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).

January 7, 2021-  Today the APA issued a statement addressing yesterday’s violence in Washington and offering mental health resources for those who may need it. Please see the full statement here.

Browse the WPS December Newsletter!


WPS CLM Anniversary Book 2020

Our New Magazine: Capital Psychiatry
January Issue

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WPS Statement on Racism and Excessive Police Force

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


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



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)

WPS Activities & Upcoming Events

Climate Change and Mental Health

January 27, 2021
7:00pm via Zoom
Facilitator: Dr. Lise Van Susteren
Hosted by WPS
Sponsored by PRMS
Download Flyer

Click Here to Register Online




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