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The general theme of the conference explores the mental health concerns of Muslims living in Australia. The immediate objective of the conference is to provide a national forum for clinicians and mental health professionals to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding the issues of mental health as they apply to the diverse Australian Muslim communities.
Clients of Muslim faith and diverse cultures are increasingly accessing mental health services, and they often present with varied explanatory models of mental health, coping, and treatments. Mainstream therapy models against those that aim to capture a holistic therapeutic intervention and clinical approaches will be explored. A critical approach exploring differing models to better serve clients identifying from the Muslim faith will be addressed.
Post September 11 and the socio-political climate have added to the challenges associated with the mental health of Muslims living in Australia, whilst also resulting in stigma and discrimination against Muslims.
The related mental health topics to be addressed at the conference will be specifically targeting Muslim populations, but not limited to these areas: women, men, youth, and children; clinical applications, therapy, & counseling; refugees & asylum seekers; criminal justice issues; Islamophobia & mental health; psychological heath and wellbeing; sexual health; applied therapy models for clinical practice.
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Full 1 day program – Wednesday 21st October 9am-5pm
Shehzi Yusaf - Clinical Psychologist
Title: Role of Spirituality and Religion in Enhancing Psychological and Physical Health Benefits.
Afsaneh Jolan - Clinical and Educational & Developmental Psychologist
Title: Issues and Challenges of the Mental Health of Children in Muslim Families
Wajma Ebrahimi - Clinical Psychologist
Title: Identity and Self-Concept Formation amongst Muslim Female Adolescents.
Monique Toohey - Psychologist
Title: Cross-Cultural Counselling Approaches with Women who have Experienced Domestic Violence.
Carawan Ghanem - Psychologist
Topic: Suicide and Self-Harm amongst Muslim Youth: Issues and Challenges
Nooria Mehraby - Clinician Trainer (STARTTS)
Title: Salient Isolation: Anguish Experienced by Muslims who are Bereaved by Suicide
Hannah Jamaleddine - Child and Adolescent Counsellor (STARTTS)
Title: A Mother’s Prayer (Dua): A Coping Strategy for Muslim Unaccompanied Minors
Mohamed Dukuly - Families in Cultural Transition Project Officer (STARTTS)
Title: Working Effectively with Refugee Muslim Communities: A Social Capital Development Approach
Dr Yaser Al Nawashi - Occupational Therapist & Mental Health Clinician
Topic title: Trauma and Recovery amongst Muslim Refugees
Ola El-Hassan - Social Worker
Title: ‘Coming Home’ – Supporting Families Adjusting to a Family Member Coming Home After Serving Time in Jail
Rashid Flewellen - Senior Social Worker and Drugs & Alcohol Counsellor
Title: Drug and Alcohol Addictions: Treatment and Challenges
Half-day workshop program – Thursday 22nd of October 9am-12.30pm
Hanan Dover - Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
Title of workshop: "Working with Muslim Clients - Australian Muslims' Emotional and Behavioural Responses to Islamophobia, Radicalisation, Counter-Terrorism Laws & Surveillance"
Registration Deadline 15th October 2015
Registration Cancellation Deadline 15th September 2015. No refund for registrations after this date.
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