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"Power, Privilege and Allyship in the Therapy Room"

  • October 20, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Unitarian Universalist Church 12355 Moorpark St. Studio City, CA 91604


Note 1. Registration for this event is through the California Society of Clinical Social Workers (CSCSW) website. See content of event.

Note 2. Registration at the door will be an additional $15.


"Power, Privilege and Allyship in the Therapy Room"

with Allen Libscomb, PsyD, LCSW & Wendy Ashley, PsyD, LCSW

The SFV-CAMFT Outreach Committee, in partnership with the California Society of Clinical Social Workers (CSCSW), is excited to bring you this special event again this year!


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.

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will 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.


Allen 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 (Psy.D.) 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.

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 (Psy.D.) 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.


      Sunday, October 20, 2019



CSCSW will be offering 3.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.


     Unitarian Universalist Church

     12355 Moorpark St. Studio City, CA 91604


$70 SFV-CAMFT & CSCSW Members (please email us for special code)

$25 SFV-CAMFT & CSCSW Students  (please email us for special code)

$85 Non-Members

Registration at the door will be an additional $15.

Light snacks and refreshments will be offered.

Registration will be through the California Society of Clinical Social Workers (CSCSW) website.  A special registration code was sent to all chapter members by email, if you need the code please send a request to  

Please use the code to receive the member price and click here to register.

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