Teaching Kids to Value Diversity

with Tony Cepeda, LMFT and Liberty Hebron, LPCC

Teaching Kids to Value Diversity

Episode 4, Season 2 | September 8, 2021

Show Notes

We are all different. As parents and caregivers, it’s important to teach our kids how differences enrich our lives and enhance our communities. How can you help them value diversity and see it as a strength? In today’s podcast episode, CHC experts Tony Cepeda, LMFT and Liberty Hebron, LPCC explain how to encourage an open dialogue with your kids, model curiosity and respect, embrace each other’s differences and create a culture of belonging.

Guest Info
Tony Cepeda headshot

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.

Liberty Hebron headshot

Liberty Hebron is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) who has had extensive experience working with children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), depression, anxiety and learning difficulties. Liberty is passionate about serving youth and families using evidence-based practices and sound psychoeducation. She emphasizes empowerment and learning in her treatment and follows a person-centered approach. She has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies and Solution-Focused Therapy. Additionally, Liberty has worked with a number of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who have taught her the value of data collection; she feels confident in navigating “the ABA world.” Clients of all ages can expect compassion, competence, humor and attention when working with Liberty.