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***Due to low enrollment the SibShop training scheduled for August 25 & 26, 2017 has been canceled. Please watch for rescheduled dates.***

The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center) is excited to host an Introduction to Sibshops and Sibshop Facilitator Training on August 25 and 26, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Don Meyer, Director of the Sibling Support Project, and creator of the Sibshop model, will lead the training!

What are Sibshops?

Sibshops are celebrations of the many contributions made by siblings of kids with special needs.  Sibshops acknowledge that being the sibling of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between.  They reflect a belief that siblings have much to offer one another – if they are given a chance.  Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games, new friends and discussion activities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Facilitator TrainingAnyone interested in sibling issues, who would like to learn how to run a Sibshop of their own.  Attendees interested in becoming a facilitator would attend both days of the Sibshop training (Friday, August 25 & Saturday, August 26).
  • Introduction to Sibshops – Parents, caregivers, service providers, educators, community partners, LHD staff.  Attendees who would like to know more about Sibshops and sibling issues, but not interested in how to run a Sibshop would attend this training, just day one (Friday, August 25).
  • Adult Sibling Panel – We are searching for 4-7 adults who have a sibling with special needs to participate on a sibling panel held on day one (Friday, August 25).
  • Demonstration Sibshop – We are searching for 20 typically developing siblings (ages 8-to-13) of children with special needs to join us on day two (Saturday, August 26).

Day 1:  Participants will learn about many characteristics of brothers and sisters of people with special needs, including their unique concerns and opportunities. 

Day 2:  Sibshop facilitator trainees will undergo a Demonstration Sibshop for local young brothers and sisters.

For additional details and registration, please click on the link below or contact the Family Center at 800-359-3722.

Thank you,


Candi Bush

Director of Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Children’s Special Health Care Services

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


Family Phone Line:  800-359-3722


Lewis Cass Bldg, 6th Flr.

320 S. Walnut St.

Lansing, MI 48913