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AsSalamu Alaikum,

This is an 8 hour hands-on training designed to prepare chaplains and Islamic clergy: Termed ‘First Responders’ to effectively understand and effectively respond to psycho-social issues among American Muslims. This course will orient participants to basic empathic listening (preliminary counseling) to individuals, couples, and families.

The course will provide a framework for how to intervene during initial crisis, effectively interact and establish a therapeutic relationship, identify limitations/boundaries, understand mandated reporting, clergy rights, how to screen and identify for the possible presence of mental illness, and an orientation to the process of referral to mental health professionals.

This course will lay out an Islamically integrated model of counseling and the sequence of topics will highlight practical treatment approaches within the model by integrating modern clinical psychology. This is an experiential course that will involve lecture, discussion, modeling/demonstrations of technique and role-play.

Curriculum Layout:
Module 1: Introduction to Islamically integrative counseling model & fundamentals of forming counseling relationship.
Module 2: Introduction to mental illness, screenings (substance use, domestic violence, suicidal clients etc), mental status and Islamic law.
Module 3: Clergy rights/responsibilities, Mandated reporting, Ethics/Legal limitations, Boundaries, roles and limitations.

Certificate of Completion:
A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of this course to participants.

Our trainers are:

Shaikh Suhail Mulla:

Shaikh Suhail Mulla is a Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. He received a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies at California State University, Northridge, a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from UCLA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Law from Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He currently serves as the Resident Scholar at the Islamic Society of West Valley and as the Muslim Chaplain at UCLA.

Shaikh Suhail has served the community in a variety of capacities including Interim Executive Director and the Director of Mental Health at Access California Services, Assistant Religious Director at the Islamic Society of Orange County, School Social Worker with the Los Angeles Unified School District and Program Director with the West Valley Boys and Girls Club.

His interests lie in the integration of religious knowledge with psychological well-being, as well as in community dialogue between various interfaith and racial/ethnic communities. He is a well-respected community educator and has twenty years of experience in pastoral care and crisis counseling.

Imam Hooman Keshavarzi

Hooman Keshavarzi is a Licensed Psychotherapist in Illinois, completed his Psy.D (to be conferred), holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelors of Science – specialist psychology track/minor in Islamic Studies. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Argosy University Chicago, American Islamic College, Hartford Seminary, instructor of psychology at Islamic Online University and founding director of Khalil Center – the first Islamically oriented professional community mental wellness center and largest provider of Muslim mental healthcare in the US. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, conducting research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is a national public speaker and trainer currently serving as a Clinical supervisor of graduate students of clinical psychology at the Village of Hoffman Estates (DHS). He also delivers seminars on specialized topics around multiculturalism and psychology.

Hooman Keshavarzi has also authored several published academic papers in recognized peer-reviewed journals on integrating Islamic spirituality into modern psychological practice.

In addition to his academic training, Hooman Keshavarzi has studied Islamic theology both formally and informally. He is a student of Shaykh Muhammad Zakariya from Toronto, Canada, where he attended his hadith and spiritual discourses for a number of years. After moving to Chicago, he studied informally with Shaykh Azeemuddin Ahmed. He did some coursework with Shaykh Amin Kholwadia in Islamic counseling and formally studied for a year at Darul Qasim. He then moved onto study at Darus Salam foundation, completing three years of Islamic education and where he is continuing his Islamic studies.

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