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Power, Privilege and Allyship in the Therapy Room

  • Sunday, October 20, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • 12355 Moorpark Street, Studio City, CA 91604
  • 43


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We are excited to be partnering with the Outreach Committee of SFV-CAMFT for this special event!


Presenters: Wendy Ashley, PsyD, LCSW and Dr. Allen Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW

CEUs: 3.5

SUMMARY OF PRESENTATION: The multitude of requests for additional dialogue and opportunities for clinical integration have resulted in this dynamic workshop. Dr. Wendy Ashley and Dr. Allen Lipscomb will facilitate experiential activities to increase your understanding of the power, privilege and implicit biases you bring to clinical spaces and their impact on your work. The facilitators will provide participants with tools to apply workshop content to support client empowerment, promote social justice and to embrace intersectionality in micro, mezzo and macro practice settings. It will hone in on the power and privilege dynamics that are inherent in practice settings, offer strategies to integrate intersectionality in a variety of practice contexts and provide techniques to be a true ally to marginalized populations.


As a result of attending this training, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify 3 ways diversity, intersectionality, power and privilege impact the effectiveness of one’s practice.
  2. Identify 3 skills to navigate through the complexities of intersectionality with clients, paying special attention to our own biases and blind spots
  3. Identify and practice 4 strategies to promote cultural humility in increasing empowerment, equity and efficacy in practice.

Wendy Ashley, PsyD, LCSW
is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the California State University at Northridge’s Masters of Social Work program. Dr. Ashley received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from Ryokan College and her MSW from the University of Southern California. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1998 and has over twenty years of social work experience in the areas of community mental health, child welfare and addiction recovery. Dr. Ashley is the author of multiple publications, speaks at conferences nationwide and internationally, maintains a private practice and provides training for multiple community agencies. Research interests include treatment models for working with African American and Transgender clients, effective trauma interventions, creative engagement of involuntary clients, the impact of power and privilege on macro and micro practice, and child welfare. She is passionate about promoting social justice, and infuses an intersectionality lens in her teaching, practice and research.

Dr. Ashley can be reached at: Wendy.Ashley@csun.edu Website: drwendyashley.com

Allen Eugene Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW, Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. Dr. Lipscomb received his doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) with a clinical emphasis in marriage, family and child psychotherapy from Ryokan College and his master of social work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. Upon completing his doctorate, he earned a certification in mixed-methods community based research from the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb studied diversity and inclusion practices for human resources within organizations through Cornell University; earning a certification from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth and families of color. He has worked in collaboration with Alhambra Unified School District; Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Los Angeles County Department of Probation; Los Angeles Unified School District and California Community Care Licensing.

His areas of research are centered on the psychiatric epidemiology among racialized and marginalized individuals who have experienced trauma (i.e. complex trauma, traumatic-grief and race-based trauma). Specifically, Dr. Lipscomb has conducted numerous qualitative research studies on racialized Black identified men across the Black/African Diaspora exploring their grief, loss and complex-trauma experiences.

His pedagogy is centered on cultural anti-oppressive and clinically-responsive inclusive practices with consumers. Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local, national and international trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote/motivational speaker. Dr. Lipscomb is an author and published his first book titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment.

Recent publications:

Ashley, W. & Lipscomb, A.E. (2018). Culturally Affirming Clinical Supervision in Graduate Field Education: Enhancing Transformative Dialogue in the Supervisory Dyad. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (3). https://doi.org/10.5430/irhe.v3n3

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W. (2018). Black Male Grief Through the Lens of Racialization and Oppression: Effective Instruction for Graduate Clinical Programs. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (2). https://doi.org/10.5430/irhe.v3n2p51

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W., Mountz, S. (2017). From the Teachers' Perspective: Exploring Ways to Navigate Transformative Dialogues about Microaggressions in Social Work Higher Education. International Research in Higher Education, 2 (3). https://doi.org/10.5430/irhe.v2n3p50


Lipscomb, A. E. (2016). Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man’s Mental Health Treatment. https://www.amazon.com/Black-Male-Grief-Reaction-Trauma/dp/1533288119


Online registration is preferred to ensure your seat.  Registration at the door will be an additional $15. 

This course meets the qualifications for 3.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
  • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
  • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

For more information or to renew your membership contact: info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org or 650 460-9210


Signs will be out front of the church and we will have someone in the inside door for registration. There is a small parking lot but mostly it will be parking on the street. Parking is very accessible in this area.


Natasha Singer, LCSW | nsingerlcsw@gmail.com

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