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The Role of Race and Racism and it's Impact on Professionals and Communities in the DMV

  • Saturday, September 05, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Zoom


  • The program is open to the community at no charge for those who do not need continuing education credits

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Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture 

CE/CME continuing education
3 credit hours, diversity or cultural competence credits

The overall goal of this seminar is to engage practitioners, researchers and others in dialogue and exploration of race, and its related issues of racism, particularly from the lens of African American and White.  The presenters will begin with a historical analysis of racism, develop common definitions, and trace the history and the motivation of racism and its links to oppression within the DMV.  Emphasis will be placed on the recognition of racism and dialectic thought and understanding the current issues of therapeutic practices and links to access to care.  Participants will be encouraged to take away clearer understanding of our respective roles and responsibilities of addressing racism in our work experiences.  Deliverables will include a rubric for individual and group psychotherapy, and a clearer understanding of the impediments to improving our discussion and action in this vital and important subject.


Dr. Robert Cosby is Assistant Dean of Administration, an Associate Professor, and Director of the Howard University School of Social Work Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center. The Center serves in three areas, research, community service and training. Dr. Cosby is a gerontologist and a policy specialist. Currently, Dr. Cosby teaches Social Welfare Policy and Services; Community Organization; Human Services Administration; and Race, Class and Gender. He has interests in Social Isolation and Older Persons; Racism; HIV-AIDs, Spirituality and Health Care Disparities and Inequalities. He has worked in Health and Human Services at the local, State and Federal levels with over twenty years of experience in health, public health, Medicaid, and Long Term Care initiatives.

Dr. Janice Berry Edwards is a clinical social worker. She received her MSW degree from Howard University School of Social Work and her PhD from the National Catholic School of Social Work, Catholic University. Dr. Edwards serves as an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Howard University since academic years 2011-12 to the present. She is the principal investigator of a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) million dollars plus grant training Social Work students in Behavioral Health and OUD/SUD disorders in medically underserved communities. Dr. Edwards maintains a private practice where she provides clinical social work psychodynamic and psychoanalytic treatment. She is a faculty member and serves on the Board of the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington DC.


 Venus S. Masselam is a Developmental Life Span Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist, a supervisor and consultant. She has been on the faculty of the Aging Studies Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP) for the past 10 years. The experience of being born of immigrant parents from Syria and Lebanon and raised in Boston, MA, before settling in the Washington, DC area almost 40 years ago has motivated her interest serving as faculty and co-chair of the Center for Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture (CSREC) at WSP. 


Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of 3  AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. 

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product.

 No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.

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