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Stone, D. J. (2017, March). Working with multiracial individuals, couples, and families.Invited Keynote Speaker, Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Spring Conference, Madison, WI.

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As marriage and family therapists, we must continuously expand our knowledge and effective skills for working with more diverse populations. Multiracial individuals, couples, and families are one such population deserving increased attention. While the multiracial individual, couple, and family experience is complex, researchers generally contend that this group may encounter stressors such as racial discrimination; stigmatization; microaggressions from outside and within the family; and personal, familial, social, and/or political pressure regarding their individual, couple, and/or family identity. This is also a diverse group of people who have been resilient as families, activists, and social change agents. In this workshop, participants will learn more about who the multiracial population is—what defines this group as individuals, couples and families. As well, participants will be immersed in the stories of this subgroup of the U.S. population through first person narratives, review of the latest research, and interactive activities. Another core component of the participant’s workshop experience will include self-of-the-therapist exploration related to their social location and personal identity and facilitated engagement with others at the conference related to these ideas. Finally, participants will learn effective ways to reach these potential clients in your communities as well as meaningful interventions and useful models of therapy for addressing some of their unique challenges.

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Murawski, W.W. & Spencer, S.A. (2011, Fall). The importance of collaboration in today's diverse schools. The LAUSD Ladder, 25, 35.

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This article highlights work from the book "Collaborate, communicate and differentiate" (2011) by Murawski & Spencer. It emphasizes ways for faculty to collaborate in order to meet the diverse needs of students.

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Stone, D. J. (2014 March/April). Working with multiracial individuals and families: Increasing our understanding. Family Therapy Magazine, 13, 22-26.
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Stone, D. J., & Dolbin-MacNab, M. L. (2017). Racial socialization practices of White mothers raising Black-White Biracial children. Contemporary Family Therapy, 39(2), 97-111.

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The purpose of this retrospective qualitative study was to examine the impact of monoracial Black or White parents’ racial socialization practices on the process of biracial identity development for their Black-White biracial children. Data were obtained through in-person, semi-structured interviews with 10 White monoracial mothers and 11 of their adult (ages 18 to 40) biracial children. The phenomenological analysis of participants’ experiences raising biracial children and growing up biracial revealed two overarching themes of racial socialization practices interacting with and influencing biracial identity development: creating a biracial family identity and navigating biracial with the outside world. Findings from this study expand the racial socialization research by connecting parental racial socialization with their child’s biracial identity and adding the unique perspective that racial socialization is an interactive family process in interracial families. Additionally, data from this study has important clinical and future research implications.

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Murawski, W.W., Carter, N., Sileo, N., & Prater, M.A. (2012). Communicating and Collaborating with Families (Chp 3, pp.59-90). In N. Sileo and M.A. Prater (Eds)., Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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This book addresses the issues related to families and schools who work with students with special needs. The chapter focuses on how to establish best practices between family-school collaboration. It provides the research behind communication, problem-solving, conflict management, and collaboration.

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