Sibshops with Don Meyer
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS), Waltham, MA
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday, April 5, 2013 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Presented by Don Meyer, Director, Sibling Support Project
Sibshops reflect a belief that our communities need to acknowledge the difficulties faced by brothers and sisters of children with special needs and provide them with the opportunity to connect with each other in the same way that many parents of children with special needs have benefitted from sharing their experiences.
Open to interested participants across New England including adult siblings, parents, grandparents, and family members of children/teens, professionals, organizational staff who wish to facilitate a Sibshop in their local community, and social workers who work with families that have siblings as part of the family.
The primary goal of this workshop is to train new Sibshops facilitators and administrators as well as adult siblings, service providers, parents, and others who want to learn how to run a local Sibshop. During the two days of the Sibshop training, these participants will learn about sibs’ lifelong concerns, find out how to organize a local Sibshop, and experience what a Sibshop is as they join Don and local young brothers and sisters for a four-hour demonstration sibshop. Trainees who want to become a Sibshops facilitator must attend both days of the Sibshops training. Upon completion of the two-day training, they may (upon registration) start their own local Sibshop.
The secondary goal of this workshop is to educate parents, service providers, and others about sibs’ ever-changing issues across the lifespan. This is an audience interested in sibling issues but not necessarily interested in how to run a Sibshop. This audience attends the first day of the two-day training.
SEEKING TYPICALLY DEVELOPING SCHOOL-AGE SIBLINGS!
If you are interested in your typically developing sibling participating in the demonstration workshop coordinated by Don Meyer during the conference, you can sign up here.
Emily Rubin, President
Massachusetts Sibling Support Network