We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the policies of the Washington School of Psychiatry. School-wide policies and procedures communicate our expectations of WSP community members and rules for the operation, organization, and programming of the School, including policy relating to students.
Notes: Individual programs and centers may have additional policies. Such policies, however, do not override school-wide policies.
WSP reserves the right to make changes at any time to reflect changes in federal or state law, school policy and procedures, rules of the WSP Board of Directors, and fee changes. Information is subject to such changes without prior notice and does not constitute a contract between the School and its students, volunteers, contractors, and staff.
Enrolling denotes an implicit declaration of the student’s acceptance of the School’s policies and regulations as outlined in the most recent issues of the catalog and enrollment agreement form. Failure to abide by the School’s policies and regulations will subject the student to appropriate disciplinary action.
The School expects students to maintain conduct appropriate for the WSP community, including:
Students have the right to be treated fairly by faculty, colleagues, chairpersons, and all members of the School administration, and to be preserved from arbitrary or capricious action on the part of any such persons.
Students should expect teachers/supervisors to encourage the pursuit of learning in students, holding before them the best scholarly standards of the discipline. Respecting students as individuals, the teacher/supervisor seeks to establish a relationship of mutual trust and adheres to the proper role as
intellectual guide and counselor. Any exploitation of students for private advantage is prohibited.
Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to respect and defend the free inquiry of their associates. In the exchange of criticism and ideas, they show due respect for the opinions of others.
Constructive criticism of colleagues is sometimes necessary in the interest of the individual criticized or the entire School community. To be constructive, however, such criticism should be channeled, in confidence, toward those persons (preferably the individual concerned, but also academic superiors,
faculty committees, or administrative officers) who have the power to correct or influence conduct in a constructive way.
The school subscribes to the long-standing academic norm that sexual or amorous relationships between teachers/supervisors and students for whom they have professional responsibility are unacceptable even when both parties have consented to the development of such a relationship.
Students their rights have been abridged may submit a grievance to the WSP Executive Director, Kim Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Enrollment is official only when students have been formally accepted by the program, paid the program deposit, and submitted the completed and signed enrollment agreement to the WSP Administrative Office of the school. Payment of tuition and fees is a requirement for continued enrollment; all fees must be paid for the entire program before a student will receive a certificate of completion. Students are subject to suspension for missing or delinquent fees. I further understand my graduation date is subject to change depending on my timely completion of all program requirements.
Admission is at the discretion of the faculty chair of the program for which the student is enrolled. At a minimum, students must possess a bachelor’s degree and meet the minimum criteria for admission into the School and the program for which the student is enrolled.
Tuition & Fees
To view the WSP tuition and fees policies, please click here.
Program Start Date
The date that students are deemed to have started the program of study is when the five-day
period for rescinding their contract has passed, they have met the entrance requirements, and a proper
tuition payment has been made.
Courses may be periodically updated to ensure the currency and efficacy of the certificate program. The School reserves the right to make changes to any programs, courses, or products described on our website or published catalogs/brochures without notice or liability. This includes (but is not limited to):
If the School must cancel a course or change course dates or locations, enrolled students will be
informed immediately. Students transferred to a new version of a course following such notice may be
required to repeat coursework, if applicable.
Students are responsible for meeting the required prerequisites or having the appropriate prior
experience for the program (or courses in the program). Students should consult their faculty member or program chair if prerequisites are required for their course/program.
Acknowledgment Notification: Students will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their registration request as soon as it is received and processed. If students do not receive a notification email in a timely manner, they should contact our office to verify that we have received their registration.
Confirmation Notification: Students will receive a confirmation email once a decision is made to conduct a course. The email will include course date(s), start times, location(s), and other class-related
information. Unless otherwise noted, we do not include lodging and meals in the tuition fee. Decisions
concerning the status of a course is generally made no later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to
the start date.
Please do not make any nonrefundable travel or hotel arrangements until you are notified by the
School that your course have been confirmed.
Cancellation Notification: Students will receive an email notification if a course has been canceled.
The School offers multiple forms of instruction including lectures, group discussion, and practical experiences. Faculty will provide course materials, where appropriate, and will answer student questions in an effort to assist students with their studies while enrolled in the program. Students are responsible for the cost of supervision and acquisition of all supplemental materials necessary for completion of the certificate program, where applicable.
The School reserves the right to determine the form of instruction offered and to modify the form at any time without notice.
