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Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Aging

Beginners, Film Discussion

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 1-4:30PM

(Check-in and refreshments, 12:30-1)

Joseph A. Izzo, MA, LICSW, discussion leader

Film and discussion open to all, $15

Continuing Education Credit Hours:


Fees for Continuing Education Credits

Non-Members $90
Current WSP Members $60
Current WSP Students $15


At 82 years of age, Christopher Plummer became the oldest winning actor ever when he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Hal in the movie "Beginners"(2010). Portraying a 75 year old man, widowed after 44 years of marriage, and re-connecting with his 38 year old son, Oliver, Hal is starting life over as an openly Gay man for the first time. 

This unusual Father's Day movie explores beginnings and endings; being true to one's authentic self, at any age; secure vs. ambivalent attachments and how love and family devotion can weather many of life's challenges.

Consider sharing part of your Father's Day and Gay Pride*** month viewing this movie and discussing its clinical implications for working with older LGBTQ adults. 

***The month of June commemorates the beginning of the LGBTQ civil rights movement in June, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn insurrection in New York city.


Joseph A. Izzo, M.A., L.I.C.S.W. is a member of the Center for the Study of Aging's Steering Committee at WSP. Trained as a geriatric social worker at Howard University School of Social Work, they have been on the staff of Whitman-Walker Health Center since June, 1986. As a psychotherapist in the Department of Behavioral Health, they provide individual and group psychotherapy to adults of all sexual orientations and gender expressions. Joe specializes in treating people with HIV infection, trauma survivors seeking asylum from diverse nationalities, ethnic and racial populations and those recovering from substance misuse. Joe is finally returning to a more geriatric focus, facilitating therapy groups for older LGBTQ clients --- "LGBTQ at 60 Plus" and "Healing from Life Losses for LGBTQ Clients".


  1. Identify key social, cultural and political realities that caused many LGBTQ people to remain "invisible" ("in the closet" or "passing") through most of the 20th century. 
  2. Discuss the impact of LGBTQ oppression within the therapeutic relationship and how it manifests in symptom of depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.
  3. Articulate key developmental and attachment tasks that are impaired in the psychosexual process of LGBTQ people who come out later in adult life stages.



Select Appropriate Level

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.