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An introduction to Birdie’s Tree Resources with Dr Andrea Baldwin

May 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Birdie’s Tree is an initiative of the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (QCPIMH). Birdie’s Tree leads the world in helping expectant and new parents, babies and young children prepare for, cope with and recover from a range of natural disasters and disruptive events. Birdie’s Tree has received state and national awards including the Resilient Australia Award 2020 from the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience (AIDR).
This webinar provides teachers with a practical introduction to Birdie’s Tree, including:

  • History, context and rationale for the Birdie’s Tree initiative
  • Disaster resilience and recovery in early childhood
  • Birdie’s Tree Stepped Care Model – how universal resources provide a foundation for clinical intervention when needed
  • The Birdie’s Tree Universal Resources – how to use them to support young children’s recovery, resilience, mental health and wellbeing in a variety of early learning settings.

Presenter Bio: Dr Andrea Baldwin is a psychologist and applied arts practitioner who has worked with children and young people of all ages in Australia and the Pacific. For the past 4 years Andrea has been the Child and Youth Clinical Consultant – Pregnancy and Early Years for Queensland’s mental health responses to floods and bushfires.
Andrea holds PhDs in Psychology and Creative Writing and a Masters in Drama. Andrea has authored 7 Birdie stories, and she co-ordinates the development of other resources in the Birdie’s Tree suite. Andrea has worked with educator Sharleen Keleher to develop the Birdie’s Tree Early Learning Program, childhood trauma expert Dr Alex De Young to develop the Birdie Cares early intervention program, and an extensive multidisciplinary network to create ‘Relaxing with Birdie’ and ‘Fun with Birdie’.
Andrea’s webinar will address the interface between education and health in early childhood, and the value of creative approaches to mental health and emotional wellbeing, particularly disaster resilience and recovery.