We are proud to announce that the Australian Publisher Association (APA) has just accepted our membership application. This is an important milestone for Quirky Kid.
Most of you already know that The Quirky Kid Clinic is also a niche publishing house. Our focus is on practical and creative social-emotional resources aimed at children, adolescent and families. Our portfolio includes 6 resources, like The Face It Cards and The How to be a Friend book and 1 program, The Power Up Program and many more are on the way (see our online shop for all resources)
The Quirky Kid resources are currently sold and distributed in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the USA. Over 5000 copies were already sold to professionals word-wide. We count with the fantastic support of The Australian Centre for Educational Research (ACER) in Australia. (see 52 Stories for more).
For the second time, we’ve attended the Frankfurt Book Fair; in 2013 however, joined the collective stand of the APA as we aim to increase the reach of our resources. (See review of Quirky Kid Resources in the USA). We have now confirmed our attendance to the Bologna book fair were we hope to network, display and launch our newest resource – The Best of Friends workbook and program.
We are committed to our publishing projects and have a lot of surprises for you during 2014.
About the APA
The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is the peak industry body for Australian book, journal and electronic publishers. Established in 1948, the association is an advocate for all Australian publishers: large or small; commercial or non-profit; academic or popular; locally or overseas owned. Over the years the APA has grown into an organisation of considerable influence. From modest beginnings and a membership of twenty, the Association now has over 216 members and represents 91% of the industry, based on turnover.
Below is our recent Media Wrap-up. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team contribute often with the following publications to explore topics of interest of parent and their families.
- Tripple J, Th Hack on the relationship between teacher and students.
- Channel 7 The Morning Show on Bullying
- Class Ideas Magazine on Bullying in the early years.
- Essential Kids on Parents and children obesity
- Sunday Life Magazine on Sharing Images of Children online
- Today Tonight on Children Puberty
- The Illawarra Mercury on Reading to Children
- Kidspot on custody arrangements for children
- SMH on children fashion
- Kidspot on parent nudity and children
- ABC on Making Families Happy
- 6PR Radio on Managing Teenagers
- SBS Insight on children sleep depravation (research only)
- 2MCE Homepage on children and technology
- Kidspot on talking with children about the death of a grandparent
- ABC Radio (Australia Mornings) on birth order
- Wave FM on children and television
- The Wire on puberty and mental health
- The Hoopla on obesity
- Dolly Magazine on sibling relationships
- 2GB radio on on parent child relationship
- News.com.au on stress and children
- AAP on children and mobile phones
- Various other radio interviews
If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View ourmedia appearances to-date.
This year we joined the Australian Publishers Association collective stand to showcase the Quirky Kid Resources during the Frankfurt book fair (9 to 13th of October) It’s the second year we attend this fair and we really like it.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts and the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences worldwide. 7307 Exhibitors from 97 countries make Frankfurt the international hub of the publishing world and we love learning a lot about publishing. It was estimated that 6.300 people visited the Australian Collective stand. Our resources are now distributed in Canada, USA and Singapore and we are really keen to expand their reach to more markets.
Quirky Kid has a lot of new resources under development and we are keen to create a big impact in the child/families emotional and social publishing sector. You can find out more about The Quirky Kid Resources on our website or at our publishing page.
Dr. Kathryn Berry, clinical psychologist at The Quirky Kid Clinic recently presented at The Rotaract Club of USYD and the Psychology Society (Psyche) of USYD, forum event that focused on bringing awareness to the issues surrounding young people’s mental health. It aimed to address the overarching themes, ‘why should we care?’ and ‘how can we help?’
Below images from the Event
The event took the form of a Q&A panel consisting of five panellists from a variety of backgrounds and experiences in mental health. The forum kicked off with an introductory presentation from Terry Kirkpatrick, Deputy CEO of the Mental Health Association of NSW and concluded with a short presentation from representatives from USYD’s Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Images © Rotaract club of USYD and the Psyche Society of USYD.
Update Oct 9th 2013: Note From Dr Kathryn Berry:
It was a great honour to be a part of the Youth Mental Health Forum organised by the Psychology Society and The Rotaract Club at the University of Sydney. The enthusiasm and interest from the students was fantastic and it was evident that the topic of mental health is very much a relevant, meaningful and current concern for our youth. The awareness and healthy debate raised through the forum was certainly a refreshing, insightful and valuable experience.
Kimberley O’Brien, the Principal Psychologist at The Quirky Kid Clinic, is honoured to be invited to participate in the event hosted by the Sydney High School Old Boy’s Union. Kimberley is the only female speaker at this event. The event will take place in The Great Hall at Sydney Boys High School and will start at 5:30 sharp.
