Marsha Skaggs, M.A., L.S.W., P.C.C., Education Coordinator 
Child Focus, Inc. Training Center 
(513) 752-1555 


Child Focus, Inc. Training Center 
551-B Cincinnati-Batavia Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45244

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Friday, February 22, 2013 9:00am-3:30pm and

Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:00am-3:30pm

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Fee:  Attending Both days (required to become a Sibshop Facilitator)- $110.00

Lunch Not Included

Sibshops are lively programs just for young brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. If you're an adult sib, service provider, or family member who would like to run your own Sibshop, these two days are for you!

During the two days of the Sibshop training, you'll learn about sibs' life-long concerns, find out how to organize a local Sibshop.  A big part of any Sibshop training is the demonstration Sibshop, where you will participate in great Sibshop games and discussion activities with remarkably cool and thoughtful 8-13 year-old brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.

Upon completion of the two-day training, you'll be considered a "first-generation" Sibshop facilitator and may,  upon registration, start your own local Sibshop.

Sibshop facilitator trainees must attend both days of the Sibshop training.

Fee: Attending Friday, February 22, 2013 ONLY- $60

Lunch Not Included

If you're a parent, adult sib, student or service provider audience interested in sibling issues, but not necessarily interested in how to run a Sibshop, this day is for you!  You'll learn about sibs' unique concerns and opportunities and what parents and service providers can do to address sibling issues.  As those who have attended will tell you, these workshops are rich events! You'll hear poignant stories, shre laughs, meet courageous sibs, and learn practical advice.

About Sibshops Facilitator and Creator:  Don Meyer, M. Ed. is the director of the Sibling Support Project.  Don is probably best known for creating Sibshops, lively programs just for young brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.  Currently, there are over 200 Sibshops in eight countries.  Don also created SibKids and SibNet, no-cost listservs for youth and adult brothers and sisters which allow hundreds of siblings from around the world to connect with their peers.  Don is also the senior author or editor of six books, including Sibshops, Views from Our Shoes, and Thicker than Water.

Don was a founder of the Supporting Extended Family Members (SEFAM) program at the University of Washington, which pioneered services for fathers, siblings, and grandparents of childen with special needs.

As a sought-after speaker, Don has conducted hundreds of workshops on siblings, fathers, and grandparents of children with special needs and trainings on the Sibshop model throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, Italy, New Zealand, and Japan.

For more information about Sibshops and to order the curriculum Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs Revised Edition visit:

Hotel accomodations near event:

Holiday Inn Eastgate

Hampton Inn Eastgate

Fairfield Inn and Suites

Continuing Education

Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved through the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board. This program is offered for 5.0 clock hours (Friday only) and 10.0 clock hours (both days) of continuing education for counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Social Work Provider#: RSX129410 Counselor Provider#: RCX029503 Marriage and Family Therapist Provider#: RTX091001

Psychologists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association MCE program to offer continuing education for Ohio psychologists. This program is offered for 5.0 clock hours (Friday only) and 10.0 clock hours (both days) of continuing education for psychologists. Child Focus, Inc., 00PD-3109-52668, maintains responsibility for the program.

Professional Development Hours for Teachers: A statement of contact hour verification will be provided, which educators in turn provide to their Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC). Ohio Revised Code (Section 3319.22) assigns LPDCs the responsibility of reviewing educators’ Professional Development activities as part of their Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDP) and determining if they meet licensure renewal requirements.

Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilitites: A request for 5.0 clock hours (Friday only) and 10.0 clock hours (both days) of continuing education units for this program will be submitted. Attendee must sign in on the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities sheet.

Please note for late arrivals and/or early departures certificates will be amended.

Cancellation Policy: The Training Center must be notified 7 days prior to a training via telephone, fax or email in order to cancel a registration and receive a full refund.  If notification is not received prior to 7 days, a $20.00 processing fee will be charged.  Under extenuating circumstances such as sudden illness or injury, the participant may be able to attend a future training in place of the one that was missed.

Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is accessible to wheelchairs.  If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Melanie Recchia at

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