Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW


Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW, is a Professor and the Associate Chair of the California State University at Northridge’s Masters of Social Work program. Dr. Ashley 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. She is passionate about promoting social justice, and infuses an intersectionality lens in her teaching, practice and research.


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

Presented by Quandra Chaffers, LCSW, Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW, David Archer, MSW, MFT, Rocio Hernández, Ph.D., LMFT, LPCC 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, Allen Lipscomb, 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,…