Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

Season 1 - Episode 32 | May 20, 2021

Cultural Humility: Fostering Respect and Understanding

About The Episode

What is cultural humility and why does it matter? As parents, we are our children’s first teachers. It is from us that our kids learn how to be accepting and respectful of those from diverse backgrounds. So it’s up to us to provide a sense of awe and wonder about other cultures and ways of life. In this podcast episode, Tony Cepeda, LMFT, Clinical Program Manager at CHC, will teach us how to listen and learn from our hearts. In the end, we may find that we have more similarities than differences.

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Guest Info

Tony Cepeda

Tony Cepeda, LMFT

Clinical Program Manager at CHC

Tony Cepeda has had the privilege and honor to have worked in the mental health field for over 30 years, working with children, youth and their families. He has helped children and youth manage depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and oppositional/defiant diagnoses. Tony’s journey has taken him through residential treatment settings, day treatment programs, school based programs and outpatient programs. He also had the privilege of supervising Associate Marriage and Family Therapists, and Marriage and Family Interns (graduate students) for over 15 years. Tony has learned and applied several evidenced based practices including trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and alternatives for families: cognitive behavioral therapy, brief strategic family therapy, adolescent community reinforcement approach (for substance use) and motivational interviewing. Tony has a passion for working with diversity and cultural differences. He enjoys supporting children, youth and their families that struggle with acculturation and biracial issues. Tony has many years of experience as a community volunteer and leader for youth sports, scouting and church. He likes to incorporate coaching into his practice and focus on strengths and individual resilience.

Show Notes

As our children develop their own identities, it’s up to parents to teach them how to interact with other cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. It all starts with self-reflection, developing an understanding of our own cultural beliefs and biases. From there, we can acknowledge the history of systemic oppression against minority cultures, developing compassion and empathy along the way. Finally, and with humility, we can begin to challenge our conscious and unconscious biases. In this podcast episode, Tony Cepeda, LMFT, teaches us how to encourage our children’s curiosity at home, in order to foster respect and understanding of the world at-large.


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