12 July 2021
Learn how to help kids cope with scary events
South West parents and people working with children will have the opportunity to learn how to use a
unique new series of storybooks to help kids cope with emotionally distressing external events.
There are eight Birdies Tree storybooks dealing with various “scary’’ scenarios such as storms, floods,
fires and the pandemic, and published by the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health.
The books have been written to help babies and young children, their parents and families prepare for,
cope with, and recover from natural hazards and disruptive events.
Child psychologist Dr Andrea Baldwin authored four of the storybooks and is hosting training sessions
for people interested in becoming Birdies Tree early learning program trainers.
The Birdies Tree training course will be held online via Teams with the first session on 16 August.
Participants are required to register for the sessions.
They will learn how to use the Birdies Tree program and will be provided with the full suite of books,
puppets, and other material to use with children.
Trained participants must deliver three separate book reading sessions in their communities to qualify as
Birdies Tree program trainers. They will receive mentoring support to do so.
South West Hospital and Health Service Regional Adversity Coordinator Gavin Johannesen said the
training sessions were supported by the Queensland Government’s Tackling Regional Adversity through
Integrated Care program.
The Birdies Tree early learning program was funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland
Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement.
Mr Johannesen said Birdies Tree author Dr Andrea Baldwin also would be conducting a roadshow
through the South West in the Maranoa and Balonne council areas in October and in the Murweh,
Quilpie, Paroo and Bulloo council areas in February and March next year.
“These roadshows will be promoted closer to the relevant dates,’’ he said.
 For the Birdies training workshop, please RSVP before 30 July to Ms Lea Walsh via
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