The Best of Friends: Clinic-Based

The Best of Friends is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. The program can be delivered in a few different formats. This article will discuss specific information about the clinic-based versions delivered at a Quirky Kid Clinic or affiliated agencies.


TThe Best of Friends™ (BoF) program gives children the knowledge, skills and confidence to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions. The program includes a concise and engaging set of materials to facilitate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for children aged 7 to 11 years. 

Developed by Educational and Developmental Psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team, the BoF program draws on decades of clinical and school-based experience and research, to help students overcome common social and emotional issues.

Clinic-based formats

The program can be delivered as a School Holiday Workshop (3 hours) or a School Term program, 10 weeks.

Term Program

Conducted weekly in 10 sessions (1 hr) at the Quirky Kid Clinic, the program content is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and features:

  • Self-awareness and self-management
  • Social awareness and social management

 Participants will learn how to:

  • Make and maintain positive friendships
  • Develop empathy and communication skills
  • Recognise, express and manage their own emotions
  • Negotiate and resolve conflict
  • Work independently and more cooperatively
  • Increase resilience and be assertive
  • Share ideas, appreciate diverse perspectives and
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills

School Holiday Workshop

Conducted over one day (3 hours) at the Quirky Kid Clinic, the program content is similar to the term program however delivered as play-based workshops. 


  • How many facilitators will be involved?

    There can be up to two facilitators during the term program. At times facilitators will co-facilitate and at times they will take turns or cover each other. All facilitators are accredited and have received the adequate training to become a facilitator. 

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