SGVPA May 2019 CE Event

SGVPA May 2019 CE Event

Friday, May 10, 2019

Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N Oakland Ave  Pasadena, CA 91101

12:00pm – 1:30pm

A Twin’s Dilemma: Being Noticed or Being Known

Joan A. Friedman, PhD

A twinship is a marriage that one does not choose.  Biological destiny determines the twin coupledom.   For many twin pairs, the course of their emotional lives is dictated by this singular event.  While all of us enter relationships with our particular history and “baggage”, twins have specific developmental experiences which require mindful recognition.

  • Living their formative years in a “twin bubble”, they have had very few opportunities to recognize or develop a sense of their individuality.
  • Having been treated as a dyad and unit for most of their young lives, they do not recognize a singularity.  Rather, being compared and competitive have been the primary variables that have shaped their identities. 
  • Healthy intimacy is stifled since most efforts are directed at getting along via compromise and tacit agreements in hopes of minimizing conflict, aggression, and betrayal.  
  • Without a healthy separate self, twins have a tendency to bring higher emotional stakes into a relationship.  Outside of their awareness, they demand excessive loyalty, unbridled attention, and unwavering possessiveness.

Learning Objectives:  After attending event, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three characteristics unique to twin relationships and define three goals for the patient to help manage the twin connection
  1. Identify distinct childhood developmental differences that impact twin maturity
  1. Assess treatment strategies and interventions that resonate with twin patients

Presenter Biography
Dr. Joan A. Friedman is a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist who has devoted many years of her professional career to educating twins and their families about twins’ emotional needs. Having worked through her own twinship challenges and parented her fraternal twin sons, she is a definitive expert on twin development. 

She is the author of Emotionally Healthy Twins: A New Philosophy for Parenting Two Unique Children and The Same but Different: How Twins Can Live, Love, and Learn to Be Individuals. Her latest book,Twins in Session: Case Histories in Treating Twinship Issues, was published in June 2018. It is a book written for psychotherapists and educators who are seeking specialized knowledge and insight about twin psychology. She has spoken to and consulted with culturally diverse groups of twins around the world. Dr. Friedman’s work focuses on issues that adult twins confront as they adjust to life as singletons after having been raised as twins. 

This is a Lunch Event (optional).  Register at Eventbrite Here: 

A twin’s dilemma: Being noticed or being known

Lunch – TBD

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CE – the program offers 1.5 hours of credit

CPA is co-sponsoring with The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licenses. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Please join us after the program for informal networking until 2:00pm.

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