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Quirky Kid @ Gold Sponsor at the 2017 Educational & Developmental Conference, Brisbane

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Educational & Developmental Conference 2017, Brisbane | Quirky Kid.

This year Quirky Kid is a proud sponsor of the College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists 2017 Conference being held in Brisbane next month. This year theme is ‘live well, learn well… throughout life’. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners in the field of Educational and Developmental Psychology to reflect on the contribution of theory and research to practice.

The conference will feature presentations from renowned Australian and international experts on five conference streams:

  • Early childhood and early intervention
  • Mental health across the lifespan
  • Disability
  • Ageing

The 2017 program includes an exciting combination of keynote addresses and presentations, networking opportunities and workshops.

The conference is open to all psychologists whether practitioners, educators, researchers or clinicians from all states and territories of Australia as well as interested international participants. Members are also keen to invite others interested in educational and developmental psychology to expand the depth and breadth of interaction around these extremely important professional skills and knowledge.

The speakers:

Conference attendees will get the opportunity to hear from high profile presenters and internationally recognised keynote speakers including:

  • Professor David Kavanagh
  • Dr Doug Shelton
  • Dr Anne Chalfant
  • Dr Caroline Bowen
  • Dr Leander Mitchell
  • Professor Bob Knight
  • Dr Suzanne Vassallo
  • Dr Annabel Battersby

Where you’ll find us:

Quirky Kid will have it’s very own display stand featuring all of our most popular programs and products such as The Best of Friends ®, Power Up! and many more! We will be around to talk to other conference attendees so come by and say hello!

Where and when:

Conference: Friday 7th of July, 2017
Venue: Rydges, Southbank
9 Glenelg St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

 

 

 

 

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Lunch & Learn @ Quirky Kid

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'Lunch & Learn' Sessions at QK

We love learning at Quirky Kid. Every day our team review articles, attend workshops and complete hours of clinical supervision.  We are really excited to invite you to our HQ’s so we can all learn together. Welcome to our ‘Lunch & Learn ‘ sessions – a fun, practical, informative and yummy learning space at our Sydney and Wollongong clinics regularly.

The ‘Lunch & Learn’  will provide practical and informative 60 – 90-minute sessions to expand our knowledge in emerging topics and current child development and family issues. Topics that we will be addressing are:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Writing Reports for Family Court
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Self Care for Psychologists
  • ADHD
  • Many Others

Each session will be different to the last with highly regarded professionals in the field presenting on a range of different topics.

Who Should Attend

‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions will be beneficial for any psychologists, school counsellors, teachers and health or educational professionals working with young people.

Cost 

Workshops will be run on a not-for-profit basis and subsided by Quirky Kid.
‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions will cost between  $35 and $50 (+GST) only. BYO lunch (so long as they aren’t too messy, and no nuts to be safe). Drinks provided.

What to Bring

A pen, paper, a smile and you laptop for notes. 
If you want to get the most of ‘Lunch & Learn’ we recommend that you come prepared with questions for the speaker. The sessions are intimate in size so there will be a great opportunity to interact with the speakers, other professionals and to ask questions.

Upcoming Sessions are:

  • Friday, 23rd June 12:00 – 1:30pm (Sydney)
    Writing Therapy Reports for Family and Children’s Court – The Do’s and Don’ts by Dianne Starkey.
    REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
  • Monday, 3rd July, 12:00 – 1:30pm (Sydney)
    eSafety. Looking out for Children and Adolescents Online by The Office of Children’s eSafety Commissioner
    REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
  • Friday, 14th July, 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Austinmer)
    Narrative Therapy. What and Why by Rebecca Sng
    REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
  • Friday, 21st July, 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Austinmer)
    Non-drug Approach to treating ADHD by Stuart Johnson
    REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
  • Friday, July 28, 12:00 pm – 1:30pm (Sydney)
    Flexible Parenting. How can Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) Help? by Louise Shepherd
    REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
  • Friday, 1st September, 12:00pm – 1:30pm  (Austinmer)
    Can Food Affect a Child’s Behaviour? by Stephanie Meades
    REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
  • Friday, 22nd September, 12:00pm – 1:30pm  (Sydney)
    Time-Out in the Age of Attachment and Trauma Informed Treatments
    REGISTRATIONS CLOSED

REGISTRATIONS CLOSED

Locations

Lunch & Learn Session will take place in

  • Sydney – Level 1, Unit 2, 83-85 Queen Street, Woollahra
  • Wollongong –  Unit 105, 62 Moore Street, Austinmer

Register Your Interest

(Register your interest in order to get updates on times and dates for our upcoming speakers).





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Holiday Workshops: We’re ready!

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Holiday Workshops for Children and Young People.

