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Welcome Simonne Cohen

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Image of Psychologist Simonne Cohen at The Quirky Kid Clinic

Update: Simonne  Cohen no longers works at Quirky Kid.

I have recently joined The Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra, as a Registered Psychologist. I gained my undergraduate qualification in Psychology in 2010 from the University of New South Wales (Sydney), passing my Bachelor of Psychology. Following the completion of my degree, I completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales.  I have always had an interest in working with children, particularly children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and spent several years working as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist as well as conducting assessments and therapy as a Provisional Psychologist.

During my postgraduate training, I also worked as a Research Assistant at Westmead Children’s Hospital, where I conducted psychometric assessments and managed and coordinated clinical trials involving children with a range of behavioural and emotional difficulties.  This fuelled my enthusiasm to continue to work with children, as well as undertake a PhD with a specialty in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am currently enrolled in a collaborative PhD program with Monash/ Harvard Medical School in the USA where I am investigating the relationship between sleep deficiencies and poor behaviour in children with Low Functioning Autism. 

Why have I moved to Quirky kid clinic?

I have always wanted to work in a warm, creative and supportive environment. The Quirky kid Clinic offers this type of environment, as well as high quality evidence based therapy for kids with a diverse range of needs. It is considered one of the most highly recognised clinics in Sydney with excellent resources, staff and therapists and therefore was a highly attractive place to work. The Quirky Kid Clinic offers a fun, open, warm and friendly environment that makes it appealing for children as well as staff. I am delighted to be apart of the team!

What are my skills? 

I have always had a keen interest in working with children and their families.  This was particularly reinforced in my Clinical Psychology training, as I was able to gain work experience assisting in the treatment of  children diagnosed with anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, as well as a range of other behavioural issues. I have experience running social skills groups, anxiety groups and conducting individual therapy with children with a range of difficulties. I also have experience conducting psychometric assessments and using a range of assessment tools to help identify children’s particular cognitive strengths and weaknesses. I am passionate about working with children and their families, and making a difference in any way possible. 

What is my role at QK?

My role at The Quirky Kid Clinic is to facilitate evidence based programs for children with a range of behavioural and emotional activities. Some of these programs include the ‘Why worry?’ program and the social skills program called ‘The Best of Friends’. These programs involve consulting with teachers, parents as well as going into the school setting and facilitating programs with children ranged 3-13years.

In addition to running programs, I will also be conducting psychometric assessments in collaboration with the other psychologists at the clinic, and writing psychometric reports to help understand the individual learning needs of children and adolescents. 

The team has so far been a fantastic team to work for, and I very much continue to build a professional name within this clinic in the coming years.

Update: Simonne Cohen no longers works at Quirky Kid.

 

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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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