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We are more connected than ever before, but at the same time more alone than ever before. Siblings have lived in the shadows for decades before realizing that others share similar experiences. By connecting through our stories, the warm sunlight is cast upon us, the shadows fade, and we find our place of togetherness and belonging.
Our Facebook group is a community of compassionate and collaborative adult siblings. We share information, support each other, and discuss topics of interest with other siblings across Canada.
The guiding philosophy of the Sib-2-Sib Mentor Program is “siblings helping siblings”. Siblings are trained in the C.A.R.E. Mentoring (™) model and support each other to move forward through life’s challenges. This program provides you with someone who understands you and has been through what you are going through, encouragement to move forward, and knowledge of important resources and information.
Our meetups are social and relaxed evenings of connecting with other adult siblings that have a sibling with an intellectual or developmental disability. As siblings we share many similar experiences and challenges in our journeys with our brothers and sisters. Meetups are an opportunity to share those experiences and build your own network.
Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Hamilton, Brantford Meetup – November 6 from 6pm to 8pm location TBD. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
Toronto Meetup – Extend-A-Family hosts monthly meetups. For more information visit: http://extendafamily.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/ADULT_SIBLING_GROUP_2019-2020.pdf
Durham Region Meetup
This powerful workshop leads adult siblings through a strengths-based process of thinking differently, living differently and feeling differently to create the life you want for yourself and your family. This workshop is grounded in relational frame theory, mindfulness and social role valorization theories and delivered through the C.A.R.E. model (™), developed by the Sibling Collaborative. Siblings will come away from this workshop feeling understood and accepted, with a deep understanding of the sibling experience. Participants will learn to adopt a creator’s mindset as well as how to effectively navigate the social support system, create a loving home and build loving relationships. Siblings will focus on the well-being of themselves and their families in addition to how we can come together to strengthen our communities.
Contact us to learn more about our workshops.
Our online learning modules are coming soon. Stay tuned!
CAMH Sibling Research
The Sibling Collaborative is proud have the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre as a research partner.
The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre is the first research and education centre in Canada dedicated to improving care for adults with neurodevelopment disabilities and mental health challenges. The Centre knows that ensuring the long-term wellbeing of adults with neurodevelopment disabilities includes understanding and being able to respond to the needs and challenges of their siblings.
There are a number of opportunities to study siblings, their mental health and how they are impacted by the programming we are offering through the Sibling Collaborative./
This research is important not only to learn more about our needs and challenges but also to build this research base which doesn’t yet exist in Canada.
CAMH Sibling Research