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About Emily Holl

Emily Holl is the Director of the Sibling Support Project. Emily is a social worker, writer, trainer, and sibling. Over the past 16 years, she has provided workshops, training, and groups for siblings, families, and individuals with disabilities. She has presented and written extensively on sibling issues, has conducted and published sibling research, and has facilitated Sibshops for young brothers and sisters of children with disabilities.
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From 2003 to 2015, Emily worked at YAI, New York City’s largest agency serving people with disabilities and their families, as the senior manager for conferences and communications. At YAI, Emily conducted sibling research, launched and facilitated a future planning workshop for siblings and families, and created sibling social and support groups. For nearly a decade, Emily presented on sibling issues and coordinated sibling tracks at YAI's International Conference, which annually drew up to 5,000 professionals in the disability field. Upon completion of her MSW, Emily was a social worker at the New York League for Early Learning, serving families of young children with disabilities. 


In 2015, Emily joined St. Paul College in Minnesota, and became the director of academic support, where she oversaw access and disability resources, participated on the College’s behavior intervention team, and served on the equity and inclusion committee.

Emily has served as a board member of the national Sibling Leadership Network (SLN), and she founded sibsNY, the New York state chapter of the SLN. and facilitated sibling groups, events, and Sibshops in New York. She has written about her own sibling experiences in blogs, magazines and books such as “Thicker than Water.” Emily was an author and a co-editor of “The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensable Information for Adult Brothers and Sisters of People with Disabilities,” published by Woodbine House in 2014.

Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University, and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College at the City University of New York.

Emily and her husband Tom reside in the Greater Seattle area and have two young sons. Emily is the primary family support for her brother, and she is grateful for the “village” of people who help.

Emily joined the Sibling Support Project on September 4, 2018. She can be reached at

Join Us At One of Our Workshops or Training Events
The only way to become a first-generation Sibshop facilitator is to attend a two-day Sibshop training.

Even if you don't want to  become a Sibshop facilitator, you can join us for the first day for a lively and rewarding discussion of sibs' issues across the lifespan. 

Please know:
Registration costs are determined by the agencies hosting the workshops and trainings.  For information and to register, please contact these agencies directly. 

Below you'll find dates for upcoming Sibshop facilitator trainings and other sibling workshops.  If you'd like to discuss hosting a training in your community, please drop us a line at
Upcoming Events
Sibling Workshop and Panel Discussion Feb 06, 2020 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM — Lafayette, CA
Sibshop Facilitator Training and Sibling Workshop Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020 — Livermore, CA
Sibshop Facilitator Training and Sibling Workshop Apr 24, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020 — Chicago, IL
Sibshop Facilitator Training and Sibling Workshop May 01, 2020 - May 02, 2020 — East Lansing, MI
Sibshop Facilitator Training and Sibling Workshop Sep 11, 2020 - Sep 12, 2020 — Midland, TX
Upcoming events…