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Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Aging

The First Weekend in the Six Conference Cycle, 2018-2020

The Impact of Longevity On Clients and Ourselves

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16, 2018, 9:30AM-5:30PM each day

Registration, check-in, continental breakfast, 9-9:30


Venus Masselam, PHD, MS, CGP, LMFT
Anya Parpura, MD, PHD
Annemarie Russell, LCSW, MPH, CASFT, CAGS (Gerontology),ABD

and Special Guest Speaker, Judith Viorst

Fees and Continuing Education Credits

$360 flat fee

12 CE/CME credit hours

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

The complex range of emotions accompanying the Aging Adult stage as the longest development life span stage possibly 30 or more years prevents many aging adults 55 plus from preparing for their own aging as well as clinicians developing the skills and treatment approaches needed for working with this stage. Information sharing and dialoguing  about aging  adults who are developmentally changing  physiologically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively is resource building. By increasing our understanding about our clients and their needs we help to dispel myths about them and expand psychotherapeutic services. The physiological, social and psychological changes present challenges at each of three phases of transitions through this stage.

Material will be presented and shared through didactic as well as experiential small and large groups.

We are honored to share this life stage through the  words of writer, Judith Viorst.  Ms Viorst graduated from  the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute following 6 years of study there. She is  currently a research affiliate member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

This first workshop of our 6 weekend training program will provide the context and emotional considerations for understanding all the subsequent topics presented in the following five weekend workshops. 


Venus S. Masselam PHD, MS, CGP, LMFT(chair) is a Developmental Life Span Psychologist, Family Therapist, Supervisor, and Consultant. Dr. Masselam, more recently is  concentrating  on the Aging Adult Stage, age 55 plus, which requires navigation of transition without clear societal guidelines and developmental tasks.
Formerly she served as an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University and University of MD in group work. Currently she is  serving as faculty and co chair of the Center for Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture (CSREC) as well for the clinical certificate in Aging Studies Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP).  

Annemarie Russell, LCSW, MPH, CASFT, CAGS (Gerontology), ABD is a psychotherapist, family therapist and clinical social work supervisor in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia and a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry, Clinical Aging Certificate Training Program. She has instructed social work and public health at several universities domestically and abroad and is an experienced international social welfare, health and human rights program manager and advisor. Her current gerontology research interests include community aging in place initiative.

Dr. Aleksandra (Anya) Parpura MD is an expert in the field of aging and dementia with broad experience in teaching and training. She has devoted 15 years to research of gerontological issues and authored a number of publications.  She was a part of initiatives for medical care improvement for Medicare and Medicaid in Midwest. As a President of Aging Perspectives, Inc., she is utilizing her research and policy expertise to design and implement individualized care for the aged and their families. Dr. Parpura is also Scientific Review Officer with SRA International, Adjunct Professor at CUA and a faculty of WSP.

Judith Viorst received a B.A. in history from Rutgers University. In 1981, after six years of study, she graduated from the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. She is currently a research affiliate member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. A prolific author, she has written ten books of poetry for adults, a novel, six non-fiction books, the play and lyrics for four musicals--three for children, one for adults, and twenty-four books for children, including ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, which was made into a feature film produced by Disney. Her books have been translated into many languages and several of her children's books have been made into short films.



Impact of Aging

Weekend Conference

Registration and check-in 9:00- 9:30  for people outside the program

Program 9:30-5:30 pm

1h for lunch and two 15 min for break each day

We will have two small group each day (total of 4 groups)
combination of self lead and group led.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Adult Aging stage.  
  • Discuss the importance of Developmental Life Span Psychology  when working with the aging.
  • Discuss  difference between the Intergenerational Solidarity model of family from that of the Intergenerational Ambivalence model.
  • Describe  why  friendships are important to aging adults.
  • Describe biological or physical changes of aging
  • Analyze Interaction and intersection of physical and mental health
  • Evaluate risk factors for loneliness among older population
  • Identify elements of caregiving and impact on health
  • Identify core common needs that human beings have for fulfillment at all development stages. 
  • Discuss frequently occurring issues that are emotionally challenging for older adults as they move along the life course. 
  • Describe useful  psychotherapeutic strategies that address the emotional challenges covered that could help to build resiliency in our clients. 



Please contact the office if you are interested in the weekend program.


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 12_ 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.