Part-Time Administrative Assistant – Northridge, CA


Job Title:
Part-Time Administrative Assistant (10 hrs/week) – Northridge, CA

Reports to:
Shaykh Suhail Mulla, Los Angeles Director

Job purpose

The purpose of this job is to fulfill the duties essential to the management of day-to-day operations of the agency.  This role is highly demanding and requires a self-motivated independent individual who has basic familiarity with mental health and basic Islamic theology/concepts. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Reception duties – answering calls, scheduling clients for providers in Los Angeles office and teletherapy services using EMR system.
  • Provide general administrative and clerical support including mailing, scanning, and copying to management
  • Organize files and open new cases
  • Data collection from existing files
  • Bill insurance panels
  • Event planning/coordination
  • Maintain contact agency partners/donors
  • Initiate contact with neighboring agencies 
  • Marketing to the local community
  • Maintain organization of office (i.e., restocking on paper, ink, office supplies, etc)
  • Ensure office is orderly and neat at all times
  • Work on special projects

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum Associates, preferred Bachelors
  • Proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel a must
  • Knowledge of operating standard office equipment
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Ability to prioritize projects and strong problem solving skills
  • Good research skills, attention to detail, thoroughness and follow through are essential
  • Design (flyer, poster, etc – Preferred)
  • 2 years Administrative experience preferred
  • Familiarity with Islamic theology, customs, rituals and rules
  • Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize diversified workload, recommend changes in office practices or procedures.

Working conditions

2 hrs/day for 5 days/week for a total of 10 hours.  Administrative Assistant will work at the office (with some hours in the field.)

This job operates in a professional office environment. Relaxed business-Islamic attire required.

This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and filing cabinets.

Compensation

$20/hr

How to Apply

Send CV or resume with a cover letter to suhailmulla@khalilcenter.com with the subject line: Admin Assistant


Application Deadline: 

Until the position is filled

Start Date:

Immediately

Letter of Support (“If you can’t breathe, we can’t breathe!”)…

Al-Salām ʿAlaykum, 

We at Khalil Center, want to express solidarity with the Black community who is experiencing immense outrage and pain following but not limited to the brutal murder of George Floyd. We stand in support with those who have lost family members to police brutality and racism. The killing of George Floyd is a wake up call and reminder to America that it is still haunted by the sin of racism in this country.  It is no secret to any reader of modern history that America was built upon the extermination of Native Americans and on the backs of Africans forcefully enslaved and brought to this part of the world.  As Malcolm X, states, “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, my brothers and sisters—Plymouth Rock landed on us.” The tree of racism in this country continues to bear bitter fruit that has been watered with the blood of many innocent African Americans. At Khalil Center, we do NOT see this as an isolated event, but rather a symptom of a greater disease that needs to be addressed. This is the disease of systematic racism, whether it is manifested through the prison industrial complex, unequal application of the law and law enforcement, inequitable distribution of tax dollars, unequal educational opportunities and invisible ceilings placed on African American communities across the country. 

We recognize that there is incredibile anger and rage. Let us not miss the fact that the fundamental human underlying need for the emotion of anger is JUSTICE. So long as injustice, powerlessness, inequality and silencing continues, the communal trauma of the powerless will not cease.  Malcolm X also said, “I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.” It is our duty to stand with the oppressed.  As the Qur’an exhorts: “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives” (4:135).  The Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) not only strove to establish justice on earth, but also felt the pain of others, the Qur’an describes him as, “Indeed a messenger has been sent to you, grievous unto him what you suffer, intent over your protection” (9:128).  The Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) was a mercy to all of humanity.  At Khalil Center, as mental health professionals, we can appreciate the impact of trauma. Having said that, we know full well that the communal trauma experienced by the African American community cannot be done justice through a mere show of solidarity, but we also recognize that listening and hearing the pain is a starting point. 

Over the past few days, we have been internally urging our staff to increase their work to confront and support efforts to end systematic inequalities. Along with our umbrella organization, Zakat Foundation of America, which has sent food security to impacted areas by protests, at Khalil Center we want to stay ever aware of the psychological effects and personal experiences of our community members who have been on the receiving end of inequality and oppression. With our partnership with University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)’s Urban Youth Trauma Center, we are scheduling discussion spaces intended to process and learn about ways to increase our own cultural competencies under the leadership of our senior advisor, Dr. Jaleel Abdul Adil (head of Urban Youth Trauma Center) for our staff. We intend to discuss community programming and create the community space for such difficult dialogues in the coming days.

