Award is tremendous way to finish career: USQ lecturer

LECTURER Dr Patrick O'Brien has received an award to take with him in his retirement from the University of Southern Queensland.

Honoured for his outstanding service to education with the 2014 Tertiary Teacher of the Year award, Dr O'Brien said winning this award was a tremendous way to finish his career.

Retiring in December of last year Dr O'Brien had a career in special education with Education Queensland before joining USQ in 2001.

One of his most notable achievements with USQ was bringing two international authors to present at a biennial conference on educational counselling.

He notably contributed to the university with his study of children's sand play.

"I believe sand play is the best way to communicate with kids during therapy sessions," Dr O'Brien said.

"Treating children like adults, engaging them in conversations to recall things that happened, can hurt them; whereas sand play allows children to tell their stories in sand without distress."

Award-winning USQ lecturer Patrick O'Brien.
Award-winning USQ lecturer Patrick O'Brien. Jocelyn Watts


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