Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW

Guest Speaker

Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW is a Professor and Associate Chair of the California State University Northridge’s MSW program. Dr. Ashley maintains certifications in Diversity and Inclusion Practices from Cornell University and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has over 25 years of clinical practice experience. Dr. Ashley is the author of multiple publications, speaks at conferences nationwide and internationally, maintains a private practice and provides training for multiple organizations. Her research interests emphasize the promotion of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in practice, pedagogy and organizational culture.


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…

GS3: EMDR Therapy with an Afrocentric Critical Race Perspective

Presented by Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW in Intermediate at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 29th.

Session Description: EMDR is an evidenced based intervention designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories. Despite EMDR’s efficacy, there are minimal references to diversity in EMDR research, and no protocol adaptations for African American clients. Without consideration of the lived experiences of African Americans or acknowledgement of stigma, shame and historical trauma, the relevance of identity,…