Join us to receive certified facilitator training for Sibshops. Sibshops is a sibling support group for siblings of children with special needs. This program lets siblings meet each other, learn helpful strategies, and find a community to support their sibling relationship. 

About Sibshops Facilitator Training

Who can be trained?

Anybody! Sibshops can be hosted by any individual who has been trained through the Sibling Support Project. Pediatric therapists, parents, teachers, and community members are all welcome to receive training and start a Sibshops program. 

What is required of me?

This is a two-day training, of which both days are required to receive certification. Once certified, there are no additional training requirements or fees to host Sibshops. This certification is valid throughout your lifetime and requires no upkeep. All we ask is you keep Sibshops core value's as the basis of all Sibshops sessions.

The details

Training fee: $300 *

Schedule: Friday, March 27 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Saturday, March 28 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Location: The Social Learning Center/SonRise Christian Church

600 Independence Blvd

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

*If you are a parent of a child with special needs or a student in a professional program, the registration fee is discounted to $200

Space is limited! 

Deadline for registration: Mail by Monday, March 23, 2020

About Sibshops

Who can attend a Sibshops session?

Sibshops is a program designed originally for siblings of children with developmental concerns. Recently this has expanded to also include siblings of any child who has a medical health concern and mental health concern as well! This program is developed for children ages 8-13.

What do they get from attending?

  • Meet other siblings
  • Gain knowledge about how to support their sibling
  • Participate in discussions about strategies and experiences
  • Learn about ways to handle sticky situations with their sibling
  • Learn about services their sibling may be receiving
  • Play games

Register here!

Please print out this registration form below and send the completed copy with a check in the mail to: 

Southeastern Therapy for Kids Kempsville

Attn: Sibshops
5301 Providence Rd. - Suite 90
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

If you are unable to pay by check, you may call our front office at (757) 467-1900 to pay by credit card and register over the phone. The office is open from 8AM-6PM Monday-Thursday, 8AM-5PM Friday.

Sibshops Facilitator Training Registration form (docx)


Training Schedule

Conducted by Emily Holl, director of The Sibling Support Project

Day One:

9am – 12pm: Brothers and Sisters of People with Special Needs: Unique Concerns, Unique Opportunities
During this lively, interactive workshop, we’ll discuss sibs’ issues across the lifespan— the good stuff, the not-so-good stuff and everything in-between. We’ll also discuss what parents and service providers can do to minimize sibs’ concerns and maximize their opportunities. Audience: Parents, adult sibs, service providers and Sibshop facilitator trainees

12pm-1pm: Lunch (on your own)

1pm - 2:30pm: Panel of Adult Siblings

One of the best ways to learn about sibling issues is to listen to the “real experts.” During this workshop, Emily Holl will moderate a panel of local adult brothers and sisters who will discuss life with siblings who have special needs. Along the way, panelists will offer suggestions to parents and providers. Audience: Parents, adult sibs, service providers and Sibshop facilitator trainees

2:45pm - 3:30pm: Sibshops: Getting Started

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 also discuss Sibshop goals and the recreational, discussion, and educational activities these goals suggest. Finally, we’ll sample an activity or two! Audience: Parents, adult sibs, service providers and Sibshop facilitator trainees

Day Two:

9am – 10am: Preparation for Demonstration Sibshop

We’ll meet to get our “game face” on for the Demonstration Sibshop and continue our discussion of the Sibshop model. Audience: Sibshop facilitator trainees

10am – 2pm: Demonstration Sibshop

Participating in this workshop is the very best way to learn about what Sibshops are all about. During the Demonstration Sibshop, participants will join Emily Holl as she conducts a Sibshop for local young brothers and sisters. This workshop provides participants with the materials and know-how they will need to start, plan, and conduct the activities for their own first Sibshop. Audience: 8-to-13-year-old sibs of kids with special needs and Sibshop facilitator trainees

(Lunch is provided)

2pm – 3pm: Debriefing and Planning for Local Sibshop Programs

Following the Sibshop, trainees will debrief and finalize plans for creating Sibshops in their own communities. Audience: Sibshop facilitator trainees

Additional Content

Purchase the official Sibshops resource book

The Sibling Support Project has put together and published over 100 activities and information (in addition to those received during the training) in a user friendly guide book.

Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs, Revised Edition - Don Meyer and Patricia F. Vadasy Ph.D.

Can be purchased at

*This book is not required to become certified or host a Sibshops. This is simply for additional knowledge and content beyond the training platform

Additional books and research articles can be found directly on the Sibshops website at


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The training location is very close to both Town Center and Pembroke Mall which features many dining options for lunch on Friday and evening meals. 

Our Team

Hosted by:


Ivy Rehab Network


Southeastern Therapy for Kids

In conjunction with:


The Sibling Support Project

Sponsored by:


The Social Butterflies Club


Autism Society: Tidewater


Chesapeake Bay Academy

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