Kimberley’s topic ’How to be a High Achiever’, will cover interesting information about boys and their day to day lives as well as what makes a high achiever and how schools can best support them. Below are the slides of the presentation:
The event is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable insights from some of the school amazing old boys, like Tony Abrahams ( CEO, Access Innovation Media), Paul Almond (Special Counsel, DibbsBarker Lawyers & owner of the The Flying Pan restaurants, Hong Kong, Jack M Bancroft (CEO, Australian Indigenous Mentoring), Dominic Grimm (World Champion Rower), Tim Morris AM APM (Assistant Commissioner, Australian Federal Police), and many others.
300 participants will experience stimulating discussions involving 6 Panels involving professionals from Legal, Sports, Arts and Business sectors.
Today we have just launched our new workshop Calendar. This beautifully illustrated guide aims to share with parents and colleagues our main workshops. We have been working very hard over the past 3 years in developing our programs and are soon sharing more exiting news about it. Please share with your networks.
Grab your copy online or subscribe to the email list below and we will post you a copy. The printed version has a very interesting family game called “Handmade” and will keep all family entertained for some time.
Register online for our upcoming workshops, pelase visit http://quirkykid.com.au/workshops
About Whitney and the TRiO Program
My name is Whitney Srsen, and I am an Academic Advisor for a TRiO Program called Educational Talent Search. I have been working for this program for 2 years, and I help students who are the first in their family to go to and graduate from college. A majority of the students are also considered low income or economically disadvantaged. Understandably, these students don’t have many resources to be college ready, and there may not be support for them or a culture of going to college within their families.
Our program is hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Our region is primarily rural and impoverished, even though this area is the more affluent of the state as a whole. The college-going rate for the State of Arkansas as a whole is 51.7%. Last year, our program had a college-going rate of 80%; some students opted to join the United States military or to join the workforce following high school. Obviously, our program outpaces the state average. The national average of students who enter college directly from high school is about 63%. The Educational Talent Search program is a national TRiO program funded by the Department of Education. It is competitive grant-funded program, and there are similar programs located nationwide. Our program specifically serves about 1,000 7th grade through 12th grade students in targeted schools with a demonstrated need. We go to each school—middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools—once a month and conduct college preparatory workshops that cover topics such as financial aid, first year experience, standardized test preparation and materials, and other topics our program considers necessary. We even take students to visit local colleges once a year!
At the University of Arkansas, there are three Talent Search programs with 11 total staff members. We work together to create and develop our own curriculum that will best educate our students about college readiness. For the 2012-2013 school year, which in our schools ran from August of 2012 to May of 2013, I was on the team that was supposed to develop curriculum for middle school students in grades 7 and 8. For this age group, their curriculum needs to be interactive and exciting; this age group wants to work in groups, get out of their seat, and have fast paced workshops. My development team decided to assign the topic of social interact to one of our workshops, and that was one of the workshops I was in charge of developing. For our workshops, we typically have 3-5 portions, or activities, that make up the lesson plan.
The first activity I wanted to implement was an activity in which students would study facial expressions with no words that described what the context was. I found some resources online, but the resources I found were of photographic images of one white male dressed in a suit and tie making different facial expressions. To me, this resource seemed very archaic; students don’t want to see. Our program prides ourselves with being cutting edge and fun, as far as our curriculum goes. We’re always trying to find innovative ways to cover workshop material, and we want our workshop materials to be unique and something they typically won’t see in their schools or libraries. That aspect helps make our program a better program and it helps our retention as a result.
The link with the Quirky Kid Resources
When I started searching for other resources, I was thrilled to find the Quirky Kid Face It cards. They feature kids of different backgrounds and genders. Also, the hand drawn quality of the cards is unmatched by most American products I was able to find during my search for resources. I felt that they were a perfect resource for the activity I was implementing for this workshop!
For the workshop, students were supposed to have one card each. The Face It cards come in a sets of 35, and we typically have 30 students per workshop. Students were instructed to assign a one-word emotion or description to their cards. Then, they were to work in groups of four to discuss and agree on all four of the one-word emotions. Then, as a group, the facilitator would lead a discussion on what the whole group thought and whether or not they agreed with the one-word emotion the small groups decided on. Then, the facilitator would ask how they came to their conclusions. Common answers were that the students looked at the eyes of the subjects on the cards to look for signs of emotion. Students also looked at the mouths of the subjects on the cards for signs of upturned or downturned mouths indicating either happiness or sadness, respectively.
There were also a few cards with extra clues, such as a thermometer indicating sickness, sunglasses that could indicate emotions such as nonchalant or casual, or other slang-type words that students could use, and there was a card in which the subject wore a crown, and students perceived many emotions from that card ranging from pleasant to arrogant. The students really enjoyed the use of the cards in this workshop. It seemed that they could relate to the cards because they were looking at images of children, not images of adults. I felt that they benefited from this exercise because after this activity, the workshop moved on to a discussion on non-verbal communication.
