Muslim Mental Health First Response Certification
This is an 8 hour hands-on training designed to prepare chaplains 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 Islamically integrative counseling model & fundamentals of forming counseling relationship.
Module 2: Introduction to mental illness, screenings (substance use, domestic violence, suicidal clients etc), mental status and Islamic law.
Module 3: Clergy rights/responsibilities, Mandated reporting, Ethics/Legal limitations, Boundaries, roles and limitations.
October 22/2016 – Passiac, New Jersey
February 19 2017 – Bay Area, CA @ Zaytuna College
April 13, 2017 – Dearborn, MI
November 11, 2017 – Islamic Center of Tempe, AZ.
131 E 6th St. Tempe, AZ 85281
February 4th, 2018 – American Islamic College
for dets see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/muslim-mental-health-first-response-certification-training-tickets-40776518665
March 15, 2018 – Institute of Peace Washington DC
for dets: http://psychiatry.msu.edu/about/news/10th-mmh-conference.html
Certificate of Completion:
A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of this course to participating students
Two week intensive course: Basic Counseling Techniques – Hartford Seminary
Participants who complete the 8-hour First Responders certification will be eligible to audit the two-week summer intensive on Basic Counseling Techniques with the Hartford Seminary.
Course Description: This two week intensive hands-on training and supervision will prepare chaplains to provide basic counseling to individuals, couples, and families, with special attention to Muslim cases. The course will provide a framework for how to set up counseling sessions, effectively interact and establish a therapeutic relationship through an empathic interactional style, establish appropriate boundaries, screen and identify mental illness, offer basic interventions and refer people to the appropriate mental health professional. We will review some of the basic principles of transference-countertransference, cognitive-behavioral theory, Emotion-Focused Therapy, integrative behavioral couples therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, and the role of the spiritual healing in the Islamic tradition. Specific skills that will be taught include empathic listening, emotional reprocessing, facilitating introspection, mental health screening techniques, and how to deal and diffuse emotionally intense and/or volatile situations. This is an experiential course that will involve lecture, discussion, modeling/demonstrations of technique and role-play. While these are critical skills for Islamic chaplains to learn, chaplains from other faith traditions may benefit from learning how to counsel across cultures and faith traditions, using the Muslim tradition as a case example.
Summer of 2017 – Please see http://www.hartsem.edu/ course catalog for details.
Course transferability & continuing education hours:
This course is offered in partnership with the Hartford Seminary. This course would equal coursework equal to a graduate level class and can be used as a transfer credit for any clergy either currently pursing or seeking out future academic studies. This course may also meet the requirements of continuing education credits for those needing it for pastoral certification or maintenance of current license(s) such as social work and counseling.
Online Course: Psychology of Trauma @ Hartford Seminary
This course is focused on the study of psychological trauma. It will provide students with a comprehensive review of psychological trauma and its types (sexual abuse, combat, life tragedies), using readings, lectures and clinical case discussions. The course begins with a discussion of a range of traumatic events and definitions of trauma symptoms and responses. The course will then explore etiology, assessment, identification, process exposure approaches in working with trauma, vicarious and secondary trauma, ‘spiritual’ manifestations of trauma, the physiological impact of trauma on the brain and some common comorbid conditions that accompany trauma. Other various expressions and associated symptoms of psychological trauma are discussed as it pertains to the work contexts of chaplains. Research on the relevant risk and protective factors associated with traumatic stress is also presented.
More Details: http://www.hartsem.edu/courses/psychology-of-trauma/