Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Diversity Committee

March Diversity Meeting
March 24, 2024 10am – 12pm

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The Diversity Committee was founded in 2017 due to a desire and need to increase ethnic and racial diversity within LA-CAMFT’s membership and leadership. 

The LA-CAMFT Diversity Committee’s mission is to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion for all ethnic, racial, and cultural intersecting identities we represent and serve; ensure visibility and voice for those who have been silenced; increase access to education and training resources; as well as empower all Los Angeles area mental health professionals to become anti-racist healers. We provide:

  • Presentations that highlight issues that impact underrepresented communities and individuals.
  • Outreach to community mental health agencies, graduate schools, and community organizations.
  • Expansion of resources and events to the broader Los Angeles area.

To read the LA-CAMFT Declaration of Inclusion, Diversity, and Anti-Racism, click Here.

Over the past years, the Diversity Committee has focused on the following objectives: 

Therapists of Color Monthly Support Group (TOC) 

Therapists of Color Monthly Support Group provides a safe place to receive peer support and process experiences of racism (systemic, social, and internalized), discrimination, implicit bias, racist injury, aggression, and micro-aggressions, along with additional experiences that therapists of color encounter in the field of mental health.

Therapists of Color Support Group meets on the second Sunday of the Month. 11:00 am-1:00 pm PT,  Online.

Black Therapists Support Group (BTSG

Black Therapist Monthly Support Group provides a safe place for healing, connection, support and building community. In this group, licensed clinicians, associates and students can come together and process experiences of racism (systemic, social, and internalized), discrimination, implicit bias, and micro-aggressions, along with additional experiences that therapists of African descent encounter in the field of mental health. As the late great Maya Angelou once said, “As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal someone else.” May this space, be the support needed to facilitate that journey

Black Therapists Support Group meets on the first Saturday of the Month. 12:00 pm-1:30 pm PT,  Online.

Asian American Pacific Islander+ Therapists Circle (AAPI+)

Asian American Pacific Islander+ Therapists Circle provides safe and empowering place for therapists of the Asian diaspora to experience healing, renewal, and belonging. We will collectively process experiences of racism and internalized oppression. We will also explore the coexistence of privilege and marginalization along with invisibility and hypervigilance. This space will help us appreciate and reclaim what we have in common while honoring our differences. Grace Lee Boggs notes, “The only way to survive is by taking care of one another.” May this circle embody her words.

Asian American Pacific Islander+ Therapists Circle meets on the third Friday of the Month. 1:30 pm-3:00 pm PT, Online

Middle Eastern North African Therapists Community Group (MENA

The MENA Therapists Community Group is a safe place across the Middle Eastern and North African therapist diaspora to build community and a sense of belonging. We hold an inclusive space to process the impact of cultural biases experienced by people of MENA descent and the effect it may have on our work as mental health professionals. Within the process, we will strive to create healing, support, and empowerment. We will collaboratively exchange ideas, experiences and resources while acknowledging cultural differences and shared similarities. As the poet Khalil Gibran states — “The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you.” — our community will create a place to be seen, heard, and understood.

Middle Eastern North African Therapists Community Group meets on alternating monthly dates and times, online.

White Therapists Fighting Racism (WTFR

The goal of White Therapists Fighting Racism (WTFR) is for white-identified therapists to become effective allies in support of decolonization and racial justice in our clinical practice, therapy association, and community. Recognizing that racism is maintained when whiteness is invisible to white people, White Therapists Fighting Racism provides a forum for white-identified therapists to explore what it means to be white. While this process includes learning about structural racism and deconstructing the false narrative about race, a primary focus in the group is on doing inner work. We define inner work as the exploration of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors including

  • Unconscious racial bias
  • Defensive feelings of guilt and shame
  • Denial, avoidance, silence, and inaction
  • Intellectualizing
  • Overtalking
  • Acting out of a sense of urgency to rectify racial injustice without first having developed the wisdom and skills to do so.

For further information about WTFR contact Randi Gottlieb at rgottliebmft@gmail.com. To join our group, please complete the WTFR Member Questionnaire.

The group will meet the 3rd Sunday of each month from 3pm-5pm.

Therapists of Color Mentorship Program

Welcome to our ground-breaking LA-CAMFT TOC Mentorship Program. We are excited to offer this program and invite you to participate in our community of mentorship for Therapists of Color by Therapists of Color. Once you have reviewed the Program Overview, click on the link below to review Guidelines for Mentors and Mentees

Therapists of Color 2023 Grant Award for Pre-Licensed Members

LA-CAMFT's TOC Grant Award is for Pre-Licensed Members who are Therapists of Color. Every 4 months (3x per year), a grant award will be offered to two applicants who the program's criteria. For more information, click LA-CAMFT Grant Award.

Questions? Contact the Committee Chair! 

Stara Shakti, LMFT
Diversity Committee Chair

Contact Information
Phone: 310.694.2396
Email: DiversityCommittee@lacamft.org

Work/Private Practice Email: StaraShaktiLMFT@gmail.com
Instagram: @StaraShaktiLMFT
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LinkedIn: Stara Shakti LMFT

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Stara Shakti, LMFT, has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and specialization in Trauma Studies from Antioch University-LA. With a private practice in West L.A, Stara works with young adults in their 20s/30s and specializes in: Trauma and Intersectionality, LGBTQIA+ and POC/BIPOC folks, Neurodivergents, and first-generation Americans (especially from East / South Asian communities). Stara also helps survivors of narcissistic abuse heal from their past trauma. A founding member of LA-CAMFT’s Diversity Committee (since its origin in 2017), Stara is excited to be 2024 Chair of the Diversity Committee to highlight intersectionality—the “diversity within diversity. Website: www.starashaktilmft.com.

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