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Valli Jones & Associates and BoF

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Posted on by Sarah Doyle

We are proud to announce Valli Jones is now a Licensed and Accredited Facilitator of ‘The Best of Friends’® program.

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.

Dates for workshops and registrations are available here.

About Valli Jones

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.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally, with their commitment to academic results and positive psychology, Valli Jones has demonstrated a clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of her clients. We were impressed with the knowledge, focus, diligence and commitment Valli’s practice commits to their clients.
About The Best of Friends and the Clinic.

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.

Find out more.

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.

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Quirky Kid Open Day 2018

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Quirky Kid Open Day

The Quirky Kid Team is looking forward to meeting with parents and professionals during our 2018 Open Day.

This is a great opportunity to explore our inspiring clinical space, engage with our team and explore our products and programs for parents, professionals and schools.  

Here is what to expect:

12:00pm
Explore our clinical space, meet with our Quirky Kid staff and colleagues, and get close and personal with the Quirky Kid products, programs and resources.

12:30pm
Chat with our CEO and Principal Educational and Developmental Psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien about her approach to child therapy and her vision for Quirky Kid.

12:50pm
Enjoy the company of our Psychologist Belinda Nixon as she talks about the Best of Friends and BaseCamp programs and how you can take advantage of the materials at your home or school.

1:30pm
Find out from our Psychologist Dawn Young about our clinical and assessment strengths and find the answers to your frequently asked questions including therapeutic approaches, day to day tips for health and well being and more.

In addition, you will have a chance to:

  1. Ask questions from our team
  2. Learn more about our employment and volunteering opportunities
  3. Discuss more about our in-school and clinic-based services
  4. Understand more about how we can support schools with clinical services and programs

Who Should Attend? 

Parents and professionals are all welcome. Thursday 26th July, 12:00pm – 2:00 pm. 

Address: Level 1, Unit 2, 83-85 Queen Street Woollahra NSW

Register Now

 

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Basecamp wins London Book Fair International Excellence Award

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Following our twin nomination to the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, our shortlisting for the Australian Book Design Awards, I was honoured to receive the Educational Initiative Award in London last night, on behalf of the Quirky Kid team.

We’re the only Australian publisher to take home an award. The experience of receiving such recognition on the international stage was like no other. It is so rewarding when your team is recognised for their creative efforts and, especially when creating work of significant social impact and importance.

The Educational Initiatives Award –  for organisations which have produced an innovative and exciting new initiative that increases education provision and effectiveness, and wider access to learning  – went to Quirky Kid’s initiative, Basecamp®.

Basecamp® takes kids on a journey through a fictional national park to help explore their emotions, especially related to anxiety. The judges commented:

Now more than ever children and families need resources like Quirky Kid’s Basecamp. This engaging, child-centred approach would make a real difference in building children’s resilience”.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, said: “The International Excellence Awards are a reminder of the magnificent work being done in publishing by creative groups of people all around the world. From translators in Serbia and librarians in Latvia to psychologists in Australia and literary agents in Spain, these awards showcase the diverse talent working in the publishing industry today. It has been a pleasure and honour to celebrate these individuals and organisations here at The London Book Fair, in the creative capital of the world.”

This award represents the international recognition of the important work conducted by Quirky Kid in enhancing the delivery of educational resources for mental health for children and young people.

 

About Basecamp

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 to overcome anxiety.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park and with the support of the Park Rangers, participants are invited to let go of excess baggage as they make their way into the wilderness. Together they tackle the task of rehabilitating the occupants of an Animal Sanctuary by putting an end to avoidance. Afterall, facing your fears is empowering when you know how!

You can view the full list of this year’s International Excellence winners here.

Media Coverage

Read more about the media coverage of BaseCamp® so far:

  1. The article in the Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. The article in the Illawarra Mercury.
  3. The Books&Publishing Junior Newsletter Article
  4. The Books& Publishing News Article
  5. The London Book Fair Announcement 

 

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Basecamp @ the Book Design Awards 2018

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

In what is a great privilege, Quirky Kid has been nominated for the Longlist for the 66th Australian Book Design Awards 2018! for our submission for Basecamp.

The Australian Book Design Awards celebrate the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia each year over 16 categories. With a panel of 7 judges made up of prestigious designers and publishers, the awards are an opportunity to celebrate beautiful Australian literature  – and we’re so proud to be amongst the other amazing titles. 

The Shortlist will be announced on Monday 9 April and the winners of the Australian Book Design Awards will be announced at the Awards Party on Friday 25 May at The Craft & Co in Melbourne.

The awards evening will also include the announcement of The Designers’ Choice awards that ABDA members vote for on the night.

  • The Hachette Designers’ Choice Book of the Year
  • The Booktopia Designers’ Choice Cover of the Year
  • The McPherson’s Printing Group Designers’ Choice Children’s/YA Cover of the Year

Download the Longlist here.

About Basecamp

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.

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.

 

The program and resource were also shortlisted for two international awards at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018

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Basecamp® Shortlisted for Two International Excellence Awards in London

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Basecamp, anxiety program for kids is shot-listed for London Book Fair International excellence Awards

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We are proud to announce we are the winners of the 2018 Educational Learning Resources Award at the London  Book Fair International Excellence Awards, for our anxiety program Basecamp®.

The awards held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate excellence in seventeen categories, including international publishing, bookselling, academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation. In each award category, the judging panel was comprised of experts in that sector.

Anxiety disorders are some of the most common psychological disorders in children and adolescents. This award continues to emphasise the importance of an Educational Initiative like Basecamp, that teaches children effective anxiety management strategies.


 

Overnight we received some amazing news! Basecamp® – our new anxiety program –  was shortlisted for two (yep that’s right, two) international Awards at the London  Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018.

The awards held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate excellence in seventeen categories, including international publishing, bookselling, academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation. In each award category, the judging panel was comprised of experts in that sector.

Basecamp® was shortlisted for:

  • The Educational Initiatives Award  (for organisations  which have produced an innovative and exciting new initiative that increases education provision and effectiveness, and wider access to learning), and
  • The Educational Learning Resources Award supported by The China Publishing & Media Journal.

About Basecamp

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 to overcome anxiety.  

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park and with the support of the Park Rangers, participants are invited to let go of excess baggage as they make their way into the wilderness. Together they tackle the task of rehabilitating the occupants of an Animal Sanctuary by putting an end to avoidance. Afterall, facing your fears is empowering when you know how!

Quirky Kid® is committed to creating the best social and emotional learning programs in the world. You can find out more about Basecamp® online.

About The Awards

This is not the first time Quirky Kid® has been shortlisted for the International Excellence Awards. In 2016 The Best of Friends® and Power Up were also shortlisted for awards in London.  Since then, The Best of Friends® has been used in a variety of schools and clinics in Australia and Power Up has been sold to over 500 users in 12 countries. See SMH Article.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said:

“the impressive developments of the industry are illustrated by the fantastic achievements of all the nominees – their determination and passion to bring books to a wider audience through their initiatives is inspiring. I’m delighted to welcome the shortlistees to The London Book Fair in April to give them a platform to showcase their success”.

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive, the Publishers Association, said:

“this is a brilliant shortlist that exemplifies the global nature of the publishing industry”.

Quirky Kid® will attend the London Book Fair and Bologna Children’s Book Fair.  Please contact us to find out more about our programs and resources.

 

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