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Willard Ashley, Sr. MDiv, DMin, Rev


Upper Montclair, NJ

Dr. Ashley is the President & CEO of Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr., LLC, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, where he conducts webinars, consultation, psychoanalysis, couples counseling, group therapy, and coaching. He is a trustee and faculty member of the New Jersey Institute for the Training in Psychoanalysis. He is also an Advisory Board Member of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. Ashley instructs doctoral students about racial trauma at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. Reverend Ashley has served as pastor for 42 years at various congregations. Willard is an organizer, learner, and trainer for the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Dr. Ashley is a retired professor who was the second African American granted tenure and the first African American Dean of the Seminary New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS). He is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), Black Psychoanalysts Speak (BPS), American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), New Jersey Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (NJAMFT), American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society EGPS), International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP) and the American Baptist Churches, USA (ABCUSA).

Gant, S. Ashley, W. Adams, J. Carter, F. (2024) Undoing Racialized Enactments by Developing a Decolonizing Group Culture and Weakening Closed Survivor Roles. In A. Abernethy. (Ed) Addressing Diversity Dynamics in Group Therapy: Clinical and Training Applications. AGPA

Ashley, W. (2021). New Rules for Radicals TNT (Tactics and Techniques). Valley Forge: Judson Press.

Ashley, W (2020). Journal for the Advancement of Scientific Psychoanalytic Empirical Research – JASPER. “Reflections on Healing the Wounds of Racial Trauma in Clinical Practice (pp.28-53). Vol.4, Issue 1.

Ashley, W (2020). Reflections, Yale University. “What Shall We Tell Our Babies?”

Ashley, W (2017). Disaster Spiritual Care Assessment. Self-Care is Essential. Pastoral Counseling Outside the Box. Cultural Considerations. In W. Ashley and S. Roberts (Eds) Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Tragedy. 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded. Skylight Paths Publishing.

Ashley, W (2017). Engaging Pastoral Care. In M. Flooding (Ed) A Theological Field Education Toolkit. Rowman & Littlefield.

Ashley, W (2012). Learning To Lead. In W. Ashley (Ed) Learning to Lead: Lessons in Leadership for People of Faith. Skylight Paths Publishing.

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