Markita Mays is a Licensed Clincal Social Worker specializing in individual and family therapy for children, adolesecents, and adults. She maintains a private practice in Oakland, California. In addition to serving as a private practitioner, she is on staff at the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Program. As staff, Markita provides clinical supervision, lectures for the Child-Parent Psychotherapy Trauma Seminar, facilitates the Multicultural Seminar, and is a National Trainer for the dissemination of Child-Parent Psychotherapy. As a liaison with the Tipping Point Community Mental Health Initiative, Markita provides mental health services, consultation and support services at community-based partnership programs such as Bayview Child Health Center and Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, CA.
Markita earned her BA in Human Biology at Brown University, with an emphasis on African-American Studies and later pursued her Master’s degree in Social Work, focusing on Children, Youth, and Families from California State University, East Bay. Her graduate practicum trainings were completed at East Bay Agency for Children’s Therapeutic Nursery School and Early Intervention Services at Children’s Hospital, Oakland. She later received two years of post-graduate clinical training at the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Program.
In addition to direct service and clinical training, Markita has pursed advocacy on behalf of children of incarcerated parents. She is the co-Founder of the Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (ACCIPP), which is a regional coalition focused on those who work with or are concerned about children of incarcerated parents. In her work with ACCIPP, she served as an consultant with Sesame Street on the development and implementation of their toolkit and resources, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration. Markita has also guest lectured on the topic of children of incarcerated parents for many audiences and systems; including the Zero to Three National Training Institute in 2012 and 2013.
As an African American, Markita is committed to understanding the intersectionality of race and trauma for African-American families and communities. She co-authored an article titled, Mommy Hates Daddy: A Child-Parent Psychotherapy Story of Engagement, Domestic Violence, and Intergenerational Ghosts, in Zero To Three’s Journal, and worked with CJM Associates on a group curriculum titled, Healing Trauma and Overcoming Stress, targeting African-American grandparents raising children.