The Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS) is a professional association in the metropolitan Washington region and a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). For more than a decade, we’ve helped to support psychiatry and promote the quality of mental health care. We work with members to ensure that public policy makers understand our industry and the important part it plays in the country’s economy. We've made many achievements and accomplishments in the organization. Although we have come a long way, we are recognized as a strong advocate for our industry but there is still a lot more work to be done.



Member Benefits

  • Stay informed on current clinical, legislative, scientific information through free member publications and the WPS members-only listserv
  • A voice in the psychiatric community. We provide a strong lobbying and legislative presence in the state and District arenas
  • Discounts on CME events, including the annual American Psychiatric Association meeting
  • Invitations to special events hosted by the Washington Psychiatric Society
  • Advocacy for you and your patients at the county, state and national levels
  • Complimentary issues of the quarterly Washington Psychiatrist Magazine and Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Newsletter
  • Free advertising in the monthly WPS e-News and website
  • Networking through the Washington Psychiatric Society committees, social events, newsletter, membership directory and other opportunities

Member Categories

General Member - (including Early Career Psychiatrists) - Physicians who have completed an acceptable program of training in psychiatry, and hold either a valid license to practice medicine or hold an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure. General Members may apply for Fellowship or be nominated for Distinguished Fellowship provided they meet the eligibility requirements.

Resident and Fellow Member - Physicians who have been accepted into a psychiatric residency training program that is approved by the ACGME, RCPS(C), or AOA and remain enrolled therein. 

Medical Student - Medical students enrolled in a school of medicine, in the U.S. or abroad, including osteopathic medicine are eligible to join the APA as a Medical Student Member.

International Member -  Physicians who live outside the United States and Canada and who meet the criteria established for General Members. Applicants for this membership must be licensed physicians who have completed an acceptable program in training in psychiatry.

Affiliate Member - Want to be a member of WPS, but don't live in our area? Join as an Affiliate Member! 

In order to be a member of the WPS, concurrent membership in the APA is required. 

We invite you to join us. When you do,you will enjoy the combined benefits of both organizations and become a member of the largest Psychiatric organization in the world with enormous professional development and networking opportunities.

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