The Seleni Institute is honored to partner with Dr. Marissa Long, licensed reproductive psychologist, on our newest professional program: the Black Perinatal Mental Health Training. 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.

Please note that this training is focused on the perinatal experience of the Black birthing community in the United States. 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 and also due to a shared culture of origin which runs through the veins of the Black community despite our separation.


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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Dr. Marissa Long, PhD

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.

Continuing Education with Seleni

Postpartum Support International

This activity is co-sponsored by Postpartum Support International and the Seleni Institute. Postpartum Support International is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Postpartum Support International maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

New York State Education Department

Seleni Psychology Counseling and Support, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0095.

Seleni Psychology Counseling and Support, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0477.

NBCC

Seleni Psychology Counseling and Support, PLLC has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6950. Seleni Psychology Counseling and Support is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Adelphi University School of Social Work

This activity is co-sponsored by Adelphi University School of Social Work and the Seleni Institute. Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0068. Adelphi University School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity is co-sponsored by Adelphi University School of Social Work and the Seleni Institute. Adelphi University is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0038. Adelphi University School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity is co-sponsored by Adelphi University School of Social Work and the Seleni Institute. Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0032. Adelphi University School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

DONA International

This continuing education training can be utilized for DONA International recertification requirements and is approved for 8 CEUs for doulas.

Professionals who are not members of the above organizations or professions are often still eligible to earn the CE credits they need by training with Seleni. Most state licensure boards and many national professional organizations grant reciprocity for eligible training programs, and we encourage professionals to check with your home state board and/or professional organization regarding its policies on reciprocity prior to enrollment.
Medical providers can pre-order an upcoming CME training on a similar topic, Eliminating Implicit Bias in Maternity Care, launching in Summer 2024 with CME accreditation.