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Educators

Islamic School Teacher’s Psycho-Social and Spiritual Wellness Training Series

This is a program series that is designed for Islamic school teacher’s to expand their education and teacher effectiveness through an Islamically integrated presentation of relevant topics towards the educational endeavor. The aim is to strengthen teacher’s positions as positive role models and guides for Muslim students.

OBJECTIVE:
  • To strengthen teachers effectiveness in the classroom
  • Equip teachers with tools to enhance the psycho-social well-being of children
  • Help teachers develop resiliency in their students
  • Help teachers identify psychological/cognitive/learning dysfunction/disability
  • Enhance teacher’s experience of their work
  • Promote teacher self-care and build teacher resilience to classroom stress
  • Nurture the spirits of teachers and students through Islamic spirituality concepts/practices
A Six Session Series:

Schools will select from 6 of the listed topics below to complete the series. Dates for each topic will be arranged according to the schedule of the hosting school to be distributed over a period of weeks or months in order to complete the program. Each topic will require 1.5-2 hours of time for presentation, Q & A and discussion. Upon the completion of the program Khalil Center will offer a certificate of completion to all of the participating teachers that maybe used to strengthen their vitae as Islamic school instructors.

These topics are a combination of lecture and interaction. At times introspection, discussion, reflection and activities may be incorporated to enhance the learning experience.

TOPICS:
1. Understanding our Muslim kids and their environment

This topic will explore some of the psychological, biological, developmental and spiritual dimensions of children and youth. Some of the sociological and psychological research on Muslim youth in North America will be presented. This will include research variables that may serve as variables to inhibit or enhance the maturity and development of Muslim youth. Topics of identity, self-exploration, sexuality, gender, morality, etc will be discussed.

2. Maximizing student well-being and creating resilience: A Psycho-Spiritual perspective (Two Parts)

This topic will be covered in two parts. The first part will draw upon research on children and resiliency to stress and the challenges of development. Comparative research will be examined and most effective variables to produce psychological, social and spiritual stability will be discussed. In essence, using all of this research the instructor will work with teachers to collaboratively analyze their students. The second part will include practical techniques and strategies to help promote well-being and future life-satisfaction. The suggested techniques will be drawn from educational psychology literature and the Islamic tradition. Suggestions will include, interaction strategies, attitudes, behaviors, Islamic rituals and activities.

3. Increasing Self-acceptance, self-esteem, confidence and motivation in our children

This topic will focus specifically on the social element of human beings and especially children. The social needs of the child will be identified. Modes of positive and negative interacting will be compared and outcomes of each discussed. Labeling theory will be discussed and the example of the Prophetic character will be introduced. Subtopics of love, nurturance, acceptance, object-relations and relationships will be uncovered.

4.  Acquainting ourselves with cognitive and developmental strengths and weaknessES

This presentation is intended to educate teachers about the varieties of learning and cognitive styles. Different types of learning will be discussed and a presentation of learning, developmental and cognitive disorders reviewed. This will allow the teacher to become a first-responder to potentially identifying any abnormalities in their students for early intervention and rectification.

5. Increasing your power to shape STUDENT learning: Behavioral tools for success

Oftentimes, teachers want to know how to change the behavior of their students. This topic will look at behavioral principles of psychology in the interest of teaching how to enhance the power that the teacher possesses to influence or shape the behavior of the student.

6. Understanding and addressing bullying

This seminar will uncover the psychology of both the victim and the bully. The instructor will draw upon the social elements of self to discuss the impact of bullying and optimal preventative methods to decrease its occurrence and minimize its impact when it occurs. In this presentation, channeling of energy will be discussed in the interest of defusing bullying without villainizing the bully.

7. Self-Care for teachers: Increasing well-being and minimizing burnout

Teaching for 8 hours a day for over 250 days of the year is an incredibly exhausting and draining endeavor. One of the greatest challenges teachers face is that they have to consistently be performing and ready for action, with minimal room for error. Therefore, teachers may experience burnout, frustration and general life dissatisfaction. This seminar is completely devoted to increasing the life satisfaction and well-being of teachers in the interest of self-care so that teachers may be able to take of others (i.e. students).

FEES:

Please contact events@khalilcenter.com for details.  Fees are determined according to the distance of travel for programming, service time and budget of school.

Khalil Center is a psychological and spiritual community wellness center advancing the professional practice of psychology rooted in Islamic principles.

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