It’s time for us to really listen to what it feels like to be Black in America. Just as the Qur’anic message informs us, that the unjust killing of one is the death of all. We stand united as the pillars of a collective conscious for our society! The silence cannot remain & the calls for change are collectively amplified. We pray that Allāh give relief and patience to all those suffering, and rectify our collective society toward reformation, reparation and justice.

Regards, 
Khalil Center Team

Admin Assistant – Union City, California


Job Title:
Admin Assistant   (20 hrs/week) – Union City, California

Reports to:
Administrative Manager and Clinical Director

Job purpose

The purpose of this part-time position is to fulfill the duties essential to the execution of day-to-day operations of a non-profit community health center, training and research institute at the forefront of advancing the professional practice of spiritually integrated behavioral health practices.  This role requires a self-motivated, independent individual who has professionalism, basic familiarity with health practices, and an understanding of Islamic concepts and theology.  

We are looking to recruit a meticulous, organized individual who has the ability to maintain documentation and records proficiently to ensure promptness and correctness of billing processes. The prime candidate will handle and resolve billing problems and disputes and keep spreadsheets for reconciliation purposes. To ensure success, focus and staying up to date with work is a must. Top applicants must have proficient time management skills and the ability to multitask and work remotely when necessary.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Answer calls and emails, as well as schedule clients for providers in the Bay Area locations as well as Web Therapy services, using the EMR system. 
  • Ensure payments are collected consistently and correctly. 
  • Entering insurance and financial data into the EMR system and billing systems 
  • Working closely with appropriate personnel to ensure all patients claims are paid
  • Verifying insurance coverage and determining patient financial responsibility
  • Overseeing the Financial Assistance approvals and processes
  • Ensuring that all employees are fulfilling billing responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Support all web therapy services for online pre screenings and scheduling.
  • Provide general clerical support to management, including mailing, scanning, faxing, and copying of important documents also includes the organization of physical and electronic files 
  • Assist in preparing quarterly reports to be distributed to donors and other organizational contacts
  • Logging, depositing checks and communicating with accounting regarding its categorization
  • Maintain a weekly check-in with the administrative manager to ensure clear lines of communication 
  • Attend mandatory bi-monthly staff meetings as well as monthly admin meetings

Qualifications and Skills

  • Associates Degree Required, Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook a must
  • Ability to work remotely and have good technical skills
  • Knowledge of Insurance and Billing practices preferred but not necessary
  • Knowledge of operating standard office equipment 
  • Familiarity with Islamic theology, customs, rituals and rules 
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and organize multiple/diverse projects and handle multiple demands paying close attention to detail
  • Able to work under pressure and during busy hours of the day
  • Punctual, with attention to detail 
  • 2 years administrative or clerical experience preferred in a clinical setting
  • Experience with medical billing and familiarity of healthcare office policies and procedures a plus

Working conditions

  • 20 hrs, over the course of 3-4 days (working on Sunday is required), professional office setting, relaxed business-Islamic attire required
  • Works mainly out of Union City, CA office and intermittently works out of the Santa Clara, CA and Pleasanton, CA offices.
  • Routinely use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers & filing cabinets

Compensation

Approximately $20/hour 

How to Apply

Send CV or resume with a cover letter to caadmin@khalilcenter.com with the subject line: “Admin Assistant


Application Deadline: 

Until the position is filled

Start Date:

July 1st 2020

Internship (12-15 hours/week) – Bay Area, California


Job Title:
Internship (12-15 hours/week) – Bay Area, California

Reports to:

