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Cultural Responsiveness and Addressing Cultural Trauma and Adversity in EMDR Therapy: Presenters

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Presenter Bios


David Archer, MSW, MFT is an anti-racist psychotherapist from Montreal, Canada (Tiohtià:ke). He works full time in private practice and provides consulting services for organizations and other therapists. In addition to being trained as a clinical social worker, he is also a registered couple and family therapist. His philosophies are informed by mindfulness, intersectional feminism, and critical race theory. He provides mental health services practice using EMDR, Brainspotting, EFT, and other mind-body strategies which utilize memory re-consolidation and working memory taxation methods. Areas of interest relate to working with individuals who have suffered from PTSD, racial trauma, minority stress, addictions, relational conflict, and eating disorders. Mr. Archer is an ally of LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous, and oppressed people of color around the world. He is also the recent author of a book called Anti-Racist Psychotherapy: Confronting Systemic Racism and Healing Racial Trauma.


Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW (she/her/hers) is an EMDRIA Certified practitioner and and Professor and the Associate Chair of the California State University at Northridge’s Masters of Social Work program.  She has over twenty-five years of micro, mezzo and macro social work experience. Dr. Ashley is the author of numerous publications, speaks at conferences nationwide and internationally, maintains a private practice and provides training for multiple community agencies. Her research interests emphasize the promotion of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in practice, pedagogy and organizational culture. She is passionate about social justice advocacy, and infuses an intersectionality lens in her teaching, practice, training and research.


Allen Eugene Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW is an EMDR trained practitioner and Associate Professor in the Social Work Department at Cal State Northridge. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist by highest degree obtained. He is 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. Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth, and families of color. 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.


Viviana Triana, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Supervisor in Texas and EMDRIA Approved Consultant. Viviana was born in Colombia, South America and specializes in working with Latinx families who have experienced complex trauma in settings such as rape and domestic violence centers. Viviana works with children, teens, adults, and families who have experienced trauma. Viviana has worked consistently to promote education and understanding of the difficulties the immigrant population face in the United States. Viviana was the co-founder of the Ruth Project a center that provided support for immigrants in their process of adjustment and acculturation in the US.


Viviana Urdaneta, LCSW is an EMDR Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant. She has her private practice and works at the University of California at Berkeley. She specializes in working with survivors of trauma, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. Viviana is an immigrant from Colombia, South America who has worked consistently to promote the utilization of EMDR therapy in different settings including non-profit organizations. Viviana works with children, teens, adults and families from diverse backgrounds in individual and group settings. Viviana is committed to increase awareness around the challenges, strengths, and opportunities of working with diverse populations and their intersection of identities.


Mark Nickerson, LICSW is an EMDR Institute Trainer, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and a participating member of the Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Project. He was a past President of EMDRIA. He is director of EMDR Advanced Trainings and Distance Learning. Mark is editor/author of Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Insights, Strategies and Protocols (Springer, 2016) and The Wounds Within (Skyhorse, 2015), an expose on the challenges for war veterans and their families. He conducts advanced EMDR trainings nationally and internationally on topics including culturally based trauma and treatment for problem behaviors. He has developed award winning innovative programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict and is the originator of the Cycle Model as an approach to assessing and treating problem behaviors.


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