The intent of the Face It cards paired with the non-verbal communication “Quick Guide” was to point out that research shows that adolescents have a very hard time deciphering an emotion out of context, so the “Quick Guide” gave some pointer of what to pay attention to, such as body language and posture.
I also presented the Quirky Kid resources at a statewide conference last October. I was provided with brochures and other materials to give out, as well as materials to demonstrate. When we present our work at conferences, we usually point out what inspired us to create certain curriculum and resources. Regarding the Quirky Kid resources, we are able to use the resources “as is;” in other words, sometimes we have to recreate a handout or a game from an existing resource, and we really emphasized to our colleagues that with the Quirky Kid resources, we were able to use them as they were because they fit our needs so perfectly.
The feedback I received was that many of my colleagues really enjoyed the resources. However, our programs have just received a 5.2% reduction in funding from the American federal government, and our office and other TRiO programs are concerned at the prospect of having to lower our budgets. However, we purchased the materials in the previous budget year, and the amazing thing about these products is that they will stand the test of time, and our programs will have multiple occasions to give children the opportunity to utilize and learn from the Quirky Kid resources.
The Face It cards and the other resources will last for many years of education with our students, and we are very fortunate to have successfully utilized their wonderful resources.
Report on the College-Going Rate of Public School Graduates. Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Agenda Item No. 3. July 29, 2011.
College Participation Rates: College-Going Rates of High School Graduates Directly from High School. National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis, Tom Mortenson, Postsecondary Opportunity. 2008.
I’ve recently joined the Quirky Kid team as a Registered Psychologist here in our beautiful Woollahra office. I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology in 2009 and have worked with children and families in a number of settings. It seems I was born to work with children as I come from a family of teachers and was inspired to begin my career in Early Childhood shortly after finishing school.
After graduating from the University of Western Sydney, I gained a great deal of experience with placements in clinic, community and school settings. This equipped me with the ability to administer psychometric assessments, provide evidence based psychological intervention and support children with developmental delays and their families. Some of my roles have included being Managing Psychologist at a highly respected paediatric clinic specialising in ADHD and providing early intervention and counselling support to children through a charitable organisation.
Why have I moved to Quirky Kid Clinic?
The move to The Quirky Kid Clinic seemed like the logical next step in my professional journey. I strongly believe in the value of taking a child centred approach and this is the attitude here at Quirky Kid. It seemed to me that this would be a role where I would get to collaborate with a passionate team of experts and have fun meeting a lot of interesting clients, I was right!
What are my skills?
I am qualified to administer a range of psychometric assessments and have a great deal of experience in tailoring intervention to the unique strengths and needs of each family. I have trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as Art and Play Therapy and am able to use this skills across a range of age groups and presentations. I also have group facilitation experience and have a keen interest in collaborating with families, carers and teachers to support children with challenging behaviours.
What will my role be at QK?
As a Quirky Kid Psychologist my primary role is to support children and families using evidence-based therapies. This may be through individual sessions with the child, parent support sessions, workshops or consultations with schools and other professionals.
In addition to this face to face work, I will also be doing a lot of work behind the scenes. This will include developing “Tools to Tame Behaviours” a parent program that will equip parents with skills to deal with challenging behaviours. I will also be contributing to the development of our other programs such as “The Best of Friends”, “Power Up” and “Why Worry” as well as preparing resources for Fairfax Media’s Essential Kids (one of our corporate clients).
Being part of the Quirky Kid team has been great so far and I look forward to meeting you!
Join Quirky Kid in Canada from June 25-28, 2013 the first ever Child and Youth Care World Conference, Connecting at the Crossroads that will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador – home of Icebergs, Whales, Puffins, great people and great times!
Touch base with Richard Dubras, Quirky Kid’s representative in Canada. You will also locate some our our flyers on each of the delegates bags.
As promised QK on the East coast of Canada for the first time. CYC world forum in St. John’s, Newfoundland pic.twitter.com/NtKcHWx6lX
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We all have relationships – with our partners, children, parents, friends, colleagues and many others. According to a new book being launched in Sydney, the quality of these relationships is critically important for our overall wellbeing.
As you may recall, Kimberley has co-authored a book chapter discussing Positive Parent-Child Relationships. The paperback edition of Positive Relationships: Evidence Based Practice across the World (Springer 2012) will be launched in Sydney on Friday May 3rd at Gleebooks: 6 for 6.30pm. Professor Ann Brewer, deputy vice-chancellor at Sydney University – who is one of the authors – will be officiating.
