Social work

Allen Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW

Dr. Allen LipscombAssociate Professor, Director of Online & Offsite Programs

Email: allen.lipscomb@csun.edu

Office Location: ST 204


Now Accepting Research Assistant Applications for the Black Male Grief Lab


Biography

Allen E. Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW is an Associate Professor and Director of Online and Offsite MSW Programs as well as Director of Minority Male Mentoring (M3) and Student Success Allies (SSA) program at California State University Northridge in the Department of Social Work. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist by highest degree earned 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 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. 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. His pedagogy is centered on cultural anti-oppressive and clinically-responsive inclusive practices with communities of color. Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local, national and international trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote speaker. Dr. Lipscomb has numerous peer review journal articles that centers Black male grief experiences and has a published two books titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment; and BRuH Approach to Therapy (BAT) and Other Related Services to Promote Healing of Traumatic Grief Among African American Men and Youth: A Clinical Practice Guide and Workbook: Honoring-Based Practice Approach.

Education

  • Certificate, Cornell University, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Certificate, University of Michigan, Mixed-Methods Community-Based Research
  • Psy.D., Ryokan College, Clinical Psychology
  • MSW, University of Southern California
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, Psychology
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, Black Studies
  • AA, Santa Monica College, Liberal Arts

Courses Taught

  • Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Advanced Social Work Practice with Urban Families
  • Psychosocial Assessing, Diagnosing and Evaluation
  • Family Crisis, Trauma and Grief
  • Research Methods for Social Work Knowledge and Practice
  • Advanced Skills in Program Evaluation and Research with Urban Families
  • Mental Health Recovery and Wellness
  • Graduate Research Project

Publications

BOOK

Lipscomb, A.E. (2020). BRuH Approach to Therapy (BAT) and Other Related Services to Promote Healing of Traumatic Grief Among African American Men and Youth: A Clinical Practice Guide and Workbook. 

Lipscomb, Allen. E. (2016). Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: One Man’s Mental Health Treatment. CreateSpace Publications (contract with Amazon.com). ISBN: 1533288119

BOOK CHAPTERS

Ashley, W., Lipscomb, A.E., Mountz, S., (2020). Homework Assignments and Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients A Mental Health and Counseling Handbook. Chapter 16: “A Toolkit for Collaborative Safety and Treatment Planning with Transgender Youth of Color”. Routledge.

PEER REVIEWED

Lipscomb, A.E. (2021). Let a Brotha Breathe and Grieve: Promoting Healing for Black Men and Youth Who Are Grieving through Honoring-Based Practices. Journal of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry. 41(1). Read this article online.

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W. (2021). A Critical Analysis of the Utilization of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Psychotherapy with African American Clients. Journal of Human Services, Training, Research and Practice. 7 (1). Read this article online.

Lipscomb, A.E., & Ashley, Wendy (2021) "A Critical Analysis of the Utilization of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Psychotherapy with African American Clients," Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice: Vol. 7: Iss. 1, Article 3.
Read this article online.

Lipscomb, A. E., & Emeka, M. (2020). You Don’t Get It Babe: Intimate Partner Support Coupled with Racialized Discrimination among Intra-Racial and Inter-Racial Couples. Psychology, 11, 1813-1825. Read this article online.

Lipscomb, A.E. (2020). We Got You BRUH? An Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Racist Clinical Approach for Working with African American Men Experiencing Grief, Loss and Trauma. Journal of Sociology and Social Work 8 (2).  Read this article online (.pdf).

Ashley, W., Baker Griffin, A., Lipscomb, A.E. (2020). Risky Business: Identification, Assessment and Management of Risk Factors in Clinical Practice. Journal of Social Work Education and Practice 5(4) 16-31.  Read this article online (.pdf).

Lipscomb, A.E., Ashley, W. (2020). Surviving Being Black and a Clinician During a Dual Pandemic: Personal and Professional Challenges in a Disease and Racial Crisis. Smith College Studies in Social Work. Read this article online.

