Founded in 1936 by a group led by Harry Stack Sullivan, the Washington School of Psychiatry has a proud history of interdisciplinary teaching and research, training in psychodynamic theory, psychoanalysis, the social and biological sciences, and the study of the contribution of culture to the development of the human mind. It is the largest provider of postgraduate psychotherapy training in the Washington metropolitan area.
The Washington School of Psychiatry was the first institution in Washington to provide post-graduate training to nonmedical psychotherapists. Today’s students at the School are psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses, pastoral counselors and others seeking professional growth as they meet the increasingly complex mental health challenges in society. Many of the School’s alumni/ae have carried its teachings far beyond the Washington area to practices throughout North America and abroad.
Building on a foundation of psychodynamic psychotherapy, the Washington School draws in other theoretical and treatment orientations. It encourages dialogue and research that integrate emerging developments from psychological, biological and socio-cultural research while preserving the valuable body of knowledge that has been gathered in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is dedicated to the promotion of human welfare through the advancement of mental health. The School offers postgraduate professional education and training, fosters the spirit of inquiry, and offers a wide range of mental health services in the Washington metropolitan area. The School also is an active center that provides education and advocacy for the best in mental health scholarship, training and treatment. It invites individuals and organizations from the mental health professions and from the community at large to join in this task.
In pursuit of its task, the School continues a tradition of open inquiry and inclusiveness which promotes respect for the uniqueness of every individual. The School fosters an environment in which the range of significant differences among individuals (e.g. race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability and disability, religion, social class) can be better understood, valued, and worked with in our teaching and therapeutic practice. We challenge stereotypes and develop cultural competence and sensitivity to racism and discrimination through self-reflection, ongoing self-evaluation, and open dialogue. By honoring these commitments, the Washington School of Psychiatry shapes an environment that will carry forward the vision of Harry Stack Sullivan and his colleagues.
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 contents.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is a National Board for Certified Counselors-Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6388, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The School designates each session for a maximum number 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 school courses and events have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.
Note: Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Washington School of Psychiatry’s main office, the Eugene Meyer III Treatment Center, and the Adele Lebowitz Center for Youth and Families are located in Washington, D.C., about 30 minutes north of the of the US Capitol. Specifically, the building and School facilities are located at 5028 Wisconsin Avenue (Suite 400) in the Friendship Height neighborhood of the District of Columbia. The building is within walking distance of the red Metro Line (Friendship Heights, Jenifer St. exit) and is on main bus routes. Nearby parking is also available.
Travel directions and additional information about visiting The Washington School of Psychiatry are located on the School’s website: https://wspdc.org/contact-us.
The School’s mailing address is:
Washington School of Psychiatry
5028 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20016-4118
The school is an office building located at 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW on the fourth floor. The facility has eleven (11) multipurpose rooms. This includes a large conference room which can be divided into two (2) separate meeting rooms. The other nine (9) rooms are used for therapy sessions, small classes or break-out rooms as needed. There also administrative offices and a records room.
A library of psychotherapy literature is maintained here, shelved in three (3) of the rooms. The collection contains several thousand volumes. Video and WIFI services are installed.
The building and School facilities are fully accessible.
The Washington School of Psychiatry
5028 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20016-4118
Celebrating its 85th year, the School is an accredited provider of post-graduate continuing education.
The Meyer Treatment Center provides low cost access to mental health services. It is an out-of-network facility for insurance purposes.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States.
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