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Diversity Committee Workshop: Loretta Staples, LCSW: "Both & Neither: Biracial Identities"

  • 14 Nov 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Mt. Carmel Medical & Professional Building 3074 Whitney Ave., Bldg 1, Hamden, Ct. 06518


The CSPP Diversity Work Group
Announces a New Workshop in our series:
Through An/Other Lens:  Multicultural Perspectives

Both & Neither: Biracial Identities    

Loretta Staples, LCSW

Saturday November 14, 2015
10:30 am- 12:30 pm
Loretta Staples, LCSW maintains a private practice in New Haven and is a therapist in addiction services at Rushford in Meriden. She specializes in working with clients on issues of race, class, and gender as they impact identity and well-being.
Despite claims of a “post-racial” society, race persists as a salient cultural dimension through which private and public identities are formed. While public discourse about race in the U.S. continues to focus on black/white racial tension, biracial individuals - representing a varied mix of racial backgrounds - occupy a fast-growing segment of the population, as defined by the U.S. Census. 

Individuals of mixed race occupy a realm in which they are “both and neither,” affording unique challenges and opportunities in navigating social realities. These particular adaptive demands impact identity formation, social functioning, and well-being, sometimes adversely, sometimes advantageously. 

Therapists, especially those identifying as monoracial, may not recognize biracial clients, or may incorrectly assume certain racial allegiances. Moreover, they may overlook the effects of multivalent racialized experiences on the lives of biracial clients, and on the specific concerns these clients bring to treatment. This workshop provides an informal opportunity to explore biracial identity and considerations for clinical work.

This workshop is a benefit for membership and is restricted to members only. If you are interested in becoming a member you can go to our Join Us page.
RSVP to Dr. Rita McCleary at : Rita McCleary  
Workshops will be held at the Mt. Carmel Medical & Professional Building
3074 Whitney Ave., Bldg 1, Hamden, Ct. 06518 

Directions : Take exit 10 off Rt. 91 onto Rt 40 connector and go to the end . Turn R at the end, onto Whitney Ave.,  (Rt. 10) toward Mt. Carmel.  Go about 1/4 mile, passing Thyme and Seasons health food store. Just past Gulf Station.

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