Working with Muslim Individuals and Families: Culturally Competent Care

The Muslim community within the United States is one of the largest growing communities and is diverse in its immigration history, educational background, socioeconomic status, beliefs and values, and other cultural identities. This has prompted the need to develop culturally competent and effective assessment and intervention strategies while working with Muslim families. Muslims vary in their ethnic identities and originate from multiple countries. Many are foreign born and have recently immigrated, and others are second and third generation immigrants.  Rupa M. Khetarpal, MA, MSW, LCSW will provide an experiential overview of some of the characteristics that contribute towards the Muslim identity including geography, migration, historical roots, religious beliefs, ethnic and cultural identity issues, leading to the current experience of Muslim families as they live within a highly politicized environment, exposed to consistent and indiscriminate negative attitudes and emotions directed at themselves and to Islam.

Through case studies, the workshop will explore some core values or beliefs of Muslim individuals and families that may guide the experience, attributed cultural meanings and help-seeking behaviors of those experiencing psychological distress. Utilizing a systemic approach, Rupa will identify appropriate engagement, assessment techniques, and discuss effective intervention strategies.

Rupa M. Khetarpal, MA, MSW, LCSW, is a member of the teaching faculty at the Rutgers School of Social Work, former Director, Cross Cultural Counseling Center at the International Institute of New Jersey, former Psychosocial Consultant at Medicenes Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), current practitioner at a private psychotherapy practice in New Jersey working with trauma survivors.

Date: Friday, June 15, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $140
CE Contact Hours: 5

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If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111