I have recently joined the 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.
Back by popular demand, we are making our celebration cards available once again. 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: https://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.