Sib4Sib was created by a teen when she found a lack of resources to help deal with the challenges of having a sibling that struggles with mental health. Because this program was designed by a teen, the elements of the group are based solely around teen’s needs.
If you cannot make it to all of the dates, that is perfectly fine.
Sib4Sib is focused on the specific needs of teens. Including: confidentiality, separation from parents, and relevant discussion topics.
For example, this is the format of our Farmington Hills teen group:
For the first part of the group teens eat dinner, usually pizza, and socialize. At 6pm our facilitator, Dr. Dana Shapero, a psychologist that specializes in teen mental health, joins the group. We sit in a circle and begin by reviewing the “norms” of the group. Next, we open up the floor for anyone who wants to start out by sharing with the group or asking a question, such as “Has your sibling ever had a meltdown in front of your friends?”. Normally once the initial conversation is started members share their thoughts and continue to ask questions or tell stories. Dr. Shapero will return to a topic if she feels it is really important, but otherwise she is there to make sure that runs smoothly. The group is truly guided by the teens. The teens also decide a “theme” to focus on for the last ten minutes of the group, such as finding the good in having a sibling that struggles with mental health. For the last five minutes we wrap up by playing a fun game in order to lighten the mood from the heavy conversations.
While some may be nominated for the group by professionals, a nomination is NOT necessary to join.
Farmington Hills Groups are facilitated by Dr. Dana Shapero of Simply Become, PLLC. About Dr. Shapero
If you are interested in hosting a group please email firstname.lastname@example.org