David Archer, MSW, MFT


David Archer, MSW, MFT, is an anti-racist psychotherapist from Montreal, Canada. In addition to being trained as a clinical social worker, he is also a registered couple and family therapist. Though mindfulness, intersectional feminism, and critical race theory inform his philosophic approach, he works full time in private practice using EMDR, Brainspotting, EFT, and other mind-body strategies which utilize memory re-consolidation. Areas of interest relate to working with individuals who have suffered from PTSD, racial trauma, minority stress, addictions, and eating disorders. Mr. Archer is an ally of LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous, and oppressed people of color around the world.


GS2: The Elephant in the Room: Systemic Racism and Psychotherapy

Presented by Quandra Chaffers, LCSW, Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW, David Archer, MSW, MFT in Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory at 9:00 AM on Sunday, September 27th.

Session Description: This has been a year of adversity and increased awareness. We are now awakening to the trauma of white privilege and systemic racism. EMDR therapists are challenged with effectively responding to the mental health needs of those impacted by this system of privilege, power and oppression. This special plenary presentation will contain a…

GS4: Racial Trauma, Neurons, and EMDR: The Path Towards an Anti-Racist Psychotherapy

Presented by David Archer, MSW, MFT in Intermediate at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 1st.

Session Description: Although race is a social construction, it carries great significance and dire consequences in our North American culture. This presentation will explore how Anti-Black racism, racial trauma, and White Supremacy can impact psychotherapy. Using Young’s Five Faces of Oppression model, we will discuss how Anti-Black racism affects clients and therapists. In addition to…