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Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture

The Power of Deception in Racism and Love

A Screening and Discussion of the Film, Get Out

Discussant: Katherine Marshall Woods, PsyD

Nov. 2, 2018, 7-10PM

(Registration and refreshments, 6:30PM)

CE/CME credit hours

3 Diversity continuing education credits

The program is open to all.

General Admission (no CE/CME credit) $15

Fees for those who wish to receive CE/CME credit

Regular $90


  • Contributing $72
  • Sustaining $63
  • Silver $58.5
  • Gold $54

WSP Current Students $30

Other students please contact the administrative office before registering.

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


“Get Out” (2017) tells the story of what happens when a young African American man goes for the weekend to meet his white girlfriend’s parents.  Written and directed by Jordan Peele, the movie has been described as a comic horror movie.  Anne Hornaday says that it is as deeply serious as it is deeply funny.  Peele himself describes it as a social thriller in which society is the villain.  Peele further explains, “Call it what you want, but the movie is an expression of my truth, my experience, the experiences of a lot of black people and minorities. Anyone who feels like the other.” The movie focuses on themes of racism and fighting for one's freedom, assimilation and cultural appropriation and liberal piety as well as the art of deception and lies in interpersonal, intimate relationships. 

Peele won an Academy award for Best Original Screenplay as well as a nomination for Best Director and as one of the producers, a shared nomination for Best Movie.  Get Out also received a nomination for Best Actor and awards by numerous other film organizations. 


Katherine Marshall Woods, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist providing services in Washington, DC. Dr. Marshall Woods is in private practice with Psychological Group of Washington, is a member of core faculty at The George Washington University, faculty with the Washington School of Psychiatry and the Assistant Director of Psychology at Psychiatric Institute of Washington. She consults with screenwriters and producers, contributed articles to the Huffington Post and the former American Psychological Association’s PsycCRITIQUES, blogs with Thrive Global and Medium and is publishing her first book Best Psychology in Film.


  1. Participants will be able to identify the impact of the threats to one’s identity and integrity by the multicultural environment.
  2. Participants will be able to apply the film’s interplay of characters and relationships to analogous processes in the clinical setting.  
  3. Participants will be able to conceptualize deception in historical racism, modern day racism and intimate relationships. 




Online registration is closed. You may register at the door.

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 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.