Sibling Expressive Arts Therapy Group
Finding A Voice, Delivering a Message
Monthly on Saturdays, 3:30-5:30pm
Dates: 2019 dates coming soon
Cost: $30 per group, $200 for series - we encourage you to enroll for a series as it allows children to bond with each other and go through a meaningful process.
Note: An intake packet will be emailed to you upon registration, please fill it out and return it prior to your child starting the group. If you wish to use your child's health insurance for this group, please provide their health insurance information on the form, which you can email back at . We will be contact with you upon receipt of this information to set up and appointment.
"The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people - no mere father and mother - as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born." ~ Pearl S. Buck
In a compassionate and activity-based setting, siblings of a brother or sister with complex needs come together to share the realities of their lives. Siblings will engage in activities drawn from visual art, theatre, movement, music, and creative writing. Modes of expression chosen depend on interests of group participants and are designed to foster connection and to support the learning of concepts and skills siblings often need in coping with the challenges they encounter. Siblings create art collectively which will then be exhibited at ARTrelief until the following Sibling event. Family, friends and the community will be able to come witness sibling's message about their experience developed while working together. This is an open group.
In this group we will:
bond with others who share similar stories, including adult siblings
experience empathy and tolerance
work together and express feelings in a group
educate each other about disabilities/illnesses and sibling issues
learn and embody coping skills
feel empowered and inspired by the experience of creativity
explore the sense of self, clarify values and beliefs
experiment with a variety of art forms and expressive tools