Administrative Manager and Clinical Director

Purpose of Internship

The purpose of this part-time internship is to support the administrative manager in all duties essential to the execution of day-to-day operations of a non-profit community health center, training and research institute at the forefront of advancing the professional practice of spiritually integrated behavioral health practices.  This role requires a self-motivated, independent individual who has professionalism, basic familiarity with health practices, and an understanding of Islamic concepts and theology. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Maintain a weekly check-in with staff therapists to ensure all administrative and therapist task lists are getting completed.
  • Maintain a weekly check-in with the administrative managers to ensure clear lines of communication between larger admin staff
  • Provide general clerical support to management, including mailing, scanning, faxing, and copying of important documents also includes the organization of physical and electronic files 
  • Maintain contacts and email lists, creation of email blasts (MailChimp)
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings, speaking engagements and travel for staff and guest speakers
  • Assist with event planning and coordination for training, seminars, and conferences
  • Data collection from existing files
  • Assist with outreach related work, but not limited to, organizing large conferences, workshops or fundraising events
  • Office management including organization and up-keeping of all Bay Area office sites
  • Work on preparing brochures and flyers for mental health awareness
  • Optional Didactic training available every 2 weeks on Sundays at 8 am.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Associates Degree Required, Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook 
  • Knowledge of operating standard office equipment
  • Familiarity with Islamic theology, customs, rituals and rules 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and organize multiple/diverse projects and handle multiple demands paying close attention to detail
  • Able to work in under pressure and during busy hours of the day
  • Punctual, with attention to detail 
  • 2 years of administrative or clerical experience preferred in a clinical setting
  • Experience with medical billing and familiarity of healthcare office policies and procedures a plus

Working conditions

  • Four to five hours a day over the course of several days per week; working on Sunday is mandatory
  • Professional office setting, relaxed business. Islamic attire is mandatory
  • Works mainly out of Union City, CA office and intermittently works out of the Santa Clara, CA and Pleasanton, CA offices.
  • Routinely use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers & filing cabinets

Compensation

Unpaid position compensated with experience and training

How to Apply

Send CV or resume with a cover letter to caadmin@khalilcenter.com with the subject line: “CA Intern


Application Deadline: 

Until the position is filled

Start Date:

August 1st 2020

Mental Health 101: An Islamically Integrated Perspective

Muslim Mental Health 101

The terms mental health, stress, anxiety, depression, self-care and other similar terms are commonly heard these days. They casually come up in our discussions, or are discussed in our classes and social media. There has been a rise in people and organizations promoting “mental health awareness.” What exactly is mental health and mental illness, and how do we understand them within an Islamic context?

Question #1: What is Mental Health?

From an Islamic theological perspective, psycho-spiritual health is directly related to a human being’s ability to actualize their primordial spiritual purpose. All human beings are created to tread a path that will ultimately ensure their salvation in the afterlife and their ability to acquire God’s pleasure. Health is thus, from an Islamic theological perspective, indicated by an individual’s successful ability to remain on this path of worship. Hence any obstacles that obstruct their ability to tread this path is seen as detrimental to human functioning and worthy of attention.  This includes psychological, physical or emotional struggles that get in the way of our ability to worship Allāh freely.

More specifically, a holistic perspective on psychological health must be multidimensional as it encompasses our overall health and well-being. This includes:

  • Physical health: diet and exercise, regular checkups with doctors, and hygiene
  • Mental health: Our thoughts. Are they positive, realistic, and functional? Are they helping us complete our day-to-day goals and tasks?
  • Emotional health: Awareness of feelings–both positive and negative–and the ability to regulate them in a healthy manner
  • Social/behavioral health: Our relationships and interactions with others are healthy and functional. The ability to accept and enjoy happiness, as well as recognize and resolve conflict
  • Spiritual health: Our connection and relationship with Allah, dhikr (remembrance of Allāh), duā, as well as completing our mandatory obligations to Allah such as prayer and fasting.

When all of these areas are balanced and working in harmony, we can achieve optimal mental health. However, mental health is fluid. We need to regularly and constantly work on finding this balance. Achieving better states in our mental, spiritual, psychological health and maturity is a constant journey that we traverse all our lives.

Naturally, the balance we strive for will look different at different stages of our lives. For example, during finals week, your attention may be more focused on academics, and your social or physical activities may take a backseat. Or you might find yourself taking temporary social breaks to seek reclusion, refocus, and recalibrate. This is still considered balance–striving for optimal mental wellness is not a linear journey. If you find lasting behavioral or emotional patterns that are not balanced, however, you will need to check in and identify how to get back to working towards balance.

