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:


December 2, 2020
FREE Event
Hosted by PRMS

7:00 p.m. (via Zoom)






CLM Special Reception
December 16, 2020


What Would You Do?
January 6, 2021 7 p.m.
via Zoom
Hosted by PRMS

"What Would You Do?" uses real-life scenarios based on actual calls...




Webinar - Healthcare Forum on the SCOTUS Challenge to the ACA

The Medical Society of DC is sponsoring a lunchtime forum...
Free and open to the public.
The Event is over, listen HERE.


Our New Magazine:

Capital Psychiatry- September 2020 Issue
Click here to Browse Online





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
Learn more

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)


“Refer a Colleague” Triple Donations and Contest
This is the last week to earn triple donations through our “Refer a Colleague” program for your organization. In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week in October, PRMS is tripling all donations through the “Refer a Colleague” program to $150! For every referral PRMS receives, we provide a $50 donation (tripled to $150 if received in October) to a state psychiatric association, NAMI, or a national or regional specialty psychiatric association of the referrer’s choice – whether or not an insurance policy is purchased. Please visit PRMS.com/Refer to learn more and start referring today.
An additional $500 will be donated to the chosen organization of the individual, group practice, or psychiatric organization with the most referrals* made during the period of October 1 to December 31, 2020. Earn additional donations to your organization by helping us spread the word about the Top Referrer Contest!

*In the event of a tie in the "Refer a Colleague" Top Referrer Contest, the grand prize will be awarded to the referrer whose final referral was received first.
World Patient Safety Day Blog
To further the efforts of mental health awareness and safety for the greater healthcare community, PRMS is pleased to feature PRMS Director of Risk Management, Donna Vanderpool, MBA, JD as she shares more about the World Patient Safety Day campaign and the 2020 theme of “safe health workers, safe patients” in one of our October blog pieces.