Online Delivery of Courses (Telecommunications)
The Washington School of Psychiatry will combine two or more modes to provide a well-rounded educational experience. As a post-secondary educational institution, we believe that the utilization of a multimodal approach helps each student achieve academic success in their own way. Our programs are based on an andragogic theory of adult learning. We utilize multimodal learning approaches in our educational setting, as our certificate programs are primarily open to mature practitioners with advanced degrees.
A trained practitioner, our typical student, will thrive in a comprehensive learning environment that uses visual, auditory, and kinesthetic inputs — both verbal and non-verbal — including videos, images, actions, real-life examples, and hands-on activities. WSP will integrate and expand its utilization of educational technology in its program delivery. Utilization of new technologies mean new modes of communication for students and instructors. WSP will support its integration in an increasingly digital landscape by providing training and technical support resources for students and instructors. Our students will now have available to them a distance learning experience, which is incorporated into our existing approaches to learning.
The electronic classroom platforms require a computer with audio/video capability or a smart phone.
Attendance is taken at each class meeting. The attendance record is used as part of the student evaluation process, as well as in determining continuing education credits that may be awarded.
Students are required to attend at least 80% of class sessions to successfully complete the program. At the discretion of the program faculty a higher attendance rate and/or additional work (e.g. a written paper) may be required to make up for missed classes. Students who require a record of attendance are responsible for checking with the instructor at each class meeting.
Classes meet weekly, monthly, or quarterly and involve lectures, discussions, and case presentations. It is important for each student to arrive on time and attend class on a regular basis. If it is not possible to attend a particular class, the student is required to contact the faculty member scheduled to teach, in advance of the class and notify him/her of the pending absence. A student who misses a class session is responsible for completing all material covered and, in some programs, is asked to write a paper about the readings.
An integral part of most of the training programs is ongoing supervision at which time clinical work is presented as an adjunct to the didactic learning of the classroom. For courses where supervision is required, this is provided by a faculty member. These courses have a certain number of required hours of supervision per semester and these hours must be completed to graduate from the program. Finding patients to present in supervision is the responsibility of the student; however, if this is not possible an effort will be made to find patients at the Treatment Center. Faculty provides supervision at a subsidized rate, which varies from program to program.
Evaluation of Students
Student progress and conduct are evaluated by a committee of the faculty. The student’s classroom teachers and clinical supervisors prepare evaluations of each student’s work. These evaluations and other relevant information are shared with the committee and, when considered appropriate, with other faculty members.
The evaluation committee will provide the student with information concerning his/her status. A student may be dismissed from a program should his or her performance be judged unsatisfactory or unethical. A certificate of program completion may be withheld for the same reasons.
Faculty supervisors evaluate supervisees rating and discussing the following:
If a student is evaluated as making unsatisfactory progress and faculty recommends that the student withdraw, the student will be informed in writing of this.
The faculty of each course prepares a review of the conduct of their course annually for the Faculty/Clinical Council and the Board.
Credit for courses
The school offers non-degree, post-graduate training to licensed mental health professionals. Continuing education credits can only be given for actual hours of participation in these courses. No previous education, training or experience can be included in the school’s credit awards.
While several courses have a two or three plan, each year completed is a valid standalone sequence of classes and continuing education credits are awarded for each year completed.
Graduation from WSP courses is based on completion of all class work for a course. Course requirements may include regular class participation, supervision, reaction papers and (in some cases) conference attendance. All must be completed before graduation to receive a certificate. Certificates of completion are awarded when the student has completed the full course.
Students who anticipate not being able to complete the requirements should talk to their program chair as early as possible.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), WSP representatives will not disclose any specific information about a student’s account without the student’s permission. To learn more about FERPA regulations, you may visit https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.
Student records are retained by statute for 7 years. The School, in its own interest, will retain records electronically beyond that period. Records will include courses taken, credit hours awarded, fees paid. No personal financial data will be retained in any form beyond the year(s) of attendance. Records are kept in confidential storage, paper records under lock and key, electronic records in HIPAA-compliant, passworded network storage off-site.
Students may request confirmation of their participation in courses at the school. An official transcript can be prepared for a small fee. Since the school does not offer course work towards any degree, this is not done except by request.
Students are expected to have paid tuition and other fees in full.
Transcripts of WSP records are issued by the WSP Administrative Office upon the student's written request. There is a $25 charge for transcripts. WSP reserves the right to withhold transcripts or records of students.
