It is well-known and well-documented the devastating effects mental illness can have on a family. While much of the literature and resources available focus primarily on parents, very little speaks to the influence specifically on siblings. The “Well Sibling Syndrome” is a term created as researchers, mental health experts, and siblings themselves have taken a deeper look into how siblings are affected and shaped by growing up with a brother or sister with a mental illness. This presentation will explore the many ways siblings learn to cope with mental illness in a sibling, how that coping can create a cloak of invisibility, and most importantly, how to thoughtfully include siblings in treatment considerations to effect healing and healthy development across this generation of the family system.
At the conclusion, the participant will be able to:
a. Differentiate between “subjective” and “objective” burdens of care
b. Identify at least 3 areas of development of the “well-sibling” influenced by growing up with a sibling with a mental illness
c. List at least 3 suggestions for support given to parents by adult children who grew up with a mentally ill sibling
RSVP Required by March 12th, 2018.
$25 includes Lunch and Free Parking (in 50 West Building)