I have recently joined the Quirky Kid team in Woollahra and Austinmer in a Customer Support role.
Why have I moved to Quirky Kid?
I am so excited to be a part of the Quirky Kid team! Quirky Kid is a dynamic and forward thinking clinic who stand out among others in Psychology. What I find really inspiring about Quirky Kid is that there is a common goal to thrive. Everyone in the Quirky Kid team is passionate about implementing change and supporting the younger generations. I am passionate to continue to work with children and adolescents. It excites me that I have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger working for Quirky Kid.
What are my skills?
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at The University of Wollongong to further my qualifications, recently completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Counselling. I have enjoyed spending the last few years working, travelling and volunteering for organisations such as the Starlight Foundations ‘Livewire’ and more recently across schools in Kenya. At Quirky Kid I will continue developing my skills to prepare me to enter the field at the completion of my degree.
What will my role at Quirky Kid be?
I initially started volunteering at Quirky Kid Clinic as the Lunch and Learn Coordinator. This role opened up an amazing opportunity for me to meet with leaders in the field of psychology and to rub shoulders with highly regarded professionals who inspire me. The opportunity to sit in on Quirky Kids internal professional development during our Lunch and Learn sessions has been invaluable in my personal development and career development.
Coming to the end of my volunteer contract I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to apply for a permanent role assisting with the running of the office and supporting our lovely team of psychologists across both our Woollahra and Austinmer clinics. My role includes conducting intake calls, organising and managing QK workshops, day to day administration and customer service. With the opportunities I have been given in Quirky Kid so far, I am keen to continue developing my skills by taking on new roles and responsibilities and will soon be assisting in facilitating Quirky Kid group programs.
The awards celebrate Australia’s bravest and brightest works in over 16 categories. With 355 entries, we were honoured to be recognised alongside other beautiful books published throughout Australia last year. We had a wonderful evening getting to learn, share ideas, and mingle with some of Australia’s top publishers and designers.
“a really wonderful example of what a book in this category can be” – “fun, engaging and sophisticated while still being accessible”.
The Judges also loved the amazing design concept commenting that the:
“strong, considered use of colour and typography the textured vector illustrations and the interactive elements” gave it an edge, “making it a book that I think children will want to return to again and again”.
The panel of 7 Judges consisted of prestigious designers and publishers, who carefully judged submissions through two rounds. After viewing submission digitally and creating a long list, Judges viewed entries ‘in the flesh’ to create a short list of finalists. The other amazing titles shortlisted in our category were:
Nelson Product Design & Technology VCE 4e
Designer: Jennai Lee Fai
Tapis Volant 1 Student Book 4th edition
Designer: Cover Design: Studio Pounce, Creative & Cover Art Direction: Danielle Maccarone
The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob
Publisher: CAASTRO – Arc Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics
We loved meeting the Designers and Publishers of these books and were impressed by how beautiful and informative the books of our fellow shortlisted titles were. We were honoured to be shortlisted for these amazing titles and delighted to take out the award when the standard of entries was so high.
BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.
BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.
We are really proud to add The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the Australian Book Designer Awards as one of our achievements
We feel that Basecamp® is an incredible artwork. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.
Telerah Public Schoolis a progressive public school offering education for Preschool to Year 6 students, located in the Maitland suburb of Telarah. At Telarah Public School the mission is to provide children with a love of learning, a pride in their achievement and a respect for themselves and others.
Their enrolment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program as the most effective intervention to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.
About Telerah Public School
Telerah Public School sits within the beautiful township of Maitland, NSW. There are approximately 510 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. There is an Aboriginal Resource Centre and an Early Intervention Child Support Unit within the school grounds which caters for children with learning difficulties at the preschool level. Telera Public School is committed to enhancing academic and extra-curricular learning for each child within a safe, and positive learning environment.