Question #2: What is Mental Illness?

When our mental health is negatively affected for a significant amount of time, a mental illness can develop. It is an illness of our mind that impacts all areas of our health: emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual. A few triggers for mental illness are:

  • Experiencing trauma
  • Significant life changes
  • Family conflict and distress
  • Life stressors and/or lack of support and resources

Mental illness ranges in severity and symptoms. It can be non-clinical distress that all of us experience from time to time, or it can reach the clinical threshold (particularly when your overall mental health is neglected for too long).  Additionally, it can manifest itself differently in people based on support systems, personal history, personality, genetics, and other factors.

Some examples of mental illness are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/waswasa
  • Phobias
  • Personality Disorders

Question #3:  What is the place of mental health in the Islamic context?

Psychological and spiritual health is a necessary lifelong process that has been extensively discussed in the Islamic intellectual heritage. Gaining awareness into one’s psychological and spiritual functioning is necessary in forming a meaningful relationship with Allāh and following the mandates of our religion. Our greatest asset to doing so is our own very selves–just as we strive to work on intellectual and academic development, psycho-spiritual development is all the more important for success in this world and the next. Sahl bin ʿAbdullāh, may God be pleased with him, once said: “If one knows his mind, one knows his state between him and his Lord.”[1]

The importance of personal development and refinement of character is established by the Prophetic tradition, wherein he (peace & blessings be upon him) said “I was exclusively sent to perfect good character”(Adab al-Mufrad, Bukharī). Thus, Muslim scholars and spiritual practitioners have contributed an immense body of literature on psychospiritual and character development.  This Islamic scholarly heritage is replete with positive practices that promote psycho-spiritual well-being. They are made up of the reformation of human thinking, behavior, and emotional expressions. An intentional focus on psychological and spiritual development facilitates the development of holistic health and well-being.

Abū Zayd al-Balkhī, a 9th century Muslim polymath, mentions in his work on “The Sustenance of the Soul,” that intentional psychospiritual practices nurture a resilience to mental illness & that this is necessary as a preventative measure for all peoples.  He even places a greater emphasis on mental over physical health illustrating as human beings we are all prone to psychological distress and few of us will ever escape the stressors of life.  Therefore, the absence of consciously developing psychological strength or the lack of seeking assistance after dysfunction has started, can lead to unnecessary significant suffering (Badri, 2008).

Question #4: How do we cope with psychological distress?

It can be difficult to identify when and how to seek help. People may cope with psychological distress on their own in various ways such as:

  • Turning to prayer, worship, and Allāh
  • Turning to loved ones for support
  • Gaining awareness and Understanding of their intrapsychic struggles
  • Changing routine, diet, or exercise.

Sometimes however, these lifestyle changes and psychoeducational information are not enough to cope with or heal from distress. There are many ways to seek help. Some of these ways are listed below.

Religious Affiliation

Religious and spiritual values are imperative in decision making, relationship building, resolving moral and ethical dilemmas, and letting go of things not in our control. In fact, people rely on religious beliefs and values to cope when experiencing psychological distress. Studies have found:

  • 90% of people surveyed, coped through prayer & turning to religion
  • Many individuals with even medical illnesses seek out alternative forms of treatment that include prayer, exercise, rituals, and traditional healers[2]
  • Significant numbers of people report a desire for greater integration of religious/spiritual care in medical treatments[3]
  • 80% of those studied with mental illness use religious coping[4]

As Muslims, our connection with Allāh and our religious values are integrated in our daily lives on some level or another. So, religious considerations and building a religious identity (your own relationship and connection with Allah) is needed in treatment considerations for mental illness. It is essential to neither downplay the role of religion and spirituality in mental health nor attribute mental illnesses exclusively to low faith and lack of religiosity.

