FIRST RESPONDER TRAINING
Muslim Mental Health First Response Certification
This is an 8 hour hands-on training designed to prepare chaplains, community leaders 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 American Muslim 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.
Module 1: Introduction to an Islamically integrated counseling model of mental healthcare & understanding Muslim Mental Health.
Module 2: Fundamentals of forming the counseling relationship, ethics/legal limitation, clergy rights, boundaries and roles.
Module 3: Identifying common mental illnesses, Crisis and suicide response