Khalil Center & ISNA Webinars

May 6, 2018 | 3:00 PM CST | Waswasa: Spiritual Manifestations of OCD

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Presenter: Dr. Fahad Khan

Deputy Director, Khalil Center

Dr. Fahad Khan has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences.  He is also a Hafiz of the Qur’an (having committed the entire Qur’an to memory) and has studied Islamic studies with various scholars in the Muslim world and the US. He is currently a student at Darul Qasim continuing his Arabic and Islamic studies under the supervision of Sh. Amin Kholwadia. He is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago and College of DuPage.  He has conducted research studies on help-seeking attitudes of Muslim Americans as well as the effects of Acculturation & Religiosity on Psychological Distress.  The primary focus of his clinical training has been with children and adolescents suffering from serious mental illnesses.  However, he has had a broad range of experiences dealing with individuals from all age groups and cultural backgrounds.

May 6, 2018 | 4:00 PM CST | Depression and its Manifestations

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Presenter: Dr. Samaiya Mushtaq

Dr. Samaiya Mushtaq is a medical doctor starting her final year of advanced residency training in psychiatry. She graduated summa cum laude from SMU and holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Mushtaq is currently on the clinician-educator track at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, where she provides outpatient treatment and therapy to patients with psychiatric illness, conducts research on help-seeking behaviors and psycho-education in Muslims, and designs and teaches curricula integrating Islamic spirituality with evidence-based concepts in mental wellness to college MSAs, young professional Muslim groups, and community organizations. Her work has been presented at UTSW’s departmental Grand Rounds, AADPRT, and the annual Conference on Medicine and Religion.

May 13, 2018 | 3:00 PM CST | Providing Mental Health Services to Refugee Communities

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Presenter: Hadia Zarzour

Hadia Zarzour is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who came to the US in 2009 on a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her Masters in Community Counseling. Hadia has a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Education from Damascus University, Syria. She enjoyed her eight year teaching experience in her home country where she taught English as a second language to school students and Introduction to Psychology to university students. Since receiving her Masters in 2011 from Loyola University Chicago, Hadia has been working with refugees, immigrants and the underserved from different parts of the globe. Hadia is a co-founder of Insan; an international non profit organization which was founded in 2012 and is dedicated to providing psychological support to Syrian refugee children and adults in Syria’s neighboring countries; Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Hadia is also a co- founder of Syrian Community Network; a nonprofit organization that focuses on supporting Syrian refugees in their resettlement in the Chicagoland area. She has recently been certified in Global Refugee Trauma from Harvard University.

POSTPONED | Religious-Based Bullying and its Effects

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Presenter: Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry

Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University. She completed her internship at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington D.C. In July of 2010, she joined Joseph Gorin and Associates as a post-doctoral clinical psychology associate. She currently works with children, adolescents, adults, parents and families to provide psychotherapy and psychological assessment services. She works in other treatment modalities including group psychotherapy in the areas of interpersonal skills and process and in trauma and recovery. Dr. Chaudhry has experience working in various clinical environments including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, university counseling centers, and community mental health. Her past work has included supportive to intensive psychotherapy serving clients from diverse cultural backgrounds struggling with issues of life transitions, adjustment and acculturation. She also has experience providing psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to immigrant populations including those suffering from chronic mental illness.

May 20, 2018 | 3:00 PM CST | Effects of Marital Conflict on Children

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Presenter: Saadia Yunus

Saadia Z. Yunus is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified clinical trauma professional. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups and gives motivational presentations and workshops throughout the country. She is a graduate of the Institute of Islamic Sciences and a mental health columnist. In addition to managing her own private practice, she is a therapist for ICNA Relief USA. Born and raised in Bonifay, Florida, she now resides on Long Island, NY with her husband and four children. She can be reached at

May 20, 2018 | 4:00 PM CST | Prioritizing Marital Commitment

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Presenter: Sadia Jalali

Sadia Jalali is a native Houstonian and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). In her over decade as a counselor, she has worked with hundreds of clients specializing in relationships, parenting, anger management, divorce care, self care, and being Muslims in America. Active in the Houston Muslim Community for over twenty years, she has held workshops and speaking engagements for many local and national Muslim organizations. She recently launched Muslim Bliss, a site dedicated to premarital education, marriage enrichment, and divorce recovery. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Islamic Studies and Leadership from Bayan Claremont to better serve the community.

May 27, 2018 | 3:00 PM CST | Pre-Marital Considerations and Preparation

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Presenter: Kamal Shaarawy

Kamal has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and has completed all course requirements and practicum hours for a doctorate in clinical psychology. He worked from 1994 to 2001 for the public schools in eastern Pennsylvania as a Behavior Specialist Consultant and a Mobile Therapist, providing in-school and in-home counseling and behavior modification for children and their families. He is an instructor of the parenting approach “Parenting with Love and Logic” and a certified clinical hypnotherapist. Kamal has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families across a broad spectrum of faiths, cultures, and ethnicities. He originally studied a dual major of Electrical Engineering and Islamic Studies at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt before switching academic tracks to clinical psychology. Kamal is the co-author of a book, “Come to Success Through Living Eman,” which emphasizes the transformational aspects of Islam in daily living. In addition, he has authored the recently published book, “Dwell in Tranquility: An Islamic Roadmap to the Vibrant Marriage,” which provides a wealth of practical knowledge for both those planning to marry and those already married. It draws on the sublime knowledge of Islamic teachings as well as psychology and other scientific research. The book also offers insight from real-life and counseling experience. He can be reached at

May 27, 2018 | 4:00 PM CST | Healing from Trauma

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Presenter: Hira Khanzada
Community Outreach Coordinator & Therapist
Khalil Center, CA

Hira Khanzada is a Mental Health Therapist, credentialed as an Associate Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. She completed her Master’s at UC Berkeley and graduate social work training at institutions including the UCSF/SFGH Trauma Recovery Center and Stanford Health Care. Hira has experience supporting those with depression, anxiety, relationship stress, chronic illness, and multiple forms of trauma, across a broad spectrum of faiths, cultures and ethnicities. Hira’s approach in therapy is warm, non-judgmental, and confidential. She views emotions and the heart as reservoirs for deep healing, and seeks to approach all challenges holistically from their root cause, whether emotional, physical, or spiritual. Her theoretical orientation is integrative, incorporating modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Skills Training in Affective and Behavioral Regulation. She provides services in English and Urdu/Hindi. She can speak basic conversational Spanish as well.