Psychotherapy

One-on-one counseling or therapy provides a safe, confidential, and structured space to talk through and identify issues a person may be experiencing. For some, therapy may become a regular part of self-care. For others, a few months of therapy is found beneficial. Individual therapy can be sought before distress starts to feel overwhelming. One does not have to consider themselves “sick” for them to turn to the option of therapy.  Therapy can be an opportunity for learning, self discovery, building insight, and more. A few examples are:

  • Learning new skills and techniques to manage or heal from their distress
  • Developing an in-depth understanding of themselves
  • Creating and implementing new lifestyle changes that increase quality of life
  • Identifying and resolving conflicts in their lives

Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP):

Integrating religious beliefs, practices and considerations can make the healing and growth process of therapy even more beneficial and long-term. Data from research studies have supported the idea that spiritual and religious approaches to treatment have been effective in treating many psychosocial issues.[5]

TIIP is a therapeutic framework that is an ever-evolving modality of psychological treatment coined by Khalil Center. It utilizes models of psychotherapy inspired by the Qur’an, Sunnah, and the traditions of the scholars–particularly in the spiritual sciences of taziyah al-nafs (to assist in the attainment of spiritual contentment), while also incorporating modern clinical interventions.

Abu Ḥāmid Al-Ghazāli writes about the importance of psychospiritual health and its relation to our connection with Allah. In his Iya ʿUlūm al-Din he writes, “When God wishes well for a servant, He gives him awareness of his own deficiencies” (pg. 256). From this statement, we learn that the beginning to a path of achieving psycho-spiritual health is self-awareness, (inkishāf). This is one of the core principles of TIIP: the therapist acts as a psychospiritual practitioner and guides an introspective self-discovery of the person’s emotional state to bring awareness to one’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral tendencies[6]. After the person develops self-awareness of their habits, TIIP practitioners facilitate holistic health by working on the different aspects of the mind towards creating a psycho-spiritual balance.

Medication Management:

Medication, as prescribed by a psychiatrist, can help in managing symptoms of a mental illness. Medication can become necessary in instances when an individual may not respond to psychotherapy or the intensity of their symptoms are presenting as a significant barrier for psychotherapeutic interventions.

A comprehensive approach that integrates best practices across psychiatry and clinical psychology can be used to create a clinically beneficial treatment plan.  In fact, Abu Zayd al-Balkhī highlights two of the most common types of mental illness, those that are predominantly due to biological factors in contrast to those that are mostly psychological in origin. Understanding this can help us recognize the importance of accurately diagnosing and treating someone struggling with mental illness.

Support Groups:

Support groups are a great resource to meet and hear from other people who are experiencing similar struggles. A support group will have a therapist or a qualified facilitator and group members. Support groups can:

  • Be a source of support for you while giving  you the opportunity to provide support for other members
  • Help you learn more about your mental illness or problems
  • Teach you new skills and coping strategies to help manage and reduce your symptoms or struggles, based on other people’s real experiences

Crisis Hotlines

Crisis hotlines or helplines are an excellent “in the moment” support to use if someone feels overwhelmed or is in crisis mode. A call can be made to a hotline anonymously. Speaking to a stranger who has the training to help in a difficult situation can be beneficial. A person can feel safe to share  their struggles and get immediate help if needed.

Wellness Programming:

Attending workshops, seminars, halaqas, or community gatherings where health and wellness are encouraged can be helpful in getting more information,  ecognizing resources around you, becoming aware of your mental health needs, or finding support from others. While these programs are not treatment for mental illness, they can help us check in with ourselves and help us identify specific things we may need to do to help achieve balance.


[1]https://abuaminaelias.com/dailyhadithonline/2020/02/09/sahl-muraqabah-knows-himself/

[2]Lukoff, Lu & Turner, 1992

[3]Post, Puchalski & Larson, 2000

[4]Tepper, 2001

[5](Anderson, Heywood-Everett, Siddiqi, Wright, Meredith, & McMillan, 2015; Hook, Worthington, Davis, Jennings, Gartner, & Hook, 2010; McCullough, 1999; Smith, Bartz, & Richards, 2007; Worthington, Hook, Davis, & McDaniel, 2011; Worthington, Kurusu, McCullough, & Sandage, 1996; Worthington & Sandage, 2001)

[6](Keshavarzi & Khan 2018)

[6](Keshavarzi & Khan 2018)

Strategies for Managing Stress and Increasing Productivity During a ‘Shelter in Place’

The suddenness of the COVID-19 Pandemic change has drastically impacted all of our lives and has compelled everyone to make immediate lifestyle changes. Especially the “shelter in place” imposed on all of us, may evoke unsettling feelings. These can include worries about the economy, our jobs, health and managing the adaptation to these new circumstances. 

