We’re joining the APA

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We Join the Australian Publisher Association : Quirky Kid Clinic

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.

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QK @ Frankfurt Book Fair

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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.


Youth Mental Health Forum @ Sydney Uni

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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.


Let’s Talk High Achievers @ Sydney Boys High

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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:

High Achievers Presentation. from Quirky Kid on Vimeo.

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.



New Workshop Calendar

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New Workshop Calendar - Therapeutic Workshops for Children.

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 exciting 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, please visit