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Understanding Islam: Considerations for Providers, Educators & System Partners

1 CE Hour
Cultural Competency

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Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world and it attracts people from a broad array of backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and cultures. Because Muslims comprise one of the most diverse groups, they require specific measures from providers and support staff to foster their success. From this workshop, attendees will gain a better understanding of how to work with the Muslim population while maintaining a strengths-based, culturally responsive approach. Attendees will learn the basics of Islam, how to recognize the needs of Muslims, what Islam says about mental health, and overall religious considerations that can support meeting their needs.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify implicit biases following self-reflection and building self-awareness.
  2. Develop a better understanding of Muslims’ values and recognize their social needs.
  3. Cultivate culturally appropriate tools to support a diverse Muslim community.
Cultural Competency
CE Policy and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Areefah Saheb, MSW, LCSW
Areefah Saheb
Areefah Saheb MSW, LCSW
Care Manager Supervisor, Ocean Partnership for Children
Areefah Saheb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has a bachelor’s in psychology from Kean University and a Master of Social Worker degree from Rutgers University. Areefah is a Care Manager Supervisor at Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC), overseeing services for children and families. She is a co-chair of OPC’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee, contributing to the ongoing work towards building cultural awareness in the field. Additionally, Areefah provides outpatient therapy in a private practice and an active member of the Muslim community. She has extensive knowledge on the Muslim community with 15+ years of upholding Islamic work. Areefah’s experience largely focuses on NJ children’s system of care, with emphasis on cultural humility in the clinical field. She is passionate about helping children and families create a holistic living environment and committed to developing cross-cultural services and programs for those living in disadvantaged communities.
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