Given the unpredictability of the current circumstances or how long this may last, a sense of anxiety or depressive feelings can set in if we don’t see an emerging solution that is near.  Such an experience can lead to feeling overwhelmed and can be exacerbated when we see no immediate end in sight to the present circumstances. For many of us, such feelings can exhaust our energy, lead to irritability, impact our relationships and tap our available psychological resources to handle such stress. Such unpleasant feelings can come at a time when we need our resources most.

Here are a few psychospiritual strategies you can integrate into your life today to help manage this burden

  • Learning to Let Go. Among the most difficult things for human beings to do is to LET GO. Learning to recognize what you control and what you don’t is half of wisdom. Imām Al-Ghazālī in his Iḥyā Ulūm al-Dīn, describes psycho-spiritual health as the perfect balance between fear and hope. Once you have exhausted what you control, then there is a freedom in resigning yourself to God’s plan and having hope in Him. There is an Arabic proverb, “The actions of a wise one are never devoid of wisdom”.  In Allah’s infinite wisdom, there is benefit in the end for the believer, even if it comes at the cost of a bitter pill. 
    • A practical exercise:
      • Attempt to come up with at least three possible hidden blessings of this trial and tribulation. How could this be of benefit to you? Share this with others or write it down, as the Qurʾān states: “Speak of the blessings of Allāh”.
      • Then express gratitude for it through a devotional act.  The Qurʾān states: “If you show gratitude, then I (Allāh) will increase you (in blessings)”. 
  • Focus on the Here & Now. Consider that fear is the anticipation of a future threat or negative outcome (ex. joblessness, poor health etc), while sadness creates a psychological orientation to ruminate about undesirable events in the past. This can especially be present during times of social isolation, where recall of past inadequacies or memories may be more readily available to us, since we are alone with our thoughts. 
    Both states of mind, take you away from the present. Both fear and sadness are ONLY useful in so much as it promotes present oriented action.  Simply put, use reflection on past inadequacies to improve yourself in the present and use worries about the future to prepare for tomorrow by focusing on your actions today.  
    • Some Exercises:
      • Perform acts of services. Some of the ʿUlemā (scholars of Islām) have discussed the possibility of this being a punishment for the overindulgence and self-absorption of humankind. Therefore, we can perhaps repel this through acts of service. These may include:
        • Serve your spouse or immediate relatives. Learn to cook/bake new things for them.
        • Listen attentively to those immediate family members around you. Check in with them (call them if you are alone).
        • Have patience with the shortcomings of your immediate family members.
        • Give in Sadaqah to those who are in need through your trusted institutions (Zakat Foundation of America is a recommended resource).
          • In particular: Offer the Sacrifice of an Animal
  • Reflect on the Vastness of Allah & the Insignificance of Man – ʿIzz ibn ʿAbd Al-Salām (d. 1262 AD/ 660 AH)  mentions that one of the benefits of trials and tribulations is that it broadens one’s focus to realize the Greatness & Might of Allah. Take a lesson in realizing how much God is really in control, by reflecting on how He shook the entire world through sending out a virus. Consider how dependent We as creation truly are and how small we are in comparison to His power.  There is a saying, “Do not say: Oh Allah I am facing a tremendous calamity, rather say, Oh Calamity, I have a tremendous Lord”!
  • Do not Over-consume the Media: The Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him), taught us a prayer, “Oh Allah, I seek refuge in you from non-beneficial knowledge”. While we are in a ‘shelter in place’, knowing the numbers of infections, its origins, which country it came from, etc, may not be helpful. This overindulgence can be addictive and a vehicle for us to be glued to screens that have adverse physiological and psychological effects upon us.
  • Structure your Day: When our workplace also becomes the place where we rest, there can be a tendency to have disarray and mismanagement of time. Take some time at the beginning of the week in planning out your week or time in the morning to plan out the entire day. We realize that Islām is systematic and built on order and this should be a lesson for us to make our lives the same way.
  • Unplug and Train yourself through Acts of Worship.  Religion is not merely a psychological activity but is made up of important acts of devotions. One of the greatest challenges of our times, is to keep our mind focused and gathered. Assign at least 30 minutes of your day to spending time in isolation, away from family and any social devices, simply to worship Allah through voluntary acts of worship (nafl) or in contemplation (tafakkur) of the Divine. Learn to focus on what’s truly important.
    • Specific Acts of Worship to conduct
      • Recite Surah Yāsīn daily in the morning.
      • Offer two Rakʿāt of the Ṣalat al-Ḥājah (refer to your local ʿUlema for how to perform this)
      • Make a regular daily practice of repentance
      • Send 300 salutations upon the Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him).
      • Recitation of morning and evening prayers for protection

