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The Washington School of Psychiatry’s Center for the Study of Aging & Clinical Applications (CSACA) offers a series of 6 weekend conferences to help professionals stay current in their work with aging adults and their families.

These conferences will provide important knowledge and skills to better serve the aging adult population in a wide range of settings. This longest life stage and its phases requires specialized training.

Six weekend conferences offer interactive, didactic and experiential learning based on theory and research. Content areas include clinical person-centered approaches such as individual, couples, family psychotherapy, expressive therapy. Some of the topics presented include medical, legal and ethical considerations; cognitive impairment and dementias, gender and sexuality; cultural complexity and cultural competence; diversity and spirituality, implicit bias involving agism and stereotypic myths about older adult functioning. Psychotherapeutic techniques for communicating effectively in difficult situations are woven throughout the conferences and case discussion.

Participation in the conferences is open to professionals who are interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in working with aging adults and increasing their awareness and understanding developmental tasks associated with this stage of development. Previous work serving aging adults is not a pre-requisite.

There are two options for participation:

  1. You can apply to the Certificate Program wherein participants attend the entire cycle of six conferences over 2-years and belong to the same small group throughout all six conferences. In addition, monthly individual or small group supervision from September - May is required during each year. Supervision fees are additional to tuition and are $75.00 for an individual session of 45 min. and $50.00 for a 3-person, small group session of 75 min. Individuals choosing the Certificate Program option will be given a list of faculty members who provide supervision. A participant can choose whomever they wish.
  2. You can register for a particular single conference(s) wherein participants attend on a per conference basis and are assigned to a small group formed only for that particular conference. It is possible to register for multiple conferences.
  3. Participants who attend all six conferences over the 2-year cycle , along with weekly supervision, receive a New Washington School of Psychiatry Certificate upon graduation from the program.

Conference content includes didactic, experiential, expressive components and case discussion.

All conferences at this time are held virtually on Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link for the conference 2 days before the conference and, again, 1 day before the conference begins.

Click here to register for the Center for the Study of Aging & Clinical Applications (CSACA) Training Program.



Tybe Diamond, MSW 

Tybe Diamond, MSW, has been a psychotherapist for many decades. She has served on three clinical faculties at the old Washington School of Psychiatry and joined the WSP in 1974. She enthusiastically continues to chair the program for the Study of Aging & Clinical Applications at the NewWSP. She also serves on the couples faculty of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis and has been a member of that faculty for 20 years. Ms. Diamond also founded Tybe Diamond & Associates in 1993, an organizational consulting firm focused on the dynamics of organizations and family businesses. Her focus is on leadership & staff issues, coaching, and transitions. Her private practice is in Washington, DC where she offers individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy. While older, she is not thinking of retirement until she might become demented or deaf. She feels blessed to be in the mental health field that provides continual stimulation in learning, growing, and meaningful work with patients.


Rob Bamberger, MSW

Estelle Berley, MSW

Irene Jackson-Brown, PhD

Kathryn Chefetz, MSW

Tybe Diamond, MSW

Glory Dierker, PhD

Linda Guerkink, PhD

Joan Medway, MSW, PhD

YarMoustafa. MD, PhD

Judy Peres, MSW

George Saiger, MD

Margo Silberstein, EdD

Annemarie Russell, EdD, MPH, MSW, CAGS (Geron)

Guest speakers will be invited to particular conferences and their names will appear in conference announcements.



1 credit will be awarded for each conference hour. Generally, there are 12 credit hours in each two-day program.

Click here for Accreditation Statement and AMEDCO Continuing Education Certification 


Participants in the two-year certificate program are required to pay $2,000 total for the program. A payment plan of four, $500 installment payments on specified dates, can be discussed with the chair of the program. If an alternative payment plan is needed this needs to be approved by the Chair of the program in consultation with the NewWSP relevant Board member.

Fees for individual conferences are $360 per weekend.



Retirement: Challenges and Opportunities 

Keynote Speakers: Bartolome Freire, PhD and Richard Margolies, PhD

Date:  Sunday, April 7, 2024

Time9:00am – 5:30pm

Location: A Virtual Zoom Event

Co-Chairs: Kathryn Chefetz & Linda Geurkink


Retirement represents a major shift in established life patterns, bringing with it a variety of significant changes. Bartolome Freire and Richard Margolies will present their collaborative research and findings from a socio-psychoanalytic study of 150 individuals and their experience of separating from work and making the transition into retirement. Five major ways people adapt to their retirement are defined.

During the conference, a variety of issues related to retirement will be discussed in individual presentations, plenary sessions, and small breakout groups. Topics will include preparation for retirement, transition stress, the impact of quality of job satisfaction, effects on relationships with partners, family and friends, therapists’ challenges including transference and countertransference difficulties, and new possibilities for growth and creativity. The conference will conclude with an experiential exercise utilizing psychodrama.

Who should attend: Mental health professionals, service providers for aging adults, and individuals interested in the areas of aging and retirement will benefit from attending this conference.


Conference Co-chair: Kathryn Chefetz, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker engaged in the private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and consultation in Washington, D.C. with a specialty in trauma treatment and work with aging adults. She is a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and is a Teaching Analyst and faculty member at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. She served as Chair of the Community Outreach Division of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and is a past Chair of the Washington Psychoanalytic Clinic. She is currently a faulty member of the Center for the Study of Aging at the New Washington School of Psychiatry.