Lipscomb, A.E. (2020). You Have the Right to Exclaim Your Pain: Honoring Black Familial Voices Impacted by Police Induced Trauma in the United States. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies 7 (1). Read or download this article (.pdf).

Lipscomb, A.E. & Salinas, P. (2020). The Mis-bereavement of Transnational Deaths: Exploring Grief and Bereavement Experiences among Latinx Immigrants in the United States. London Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences 20(5). Read this article online (.pdf).

Lipscomb, A.E., Cuaderes Emeka, G. (2019). Child Social Workers Preparedness in Working with Children Who Sexually Abuse Other Children Across Practice Settings. Journal of Sociology and Social Work 7(2).

Lipscomb, A.E., Bracy. I, M. Emeka, M., Stevenson, V., Lira, A., Gomez, Y., Riggins, J. (2019). BLACK MALE HUNTING! A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Secondary Impact of Stephon Clark’s Murder on the Black Male Psyche. Journal of Sociology and Social Work 7 (1). Read this article online (.pdf).

Lipscomb, A.E., Ashley, W. & Riggins, J (2019). Sexual Healing: How Racialized Black Males Use Sex to Cope with Stress, Loss and Separation. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 46 (1).

Lipscomb, A.E. & Arkadie, N. (2019). It Takes a Community: Preventing Child Maltreatment of Toddler-Aged Children in the US from an Ecological Systems Perspective. Journal of Social Work Education and Practice 4 (4).

Decker, J., Brown, J., Ashley, W. & Lipscomb. A.E. (2019). Mindfulness, Meditation and Breathing Exercises: Reduced Anxiety for Clients and Self Care for Social Work Interns. Special issue of Social Work with Groups.

Arkadie, N. & Lipscomb, A.E. (2018). Post Graduate Training and Professional Development: Exploring the Nexus Between Self Compassion and Compassion Fatigue Among Mental Health Clinicians Working with Trauma. International Research in Higher Education.

Lipscomb, A.E. & Valencia, I(2018). A Mixed-Methods Explanatory Study Exploring Access to Mental Health Services among School Age Children of Farmworkers. Journal of Modern Education Review.

Ashley, W. & Lipscomb, A.E. (2018). Culturally Affirming Clinical Supervision in Graduate Field Education: Enhancing Transformative Dialogue in the Supervisory Dyad. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (3). Read this article online. (Requires login)

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W. (2018). Black Male Grief Through the Lens of Racialization and Oppression: Effective Instruction for Graduate Clinical Programs. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (2). Read this article online.

Lipscomb, A.E.; Gaines, D., Flynn, T. (2017). An Exploration of the Utilization of Self-compassion among Emerging Adult African American and Latino Students. Journal of Modern Education Review, 7 (11). DOI:10.15341/jmer(2155-7993)/11.07.2017/001 Read this article online (.pdf).

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W., Mountz, S. (2017). From the Teachers' Perspective: Exploring Ways to Navigate Transformative Dialogues about Microaggressions in Social Work Higher Education. International Research in Higher Education, 2 (3). Read this article online.

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W. (2017). Colorful Disclosures: Identifying Identity-Based Differences and Enhancing Critical Consciousness in Supervision. Smith College Studies in Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/00377317.2017.1324098

Lipscomb, A.E. & Choi, K. (2016). “A Qualitative Study Exploring the Role of Caregivers and Teachers in the Academic Achievement of Youth in foster Care.” Journal of Modern Education Review, Doi: 10.15341/jmer(2155-7993)/12.06.2016/002. Read this article online (.pdf).

Lipscomb, A.E. (2016). “No More Scared Straight! Creating Trauma-Sensitive Environments for At-Risk-Children in School Settings.” Journal of Modern Education Review, 6( 4), 243–249. DOI: 10.15341/jmer(21557993)/04.06.2016/003.Read this article online (.pdf).