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Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Aging & Clinical Applications

Factors Influencing The Aging Process

Conference Chair: Anya Parpura, MD, Ph.D

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 14-15, 2019, 9:30-5PM

(Registration and continental breakfast, 9:00-9:30)

CE/CME continuing education

12 credit hours


Regular fee $375

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

For your comfort, remember to bring a sweater or to dress with layers. 


A variety of factors that can affect how we age, including acculturation issues among older immigrants, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, sexuality, and loneliness are explored.

This conference is designed to help you:

  • Recognize the influence of immigration on the social status and the role of older immigrants within the family.
  • Summarize barriers that have an impact on the effective use of mental health services by older immigrants.
  • Identify the effects race and ethnicity can have on older adults, especially African Americans and Latinos.
  • Explain the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender older adults.
  • Describe issues of sexuality as they relate to aging.
  • Enhance your comfort level about sexual issues of the aging population.
  • Discuss the impact of loneliness on one’s mental health, and become familiar with techniques and supports to address loneliness.
  • Analyze your own experience of loneliness


December 14

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30- 1:05 - Immigration and aging
(Includes a short break, a "Fishbowl" group experience, and break-out groups)

1:05- 2:05 Lunch on your own

2:05-5:00 - Loneliness
(Includes a short break, a "Fishbowl" group experience, and then a wrap-up plenary)

December 15

Historical overview of LGBT trauma, understanding shame and stigma, trauma informed care (Includes a short break and break-out groups)

12:30-1:30 Lunch on your own

1:30-5:00 Intersectionality and Aging
(Includes a short break, break-out groups and wrap-up)

Chair and Presenters

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

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".

Venus S. Masselam PHD, MS, CGP, LCMFT is a Developmental Life Span Psychologist, Family Therapist, Supervisor, and Consultant currently concentrating on the Aging Adult Stage. She began her professional career as an adolescent specialist in the 60’s and has worked with every developmental stage thereafter. Her involvement with adolescents encouraged her interest in the family so she became licensed as marriage and family therapist as well as a supervisor for this specialty. She has been a part of the faculty and supervisor for the clinical certificate in Aging Studies Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP) for the past 10 years. The experience of being born of immigrant parents from Syria and Lebanon and raised in Boston, MA, before settling in Washington, DC area almost 40 years ago has motivated her interest serving as faculty and co- chair of the Center for Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture (CSREC) at WSP.

Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP is a psychologist in independent practice, a faculty member of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute of the WSP, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
With over 25 years experience as psychologist, and as a graduate of Howard University, specializing in interpersonal and psychodynamic psychotherapies, he is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are group psychotherapy, gender and gender orientation issues.
In addition to being a psychotherapist, Dr. Nettles has presented at local and national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Diversity and Identity, Multiple Minority Identies, Resilience, Group Psychotherapy, Disability Issues in Psychology, and Effects of "Change" Therapies with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals.  Presentations have included lectures, discussions and experiential workshops.

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 dying.



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 12 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.