January 09

How The Science Of Attachment Can Help YouMake-And Keep–Friends

Open MindTuesday, January 17
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PTPlatonicRegistration is required for this free live private Zoom event.Please join UCLA’s Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for a virtual Open Mind program on the psychology and importance of Friendship.  Marisa G. Franco, Ph.D., author of Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make–and Keep–Friends will be joined in conversation by Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD, Associate Clinical Professor at the Semel Institute and Founder and Director of PEERS, an outpatient program providing evidence-based social skills training for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other social challenges across the lifespan. In Platonic, Dr. Franco, psychologist, author, and professor at the University of Maryland,unearths a jackpot of psychology research that demonstrates how sustaining friendship is a process, not just of behaviors, but of fundamentally reconciling with how we view ourselves. Platonic sets itself apart by not just providing hot tips for friendship but rumbling with how people’s underlying psychological architecture sabotages or harmonizes with their ability to sustain friends. In Platonic, the world of friendship cracks wide-open and the data is used to glue it together again. Dr. Franco writes for Psychology Today and has been a featured connection expert for major publications like The New York TimesThe Telegraph, and Vice. She speaks on belonging at corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and universities across the country. On her website, www.DrMarisaGFranco.com, you can find a free quiz to assess your strengths and weaknesses as a friend. Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is the author of three books: The Science of Making Friends:  Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults; Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders: The PEERS Treatment Manual, and The PEERS Curriculum for School-Based Professionals. She is also Interim Director for the UCLA Tarjan Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Program Director for the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Internship Program at UCLA; and Program Director for Dissemination, Outreach, and Education at the prestigious UCLA Autism Center of Excellence.To watch videos of our past Open Mindprograms, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos or our YouTube Channel.