NEW KC Book Publication: Applying Islamic Principles to Clinical Mental Health Care: Introducing TIIP

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Description

This text outlines for the first time a structured articulation of an emerging Islamic orientation to psychotherapy, a framework presented and known as Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP).

TIIP is an integrative model of mental health care that is grounded in the core principles of Islam while drawing upon empirical truths in psychology. The book introduces the basic foundations of TIIP, then delves into the writings of early Islamic scholars to provide a richer understanding of the Islamic intellectual heritage as it pertains to human psychology and mental health. Beyond theory, the book provides readers with practical interventional skills illustrated with case studies as well as techniques drawn inherently from the Islamic tradition. A methodology of case formulation is provided that allows for effective treatment planning and translation into therapeutic application. Throughout its chapters, the book situates TIIP within an Islamic epistemological and ontological framework, providing a discussion of the nature and composition of the human psyche, its drives, health, pathology, mechanisms of psychological change, and principles of healing.

Mental health practitioners who treat Muslim patients, Muslim clinicians, students of the behavioral sciences and related disciplines, and anyone with an interest in spiritually oriented psychotherapies will greatly benefit from this illustrative and practical text.

Reviews

“This book fills a tremendous void in the literature, wherein it provides both a structured theoretical explication of an Islamic Psychotherapy as well as practical guidelines and concrete interventions for clinical practice. It uniquely combines faith and science, creating an integrative bridge for mental health providers in providing therapy within an Islamic spiritual context.” —Harold G. Koenig, Duke University Medical Center, USA

“This is a fascinating and impressive book—theologically, philosophically, and theoretically. The book also contains many helpful insights for the practice of Islamic spiritually integrated psychotherapy. It makes an outstanding contribution to the growing literature about the role of religion and spirituality in mainstream psychology and psychotherapy. I enthusiastically recommend it.” —P. Scott Richards, Brigham Young University, USA

Job Posting: Mental Health Therapist/Clinician – Manhattan, NY


Job Title:

Mental Health Therapist/Clinician – Manhattan, NY

Reports to:

Job Narrative

The contractor shall work in the capacity of a therapist and educator, the current duties and responsibilities of which are outlined below. These duties and responsibilities may be amended from time to time as deemed necessary by Khalil Foundation or requested by contractor subject to a formal notification/arrangement. The contractor will:

– Provide individual, family, couples, and/or group psychotherapy to a predominantly Muslim population
– Attend bi-monthly Islamic Psychotherapy didactic trainings and staff meetings online, roughly every other Sunday from 11am-1pm EST. Meeting schedule will be provided in advance
– If applicable, attend weekly clinical supervision meetings provided by Khalil Foundation
– Present at occasional speaking engagements, trainings, seminars or workshops, at a maximum of once monthly.
– If desired, offer and develop programming for the organization, for example support groups, seminars, and presentations.
– Provide a brief monthly report on work duties and current caseload, with any suggestions for the improvement of services both organizationally and for individual service providers.
– Complete all administrative forms and tasks related to the role of being a mental health therapist at Khalil Foundation, including participating in a brief, weekly individual meeting on billing and administrative updates with Managing Director.
– Have an interest and knowledge of the organizational happenings of Khalil Foundation, due to possible organizational situations that may cause a shift in routine business or organizational growth.
– Adhere to the Islamic religious rules and laws that pertain to his/her profession as a Muslim professional. As a professional and member of the Khalil Foundation team of service providers, the contractor must conduct him or herself in a manner that is congruent with Islamic character etiquettes and expectations as a professional and outlined within the staff handbook.


