Caring for Minds Behind Bars: The Role of the Muslim Chaplain

August 20, 2018

In theory, the line between mental illness and spiritual needs is clear; however, not many things are clear in a prison setting. As a Muslim chaplain in the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC), I am faced with inmates that have clear mental health needs. Fortunately, inmates with mental health issues are often identified by the…

Understanding Psychotherapy: How to Find the Right Practitioner and Beyond

July 5, 2018

Primary health care providers and patients alike are increasingly recognizing the positive role that psychotherapy can play in wellness. At the same time, it can sometimes be challenging to locate appropriate psychotherapeutic services. Whether you’re facing a rough moment or know someone who is, finding the right mental health practitioner is one of the first…

Ramadan, Mental Health, and The Spiritual Path

June 4, 2018

I hadn’t seen her in a few months.  She admitted she had run out of her medication, and had taken a few impulsive and extravagant trips to Florida and Las Vegas, where she ‘let herself go’ and relived the party life she had given up only a year before.  My patient had a long history…

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10th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

December 14, 2017

Out of the Shackles: Pursuit of Civil Justice in the Face of Psychological Trauma March 15-17, 2018 Washington, DC United States Institute of Peace The number of hate crimes, bullying, and microaggressions American Muslims experience is drawing increasing attention. Scholarly research on the subject began long before the recent political rhetoric and even before 9/11. However, the…

Supporting Victims of Spiritual Abuse

December 11, 2017

Knowing how best to advocate and work with clients who have been subjected to harassment and abuse can be a weighty and difficult task. It may seem even harder when those responsible for the abuse are trusted spiritual or religious authority figures whom our clients look to for guidance and support. When a client walks…

Resources for Muslim Youth

June 25, 2017

Living in the digital age with a 24-hour news cycle and global political unrest makes it difficult for teenagers to unplug when tragedies occur. It can be tough for youth to emotionally distance themselves from certain events especially if it feels like their identities are under attack. Young people today also face new challenges when…