Ø Community psychology, re-integration of communal perspectives on mental health
This topic will examine some of the historical factors that contributed to the formation and development of modern practice in mental health. This seminar makes the case for a more communal orientation in the approach to dealing with individuals. This is especially relevant as the growth of diverse people(s) coming from more collectivistic backgrounds may not be able to maximize the benefit of the therapeutic process if it is rooted in individualized treatment. Some considerations include how to network, utilize and offer resources available to communities from within.
Ø Cultural minorities: Implications of individualistic modes of treatment and strategies for contemporary mental health professionals
This makes the case for a ‘culture’ of mental health that is rooted in an individualistic orientation. This may not be as applicable to cultural minorities identifying more with collectivistic notions and ideas. The implications of this approach are presented while offering suggestions as to how to broaden and tailor treatment to accommodate for diverse clients.
Ø Client-Centered Approaches in Social Service and Health care settings.
This a training workshop that offers employees of agencies comprehensive training tools and techniques based upon Carl Rogers’ client-centered approach and humanistic theories of working with individuals within the helping professions. This approach will help and optimize services for agencies and provide ways for service providers to be collaborative, empowering and sensitive while shifting the responsibility for change within the individual. This includes practical demonstrations of communication strategies for success.
Ø Working with Clients from Collectivistic cultures:
Much of the Asian populations (South-East, Middle-East & Western Asia) come from collectivistic cultures. This includes an emphasis on dependence, respect for authority, family, culture and community. This is contrasted with individualistic cultures. Strategies for success that incorporate and validate these cultural norms for optimizing service is discussed.
Ø American Muslims: Providing religiously congruent treatment
American Muslims have very unique needs and often their way of life is perceived as alien and is seen as very different from average Americans. This training takes a look at cultural variables that are relevant to Muslims Americans, that clinicians should be aware of while, providing ways of approaching, thinking about treatment with American Muslims. Specific intervention strategies are also presented.
Ø Marital Therapy/Counseling with American Muslims
Marital therapy with American Muslims can be challenging due to some of the cultural/religious factors that affect both the problem and outcome of therapy. Sometimes Islamic civil laws in relation to marriage become salient in particular instances and knowledge of these technicalities are necessary in order to optimize services. Some specific cultural variables will be explored and strategies offered.
Ø Cultural considerations in working with American Muslims
This is a seminar that is designed for a less specific audience and more for professionals in general who may come across American Muslims either in employment settings or as clients. It is important to understand some of the social etiquettes and cultural values/practices that make this population sometimes appear very different than others. Strengthening cultural competence and sensitivity is the goal.
Ø Who are Muslim Americans? And what I should know as a clinician?
Ø Applying traditional/indigenous healing methods
This seminar will vary depending on the culture or group the host is interested in exploring. In general it is an attempt to strengthen the skills of the clinician in providing some indigenous healing techniques of the culture in question. This may consist of particular types of prayers or rituals that may enhance the well-being of the client.
Ø Incorporating religion or spirituality into treatment
95% of Americans believe in a God or higher power. 51% of these individuals report having spoken to someone about God or their spiritual connection within a 24 hour time frame. Given the highly religious nature of Americans, it is important to consider how one may integrate spirituality, religious considerations and spiritual interventions in working with clients who are religious/spiritual.
Ø Clinical psychologists: Analysis of the modern ‘healer’
This is an academic examination of the role of the modern clinical psychologist and how it closely parallels the work of the ancient traditional healers. Exploration of how mental health was treated historically and how it still continues to be treated in some cultures is discussed. The weakness and strengths of both are provided and a proposal to integrate some of these ancient methods is offered.
Ø Faulty ways of thinking: alternative realities?
This seminar examines the culture of mental health and the concept of objective scientific truth as purported by many psychologists via the DSM. The foundations of this approach are examined and alternative ways of thinking are explored.
Ø Deconstructing the psychological association of extremism with Islam/Muslims
This is a seminar aimed at highlighted the widespread negative associations tied to Muslims globally. The intent of this seminar is to first examine the ‘realities’ of these, and provoke thought into how to break these associations.
Ø Towards a new ethnically diverse America: Integration instead of Assimilation
The melting pot construct has been resisted by many Americans and has been seen as minimizing cultural differences and promoting an American value that is consistent with only a segment of society. This seminar discusses factors related to this and how to work towards a more pluralistic society. Integration being the goal as opposed to assimilation.
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