Black Maternal Mental Health

Black Maternal Mental Health

Friday, July 12, 2024


3032 Briarcliff Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30329

Time: 10:00am-4:30pm

CEs Included: 5 CEUs

Investment:  $120 Before June 15th, $135 after

Presented by: Keisha Reaves, LPC, PMH-C, CPCS, (see bio below)

Educational Objectives

• Discuss different theoretical frameworks maternal mental health.

• Become familiar with symptoms of various perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

• Understand the impact of PMADs on women of color.

• Understand the historical and cultural background of motherhood for black women.

• Become familiar with the barriers to adequate treatment for women of color.

• Learn about screening tools and treatment options

• Identify treatment options and resources.

Workshop Descriptions

1 in 3 black women are at risk for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in comparison to 1 in 7 non-black women. Black women are faced with risk factors such as racism/discrimination, impaired trust in the medical system, and even the side effects of a global pandemic which critically impacts their mental health. Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. The CDC says that 60% of those deaths are preventable. This course is designed to equip and educate clinicians to be culturally competent when working with mothers of color that are suffering from maternal mental health. While also providing culturally adequate resources, interventions, and support to clients to decrease risk factors and break the stigma of mental health.

Presented by Keisha Reaves, LPC, PMH-C, CPCS

Keisha Reaves is licensed professional counselor in Georgia and being a Georgia native she has witnessed the stigma of mental health and has made it her mission to normalize therapy. She has been in the mental health field for more than sixteen years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services from Clayton State University and then completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology at the University of West Alabama.

In addition to helping women, Keisha is also certified in perinatal mental health serving women who are trying to conceive, have fertility issues, have experienced infant loss, transitioning into motherhood as well as postpartum depression. She has volunteered with Northside Hospital’s Bereavement group. She serves on the Postpartum Support International Georgia Chapter Board where she facilitates trainings on PMADs through out the state of Georgia. And she currently is one of the facilitators of the Mocha Moms Group at Atlanta Birth Center. Black maternal mental health and reproductive education is a strong passion of hers.


• 9:30 – 10:00 Registration

• 10:00 – 12:00 Morning Session (Cont.)

• 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break

• 1:00 – 2:30 Afternoon Session

• 2:30 – 2:45 Break

• 2:45 – 4:00 Afternoon Session (Cont.)

• 4:00-4:30 – Continuing Education Certificates Available