Gleeb books have agreed to discount the price to $50 – a significant reduction from the original. Quirky Kid Shoppe will also stock the title and will be made available soon.
More information and reviews on http://amzn.to/Y8Ew58 (scroll to the bottom of the page).Several people involved with Wellbeing Australia have contributed to this volume which has 17 chapters on different aspects of relationships.
Adjunct Associate Professor Sue Roffey, from the University of Western Sydney and Director of Wellbeing Australia, is the editor of Positive Relationships: Evidence Based Practice across the World.
The book brings together the views of a range of international experts, to explore the ways that we can “promote the positive” in various aspects of our lives – including in our roles as a leader, professional, mentor, teacher or parent.
“Our relationships all have a significant impact on our daily lives, including the way we perceive ourselves and others and the feelings we experience,” says Dr Roffey.
“A positive relationship can enrich our lives while a negative one can be the cause of deep distress. Unfortunately, much of the time we only give attention to relationships when things go wrong. That is why it is so important to understand in some depth how relationships might be enhanced in all areas of our lives.”
Dr Roffey, from the UWS School of Education and Centre for Positive Psychology and Education (CPPE), says Positive Relationships is firmly grounded in the science of positive psychology and has been written to appeal to a wide audience.
“Positive psychology has much to offer to enhance everyday living”, says Dr Roffey. “Healthy relationships can offer real meaning and sustainable fulfilment in our lives. Knowing what promotes the positive is the first step to authentic wellbeing.”
Professor Felicia Huppert, Director of the Well-Being Institute at the University of Cambridge says in the Foreword of Positive Relationships that this “seminal book moves beyond a focus on the individual, putting relationships at the heart of life going well.”
The chapters are authored by academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines and from across the world, each addressing positive relationships in the contexts of family, work, school and community.
The authors, and their respective chapters, include:
- Professor Ann Brewer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney – Positive Mentoring Relationships: Nurturing potential.
- Associate Professor Stephanie Jones and Dr Gretchen Brion-Meisels, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA – Learning about Relationships.
- Professor Margaret Vickers and Associate Professor Florence McCarthy at the School of Education, University of Western Sydney – Positive Community Relations.
- Adjunct Professor Toni Noble, at Australian Catholic University (ACU), and Adjunct Professor Helen McGrath, at RMIT University – Wellbeing and Resilience in Young People and the Role of Positive Relationships.
- Adjunct Associate Professor Sue Roffey at the University of Western Sydney – Introduction and Developing Positive Relationships in Schools.
- Associate Professor Vagdevi Meunier, St Edwards University, Austin, Texas, USA and Wayne Baker, professional counsellor – Positive Couple Relationships: The evidence for long lasting relationship satisfaction and happiness.
- Dr Karen Majors, educational psychologist and professional tutor at the Institute of Education, London University – Friendships: the Power of Positive Alliance.
- Kimberly O’Brien, child psychologist and Director of the Quirky Kid Clinic, and Jane Mosco, educational psychologist – Positive Parent-child Relationships.
- Emilia Dowling, previously Head of Child Psychology at the Tavistock Clinic and visiting professor at Birkbeck College, London, and Di Elliot, systemic psychotherapist – Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children Experiencing Change in Family Relationships.
- Sue Langley, CEO of Emotional intelligence Worldwide – Positive Relationships at Work.
- Elizabeth Gillies, educational psychologist and previously Vice-President of International Mental Health Professionals in Japan – Positive Professional Relationships.
- Dr Hilary Armstrong, Director of Education at the Institute of Executive Coaching, Sydney – Spirited Leadership: Growing leaders for the future.
- Zalman Kastel, Director of the Together for Humanity Foundation – Positive Relations between Members of Groups with Divergent Beliefs and Cultures.
- Associate Professor Lois Edmund, Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Canada – Conflict and Confrontation.
- Peta Blood, Co-founder of Restorative Practices International – The repair and restoration of relationships.
- Robyn Hromek, Educational psychologist and Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and Angela Walsh, Director of the Love Bites educational program for NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) – Peaceful and compassionate futures: positive relationships as an antidote to violence.
“Each chapter of this book provides evidence on how healthy relationships enable both individuals and communities to flourish, what we can do to ensure these are the best they can be and what to do when difficulties arise,” says Dr Roffey.
“The evidence sometimes challenges current beliefs, for example what constitutes good leadership and how emotionally intelligent relationships make all the difference to effective work environments.
“The book predominately focuses on our shared humanity – what we all have in common, rather than what divides us. The overarching themes are fostering positive communication practices, treating each other with respect and building social capital.”
Positive Relationships: Evidence Based Practice across the World, published by Springer, is now available for purchase with five star reviews on Amazon.
Professor Ann Brewer will speak at the Official Launch, to be held at Gleebooks in Sydney.