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"The Healing Music of Afro-Latino Music "

  • September 20, 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91364


  • Member of LA CAMFT or SGV CAMFT

Registration is closed

Membership Meeting 

with Melissa Shepherd, LMFT 

and Melena Francis Valdés,

Master Percussionist


For generations, music has helped people develop resilience, move forward during challenges and celebrate triumphs. This unique workshop will         celebrate  the rich Afro-Latino music & cultural traditions.

  Learning objectives:

  • Increase awareness about the Afro-Latino experience of inter-generational trauma  
  • List three traumatic experiences that undermine Afro-Latino cultural growth
  • Learn three musical genres that serve to express feelings through social commentary, build community and dance 
  • Obtain and expand tools for clinical application of music in supporting the healing process of Afro-Latinos
  • Learn three ways to develop connections with the Afro-Latino community to encourage them to receive clinical services and remain involved in therapy

Melissa Shepherd, LMFT, was born and raised in Panama. She is a therapist for students at the California Institute of the Arts, conducts workshops, creates training videos, works in private practice, and is an adjunct faculty member in the School of cultural and Family Psychology at Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School. 

Melena was born in Havana, Cuba and is recognized as one of the most accomplished ad proficient male percussionists in the music community. Melena has toured, performed, and recorded with legendary artists such as Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, and Julio Iglesias.

8:30-9am - Networking, Registration, Breakfast 
9-9:30am - Membership Meeting &                                            Announcements
9:30-10:30am - Speaker Presentation 
10:30-11am - Structured Networking 
11:15 -1pm - Board Meeting ~All Welcome

$10 for SFV-CAMFT chapter members

$20 for non SFV-CAMFT chapter members

Early Bird Online Registration Ends November 2 

If paying at the door, checks only (NO CASH PLEASE)  

Please note new policy...if a phone or online RSVP is not received *before* the event, payment at door will double to $20 for members & $40 for non-members 

Questions?  Email Laura Westmoreland here      


(1.5 CE Credit for MFT/LCSW; BBS Provider #PCE 3168)  

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