Film: Three Identical Strangers

Clinical Title: Discovering the Past: Issues in Adoption and Research

Presenter: Sylvia B. Gentry, LCSW
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 12.30 pm - 4:30 pm | 2 CEs
(Please arrive at noon for refreshments and conversation.)
Location: Conshohocken, PA
(Exact location will be emailed to you once you RSVP.)

The documentary film, “Three Identical Strangers” is the story of triplets, adopted at birth and unaware that they are identical siblings until they are accidentally reunited as young adults. As the story unfolds, they explore their commonalities and differences, meet their biological mother, and discover that they were part of a research project which had an impact on how families were selected for them. Issues involved in the research, the adoption agency’s participation in the research design, and how this influenced their development, are issues explored in the movie. The biological mother’s mental illness is touched upon, as well as the differences in parenting by the three families who adopted the triplets.

Rationale for Presentation:
Social Workers who work with people who come with a variety of presenting problems will encounter people who were adopted. The circumstances of their adoption and the understanding of how their identity evolved, nature vs nurture, are all issues explored in treatment. In addition, the issues involved in how the adoption took place are significant issues for Social Workers to explore.


  1. Attendees will discuss the impact of secrecy in the adoption process.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify ethical issues involved in lack of openness and integrity in adoption placement decisions.
  3. Attendees will discuss assumptions about nature vs nurture in the development of depression and suicidality.
  4. Attendees will identify the impact of public scrutiny of complex identity issues.

About the Presenter:
Sylvia B. Gentry, LCSW, graduated with an MSSW from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, in 1967. She has been Director of Residential and Day Treatment Services at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, Clinical Director of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, and in private practice in Cincinnati before moving to Philadelphia in 2006. Since then, she worked as an Adult Services Specialist for the Bucks County Behavioral Health System for six years, and has also maintained a small private practice, including supervising for licensure. She is a member of the Professional Standards, Ethics and Licensing Committee of PSCSW, and is on the Committee for the Clinical Book Discussion Program of PSCSW, as well as presenting for the Clinical Book Discussion Program.

Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get the continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
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Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • Event: Film: Three Identical Strangers
  • March 16, 2019
    12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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