Working conditions

– Minimum 20 hours a week
– Must be available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or the weekend
– Therapist’s work location(s) will be in Manhattan
– Required bi-monthly didactic trainings held on Sundays 11am to 1pm
– Shared office with managing director, schedule will be developed and updated as needed
– Routinely use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers & filing cabinets

Qualifications & Requirements

– Doctorate-level therapist or Masters in Clinical Psychology or Counseling
– Licensed in the State of New York
– Experience conducting psychological evaluations with adolescents to young adults
– Language capacities in: Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Bangla, and other languages of traditionally Islamic countries
– Clinician with extensive trauma experience preferred

Basic Requirements
– Master’s Degree in a mental health field (MSW, MFT, LPCC, etc.)
– Familiarity with Islamic theology, customs, rituals and rules
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Compensation

– Hourly rate $30-65/hr based upon degree, licensure and experience
– No benefits offered currently, due to part-time contractual nature of the position
– This business relationship is that of an independent contractor, there is no entitlement to benefits such as health insurance, life insurance, retirement, or unemployment insurance

How to Apply

Send CV or resume with a cover letter to hr@khalilcenter.com with the subject line: “NY Therapist Application”

Applications without cover letters will NOT be accepted

Job Posting: Donor Relations Associate – Bay Area


Job Title:

Donor Relations Associate – Bay Area, CA

Reports to:

Executive Director and Regional Director

Job Narrative

The main goals of the position are to a) serve as an assistant to the Executive Director or Director of Development and to work closely with Development Associate for the institution’s localized development strategy to help fund Khalil Center’s Bay Area programming, (b) populating and utilizing a donor database using software like FunRaise to drive and support donor engagement, provide updates, and garner solicitations for donor (online) campaigns (c) maintain contact in serving as a liaison between ED, Development Associate and key stakeholders and private grant givers to reinforce the financial sustainability of the institution.

Deliverables include (d) quarterly grant reports and updates to grant providers and major donors, (e) managing an annual fundraising events calendar, (e) populating the donor management system for local donations/donors.

Donor relations associate will work with a team including: (f) development associate (g) part-time community outreach coordinator in region, (g) a national events manager dedicating .25 PT to development activities, (h) a professional social media manager dedicating .25 PT to donor activities, (i) administrative managers and assistants, (j) a pool of repeat volunteers, (k) a robust donor management system platform and (l) robust lists of existing donors and potential donors.

Working conditions

Though this position will require some travel within the locality where employee is based and nationally, the employee will have office hours out of Union City, CA office. The employee may need to leave the office frequently for meetings and events. Additionally, the employee will keep regular contact with Executive Director (“ED”) and Development associate, informing them of activities and progress. The Executive Director and Board have developed a successful fundraising strategy and will welcome revisions based on the ability and commitment of the new hire. This role requires availability to work 10-15 hours a week. Hours of work are flexible and can be arranged before hire. One Sunday a month, all staff are expected to attend staff meetings in the late morning (1-2 hours) (can attend online). If required to travel outside of Bay Area, the employee will accrue overtime hours which can be applied paid time-off the week following the week of travels.

This roles operates in a professional office environment, routinely using standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Qualifications & Requirements

a. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, not-for-profit management, fundraising or a related degree. Graduate degree preferred.

b. Knowledge of and experience with fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising, and familiarity with donor management software.

c. Desire to get out of the office and build external relationships, good interpersonal and communication skills.

d. Ability to do public speaking about our organization.

e. Well organized, disciplined and manage multiple tasks considering order of priority.

 f. Some familiarity with the field of mental health, working with the Muslim community and Islamic studies preferred.

 g. Demonstrate a willingness to learn and identify with our mission & vision.

h. Ability to work independently with little supervision. 

Compensation

This will be a contractual position with a compensation of $15/hr for 10-15 hours per week.

How to Apply

Please email your resume/CV and Cover Letter to hr@khalilcenter.com.  Applications without Cover Letters will not be accepted.  

Khalil Center Canada Featured in the “Globe & Mail”.

See the below link to find the article that featured Khalil Center’s groundbreaking work in Canada and US.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/article-mental-health-programs-specifically-geared-for-muslims-gain-traction/