Sibshops: Facilitator & Educational Training

Theater Rm 205 @ Miller Center
Educational Workshop: $70 | Certification: $175
3/6/19 - 3/7/19
Educational Workshop: Wed | Certification: Wed & Thu
9:00 AM
3:30 PM

Participants Will Learn:

  • What to do about the concerns often experienced by brothers and sister: peer issues, resentment, loss, and concerns about the future.
  • How to increase the unique opportunities often experienced by siblings, including compassion, advocacy, insight, and tolerance.
  • Strategies to decrease sibling’ concerns and increase their opportunities.
  • How to help your agency provide “sibling-friendly” services.
  • How to plan and run Sibshops, the award-winning, kid-friendly mix of peer support and recreation.



Sibshops: Educational Workshop (Wed)

Emily Holl, the director of the Sibling Support Project, will use a large group discussion format to educate parents, service providers, educators, and others about siblings’ ever changing issues across the life span. The intended audience of this workshop includes parents, family members, and service providers from schools, mental health, social services, and public health fields. Lunch will be included. Register by 3/3.

Sibshops: Educational Workshop



Sibshops: Certification (Wed & Thur) 

Sibshops are best described as opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. During this workshop participants will earn the logistics of planning and implementing local Sibshop programs for school age children. Training will also feature a live Sibshops demonstration workshop led by Emily Holl and local siblings. This workshop is intended for family members, teachers, psychologists, social workers, service providers, and anyone who wants to learn how to run a local Sibshop. Lunch will be included. Register by 3/3.

Sibshops: Certification


Sibshop facilitator trainees must attend both days of Sibshop training.


About Emily Holl

Emily Holl is a licensed social worker, writer, and trainer who has worked in the disability field for more than 15 years, and who is well known in the sibling community. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Columbia University, and Hunter College, where she received her MSW degree.

Emily and her husband Tom have two young sons. Emily also has a brother with an intellectual disability, and she has been involved in the sibling movement for years. A member of the national Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) since its inception, Emily has served on SLN’s executive board of directors. Emily founded sibsNY, and facilitated sibling groups, events, and Sibshops in New York.

Emily has written about her sibling experiences in blogs, magazines and books such as Thicker than Water. She has contributed articles about sibling research and concerns to the journal Inclusion, amongst others. Emily was a contributor and co-editor of The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensable Information for Adult Brothers and Sisters of People with Disabilities, published by WoodbineHouse in 2014.