At the end of 2008, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney commissioned one of our Quirky Kid workshops to facilitate honest feedback from the youth committee in regards to their past experiences and expectations for future programs.
Now, The MCA is running its generation next series again. This series includes four after-hours, free of charge events for young people aged 12 to 18 years, and is linked to current MCA exhibitions. Generationext is supervised by MCA Learning staff and designed with input from the generation next Youth Committee, with a unique, ‘no teachers. no parents’ tag-line. Go and find out more about what the MCA, with the help of Quirky Kid and the youth committee have created.
We have just announced new dates for our popular children’s workshops throughout the January school holidays.
The ‘Best of Friends’ workshop™ is focused on developing social skills, and will help to prepare children for playground politics in the new school year ahead. This workshop will be running on Tuesday, 12th January and Monday, 18th January for all ages.
Our ‘Why Worry’ workshop helps children manage feelings of stress and worry, and will benefit children who are anxious about making a transition in the new school year, such as changing teachers, classrooms or even changing schools. This workshop will be running on Wednesday, 13th January and Friday, 22nd January, for all ages.
We will also be running a study skills programto ensure students are well equipped with effective study techniques when entering a new grade. This workshop will be running as a 2 hour session on Wednesday, 20th January for cchildren aged 8+.
We are thrilled with our first Melbourne workshops! Kimberley O’Brien and Jacqui Olsson delivered the Quirky Kid children workshops in Melbourne for the first time on Saturday, 26th September 2009.
The ‘Best of Friends ™‘ and ‘Why Worry’ Workshops were held throughout the day at Northcote Town Hall, and were a great success. Children enthusiastically took part in a number of activities including painting, playdough, letter-writing and role play, while discussing issues surrounding friendship in the ‘Best of Friends’ workshop, and anxiety and worry in the “Why Worry” workshop.
Our Best of Friends and Why Worry workshops will next be in Melbourne in January 29th and 30th 2010, as well as our ‘Family Play Therapy’ workshop for parents. Please contact us on (02) 9362 9297 for more information or vist the Melbourbe workshops page.
Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, presented our parenting workshop ‘Playful Approaches to Problem Solving’ to parents from St Philips Christian College, Port Stephens, and surrounding areas.
Participants and Kimberley discussed strategies such as the importance of family communication, and how to use media and play techniques to help children express themselves. The presentation was a great way to connect with parents and professionals outside Sydney.
Kimberley was invited to St Philips Christian College as part of their Centre of Gravity (COG) initiaitive. COG aims to provide free parenting and information seminars to parents and professionals in Port Stephens and surrounding areas.
The NSW Psychologist’s Registration Board held a 2-day workshop in Sydney (3rd & 4th Sept 2009) to train registered psychologists with more than 3 years experience to supervise Intern Psychologists. It was a great chance to meet colleagues and bump into familiar faces from diverse organisations and private practices around NSW.
We listened intently and ploughed our way through legal and ethical aspects of supervising, as well as the practical new rules of ensure Interns have face-to-face client contact in the course of their 2-year placement. I came away feeling proud of the opportunities we offer Interns at Quirky Kid and with new inspiration for the continued growth of QK.
The Quirky Kid Clinic is committed to offering and participating in the highest standard of professional development (PD) to ensure we are doubling the required PD points for psychologists through the Australian Psychological Society (APS).