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Published on Friday, January 21, 2022

Working with Muslims

Event date: 6/13/2022 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Export event

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This class will provide insight into the Muslim faith, and understand differences in cultural and spiritual values and help clinicians avoid microaggressions. The class will discuss issues of concern when working with Muslims and Arabic and Islamic terminology.
This class will help participants to improve cultural competance, and to challenge the monolithic representations of Islam in western media. For many Muslim people, faith influences everyday activity and decision making, family, and their own mental health; for others, it may be more of a cultural touchpoint, just as there are secular people in other faiths.
Clinicians will leave the class with a broad understanding of Islamic beliefs. We will provide tools and resources to help the clinician to provide the best individualized and culturally competent care possible.

Workshop Objectives

1.   Distinguish between Muslim, Middle Eastern, Arab people, and people from Arab   countries
2.Describe Muslim belifes and the issues of concern when working with   Muslims: Sunni and Shia, diet, Ramadan, Eid, pureness, Salat, communication   style, greatings, and the role of the Imam, for starters.
3. Outline common challenges when working with Muslims, with discussion   about how to avoid cultural roadblocks.
4. Stress the importance of individualized practice for Muslims by   accommodating the client's cultural beliefs and practices.
5. The ultimate goal of this class is to help clinicians develop culturally   competent and culturally sensitive practices.

June 13, 2022 8:45 - 12 pm
3 CEUs approved by NASW VT Approval #1072

*Please note that this workshop will be held outside of the Social Work Online CE Institute. You will receive an email with access instructions prior to the workshop dates, including information on how to complete the evaluation and receive your certificate of completion. 

About the Instructors

Abdelrazaq Rababah, LICSW practices in Brattleboro, VT. In addition to his practice, he has been tutoring social workers for the LCSW and LMSW exams and specialized in work with international students and immigrants. He has also taught Arabic as a Second Language and provided education about Muslim culture to those who are interested in learning about Muslim culture.

Michael Gerhard Martin, MSW, MFA taught college writing classes for 20 years, 15 of which were at Babson College. He specialized in work with international students and immigrants. At Babson, he developed an anti-oppression curriculum, emphasizing cultual humility and respectful curiosity. He graduated from the UVM MSW program this past Spring.   

Please direct any questions about this workshop to Lynn Stanley at

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