Any WSP student who wishes to file a grievance regarding an academic or administrative decision may do so in writing to the Program Chair within ten days of the event or decision. If the student is not satisfied with the response of the Program Chair, an appeal may be submitted in writing to the Executive Director within ten days of the Program Chair's response. More details are available from the School's Executive Director.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is committed to promoting the full participation of all qualified students with disabilities in all aspects of its training and programming. Students with disabilities are required to meet the same standards as other students at the WSP. It is only through a student's voluntary disclosure of their disability and request for accommodations that the school can support disability needs. Students or participants that do not voluntarily disclose their disability and request accommodations are not eligible for services.
WSP will make reasonable accommodations. A reasonable accommodation in the student setting is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, or activity or facility that allows the person with a disability to participate as fully as possible in the programs and activities offered by WSP. Accommodation may be necessary where the student or participant has, or has a record of having, a disability.
Documentation of a student/participant’s disability is maintained in a confidential file and is considered part of the student's education record. Information related to a disability may be disclosed only as permitted by law.
Students or conference participants need to submit a written request for accommodation to the Executive Director or his/her designee. Requests for services or accommodation should be made as early as possible to allow time to review requests and documentation and make proper arrangements.
Accommodation arrangements may be compromised or denied if a request is not made in a timely manner. A disclosure of disability or request for an accommodation made to a faculty or staff member, other than those designated will not be treated as a request for an accommodation.
A student who believes he/she has been denied equal access in the form of appropriate accommodations, modifications, auxiliary aids, or effective communication, or who believes he/she has suffered discriminatory harassment should file a formal grievance.
The Washington School of Psychiatry will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Executive Director in consultation with the members of the Faculty-Clinical Committee and the Board of Directors.
While the Washington School of Psychiatry goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the WSP staff or faculty which require intervention and/or action on the part of the staff or faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.
Filing a Grievance
When a grievance arises pertaining to continuing education programs or processes, the complainant is expected to notify the Executive Director (Kim Jones, Esq., email@example.com) in writing as soon as possible so that the concern can be addressed in a timely fashion. The complainant may also contact the Chair of the Board of Directors, Oliver Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Executive Director (or their designee) will investigate the complaint and will formulate a response to the complaint and, if necessary, recommend action, which will be communicated in writing to the complainant within one month after receiving the complaint. The Executive Director (or their designee) will follow the plan as indicated. WSP will attempt to treat all internal complaints and their investigation as confidential, recognizing, however, that in the course of investigating and resolving internal complaints some dissemination of information to others may be appropriate.
On completion of the investigation, the Executive Director will report their findings and conclusions to the complainant. If the complaint is resolved, resolution of the complaint will be coordinated with the appropriate group (e.g., the FCC or Board of Directors).
If the complaint is not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant, they may submit a written request for review of the complaint to the Chair of the Board of Directors. On completion of the appeal review, the complainant should receive an oral explanation of the conclusion reached and the reasons for that conclusion. Decisions resulting from appeal reviews by the Chair of the Board of Directors will be final.
No one will face any reprisal or retaliation for making a good faith or bona fide complaint to WSP of a threat or assault in violation of this policy at any time. Further, anyone who believes they have been subjected to an adverse action as a result of making a report pursuant to this policy should contact:
Kim Y. Jones, Esq.
Copies of the confidential records of all grievances, along with the processes implemented to resolve grievances, will be securely maintained by the Executive Director or their designee. A copy of this Grievance Procedure will be available upon request.
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 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.
The suite holds 11 multipurpose rooms, including a large conference room, a library, and nine (9) rooms that are utilized for therapy sessions, small classes, or break-out rooms as needed. There also administrative offices and a records room.
The large conference room can be divided into two (2) separate meeting rooms and is equipped with one large TV and speakers.
A library of psychotherapy literature is maintained here, shelved in three (3) the rooms. The collection contains several thousand volumes. Video and WIFI services are installed.
The building and School facilities are fully accessible.
This nonprofit educational institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Washington School of Psychiatry prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of
race/ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, on the basis of gender
or legal sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic
information, political beliefs, veteran status, on the basis that all or part of an individual’s income is
derived from any public assistance program, or in reprisal for pursuing rights under any of the above.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write:
Kim Y Jones, Esq.
Washington School of Psychiatry
5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC. 20020
In the course of delivering its services and programs, WSP collects personal information students and clients. Personal information means any information that could be used on its own, or with other information, to establish the identity of a client or student, the client’s service provider or the client’s substitute decision maker. Personal information also includes any other information about a student or client including information that is contained in a client or student record.
WSP collects, uses and shares personal information for the following purposes:
WSP may also collect, use and share personal information with consent or as permitted or required by law.
WSP is committed to protecting the privacy of its students/clients and ensuring that:
Kim Jones, Esq.
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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