The holidays are nearly upon us and that’s great fun!

We offer group workshops designed to help children make and manage friendships, communicate better, overcome anxiety and perform at their best.

Our workshops have been creatively developed by Dr. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team over 16 years in the Child and Family field. We strive for innovation (winning local and international awards in Innovation) to make sure our programs are inspiring, practical and effective for small groups in the clinic setting or demonstrative for large audiences in an auditorium. Quirky Kid workshops draw on our micro-skills in working with children combined with current research and practices in Australia, the USA and UK.

The Best of Friends

The Best of Friends® program gives children the knowledge, skills and confidence to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions.

Why Worry?

The Why Worry workshop helps anxious children aged 5 to 13 years to manage their own symptoms of stress and worry at home & school. Participants learn to identify personal triggers for anxiety and practice coping strategies to reduce any impact on the individual or family. By exploring solutions through play-based activities, participants learn to understand and appreciate anxiety in a fun, non-threatening setting.

  • Register for Why Worry? workshop this school holidays!

 Power Up!

This program is designed for children and young people aged 10 to 15 years who are (or want to be) involved in sports, music, performance or academics in a competitive way. Power Up! gives children the power to build self-confidence; cope with the pressures of competition; overcome self-doubt and negative self-talk; set goals and make plans to achieve them; maximise performance in any chosen field.

  • Find a Power Up! workshop near you this school holidays!

How to Register

Sessions for all of these workshops are available in our Sydney and Wollongong clinics. Places are limited so get in quick!

Stay in the loop! Join our mailing list to be notified of the dates of the upcoming workshops.

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Celebrating the End of the Financial Year!

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Get 10% Discount at Our Quirky Kid Shoppe.

We would like to offer you a little reward for being our loyal and most treasured clients this year.
With the code ** EOFY17GS ** you can unlock a 10% discount on the entire range of books and therapeutic resources we offer through our Quirky Kid Shoppe. This code is limited to one use per customer and will expire on the 30th of June.

Thanks to your ongoing loyal support, we are given the inspiration and opportunity to continue to develop and produce our own products right here in our Sydney and Austinmer HQs. We love the development and design process and go to great lengths in our commitment to providing parents and professionals with effective therapeutic tools and programs that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms across the globe.

So, enjoy your gift and keep your eyes peeled this coming year; we have lot’s of exciting new ideas to share!

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Media Wrap-Up

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Latest Media Appearances, and Our Recent Interviews and Publications

We hope you enjoy this resource as an easy-access portal to all of our recent collaborations, interviews and publications. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team are committed to contribute to various publications and media outlets on topics of interest to parents and families alike.

2014

  • The Sydney Morning Herald: Kimberley discusses the topic of children and performance, stemming from children’s version of The Voice.
  • The Daily at 2SER Radio: Kimberley spoke about the impacts of childcare on children, especially overnight childcare and staying with at-home carers.
  • The Morning Show: Kimberley discusses video game addiction. 
  • 702 Mornings: Linda Mottram interviews Kimberley about social issues at school.
  • Wake Up on Network Ten: Kimberley speaks about Play Therapy.
  • The Daily Edition, Channel 7: Kimberley speaks about children and extreme sports.
  • 2SER – Real Radio 107.3 FM: Kimberley discusses the psychological impacts of being a child bride.
  • Storycentral.com.au: Kimberley speaks about how to navigate our kids/teens through a hyper-sexualised world.   
  • The Daily Telegraph: Kimberley talks about kids and technology.
  • Kidspot: Kimberley discusses how not to embarrass your children at sporting events.
  • Essential Kids: Kimberley talks about the pros and cons of routines for babies. 
  • Essential Kids: Kimberley discusses the impacts of Brazilian waxing and laser and the messages sent to adolescents.
  • Squaredmommy.com: Quirky Kid is quoted in the blog article: ‘Some days our hormones clash’.
  • A Current Affair: Kimberley is interviewed about Children’s increasing reliance on technology.
  • The Daily Telegraph, Home Magazine: Kimberley speaks about the best place to set up a study area in the home for young children and teenagers.
  • The Daily Telegraph: Writer Stephen Corby interviews Kimberley about how to stop little girls being mean to your daughter.
  • The Daily Edition, Channel 7: Kimberley discusses sibling rivalry.
  • KidSpot: Lisa Mayoh interviews Kimberley on the topic of ‘surviving the mean girls of kindy.
  • Afternoons with Will Goodings: Kimberley talks about if stereotypes still exist amongst siblings, about the traits of young vs older siblings, and about whether the middle-child syndrome exists.
  • Kidspot: Kimberley speaks with Rebel Wylie about the using Santa as a threat.

2015

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.

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