“We have to be visible. We are not ashamed of who we are.”
– Silvia Rivera
LA RED MEANS THE LATINE NETWORK
Build your capacity as a Latine or Latine-serving supervisor working with teams that support Latine birthing parents, infants, and young children.
La Red de La Cocina
The only Latine network of MIECMH (Maternal, Infancy & Early Childhood Mental Health) supervisors ready to heal and transform–one LiBRC session at a time.
La Red de La Cocina is a national capacity building network and community of practice of Latine supervisors and trainers who seek to codesign reflective affinity spaces that re-humanize supervision and/or consultation models. La Red’s Latine-centered approach to participatory action through liberation-based supervision frameworks is the only Latine-founded, Latine-led, and Latine-serving support system dedicated to culturally affirming Latine supervision.
WHAT DO LA RED PARTICIPANTS LEARN AS PART OF THEIR 100+ HOURS OF TRAINING AND PRACTICE?
Learn the basics of Reflective Supervision & Consultation (RSC).
Learn how to integrate reflective validation of Latine intersecting identities with traditional RSC.
Learn the framework and associated skills associated with La Cocina’s Liberation-Based Reflective Consultation (LiBRC) and supervision.
Practice LiBRC by participating in La Cocina’s innovative group and individual consultation and supervision of small groups.
Receive ongoing support through monthly 1-1 LiBRC sessions and at LiBCR small groups codesigned by fellow La Red peers and trainers.
Join a working group and be part of La Red’s future through ongoing codesign opportunities that place you at the center of what happens next in this innovative program!
Participate in La Cocina’s LiBRC Conferencia at the end of La Red’s nine-month training intensives!
La Red’s 2022-2023 application process is currently closed; however, check back in May of 2023 for details
about the launch of the 2023-2024 training program.
What is LiBRC?
LiBRC (pronounced leeb-ehr-cee) is the acronym for La Cocina’s bilingual (Spanish-English) Liberation-Based Reflective Consultation framework and curriculum for Latine supervisors working in the helping professions. Unlike other supervision training models, La Red IS NOT exclusive to clinicians and/or clinicians in training. In fact, La Red was born of our communities' need for culturally-affirming support for Latine supervisors and their teams. La Red invites Latine supervisors throughout the U.S. to join hands and work together to build culturally-affirming approaches that generate a web of caring support for all Latine-serving teams, including ways and spaces of giving and receiving a liberated approach to reflective supervision and consultation.
Join Dr. Janina Fariñas, founder of La Red, and Sarah McNamee, LCSW, IMH-E, La Red’s Program Co-Lead, on June 22, 2023, as they reflect live with La Red’s 2022-2023 cohort members.
Want to learn the basics of LiBRC?
Meet La Red’s 2022-2023 Leadership Team
Janina E. Fariñas, Ph.D., Psy., LPC
Dr. Fariñas is the founder of La Red de La Cocina, as well as La Cocina’s founding CEO. She has been advocating for, and codesigning equitable MIECMH supervision spaces since being introduced to the marvels of Infant Mental Health at the Community Infant Program in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Fariñas’ work developing the basic framework for LiBRC has been part of La Cocina’s developmental approach to working with Applied Liberation Psychology, and the integration of Accompaniment as a cornerstone of her work with Latine supervisors, clinical teams, community circles, and Latine families.
Sarah McNamee, LCSW, IMH-E
Sarah McNamee is La Cocina’s Clinical Director. Sarah’s clinical expertise is in Infant Mental Health (IMH) and Maternal Mental Health (MMH) and working to support individuals, groups, and organizations as they build relational approaches to working with families and each other. Sarah feels honored to Co-Lead La Red and looks forward to working with trainers and cohort members to codesign processes that lead from the heart and from the mind of liberation-based PIECMH supervision. Sarah values co-creating spaces that welcome the inherent wisdom and strength of individuals and communities, in turn promoting innovative, intentional, transformational, and generative ways of being with each other as we work to change/redesign systems of health and care for pregnant people, babies, young children, and families.
Meet La Red’s 2022-2023 Trainers-In-Training Team
“I have not come here to help, but to accompany should you want to invite me along.”
- Janina E. Fariñas, Founder of La Red & La Cocina
A very special shout-out and official bienvenida to our 2022-2023 Trainers-in-Training team of Latine and/or Latine-serving supervisors dedicated to supporting La Red’s 2022-2023 inaugural cohort. This year’s group of caring LiBRC Trainers-in-Training has been hard at work supporting La Red participants as they heal and grow into LiBRC supervisors leading work in their communities. Learn more about our 2022-2023 La Red Trainers and send them a shout out too! They will be thrilled to hear from you.
