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).

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

Call for Nominations is now open!

The Washington Psychiatric Society is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors.  Please click the following links for more information:

The Call for Nominations opens at 8:00 am Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and closes at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, December 2, 2019.


Mark Your Calendar for upcoming events!

2019 CLM Special Reception - Healing the Healers
Speakers: Mani Yavi, MD - Scope of the Challenge in the United States Esther Bilenkis, MD - Healing Practices
Chair: Eliot Sorel, MD, CLM Founder

Thursday, November 14, 2019 • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW • Washington, DC 20008
Congressional Room

Cost: This free session is made possible by grant funding.
* program for DC RFMs, ECPs and ACORF Members

Click here for the flyer.

Please click here to register.

WPS Reception & Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Meeting 6:30 - 7:15 PM
Reception 7:15 - 9:00 PM (Agenda includes updates from WPS President and Treasurer)

GWU - Medical Faculty Associates Building
2120 L Street NW, Washington, DC

Spouses Welcome!

Click the link below to register online or call:  202-595-9498

Reception sponsored by PRMS


WPS Mind Games | Thursday, Dec. 5th

More coming soon.