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Sponsored by the Study of Aging and Clinical Applications Faculty

Medical And Psychiatric Challenges To Successful Aging

George Max Saiger, MD, CGP, FAGPA, Program chair

oslerSaturday, Sept. 14-15, 2019, 9AM-5:15PM

(Registration and continental breakfast, 8:30-9)

Web address for registration is

Fees and Continuing Education Credits (credit hours)

13.5 CE/CME

(Flat fee for the weekend) $360

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


The fourth weekend of a 6 weekend series about special issues in working with
older adults will focus on clinical challenges to successful aging, considering both
psychiatric and more broadly medical issues. A distinguished faculty will help
guide participants to negotiate this complex terrain.


  • Participants will be able to identify and accommodate (i.e.
    integrate into their treatment strategies-)-several (1-4) clinical
    conditions which impact on seniors’ ability to successfully
    negotiate the last decades of life.
  • Participants will be able to describe the impediments that common
    conditions, both somatic and psychiatric, impose upon successful
  • Participants will be able to adjust treatment plans for older adults
    to include the role of shame, stigma, denial, and hope as they relate
    to the advent of illness.



8:30-9 Registration, breakfast
9:-9:15 Welcome: Diamond, Saiger
9:1-11 Experiential immersion into disabilty (Parpura, Ssilberstein)
11—11.15 Break
11:15-12 Understanding dementia (Parpura)
12_1:130 lunch on your own
1:30-3 Guided discussion of group work with Parkinson’s disease (Paparella)
3-3:15 break
3:15-4:15 Ssmall group #1
4:15- 4:30 Break
4:3o-5:30 Introduction to workng with psychiatric disorders in older populations (Saiger)

8:30-9 Breakfast, sign in
9-10:30 Substance abuse in older adults (Smith)
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:16 Working with stroke (Salzman)
12:15-1:30 Small group #2 (lunch provided)
1:30-2 Break
2-3:30 Case presentations of psychiatric disorders (Diamond)
3:30-3:45 break
3:45- 4:45 Psychiatric disorders in long term care settings (Haracic)
4:45-5:15 Closing plenary , introduction of conference #5



TYBE DIAMOND, MSW, BCD, is the Director of the Washington School of Psychiatry's
Center for the Study of Aging and Chair of the related aging training program, The
Study of Aging & Clinical Applications. She is a longtime faculty member of the Institute
for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis where she teaches and
supervises in the Couples Training Program. She has maintained a private
psychotherapy practice for 39 years and additionally provides supervision to multi-
disciplined therapists and consults widely on organizational issues and executive

GEORGE MAX SAIGER, MD, Chair, was a cofounder of the Center on Aging.
He has been granted Added Credentials in Geriatric Psychiatry by the
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, starting in 1992. He has
treated seniors in his private office, inpatient settings, outpatient
clinics, emergency rooms, Adult Day Care, and long term skilled nursing

ANYA PARPURA, MD has devoted 15 years to research of gerontological
issues such as loneliness, successful ageing, care for Alzheimer's
disease, patients etc. She has broad experience in teaching and training
and has authored a number of papers and educational materials on
these topics. She serves as President of Aging Perspectives in Chevy
Chase and as Scientific Review Officer, General Dynamics Information

MARGO SILBERSTEIN EdD has maintained a practice in psychotherapy for
30+ years. She has special interest in problems related to trauma and
abuse, body- mind issues, dissociative disorders, adult survivors, grief
and loss and personality or character disorders. She brings a strong
creative bent to her work, her teaching, and to special projects such as
The Threshold Choir, whose singers bring comfort through music to the

LEON PAPARELLA, MSW , is a Faculty Member of the National Group
Psychotherapy Institute at WSP, maintains a private practice in
DC, and is a Support Group Specialist for the Parkinson
Foundation of the National Capital Area. In this latter capacity he
has been central to the creation, development, and maintenance
of a unique group resource for people with Parkinson’s disease,
under the auspices of the Parkinson Foundation of the National
Capital Area.

RONALD SMITH, MD spent 36-years in the DOD and was one of
the physicians developing the alcohol treatment programs for the
United States Navy. He is a past Chairman of the Department of
Psychiatry at the National Naval Medical Center He is Board
Certified in Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine and Emergency
Medicine. Dr. Smith is in private practice in Georgetown and
continues consultation work on the Hill.

MELINDA SALZMAN MSW maintains a psychotherapy practice in
Silver Spring, MD, using psychoanalytic, cognitive and behavioral
techniques. She specializes in couples therapy, grief and loss,
chronic illness and caregiving. Her work rests on a conviction that
change is possible. In addition, she teaches medical interviewing
skills and methods for developing patient relationships at the
George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

ASIM HARACIC MD is a psychiatrist in Washington, DC with over 28
years of experience. He is affiliated with Axis Healthcare Croup in
Kensington, MD and is the Medical Director of Providence Hospital,
Behavioral Health Services in the District. He brings the special
perspective of one who has entered the difficult world of treating
patients in skilled nursing facilities.




Note to WSP

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 13.5_ 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.