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Employment Opportunity

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

We have just add  1 new employment opportunity, to our employment section. The position is:

  1. Developmental Psychologist (close Jan 30th)

Visit our employment pages for more information

The Quirky Kid Clinic is committed in providing clients with the highest standard of service delivery. Our clinical team is led by Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist. We work from the child’s perspective and provide practical solutions.

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Teen Cyberbullying Investigated

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic was recently asked to review a book on Cyberbullying.

“Teen Cyberbullying Investigated” written by author and judge, Tom Jacobs, presents a powerful collection of landmark court cases involving teens and charges of cyberbullying and cyberharassment.  Each chapter features a seminal cyberbullying case and resulting decision, asks readers whether they agree with the decision, and urges them to think about how the decision affects their lives. Chapters also include related cases, tips, important facts and statistics, and suggestions for further reading.

Kimberley’s review was included in the interior of the book and stated that “This book is at the forefront of cyberbullying literature. It has the capacity to inform school policy as parents, teachers, and principals race to find solutions for bullies and support for victims”.

To find out more about cyberbullying and other teen issues, visit Judge Tom Jacobs website, Ask the Judge.

Additional information regarding cyberbullying can also be found on our fact sheets.

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Raised on Praise @ The Hills Grammar

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

As part of a transition to Kindergarten program, parents of future Kindy students at The Hills Grammar School in Sydney, have been invited to participate in the Raised on Praise workshop by The Quirky Kid Clinic.

Parents will learn how to develop an optimistic, fair and consistent parenting approach with an emphasis on praise. Learn to identify family factors in need of focus and develop reasonable rules and considered consequences in this very practical workshop.Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the challenges of parenthood and to explore their parenting style from their child’s point of view. Current research in the field of positive parent-child relationships will be reviewed, combined with activities designed for participants to experience the effective use and over-use of praise.

Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist at Quirky Kid, will facilitate the workshop with the support of Corina Vogler, Provisional Psychologist at Quirky Kid

Raised on Praise is also offered in the clinical setting. Visit our workshop page to find out the next date. If you would like to arrange a workshop for parents or students at your school, please contact us on 02 9362 9297.

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Power Up! @ Illawarra Grammar

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Power Up! By Quirky Kid

Image from the Just Like When Cards by Quirky Kid

During two days next week, 10 young athletes from Illawarra Grammar  School in Wollongong will be lucky to participate in the Power Up workshop by The Quirky Kid Clinic.

This activity-based workshop is designed for children and young people training and competing at club, regional, state and national level in their chosen sports, academic pursuits or the performing arts. The workshop explores an abundance of psychological skills and techniques practiced by Olympians, academics, prima ballerinas and musical soloists in order to compete at their very best. The workshop has been developed by psychologist Belinda Jones and incorporates her experience working with athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Belinda Jones, a Quirky Kid Child Psychologist, will facilitate the workshop with the support from school staff!

The Power Up! is also offered in the clinical setting. Visit our workshop page to find out the next date. If you would like to arrange a workshop for high-performing students at your school, please contact us on 02 93 62 9297.

 

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Best of Friends @ St. Thomas

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The Best of Friends Workshop Kit

TThe Best of Friends workshop™ - St Thomas School in Sydney.Recently , the Quirky Kid Clinic worked with school staff  from Year 2 and Year 4 at St Thomas School in Sydney to facilitate the popular  The Best of Friends workshop™ in the classroom setting.

This was 2-hour workshop for year 2 students was followed by a 8 weeks small group program and covered areas such as  Making Friends, Social Skills, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking in friendships. Students participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and multimedia presentations while discussing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

Each child was given a “Quirky Kid Tool Kit” including materials for the day as well as an information sheet  for parents on how they can help their child build social skills.

Kimberley O’Brien returned to the school to complement the workshop with a teachers feedback and training as well as to present to parents and display the children achievements.

We are very satisfied with parental and school feedback on the positive outcomes the workshop had achieved so far. Parents where actively engaged in the program with pre and post surveys. This has helped to ensure we parent concerns were addressed.

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St Thomas’ Principal and Teaching staff were incredible supportive and showed great commitment toward students social development.

If you would like some information on The Best of Friends™ workshop for your child’s classroom, please contact us.

We also run our Best of Friends workshop in the clinic setting, both in Sydney and Melbourne.

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