Conference Co-chair: Linda Geurkink, PhD is a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Washington, DC seeing adults, children and couples in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. She also provides supervision. She is a graduate of the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis where she is on the faculty. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Aging Program at the New Washington School of Psychiatry.  She worked as a school psychologist and consultant to Head Start. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland.  She is a member of American Psychology Association, American Psychoanalytic Association and AKRI.

Bartolomé Freire Arteta, MD is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst formerly in private practice in Madrid, Spain. He was Psychiatrist under contract at the Mental Health Clinic of the United States Air Force Hospital in Torrejon de Ardoz, Professor in Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Madrid, lecturer at the Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Psychoanalytic Center of Madrid, presenter at the Tenth Conference of the World Psychiatric Association, and author of publications in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics and the book La Jubilacion, a New Opportunity, (2017), Madrid.

Jane Brewster is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia seeing individuals, couples and families. She provides consultation, assessment and treatment at the Mount Vernon at Home and several assisted living facilities. She is a graduate of The Studay of Aging and Clinical Applications at the Washington School of Psychiatry, and has a Gerontology Certificate from George Mason University, an Advanced Psychotherapy Certificate from the Center for Psychological and Learning Services at American University, and Supervision Certification, NASW-VA. She formerly worked as an Allocation Program analyst at the United Way of the National Capital Area. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work.

Richard Margolies, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the District of Columbia. He has been a psychotherapist and leadership - organizational consultant for over 50 years. He was Vice President, The Maccoby Group, Washington, DC, and Senior Research Fellow, Project on Technology, Work, and Character (part of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard) until those organizations were closed after the death of Dr. Michael Maccoby in November of 2023.  He collaborated in conducting a research study with Dr. Bartolome Freire on Retirement experiences. He is a current Board member and Visioning and Strategic Development Committee Chair of the New Washington School of Psychiatry.

Margo Silberstein, EdD, CP is a Psychologist and Psychodramatist practicing in Washington, D.C. Trained in the 1970’s at St Elizabeths Hospital, she has directed Psychodrama services with community members  across the life span. She is a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Aging and formerly of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy ( ISTDP) Programs of the New Washington School of Psychiatry. 


8:45 AM Welcome by Chair of the Aging Center (DIAMOND)

9:00 AM Remarks from the facilitator about the schedule of the day, use of chatroom, hand-raising function, muting etc. (BAMBERGER) 

9:10-9:25 AM Welcome, Overview, and eliciting input from attendees about their own interest in attending today’s conference/concerns about retirement. Introduction of speakers Bartolome Freire and Richard Margolies ( CHEFETZ, Co-Chair)

9:25-11:25 AM Presentation of Research Study, retirement orientation categories, and  research findings. Lecture presentations will be combined with interaction with participants. ( FREIRE & MARGOLIES)

11:25-11:40 AM BREAK

11:40 AM-12:05 PM Presentation: Therapists Retire: Retirement Issues including transference and countertransference difficulties. (CHEFETZ)

12:05-12:30 PM  Presentation: Peer Groups on Retirement for Therapists (JANE BREWSTER)

12:30-1:30 PM LUNCH BREAK

1:30-2:30 PM Presentation: challenges and opportunities facing retirees [45 minutes presentation, & 15 minutes attendees discussion] (FREIRE & MARGOLIES)

2:30-2:45 PM BREAK      

2:45-3:20 PM Introduction to experiential exercise, small group breakouts, and small group discussion] (SILBERSTEIN)

3:20-5:00 PM Plenary: sharing from small groups.

5:00-5:30 PM Plenary: Wrap-up      


  1. After attending this program, participants will be able to:
  2. Explain how there are choices in how one decides to retire.
  3. Describe five modes of retirement included in the research findings of the Bartolome Freire-Richard Margolies study on retirement.
  4. Discuss the myth that retirement represents exclusively loss and the end of generativity.
  5. List transference and countertransference difficulties retiring therapists may face.
  6. Compare the impact of mandatory retirement with that of elective retirement.
  7. List 3 ways that peer groups for retiring therapists can be useful.


Click here for Accreditation Statement and AMEDCO Continuing Education Certification 


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The Aging Certificate Program, the “Study of Aging & Clinical Applications” is inviting you to join us at our Open House on November 19th, from 5:30 to 6:45 to hear about our two-year certificate  program that will begin in January 2024. A case will be presented by a former graduate, who is a very experienced psychotherapist, Arlene Levinson, MSW, who practices in DC. There will be ample time for a relaxed conversation about this case, and an exchange of ideas among the faculty and participants following Ms. Levinson’s  case presentation. Tybe Diamond, MSW, the Chair of the Aging Training Program, will facilitate the Open House. This 75 minute open house will be virtual and you will be notified of the zoom link enabling you to participate.

Since the inauguration of the Aging Certificate Program in 2012, the program has received uniformly excellent reviews from participants. The program offers six, 2- day, weekend conferences. The requirement for the Washington School Of Psychiatry Certificate in Aging is attendance at all six conferences as well as weekly clinical supervision. Both individual and small group supervision, are options. You can also attend conferences you select based on the topic. Some of the topics covered during this two-year cycle, 2024-2026, include an overview conference in January, followed by conferences on attachment, retirement, psychotherapy with older adults, and other topics to be announced through 2026.

We are looking forward to presenting our program, following the interruption in our presentations since 2020 due to the pandemic.

 We enthusiastically welcome you to our open house on November 19 at the New Washington School Of Psychiatry! Registration is now open!

- Tybe Diamond, MSW, Chair

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