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Standards of Practice

​Shibu Shop Practice Standards

In January 2003, the standards for practicing Shibu Shop were established, and in order to use the name and logo of Shibu Shop, it was necessary to apply for and register for the sibling support project. The criteria for practicing Shibu Shop consist of the following 14 items.

Practical standards

  1. What is Shibu Shop and what is not?

  2. To support the purpose of the Shibu Shop.

  3. Introducing a child (to another institution) for which the Shiv Shop is not the right approach.

  4. Report concerns and actions to parents and appropriate institutions.

  5. Make the Shibu Shop available to families who cannot pay.

  6. Family involvement in the Shibu shop. Ideally, at least one of the Shibu Shop facilitators should be an adult sibling. If that is not possible, look for a parent.

  7. Include siblings when choosing activities to perform at the Shibu Shop.

  8. To evaluate. It means conducting a questionnaire to the participating children and their parents, having them evaluate their own Shibu shop, and using it for improvement.

  9. Find the right facilitator. → Details are below.

  10. Training rules. → To become a first-generation facilitator, you need to take two days of training in the sibling support project. Details are below.

  11. Be a member of Facebook's closed group, the Sibshop Facilitator Forum (SFF). → Details are below.

  12. Expand the Shibu Shop curriculum. It means sharing at least one idea of an activity at the Shiv Shop on the Shiv Shop Facilitator Forum (SFF) per year.

  13. Properly use the name and logo of Sibshop.

  14. Register your Shibu shop.

​9. Find the right facilitator

Based on years of experience in implementing programs for siblings, we believe that Shibushop facilitators need to have some basic skills. As stated on pages 74-77 of the Sibshops Sibshops, the following are the strong demands of the Sibshops facilitator:

・ Has practical knowledge about the worries and invaluable experiences peculiar to siblings with special needs.
• Have personal or work experience with people with special needs and their families.
・ I have a good understanding of the law of becoming a good listener (active listening).
・ Experience teaching groups, preferably children's groups.
・ Can express a sense of joy, surprise, and play.
・ You can attend the meeting on the date and time decided by the planning committee.
・ Has some physical strength.
・ When it comes to living with brothers and sisters who have special needs, it is important to remember that the participants of the Shibu Shop are the experts, not the facilitators.

Review pages 74-77 with your team members so that your team's facilitators can embody these qualities. Exceptions may be allowed if one member does not have one skill but is supplemented by another member who has that skill. For example, if your Shiv shop has a talented member who can guide group discussions, but that person is unable to take charge of active recreational activities due to disability. The person's difficulties are not particularly good at guiding group discussions, but the skills to lead recreational activities can be supplemented by high-level members.

​10. Training rules

All Shibu Shop Facilitators are strongly encouraged to attend a two-day Shibu Shop training by the Sibling Support Project. That's the best way to quickly learn about your siblings' problems and what a shiv shop is.
Training is most preferably held in the area where you are about to start a new Shiv shop. The training includes a demonstration Shibushop, so the two-day training teaches siblings, parents, service providers, and anyone looking to become a Shibushop facilitator about their siblings' lifelong worries. It's a great way to do it.

If you can't host a training, you can instead attend a training held somewhere else. To find out where the Sibling Support Project will be held, check out the Sibling Support Project site or contact the Sibling Support Project directly.

It is advisable to participate in training through a sibling support project, but local Shibushop facilitators who participate in the training can train new staff at their institution. Facilitators trained in this way are, in essence, "second generation" students. To avoid the copy phenomenon of copy copy, the Shibu Shop run by 2nd generation students cannot train a new Shibu Shop Facilitator, even at their own institution.

As discussed in Criterion 2 (supporting the purpose of the Shiv Shop), community-based Shibu Shop facilitators are encouraged to hold workshops to promote the Shibu Shop. However, if it is held regionally, state-wide, or nationwide, it is not possible to train others on how to operate the sibling model without the specific prior permission of the sibling support project.

​11. 11.  Be a member of Facebook's closed group, the Sibshop Facilitator Forum (SFF).

The Shivshop Facilitator Forum (SFF) is a closed Facebook group that only registered Shivshop facilitators can participate in. SFF is a great forum for meeting and sharing ideas, challenges and success stories with others who run Shibu Shops. The sibling support project is also the easiest way to interact with Shibu shops around the world. To become a registered Shibu Shop, at least one of your Shibu Shop staff must participate in the Shibu Shop Facilitator Forum.

A note from the Sibling Support Association: When the Shibu Shop Practice Standards were announced in January 2003, it was a text-based mailing list, not a Facebook group. Therefore, Japanese people are allowed the special condition that they should join the mailing list of the association that spreads sibling support.
​ However, Facebook has not only text but also photos, and the translation function on the Internet is improving. Therefore, from 2019, this special condition has been abolished.

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