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"Will You Still Need Me?" - How Secure Attachment in Intimate Relationships May Protect Our Minds as well as Our Hearts as We Grow Old.

Robert J. Waldinger, MD.

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12:30PM-4:30PM

Fees and CE/CME Award

3.5 CE/CME credits

Regular fee $100
Current WSP Members $65
Current WSP students $30
General admission - Non-credit $30

Other students, please contact the administrative office

Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #400, Washington DC 20016

Guest Presenter:

Dr. Waldinger  is the current Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital, a longitudinal study that has tracked the health and mental well-being of a group of 724 American men for 75 years.   He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He directs The Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Discussion Group Leaders

Members of the faculty of the Center for the Study of Aging of the Washington School of Psychiatry.

Secure attachment is central to well-being throughout the lifespan.  This presentation describes a study of octogenarian marriages from the 75-year-long Harvard Study of Adult Development. Dr. Waldinger will present an overview of attachment in couples, along with findings suggesting that security of attachment may protect cognition and well-being as we age.


Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to

  1. Describe the construct of attachment and the main categories of insecure attachment
  2. Assess the importance of relationship quality for late life health and well-being
  3. Integrate new findings regarding links between late life attachment and cognitive and physical health into their respective clinical practices.


12:30-1 Registration, refreshments, informal mingling
1-1:15  Welcome, introduction of Dr. Waldinger
1:15-2  Address by Dr. Waldinger
2:-2:20  Questions and comments from the floor
2:20-2:30  Break
2:30-:3:30 Small group discussion
3:30-3:50  Break
3:50-4:30  Closing plenary

This workshop is intended for mental health professionals and gerontologists. It is also intended for members of the wider community engaged in in these issues in their professional and personal lives. Elder care professionals, children of aging parents and individuals interested in this topic are welcome.


Online registration is now closed. The room will be full.


Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of _ of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.