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Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Psychotherapies for the Aging

Improvising as We Age: An Afternoon of Poetry and Psychodrama

Sunday May 20, 2018  1:00-4:30PM

Registration and refreshments 12:30-1

Peggy Osna Heller, PhD, LCSW-C, PTR

Margo Silberstein, Ed.D, C.P.

All are welcome. General Admission is $15.

Continuing Education Credit Hours


Fees for CE/CME

Regular fee $90
WSP current members $60
WSP current students $15

Other students please contact the administrative office.

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20016

What is my walk of life?  Where am I coming from? Where am I now? Where do I go from here?

Come enjoy an experiential afternoon of poetry and psychodrama with two accomplished practitioners.   We will focus on the paths we have walked and the paths ahead. You will get to know yourself a little better and take gifts of creativity back to your life and work.

Because there is no roadmap, we have to make it up as we go along. And all we have to work with is who we are now. We want to prepare for the unexpected. We want to be wary of the unforeseen peril. And, at the same time, we want to hold our hearts and minds open to all of the possibilities.

We will use poetry and psychodrama to enhance our awareness and deepen our appreciation of our views of aging. These are two experiential methods of self exploration and consolidation which lend themselves to working with aging populations. By engaging multiple systems of awareness and expression, we shift our focus and allow new possibilities to emerge.


  1. Identify the stage of life issues and questions most relevant to you today.
  2. Develop alternate perspectives about unfolding futures.
  3. Name two creative strategies you will apply to your personal or occupational walk of life


Peggy Osna Heller, PhD, LCSW-C, PTR, is a social worker, clinical poetry therapist and master mentor/supervisor. With an initial degree in speech pathology, Peggy taught for many years before training in poetry therapy. She has written poetry since childhood, loves to read, sing, and walk. She practices psychotherapy and poetry therapy in Potomac, Md. 

Margo Silberstein, Ed.D, C.P. is a Psychologist and Psychodramatist practicing in Washington, D.C. Trained in  the 1970’s at St Elizabeths Hospital, she has directed  services with community members  across the life span. She is faculty of the Center for the Study of Psychotherapies for the Aging and of the ISTDP Programs ,WSP.

New two year cycle from the Center

 Faculty members from the Psychotherapy with Older Adults and the Study of Aging will be available (4:30-5:00) to answer any questions you have about the certificate program in 2018-2020.



Online registration has closed. There is space available, please call the office to let us know if you would like to attend.

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

The Washington School of Psychiatry designates each session for a maximum of 3 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.