Tag: Mental Health

Healthy Kids @ Practical Parenting

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed the ‘Golden rules for healthy kids – with reporter Fran Molloy from Practical Parenting Magazine . Other very useful recommendations where presented by doctors ad health experts. You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum.

According to Kimberley, parents should:

  • Try to make sure that ‘free time’ is family time, not screen time. Figure out some activities the whole family can do, such as cooking together, playing board games or backyard cricket
  • A regular family meal at a table, with no TV and everyone talking together is also really important. This can be breakfast if you have a baby or infant.
  • Help your child express her feelings. When she has a tantrum or gets really emotional, talk her through the event and untangle all the feelings she had and why she might have felt that way.
  • Help to reduce your child’s anxiety about an event by explaining what is going to happen beforehand.

Read the story at PP website.

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Building Resilience Conference

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The Quirky Kid Publishing House introduced our range of therapeutic resources during the ‘Building Resilience – from surviving to thriving’ conference organized by the Mental Health Association of NSW during 15-16 of April in Sydney.

Our Resources were really well received and several organizations purchased our tools on the day and are now in use by their teams. Many more health professional were truly impressed with this sophisticated tools and how they can complement their work on resilience.

The conference was well supported and organised. As Social Developer I was inspired by the presentation from Kim McConville (Beyond Empathy😉

Our resources are available at our Online Shop or thought ACER.}

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MHPN @ North Bondi

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our Principal Child Psychologist and Jacqui Olsson our Intern Psychologist, facilitated the first North Bondi branch meeting of the Mental Health Professionals Network on Tuesday, 11th August 2009 at the Swiss Grand Hotel, Bondi Beach.

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, general practice, and naturopathy.

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 formed a group 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 North Bondi MHPN branch is tentatively scheduled for eight weeks time.

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MHPN @ Double Bay

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our Principal Child Psychologist and Jacqui Olsson our Intern Psychologist, facilitated the first Double Bay branch meeting of the Mental Health Professionals Network on Wednesday, 29th July 2009 at Zest Waterfront Venues, Point Piper.

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, general practice, and nursing.

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 formed a group 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 Double BayMHPN branch is tentatively scheduled for three months time.

Kimberley will be facilitating the first North Bondi MHPN meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 11th August 2009

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Mental Health Network

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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.

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