Leticia is a family educator, mentor, and life coach. She has promoted health, family wellness, and education in Boulder, Colorado's Spanish-speaking community, since 1997. Leticia has an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Institute of Applied Studies in Madrid, Spain. Leticia is a Certified Life Coach from the Instituto D'Arte de Madrid and a Certified Medical Interpreter from the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters. Leticia's work with Latine gender nonconforming and non-binary children, youths, and their families includes work with El Centro AMISTAD, La Cocina, and Early Head Start of Boulder County. Leticia lives with her family in Lafayette, Colorado. She's all about creativity and connection to her loved ones and her community.
PATRICIA DA COSTA, MS
Patricia is La Cocina’s Lead Mental Health Consultation Specialist providing support to Latine families in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Patricia completed her master's in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University in Indiana, where she committed to working from a systems-lens that supports a strengths-based approach to direct services, as well as a way to antagonize inequitable systems dynamics. Patricia's work with infants and young children promotes culturally sensitive, relationship-based changes that center families' and communities' voices and power, leading them to make decisions "by them and from them." Patricia self-identifies as bicultural (Brazilian-American) and multilingual. She enjoys spending time with family, walking her dog, Colorado's natural beauty, connecting with friends, and traveling worldwide.
EVELIN GOMEZ, PH.D.
Evelin is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Director of the Trauma-Responsive Implementation and Practice (TRIP) Program at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Gomez received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a bilingual, Spanish-speaking, and bicultural licensed clinician who provides reflective supervision and consultation in both Spanish and English. Evelin is a recipient of the UC Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition Award for Faculty Leadership and has been an affiliate of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) since 2008. Evelin is a proud immigrant from El Salvador. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.
ELIZABETH “BUFFY” TRENT WOLF, PSY.D., IMH-E
Buffy is La Cocina's Associate Director of Parental, Infancy & Early Childhood Mental Health Services. She is a bilingual, Spanish-speaking, licensed clinical psychologist specializing in infant and early childhood neurodevelopment. A passion drives Buffy for culturally affirming care-a primary motivator that led her to complete her doctoral degree in Latine Psychology from the Pacific University School of Professional Psychology. In Colorado, Dr. Trent Wolf obtained the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health. She values collaborative, interdisciplinary care as a vital component of holistic services for Latine families. Most importantly, Buffy is mama to 13-month-old baby Ottis!
JUANITA VAQUERO, PH.D.
Juanita developed her keen interest in understanding early childhood mental health after experiencing the many disparities in access to services in state-funded preschools. She pursued pre-and post-doctoral training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in Los Angeles, CA, where she specialized in early childhood mental health, relationship-based treatment approaches, and reflective practice. After her post-doctoral fellowship, Juanita returned to San Diego, where she continued to serve the birth-to-five population and started to work with school-age children, teens, and adults. Juanita received her doctorate degree in school psychology and bilingual populations from Texas A&M University. Presently she works for Neighborhood HealthCare, a federally qualified clinic where she provides psychotherapy services in English and Spanish to a diverse Latine population. Juanita also provides supervision to non-licensed clinicians.
Meet La Red’s 2022-2023 Latine Supervisors Cohort
La Red’s 2022-2023 cohort includes thirty (30) Latine and/or Hispanic-identified supervisors from six U.S. regions. The group’s primary focus is on building their individual and collective capacity and in working together to co-create a culturally-affirming network of liberatory support that is led by Latines, for Latines. Please share your support for this year’s remarkable cohort of Latine supervisors by sending caring messages to us at LaRed@lacocinahome.org.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
MARIA JUDITH ALVAREZ QUIROZ
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
CRISTINA ARWEN HERMAN
GRACIA MARIA DERAS
KRYSTAL M. IRIZARRY MENDOZA
Fort Collins, Colorado
Las Cruces, New Mexico
SOLANGEL RAMOS BLANCO
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Culver City, California
VERONICA WEBER NAGAO
La Red's investors are deeply committed to codesigning equity in the diverse fields of maternal mental health, infancy & early childhood mental health, and school-readiness health & social-emotional wellbeing. La Red de La Cocina is funded nationally by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Perigee Fund and in key Colorado counties by the Caring for Colorado Foundation. Regional support was also provided by the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County and the Genesis Program of Boulder, Colorado. Investors interested in learning more about La Red may contact La Cocina at email@example.com.