We are excited to host Cathi Tillman, the founding Executive Director of La Puerta Abierta (LPA). Cathi is a licensed social worker, family therapist and clinical supervisor who has worked with families in community settings over the past 35 years, focusing on engagement of marginalized communities of youth and families in both the U.S. and in Latin America. She founded La Puerta Abierta to provide pro bono individual and family counseling, community-based groups, and peer mentorship training to support the mental health of the Latinx immigrant community, with a focus on youth and families.
LPA operates from a community-informed, empowerment model of support that respectfully challenges traditional models of “mental health” care and thrives on healthy partnerships and collaborations across many communities. Cathi spoke about this organizational model and how aspects of it can be replicated in other environments that serve immigrants.