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Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture

About the Center


The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture at The Washington School of Psychiatry seeks to promote human welfare through experiential and didactic study of the range of differences and intersectionalities among individuals and groups. Differences will be inclusive of, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability and disability, religion, social class and other factors which perpetuate marginalization within and between groups.

The Center will:

  • Provide graduate and post-graduate, faculty and community education for psychotherapists, graduate students and other professionals;
  • Foster inclusivity in membership in all WSP programs through recruitment, scholarships and mentoring;
  • Participate in collaborative programming with other institutions and other WSP programs;
  • Develop training program(s) to further the cultural and multicultural capabilities of institutions and of clinicians and other professionals of all cultural backgrounds; and
  • Foster recognition of cultural and multicultural factors in all human encounters.

Chairpersons: Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP; Venus Masselam, PhD, CGP

Steering Committee:

Janice Berry Edwards PhD; Patricia Garcia Golding, MSW; Beth Griffith, MSW; Nancy Reder, MSW; Lenore Shapiro, MSW; Cherian Verghese, PhD; Ayana Watkins-Northern, PhD, CGP


The Center has sponsored these events since 2015.

All programs offered diversity credits

July 25, 2015 – Conversations about Race and Psychotherapy: Hearing the Voices of Others
Reginald Nettles, PhD, Janice Berry Edwards, PhD, Michael Stiers, PhD, Venus Masselam, PhD
May 6, 2016 – Film: Resolved
Michael Stiers, PhD, CGP and Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP
February 11, 2017 – What the Election Means for Race Relations in America
Clarence Lusane, PhD
June 25, 2017 Brother to Brother, Film Discussion
George Max Saiger, MD and Reginald Nettles, PhD
Oct. 13, 2017 – Passion, Art & Politics Through the Composite Lens of Mexican Culture A Screening and Discussion of the Film, Frida
Macario Giraldo, PhD
February 2, 2018 – Deconstructing Stereotypes: Racism, Classism, Sexism and …, Film: Crash
Discussed by Farooq Mohyuddin, MD
March 24, 2018 – Our Country 'Tis of We and Them:  Psychoanalytic Perspectives on our Fractured American Identity
Keynote speaker: Dorothy Holmes, PhD, ABPP
May 5, 2018 – Mental Unrest, Social Unrest, Global  Unrest:  A Psychoanalytic View
Keynote speaker: Salman Akhtar, MD, Psychoanalyst, Author and Poet
Oct. 20, 2018 Slavery’s Long Shadow: (Its Effects Upon Self And Culture)
Keynote speaker: Janice P. Gump, PhD
Nov. 2, 2018 – The Power of Deception in Racism and Love, A Screening and Discussion of the Film, Get Out
Katherine Marshall Woods PsyD
Upcoming in 2019
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019, Erich Fromm, series
Michael Maccoby, PhD and Mauricio Cortina MD
March 24, 2019, Film presentation: Mother of George
Albert J Brok, PhD, CGP, Joel Idowu, MD, Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, LCSW, Alcia Peterkin, LCSW, Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP




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.

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Washington DC 20016

202-537-6050 Treatment Center

202-237-2700 School

202-237-2730 Fax




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