Can you explain your clinic-based workshops?
Our clinic-based workshops and programs are a popular aspect of our services. This article expands on important aspects of this kind of service as well answers some of the key frequently asked questions.
Parents should note, that our programs are classified as psycho-educational interventions and are not stand alone treatment intervention. While the programs and workshops may assist in addressing some psychological presentations of children and young people, they are often one of the recommended steps within a comprehensive intervention plan.
The clinic-based workshops and programs are facilitated by experienced and suitably trained facilitators. In most cases they are psychologists or other allied heath professionals. Each session allows 4 to 6 children to engage in age appropriate and issue specific activities.
The workshop content is carefully selected for each group, all based on existing research completed by The Quirky Kid Clinic over many years. Furthermore, each group will also experience tailored content based on the results and interpretation of parent surveys that are conducted before each workshop.
Lastly, while we follow strict content guidelines, we will also take into consideration the information that children themselves provide the workshops as a way to ensure their experiences are addressed, and the content is made relevant.
Parents will receive a short email update describing aspects of the workshop such as general activities children participated in, general observations and useful recommendations. The email feedbacks are sent out daily or up to 2 days after the workshop, depending on workshop configuration. Some of our programs include a pre and post phone consultations with the parent. The registration page will make those inclusions clear.
Parents can request additional verbal feedback by scheduling a telephone consultation with the workshop facilitator. The additional feedback is charged in accordance with our schedule of fees as it is not included in the cost of the workshop. Unless described on the registration pages.
Parents attending workshops with their children
Unless otherwise specified, all our programs are for children only. No parent is allowed to stay inside the therapeutic rooms during a workshop. This is to ensure positive group dynamic and a safe and private environment for participants. We ask parents not to insist on this condition as there are no exemptions.
Children with pre-existing presentations or challenging behaviour
Many of the workshop participants are current or past clients of the clinic. They often attend a workshop following a recommendation from the child's psychologist.
Workshops and programs, however, are open to all children. In this situation, it is the parents responsibility to assess the child suitability for the programs. In general, a child intending to participate in one of our programs should:
- Be able to separate from their parents without difficulty;
- Have the ability to concentrate and to engage in a range of activities that can last up two hours in duration;
- Have appropriate communication skills for his/her age.
- Be respectful and behave consistently with a school setting.
Children diagnosed with an ASD, extreme anxiety or challenging behaviour should only register for a workshop or program after attending an individual session with our psychologists. This helps to ensure suitable preparation and that resources are allocated to facilitate a positive outcome.
- Do you offer snacks?
Yes, children are provided with fruit, water, and juice during a 15-minute break during workshops lasting over one hour.
- Is there parking?
No. However, street parking is available.
Other relevant information about our terms and conditions, registrations, refunds, cancellations and Medicare or private health rebates are available in a separate article dealing with general terms and conditions.