Sibworks is a specific program for young siblings and is based on many years of research and investigation into the sibling experience with feedback gained from a large number of siblings and service providers around Australia.
Sibworks focuses on supporting siblings by building their emotional wellbeing and resilience and connecting with others who share the same experience. It is our aim for these benefits to be ongoing, with siblings supported to continue building their emotional capability and to continue connecting with other siblings beyond the program. For this reason, it is important that parents/carers are included and informed throughout the program – as they will be key enablers to continue sibling outcomes upon completion of Sibworks.
SibWorks has been primarily designed for siblings of children with disability aged between 8 and 12 years, but can be adapted for other age groups and populations.
Throughout this training we use the term 'disability' to encompass a range of additional needs, including disability, chronic illness and mental illness. We encourage SibWorks Facilitators running their own group to use the terminology that best fits their client group.
Once you have purchased the course, to ensure the hard copy resources (manual and 10 activity books for young sibs) can be sent to you in a timely manner, please email email@example.com with your mailing address.
If at any stage you need a variation on the standard number of SibWorks Manuals and Activity Books please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On completion of this course you will learn how to:
On completion of attending a Sibworks workshop, children will:
Our program is also supported by sound theory:
The following general principles support our SibWorks program:
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Digital Learning and Design
Centre For Education
Women’s and Children’s Health Network
The development of SibWorks was funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit dss.gov.au for more information.