Sheppard Pratt is the largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, developmental disability, special education, and social services in the country. We offer a robust, continuing education program with dozens of educational opportunities for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and counselors each year.

Sheppard Pratt regularly hosts renowned speakers from across the country. We provide a variety of mental health and social work continuing education courses, as well as continuing education opportunities on subjects including psychiatric disorders, issues of behavioral health, systems-based change, mental and somatic co-morbidities, psychiatric effects on health and health outcomes, advances in neurobiology, and clinical developments in concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Sheppard Pratt is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Maryland Nurses’ Association (MNA), the Maryland Board of Psychology, the Maryland Board of Social Work, and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Please email to discuss how Sheppard Pratt can create custom education solutions for continuing education events.



Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Sheppard Pratt is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Maryland Nurses Association

Sheppard Pratt is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

State Board of Examiners of Psychologists of Maryland

Sheppard Pratt is authorized by the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a sponsor of continuing education.

State Board of Social Work Examiners of Maryland

Sheppard Pratt is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners of Maryland to offer continuing education for Social Workers.  

National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC)

Sheppard Pratt has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5098.

Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Sheppard Pratt has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as an Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) Provider, Provider Number: OP-22-0390.    Sheppard Pratt is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 



Todd Peters, MD

Vice President/Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Sheppard Pratt

Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), Sheppard Pratt


Elizabeth Ryznar, MD, MSC

Director of Medical Education


Louis J. Marino, Jr., MD

Medical Director, Geriatric Services


Devi Bhuyan, PsyD

Director, Clinical Psychology


Faith Dickerson, PhD, MPH

Head, Stanley Research Program

Director of Psychology, Research and Education

Chair, Sheppard Pratt IRB


Stacey Garnett, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, NEA-BC, FACHE

Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer


Heather Billings, MSN, RN

Clinical Education


Stephanie Robinson, DPN, RN

Senior Director of Clinical Services


Carrie Etheridge, LCSW-C

Director of Social Work


April Sobiech, LCSW-C

Associate Director of Social Work


Latia Suite, LCSW-C

Assistant Director of Social Work


Rachel Smolowitz, PhD

Clinical Psychologist



Behavioral Services Manager




Sheppard Pratt’s professional education program strives to provide psychiatric education that advances clinical knowledge, enhances competence, performance, and where possible, improves outcomes for patients with psychiatric disorders.

The educational offerings of Sheppard Pratt relate to the management of psychiatric disorders and issues of behavioral health. Because psychiatric disorders have profound somatic effects, and medical illnesses have profound effects on the brain, educational activities of Sheppard Pratt will address systems-based change, mental/somatic co-morbidities and their effects on health, health outcomes, quality of life, function, and ability to work. In addition, advances in neurobiology and clinical developments that explain the concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders are important content areas.

Our primary audience includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists in all practice settings and other primary care clinicians who treat behavioral health and neuropsychiatry disorders.

Our lectures and webinars are a forum that links evidence-based medicine to both recent scientific advances and to challenges facing clinical research and practitioners. Activities focus on the mechanism of disease, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment as well as highlighting new frontiers for scientific focus.

We expect that our educational interventions will improve clinical competence, performance and improve patient outcomes. We expect that learners will report greater confidence in their approach to clinical problems or improvements in observed patient outcomes. We also expect that learners will express their intent to change their behavior and apply newly acquired strategies in their practice.