I recently joined the Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra.I completed my Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology through Monash University in Melbourne. As a psychologist, with a background in Ed & Dev, my focus is on how to assist people to maximise their potential by developing their skills and learning abilities.
Over the past several years, I have had a variety of experiences in the field which blend together a range of hands-on practical experience, academic research and training. I was employed as a core member of the Education Support team in an Independent school with a large number of students with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. I have also worked as an ABA therapist for children with autism.
My first research project focused on the relationship between sleep and attention in children, identifying strategies to enhance attention and concentration of children in a school environment, and my most recent research project addressed the need for improving work skills of adults with autism.
During my Master’s Degree I completed an internship at Krongold Clinic in Melbourne and at Quirky Kid Clinicin Sydney. My work involved assessing children and adolescents using a wide range of cognitive, academic and behavioural assessments, writing reports to parents and schools that enabled them to develop learning strategies, carrying out diagnostic assessments and providing goal-focussed and evidence-based interventions.
Why I have moved to Quirky Kid?
My husband and I recently moved to Sydney. For this next chapter, I was looking to work at a clinic that harnessed my values, skills, knowledge and experiences so far, whilst also presented me with new challenges and opportunities to further my experience and research. The team at Quirky Kid is dynamic and creative and they make the clinic a fun place for children (and staff) to come to. I love being able to work as part of a team and to learn from each other. The team atmosphere facilitates open communication, the ability to brainstorm ideas and as such, I am very excited to be working here.
What are my skills?
My particular area of expertise is in conducting both clinical and psychometric assessments and in tailoring intervention programs to meet the individual needs of children and families. I have also had extensive experience facilitating group workshops and programs.
What will my role at QK be?
My role at the Quirky Kid clinic in Woollahra will be to provide assessments and evidence-based interventions to individuals. I will also be involved in facilitating a range of Quirky Kid group workshops offered at the clinic, as well as training others how to facilitate our programs.
I am really excited about being a part of the Quirky Kid team and look forward to working with everyone associated with Quirky Kid.
Good News! The Quirky Kid Clinic is now a registered provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
About the NDIS
The NDIS is aimed at providing increased access to services for people living with disability. The funding scheme is designed to provide the right support according to each person’s needs and goals. It supports the delivery of specialised individual therapy, and individual assessment for early childhood intervention.
Eligible families can access services from a panel of Service Providers, like the Quirky Kid Clinic, to help cover the cost of early intervention. Please ask us about which psychologists you can see and the services you can access using your NDIS plan.
In NSW, the NDIS will be rolled out by district. When the NDIS commences in a district, people currently receiving supports through New South Wales Government specialist disability services will be moving first. Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people with a disability start their plans with the NDIS.
To begin, if you have an agency or managed plan, please call our reception on + 02 9362 9297 (make sure to mention the NDIS) and we can organise an initial consultation with one of our psychologists, to formulate a plan moving forward.
If you are not currently receiving disability supports you can apply to access the NDIS from the 1st of July 2018 (only those in urgent or exceptional circumstances). You may meet the access requirements up to six months prior to the NDIS phasing in your area. You can use the checklist on the NDIS website, to see if your child meets the NDIS rules.
For more information on how you can use your NDIS funding with the Quirky Kid Clinic, please call + 02 9362 9297 or email us at email@example.com
Quirky Kid is currently having a growth spurt and we have recently advertised for two one experienced Child Psychologists (Full-Time) to join our dedicated clinical team in Sydney (filled) and Wollongong.
My name is Dr. Kimberley O’Brien, Quirky Kid’s Principal Psychologist and Co-Founder. I’ll be working closely with our new colleagues, so I wanted to give an insight into what the roles involve and what it’s like to work at QK. You can also download a PDF information pack as well.
What the role entails:
Quirky Kid currently has two busy clinics and a flourishing publishing house. We create resources for classrooms and clinics. We have created a place for children and families to feel inspired, well-nourished and empowered.
Over the years, Quirky Kid has developed a community of like-minded colleagues who love our therapeutic tools and programs. Parents see our passion and their children make fast progress. We’ve developed a reputation for excellent service, clinical integrity and new technology (check out our website)! As a team, we have more opportunities for research, travel, professional development and quality time with our own families.
As a Child Psychologist at Quirky Kid, you’ll work with a broad range of clinical issues and you’ll be comfortable conducting assessments, writing reports, delivering programs, helping with research projects, engaging with schools and being part of a very supportive clinical team.
Who I’d love to work with:
The most important aspects of this role are a warm, professional manner, clinical integrity, enthusiasm for working with children, and a long-term commitment to being part of the Quirky Kid journey.
In return, we’ll help you to realise your dreams (see Kathryn Berry’s Everest trip blog post for inspiration)! As a company, we want to spend our days helping people to do amazing things. You’ll be joining a team of enthusiastic and thoughtful colleagues, where the work is challenging and meaningful.
Quirky Kid welcomes professionals and interns from various walks of life including provisional psychologists, editors, graphic artists and teachers. During the course of their internships – from 3 to 6 months – a lot of learning takes places. In this new section, we ask our interns and colleagues to share their experiences with Quirky Kid; what they’ve learnt and how this experience will help them in the future. In this post, Emily Bartlett shares her experience.
Why did I apply?
I applied to volunteer with The Quirky Kid Clinic to learn practical skills in the area of Child Psychology, build on my current knowledge acquired through my Psychology degree and gain first-hand experience working in a private practice and working publishing house. I also hoped to use this opportunity as a way to connect with like-minded individuals and learn from the teams’ experience and knowledge.
What did I learn?
The range of projects and activities available during my placement were matched with my interests, skills and development areas. I was involved in researching material for a social emotional program, writing for the website, learning to score assessments, assisting with shop orders and managing client relationships. In addition, I co-facilitated a number of anxiety and social skills workshops for primary school aged clients.
How will this help me in the future?
As an aspiring Psychologist, this placement provided me with a broad range of skills and knowledge which will be beneficial when applying for Clinical Masters programs and in my future career ventures. I was able to assess whether the private sector appealed to me and an opportunity to connect with Psychologists to discuss their career path and learn from their knowledge and guidance.
My experience with QK as a company.
My experience with The Quirky Kid Clinic was enjoyable and professional. I really admire and respect the creative way the clinic is presented which translates into a very warm and welcoming space for their clients. The team are highly skilled and is clear why Quirky Kid is being recognised internationally for their innovative product development.
Tips for future applicants.
The placement requires a “can do” attitude, attention to detail, a flexible and creative approach to new tasks, and motivation to work independently and in a small team. Overall, it was a valuable experience and recommend this opportunity to other aspiring counsellors or psychologists.
We are proud to announce that Emma Cooney will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program in 2017 at her private practice LEAP for Kids in Kew, Victoria. Clients from Kew and surrounding areas will be able to benefit from this engaging and effective Social and Emotional Program.
“Emma has worked with children and adolescents in educational settings within both the public and private sector for 20 years. She is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology programs and interventions that make a difference to the education, health and wellbeing of young people.”
LEAP for Kids’ enrollment continues to set a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.
Leap for Kids is a practice offering psychological services to school aged children from Kindergarten to Year 12 and their families. LEAP for Kids provides a range of programs to ensure that there is a pathway for growth for every child and their family. Equally, with her commitment to providing consistent and effective services to young clients and their families, Emma Cooney has demonstrated a clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of her clients.
The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien and our team. Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when 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.