Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

Season 2 - Episode 4 | September 8, 2021

Teaching Kids to Value Diversity

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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

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.

Guest Info

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Liberty Hebron, LPCC


Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at CHC

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.

Liberty has previously worked as an LPCC in community settings throughout Southern California. Most recently, she oversaw the therapeutic program at a K-12 non-public school with youth qualifying for special education and mental health services as part of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). She also provided direct clinical services at the school and previously worked with youth and families in Foster Family Agencies. Liberty also has treatment experience with incarcerated youth and adolescents with substance use disorders. Her other clinical interests include educationally-related mental health challenges, restorative practices, and faith-based counseling.

As a “double-alum” of the University of San Diego, Liberty has the honor of working as a remote Lecturer in USD’s Counseling and Marital and Family Therapy Department since 2019. She has enjoyed working as an adjunct faculty member and helping train strong counselors and therapists. Born and raised in Southern California, Liberty loves the outdoors – from hiking to picnicking in the sunshine – cooking, baking, traveling and volunteering with youth in her community. Liberty’s loving (and anxious) Australian Kelpie, Imogen, is always by her side as well!