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A two-year certificate program

Tybe Diamond, MSW, Chair

The Washington School of Psychiatry’s Center on the Study on Aging offers a series of 6 weekend conferences to help professionals stay current in their work with aging adults and their families.

These conferences will provide important knowledge and skills to better serve the aging adult population in a wide range of settings. This longest life stage and its phases requires specialized training.

Six weekend conferences offer interactive, didactic and experiential learning based on theory and research. Content areas include clinical person-centered approaches such as individual, couples, family and expressive therapy; medical; legal and ethical considerations; cognitive impairment; gender and sexuality; cultural competence; diversity and spirituality. Strategies for communicating effectively in difficult situations are woven throughout the conferences.

Participation in the conferences is open to professionals who are interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in working with aging adults. Previous work serving aging adults is not a pre-requisite.

There are two levels of participation:

  1. Certificate program wherein participants attend the entire cycle of six conferences and belong to the same small group throughout all six conferences.
  2. Single-conferences wherein participants attend on a per conference basis and are assigned to a small group formed only for that particular conference.

Participants receive 12 continuing education credits for each conference. Participants who attend all six conferences receive a Program Completion Certificate at the end of the six conference cycle.

Applications for the two-year certificate cycle will be accepted now.

Registration for individual conferences will be opened as the dates come near.

All conferences take place at the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Ste. 400, Washington, DC 200016; Tel: 202. 237. 2700.

The conferences are held on Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.

The Six Conference Cycle:  

1. First Conference, September 15 & 16, 2018:

"The Impact of Longevity On Clients and Ourselves

Judith Viorst will be the guest speaker. Conferences & Small Group Discussion.

2. Second Conference, December 8 & 9, 2018:

"Psychotherapy with Aging Adults"

Conference will include Case Conferences & Small Group Discussion.

3. Third Conference, March 16 & 17, 2019:

"Creativity & Resilience, Vulnerability & Decline"

Conference will include Case Conferences & Small Group Discussion.

4. Fourth Conference, September 14 & 15, 2019

"Caregiving/ Medical and Psychiatric Conditions"

Conference will include Case Conferences & Small Group Discussion.

5.   Fifth Conference, December 14 & 15, 2019: 

"Diversity and Aging: A Power of Knowledge of Inclusion"

Conference will include Case Conferences & Small Group Discussion.

6.   Sixth Conference, March 14 & 15, 2020:

"Ethics, Law, Death & Dying, Spirituality

Conference will include Case Conferences & Small Group Discussion.

Additional guest speakers will be announced as the program continues.


September 15 & 16, 2018
December 8 & 9, 2018
March 16 & 17, 2019
September 14 & 15, 2019
December 14 & 15, 2019
March 14 & 15, 2020

The deadline for applications to the two-year program is September 1.



Annual tuition for the series is $1000. Tuition will be billed each year.

The registration fee for individual conferences will be $360.


For additional information call Tybe Diamond, Program Chair, at 202-966-1381 or
e-mail at


Kathryn Chefetz, MSW
Tybe Diamond, MSW, Chair
Joseph A. Izzo, MA, LICSW
Aleksandra Parpura, MD, PhD
George Saiger, MD
Venus Masselam, PhD
Lenore Pomerance, MSW
Annemarie Russell, MSW, MPH
Margo Silberstein, EdD

Steering Committee (All the faculty above and)

Estelle Berley, MSW
Mary Welker, MSW


Guest Faculty

Bill Amt, MSW 
Ellen K. Baker, Ph.D.
Monica Callahan, Ph.D. ,TEP
Winston Gooden, Ph.D
Peggy Osna Heller, PhD, LCSW-C, PTR
Linda Hill, MSW
Anthony Hyatt
Flora Ingenhousz, MSW
Joe Izzo, MSW
Barbara Kane, MSW
Wendi R Kaplan, LCSW, CPT-MS
Miriam Kelty, PhD
Ron M. Landsman, LLB
Steve Little
Barry McCarthy, PhD
Wendy Miller, Ph.D, ATR-BC, LPC
Reginald Nettles, Ph.D
Naomi Nim, EdD, MS, LPC, BC-DMT
Erin Potash, MA, ATR-BC
Melinda Salzman, MSW
Jackie Sargent, MA, ATR
Ruth Shea, MSW
Michelle Sheahan,MA, MSW
Ronald Smith, MD
Tally Tripp , MA, MSW, LICSW, ATR-BC
Merry Urbia, MSW, ATR
Susan Walker, MA



Videos from the Sherwin Nuland and the Wendy Miller programs.


Scholarship Application

WSP has very limited scholarship funds. However we will try to help students with a payment plan and scholarship where possible.

About the
Washington School of Psychiatry

Celebrating its 80th year, the School is an accredited provider of post-graduate continuing education.

The Meyer Treatment Center provides low cost access to mental health services. It is an out-of-network facility for insurance purposes.

The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States.

Location and Telephone

5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #400
Washington DC 20016

202-537-6050 Treatment Center

202-237-2700 School

202-237-2730 Fax




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