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Aliento, The Center for Latinx Communities


Aliento, The Center for Latinx Communities at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is dedicated to addressing the individual and communal mental health needs of Latinx communities. Aliento, the Spanish word signifying "breath," conveys the essence of the center. The Center's overall purpose is to "dar aliento" (give support, encouragement, life) to community members.




Academic Program

The Center's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) degree program, with a Latinx Mental Health emphasis, is committed to training students to work with Latinx communities. The program is dedicated to preparing students to integrate a community-based, systemic perspective, in their conceptualization and therapeutic approaches in working with underserved and unserved Latinx communities. The training program is committed to developing strong foundations in cultural and linguistic responsiveness.

Aliento Cohort


Aliento students at graduation

"Entre los individuos como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz."

"Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace."





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Your generosity will not only provide Aliento the proper resources to recruit, retain, and develop the next generation of therapists, but also ensure the advancement and destigmatization of Latinx mental health services. Through our combined efforts, we can fortify our academic program, provide professional development opportunities for students and staff, and expand our community, further enriching the lives of our students and the greater Latinx Communities.




Aliento's Research Institute utilizes a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Model. Both master's and doctoral-level students gain valuable research experience with Latinx communities to better understand community needs, reduce barriers Latinx individuals face in receiving mental health care, and to develop culturally responsive solutions.

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Aliento, The Center for Latinx communities
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Lakeshore Towers III 18111
Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612