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Aliento, The Center for Latina/o Communities


Aliento, The Center for Latina/o Communities at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is dedicated to addressing the individual and communal mental health needs of Latina/o 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 Latina/o Mental Health emphasis, is committed to training students to work with Latina/o 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 Latina/o 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."





Self-Care for Community Mental Health Professionals Workshop
Pepperdine Irvine Campus, open to Aliento students only


CAMFT Conference, April 25-27
San Francisco, CA


Southwest Latinx Psychology Conference, April 26-27
Phoenix, Arizona

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

Contact Us

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