Who We Serve
LPA provides pro bono comprehensive, trauma-informed mental health services – including individual, family, and group therapy – to the Latino immigrant and refugee community in the five-county Philadelphia region. Specifically, we serve those who are unable to access mental health services elsewhere due to lack of legal status and linguistic, cultural, and economic barriers.
Through its service-learning model, LPA provides clinical training and supervision to bilingual volunteer and intern clinicians.
Additionally, LPA provides professional development, consultation, and other forms of training in the community service system, promoting more accessible, culturally informed approaches to care.
LPA maintains a small cadre of individuals who assist with training, supervision and oversight of clinical work with youth, individuals and families.
Interns represent master-level social work, psychology and family therapy programs from local universities, and required to be bilingual (English/Spanish) and with a special interest in working with immigrant and refugee communities.
LPA depends upon volunteers who offer assistance in different capacities, enriching the work of LPA by providing clinical counseling, administrative assistance, supervision of interns, development of materials, program development and fundraising.
“As a volunteer therapist and facilitator with La Puerta Abierta, I experienced firsthand the organization’s trauma-informed creation of safe spaces for immigrant youth and families. La Puerta Abierta’s empathetic and loving community opens the doors for immigrant youth and families to explore their migration journeys, access crucial resources in Philadelphia, and to embrace their countries and cultures of origin as deeply meaningful in their lives.”
Sara Schwartz, MSW Supervisor, Child Adcocacy Clinic at the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies, University of Pennsylvania Law School