Social and Emotional Learning
Equally with their commitment to academic development and a safe and nurturing learning environment Telerah Public School has demonstrated a clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their students. We were impressed with the passion and commitment the school has for “looking beyond” the academic and extra-curricular program and applying learning to living.
About The Best of Friends Program™ and the School.
The implementation of The Best of Friends™ program will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologist Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.
Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as required.
Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?
Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.
Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision, and support for key staff members.
I have recently joined the Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra and Austinmer as a Senior Psychologist. I bring with me experience working in a busy private practice with children, adolescents and families, with a variety of presentations including anxiety; depression; challenging behaviours; social and emotional problems; trauma; bullying; toileting and attachment difficulties. My approach is child-centred and inclusive of parents in the therapeutic process. I work within a cognitive behavioural therapy framework and an interpersonal therapy framework with an attachment focus.
I have a strong background in psychometric assessments and diagnostic assessments for children with attention difficulties, learning disorders, and intellectual disabilities.
During 2007, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Macquarie University. In 2011 I completed my internship at The READ Clinic, on the Central Coast working with children and adults with complex presentations. I began my career working with children on the autism spectrum, at the Lizard Centre, Sydney, delivering Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy to children in the home and shadowing children at school.
During my internship, I volunteered at Lifeline, taking crisis calls. I also worked for a corporate psychology company coordinating crisis support for critical incidents.
Together with Professor Ashleigh Craig at the University of Sydney, I researched the mental health and best practice assessment and intervention of newly injured spinal cord patients.
I am passionate about travel and I’m aiming to see as many of the top 100 lonely planet destinations as I can. Currently sitting on 35. Next destination … Japan. During summer, I am at the beach, as I love anything by the water. Other interests include creative pursuits, delicious food, and trying new experiences.
Why have I moved to Quirky Kid?
I have enjoyed working in private practice for the last 5 years. Working in a busy private practice provided me with the opportunity to work autonomously and develop my personal boundaries and clinical skills. However, the team environment attractedme to Quirky Kid. I am excited to join a team of friendly and experienced professionals who I can both learn from and contribute to.
Quirky Kid’s vision to make meaningful contributions to the social and emotional development of children inspired me to join this progressive and exciting company.
What are my skills?
My expertise is in working with children, adolescents and parents to develop their interpersonal relationships, and implement strategies to improve their emotional, behavioural and social skills. I am skilled in conducting both clinical and psychometric assessments and in tailoring intervention programs to meet the individual needs of children and families.
In my experience, a holistic approach to client care, including liaison with teachers, doctors and allied health professionals, provides the best outcomes for the child.
What will my role at QK be?
My role will be to engage and build a trusting relationship with children and parents/carers and to provide evidence-based interventions and assessments.
Consultations will typically involve an initial assessment of the background information provided by the parents/carers, and follow up consultations with the child or adolescent. Parents/carers are essential to the outcomes of children and will be included throughout the therapeutic process. When needed, allied health professionals, doctors and teachers may be consulted.
Part of my role will be delivering social and emotional programs and anxiety management group programs at Quirky Kid clinic.
I am very excited about joining the Quirky Kid team and empowering children and young people to achieve their potential. Please feel free to contact our reception on 02 9362 9297 for any enquiries or further information.
Valli Jones is a Gold Coast-based psychologist with a special interest in child and adolescent psychology. Working from a holistic, person-centred perspective, Valli uses evidenced-based methods to assess and treat a range of common behavioural and mental health concerns. Valli holds a Master of Clinical Psychology, is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Her clinic enrolment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program as an effective intervention to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.
Valli Jones works one-on-one with children, adolescents and families to help them develop the skills they need to manage their emotions and behaviour. Using evidence-based therapies delivered in an engaging and play-informed style, children are supported while they learn to understand and regulate their inner world, and adopt more positive ways of behaving and relating.
The implementation of The Best of Friends ® will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologists Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.
Participants taking part in the groups will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required. The Best of Friends is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic.
Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program® has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.
Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.