Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist and Jacqui Olsson our Intern Psychologist, facilitated the first Vaucluse branch meeting of the Mental Health Professionals Network on Wednesday, 8th July 2009 at the Watson’s Bay Hotel.
These meetings have been designed to foster greater collaboration by bringing together local mental health professionals from a range of disciplines, and the initial meeting was a great success. Attendees were from a variety of disciplines such as psychology, social work, pharmacy and general practice.
These meetings – and the networks they support and create – offer informal networking opportunities and a forum to discuss interdisciplinary professional approaches to care in the primary mental health sector.
After complimentary drinks and dinner, attendees broke into small groups to discuss the case study of Sam, an eight year old boy with social anxiety issues. This case study enabled everyone to:
recognise the specific skills offered by other mental health professions in the local area;
identify local mental health referral pathways and resources;
identify opportunities for on-going professional development and mutual support.
The next meeting of the Vaucluse MHPN branch is tentatively scheduled for three months time.
Kimberley will be facilitating the first Double Bay MHPN meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, 29th July 2009.
Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, was a guest speaker at the YWCA Mentor’s breakfast on Wednesday, 8th July 2009.
Kimberley addressed the mentors about the positive impact mentoring has on children and young people’s lives, and how they are making a positive difference by volunteering their time and energy.
YWCA’S Big Brothers Big Sisters Program is a nationally accredited program.
Through YWCA’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program each year around 160 children benefits from having a Big Brother or Sister.
Mentoring brings about profound positive change in the way these young people feel about themselves and how they view their world. YWCA research suggests that Children with a Mentor as opposed to those without were:
* 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
* 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
* 53% less likely to skip school
The Quirky Kid clinic also offers a mentoring program. The Quirky Kid Mentoring Program is a dynamic non-judgemental and responsive mentoring project providing young people with the opportunity to develop the skills to implement changes in their lives.
The unique approach of the Quirky Kid program allows greater flexibility and accountability to refer sources as it works in conjunction with therapy. We achieve outstanding results with community-based support.
We have become members of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). The AARE is the national association for fostering educational research in Australia. AARE facilitates contact between educational researchers and supports the development of high-quality educational research.
This is in line with Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, current Ph.D. research topic: Self-esteem and social relationships among students in transition to Year 7. Kimberley has been conduction this research for 4 years under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Helen Watt from Monash University.
Kimberley will present her initial finding on the next International Education Research Conference n Canberra in November 2009.
The Quirky Kid clinic offer in school workshops addressing transition, bullying, self-esteem and relationships. Please contact us on 02 9362 9297 for more information or to book a workshop on your school.
Kimberley O’Brien discussed children and night terrors with reporter Allison Tait at the Essential Baby Forum. The article was also publish on the SMH You can find out more about how to help your child beat night terrors, by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.