Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) hosts online conversation for siblings of people with disabilities
Register today for a Zoom meeting and open conversation with fellow brothers and sisters of people with disabilities on Sept. 24, 5:30-7 p.m. CST. Click here to register for Zoom connection info.
In this informal and free virtual chat, Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) will discuss with the help of two local experts some common experiences of siblings of people with disabilities and their families, including: practicing caring for ourselves while caring for others; balancing multiple caregiving roles while living our own full lives; having productive conversations about our/our sibling’s future; and resolving conflict in tough family situations.
Eli Parrot, Ph.D., LMFT
Eli enjoys interacting with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families as they figure out their life’s path. Her experience advocating for middle and high school students was enhanced through 12 years working as a school-based therapist and Ethics teacher at a local private school. She enjoys engaging with young people who struggle with learning differences, spectrum disorders, and who have difficulty navigating the school environment. Eli has been in private practice for three years with Southeast Psych in Brentwood, Tennessee, and believes that the client is the expert and has all the resources for growth and insight within. Eli has a master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling.
Lisa Deal, Juvenile Mediation Team Leader, Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
Lisa Deal joined the NCRC JVO Team in 2018. After earning her BFA, she spent eight years as a high school arts educator with an emphasis on social justice, and two years in grief support at a non-profit hospice. She completed a year of studies on the facilitation of difficult conversations at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Lisa’s role at NCRC allows her to integrate her experience with teens and families and her focus on communications into a valuable contribution.
This event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships that a person has in their lifetime. For siblings of people with disabilities, these relationships have a lifelong impact and many siblings eventually take on some level of caregiving role for their brother or sister. Some siblings find themselves providing support to aging parents, siblings with disabilities and their own children at once. TABS is a statewide network that aims to empower and educate siblings of individuals with all types of disabilities by providing information and peer support. TABS welcomes the participation of anyone interested in sibling issues, including but not limited to “siblings-in-law”, professionals, other family members, and those whose siblings with disabilities may have passed away. For more information on Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters, visit the TABS webpage. TABS is the Tennessee state chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network. Learn more at siblingleadership.org.