6 CE Credits

The Seleni Institute is honored to partner with Dr. Marissa Long, licensed reproductive psychologist, on our newest professional training: Black Perinatal Mental Health. This training will equip clinicians to provide culturally sensitive, respectful and mindful care to Black birthing individuals and families.

You will explore your own self awareness as a practitioner and receive expert training in symptom presentation, physiology and epigenetics, treatment considerations, screening tools, resources, statistics and the impact of stigma. You’ll also walk away with a greater understanding of the systems which perpetuate trauma in the Black community through the Black birthing experience in particular, and the tools to advocate for your client as they navigate the perinatal period, their own mental health and a healthcare system that has contributed to inequities and negative birth and health outcomes for Black women and families.


Funding for this training and 200 scholarships are made possible through generous support from Kate Spade New York. Learn more and see if you are eligible for a scholarship here.


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Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Section 1: Background on the Issue
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  Section 2: Ancestral Experiences of Birthing
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  Section 3: Historical Experiences of the Black Community at Large
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  Section 4: Present Day Experiences of Black Birthing People
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  Section 5: Grief and Loss
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  Section 6: Screening
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  Section 7: Treatment
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  Section 8: Resources for the client
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  Section 9: Resources for the provider
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  Closing
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  Conclusion
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Please note that this training is focused on the perinatal experience of the Black birthing community in the United States in particular. However, there are many aspects of the experience that are shared across the diaspora due to the far reaching arm of racism and implicit bias, but also due to a shared culture of origin which runs through the veins of the Black community despite our separation.

About Your Instructor

Dr. Marissa Long is a licensed clinical health psychologist, organizational consultant and trainer in Southern California.

Dr. Long has been dedicated to helping individuals in their family-building journey, particularly those with high risk pregnancies and pregnancy loss to manage or relieve the emotional distress associated with these challenges. She works with patients at any and all points along their journey, whether that be during fertility treatments, assessment for gestational carriers and donors, or transition to pregnancy and postpartum. Dr. Long works primarily with the BIPOC community.

Prior to establishing her own practice, ARC Counseling and Wellness, Dr. Long worked in the behavioral medicine, OBGYN, reproductive endocrinology, and education departments at Kaiser Permanente in Fresno, California. Dr. Long brings to her work and this special training with Seleni both her experience and skills combined with warmth and a genuine interest in helping people feel and do better.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this course for?

The course is designed for social workers, counselors, psychologists, midwives, lactation consultants or other health/mental health professionals working with Black birthing individuals and communities. Please note that this training is focused on the perinatal experience of the Black birthing community in the United States in particular. However, there are many aspects of the experience that are shared across the diaspora due to the far reaching arm of racism and implicit bias, but also due to a shared culture of origin which runs through the veins of the Black community despite our separation.

When does the course start and finish?

This is a self-paced course. You can begin immediately upon enrollment, and take the final exam when you feel ready. You'll be able to complete the lessons and quizzes on your own time, as your schedule allows, and review content as you like.

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling you will have access to this course for one year, across any and all devices you own. You will be able to access the curriculum, quizzes, and downloads for the duration of the year regardless of when you complete the course.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Is there a way for me to permanently save any course materials offline for reference in my future practice and so I can study for the final exam?

In your course's "What You Can Expect from this Course" portion, you'll find a section titled Supporting Materials which includes all applicable downloadable materials for the course, such as PowerPoint slides, original readings, worksheets, and handouts.

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I can't advance to the next lesson.

In order to uphold the learning standards for the professional organizations that have approved Seleni's curricula, our courses require course compliance. This means that when you first take the course, you have to complete the lessons in the order that they appear. Once you have finished the course, you can jump between lessons as you like, in any order. Similarly, you are required to complete the short quiz at the end of each section before you proceed to the next. Make sure to always click "Complete and Continue" when you complete a lesson, or you will not be able to advance to the next. Teachable tracks video watching, and requires that users watch 90% of a video before it is considered completed. If you find yourself unable to advance, make sure you have watched the lesson's video completely. It is easy to accidentally skip over a few minutes here and there, but Teachable picks up on when the window playing the video is minimized or if you fast forward! You can learn more here: https://support.teachable.com/hc/en-us/articles/360022403191.

I'm having technical issues loading the online course materials and streaming the video.

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I scored less than 80% on my final exam and need to retake it.

No problem! Please send an email to [email protected] that includes the name of the course you are referring to and the email address associated with your student account on Teachable.

How will I receive my continuing education credits?

Upon successful completion of the course curriculum and final exam, you'll receive an email with a mandatory course evaluation. This evaluation includes the request form for your certificate. This will be processed within two business weeks of the course evaluation submission, and you will receive your certificate via email.

I completed the course, why haven't I received my certificate?

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