Founded in 1949, the Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS), a 501(c)(6) non-profit association is a professional, non-profit medical specialty organization with 900 psychiatrists. WPS advocates on behalf of members and their patients, provides quality continuing medical education programs, and educates the public on mental health issues.

WPS covers the National Capital Area with regional chapters representing the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties) and Northern Virginia (the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church and Arlington and Fairfax Counties), and is a District Branch of the internationally recognized American Psychiatric Association (APA).

WPS Statement on Racism and Excessive Police Force

Upcoming Events:

2020 WPS Presidential Symposium: Ethical Challenges in Psychiatry
Saturday, November 7, 2020

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CLM Reflections, Early Career Experiences, Near Horizons Perspectives
November 4, 2020
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Other Organizations' Events of Interest:

Senior Psychiatrists - Lessons Learned Not in the Book: Hoarding & Adult ADHD
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
8pm Eastern Time
Register Online Here


Grand Rounds - Virtual WebEx Seminar
Wednesday,October 28, 2020
1:00pm -2:30pm
HIV and Sexual Health
Office of Continuing Medical Education- Saint Elizabeths Hospital
Jointly Sponsored with the Washington School of Psychiatry
Presenter: David A. Fessler, M.D., MPH
Director of Clinical Practicem Whitman-Walker Health,Washington, DC
To Register, send an email to [email protected].
There is no registration fee.
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Our New Magazine:

Capital Psychiatry- September 2020 Issue
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2020 Telemedicine Grid

Benefits of Membership

The Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS) is a professional organization in the metropolitan Washington region. Membership provides you with:

  • Educational Opportunities – WPS offers high quality, affordable CME events throughout the year
  • Professional Networking – Connecting with peers is important and you have the chance to meet with colleagues through chapter meetings and programs as well as WPS events
  • Advocacy – WPS works with APA to provide strong legislative and public policy advocacy
  • Resource Center – the online resource center is available 24/7 on a wide range of topics as well as the event calendar
  • WPS e-News – A monthly online publication contains news, information, links to classified ads, our sponsors and much more
  • Online Membership Directory
  • Communication –  Communication channels are open and work both ways through our Member Listserv
  • Leadership – Get engaged in organized psychiatry by volunteering for a WPS committee or even consider serving on the board of directors
  • Member Services - We provide quality member support with a timely response to all inquiries
  • Career, Leadership, Mentorship Program
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WPS Activities


An Event of Interest: George Floyd, COVID-19 and America's Conscience

African-American communities nationwide have suffered from institutional racism,  lack of access to equitable care, and physical and mental public lynching for 400 years. They are now confronted with three contiguous crises: 1) the opioid epidemic; 2) the COVID-19 pandemic; and 3) the George Floyd incident.  Eliot Sorel, MD will be speaking.

 (This event is over. See VIDEO RECORDING)