Events and workshops - Adjusting to change and moving forward: Techniques for learning to cope
The experience of change or loss people can feel when their brother or sister becomes acutely unwell with a mental illness can be difficult to cope with.
Everyone reacts in different ways, for instance feeling in a state of shock or grief, chasing after how things were, feelings of anxiety or anger, or denial of the situation. This workshop looked at how you can adjust to these changes.
Download the presentation from this session: Adjusting to change presentation
Download the handouts: Adjusting to change handout
Thinking about the sibling experience, this session provided an opportunity to think about the reactions people can have when their brother or sister develops mental illness, or has a change in their mental health, and techniques you could use to understand, facilitate and cope with these complex and often difficult emotions.
During the session, participants developed a framework for understanding the different stages you might go through and think about how you can move forward using techniques such as mindfulness.
Who led this workshop?
This course was led by Consultant Clinical psychologist and Early Intervention Lead at Worcestershire Health Care NHS Trust, Dr Jo Smith. An expert in the field of sibling support, Jo Smith spoke at our last Siblings Connect event in May 2012.
Watch Jo's speech at last year's event:
Jo and her colleagues have developed a family-centred service including support to siblings. Siblings are offered informal psychoeducation supported by age-appropriate sibling information materials and access to website resources, including their own Worcestershire EIS siblings booklet answering common sibling questions.
Siblings are invited to participate in formal Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) intervention and the service has also helped individual siblings link together where access to peer sibling support is requested.
She has also contributed to various publications including a couple of book chapters on the needs of and interventions with siblings.
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