Center on Sibling Dynamics™


Addressing sibling conflict, trauma, and friendship

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Let it Out – facilitated discussion groups

We will pilot two types of closed, facilitated discussion groups for adults:

  1. who felt Targeted in the past by a sibling or diminished in the present.
  2. who believed they have been Aggressive in the past and/or currently dismissive of a sibling, and who wish to change set patterns.

Dates and times to be announced.


More Fun with Sisters and Brothers – “teaches 4 to 8 year-old children the key social and emotional competencies that research has shown are critical for fun, friendly and low-conflict sibling interactions.”

Sibling Leadership Network – “provides siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families.”



Being at War with Each Other – sung by Barbra Streisand, Music and Lyrics by Carole King.
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – sung by The Hollies. Music and Lyrics by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell.
Once Were Brothers – Vocals, Music, and Lyrics by Robbie Robertson.
Ms. Celie’s Song (Sister) – sung by Táta Vega. Music by Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton. Lyrics by Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Lionel Richie. From the film, A Color Purple.
Two Little Sisters – sung by Carly Simon and Meryl Streep. Music and Lyrics by Carly Simon. Theme song from the film, Marvin’s Room. 1997.

Film & Television

While sibling storylines abound in film and television, we are compiling a list of films that delve more deeply into sibling dynamics.

Grace and Frankie, Season 4, Episodes 5-6, Netflix.
This is Us, NBC.

Images (clockwise from top):

Shirley Charlton, No More Tears Brother, 2009, pastel on paper, private collection.
Abbott Handerson Thayer, Brother and Sister (Mary and Gerald Thayer), 1889,
oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Brian J. Kelly, Siblings. 2014. on flickr.
J.K. Califf, Siblings. 2011. on flikr.