Sibling Support WorkshopsCost: $225.00: Day 1 only
Cost: $350.00: Days 1 and 2
A $25 discount per registrant is offered to agencies who send 4 or more people.
Thank you! Registration for the workshops is now closed. Those who successfully registered will receive an email containing detailed information about the event including: driving directions, buildings and room numbers, parking, checking in, breakfast and lunch, and nearby hotels.
Please direct all questions to Ms. Theresa Gill at 610-660-2183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brothers and Sisters of People with Special Needs:
Too Important to Ignore!
With the exception of parents, siblings spend more time with children who have developmental disabilities or chronic health impairments than any other family member. And, because the sibling relationship is the longest-lasting relationship in the family, brothers and sisters are likely to experience concerns throughout their lives. Despite their importance, siblings' concerns are too often ignored. For everyone's sake, parents and providers must learn more about life as a brother or sister of a person with special needs.
On May 4 and 5, 2012, the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA will sponsor workshops conducted by Don Meyer, Director of the Sibling Support Project and creator of the Sibshop model. The Sibling Support Project is the national leader in providing training and education on sibling issues and programs.
Who Should Attend?
Day 1 only
Parents and other adult family members, and service providers from educational, mental health, social services, and public health fields won't want to miss these workshops.
Days 1 and 2
These workshops are open to family members, teachers, psychologists, social workers, and other service providers from across your state or region who want to start a local Sibshop. It is necessary to attend both days to become a first-generation Sibshop facilitator.
Day 1 - Friday, May 4, 2012
Workshops on the Life-Long Issues Faced by Brothers and Sisters
Check-in/Breakfast - Day 1, 9:00am-9:30am
Brothers and Sisters of People with Special Needs: Unique Concerns, Unique Opportunities
This core workshop uses a lively large-group discussion format to help participants learn about the concerns and opportunities frequently experienced by brothers and sisters of people with special needs. During this workshop, participants share what they have observed in their families or the families they serve. Participants also learn what researchers, clinicians, and siblings themselves say about growing up with siblings who have special needs. Implications for parents and service providers will be discussed throughout the workshop. Day 1, 9:30am-12:30pm
Lunch - Day 1, 12:30pm-1:30pm
A Panel of Brothers and Sisters
One of the best ways to learn about sibling issues is to listen to "the real experts." During this workshop, Don Meyer will moderate a panel of brothers and sisters who will discuss life with siblings who have special needs. We'll cover it all: the good parts, the not-so-good parts, and everything in-between. Along the way, panelists will offer suggestions to parents and providers. Day 1, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Sibshops: Getting Started
(An introduction to Day 2's workshop)
Sibshops are kid-friendly workshops as rewarding to run as they are to attend. During this workshop, participants will learn the logistics of planning and implementing a local Sibshop for school-age brothers and sisters. We'll review considerations including: collaborating with other agencies, defining the population you wish to serve, identifying financial resources, characteristics of good Sibshop facilitators, finding a place to hold your Sibshop, how frequently to conduct your Sibshop, and getting the word out to parents and providers. We'll also discuss Sibshop goals and the recreational, discussion, and educational activities these goals suggest. Finally, we'll sample an activity or two! Day 1, 3:15pm-4:30pm
Day 2 - Saturday, May 5, 2012
Workshops on Starting Your Own Sibshop
Check-in/Breakfast - Day 2, 8:30am-9:00am
Participating in this workshop is the very best way to learn about what Sibshops are all about. During the Demonstration Sibshop, participants will put on their jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers to join Don Meyer as he conducts a Sibshop for 12 to 20 local brothers and sisters. This Sibshop will also be the "kick-off" for an on-going program in the host community. Day 2, 9:00am-3:00pm
About Don Meyer
Don Meyer is the nation's leading trainer and educator on sibling support. His humor, warmth, and vast experience make him a favorite with audiences around the country.
Don Meyer is the director of The Sibling Support Project and a founder of the SEFAM (Supporting Extended Family Members) program at the University of Washington, which pioneered services for fathers, siblings, and grandparents of children with special needs.
As a sought-after speaker, Don has conducted hundreds of workshops on siblings, fathers, and grandparents of children with special needs and trainings on the Sibshop model throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Iceland, England, Italy, New Zealand, and Japan. He has been interviewed by ABC News' 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight; Newsweek; The New York Times; The Washington Post; Newsday; Ladies Home Journal; National Public Radio; Good Housekeeping as well as numerous local news outlets for stories regarding siblings' concerns.
Don is the senior author or editor of six books:
- Sibshops: Workshops for brothers and sisters of children with special needs
- Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with Special Needs
- Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs
- Views from our Shoes: Growing up with a brother or sister with special needs
- The Sibling Slam Book
- Thicker than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities