Upcoming Training Workshops/Events

The final Intercultural Counseling Connection clinical training workshop of this year will be “Strengths Based Approaches to Serving Muslim Refugees and Asylum Seekers.” This session will be held on Saturday, December 16th, and facilitated by Nouf Bazaz, M.A. (Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies); Senior Fellow, World Organization for Resource Development & Education (WORDE).

Description: Muslim refugees and asylum seekers face unique challenges during the resettlement process amid growing xenophobic and anti-Muslim sentiment. This workshop will provide good practices and recommendations for mental health clinicians in drawing upon the strengths and resilience of this population to address these challenges. The workshop will begin with a primer on key terminology, beliefs and practices of diverse Muslim communities. The workshops will then share stories, statistics and strategies on addressing psychosocial concerns including bullying/discrimination and acculturation.

As with all Intercultural Counseling Connection trainings, this workshop is intended for licensed mental health professionals in Maryland who are committed to providing services for refugee, asylee, and asylum-seeking clients, and are willing to work with at least one Connection client per year on a pro bono basis. Clinicians who are currently seeing clients through the Connection network will receive priority in registering for this free training session.

Registration is available via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorkingwithMuslimClients

Our deep appreciation to the Loyola Clinical Centers for their kind donation of training space, and to Inspirit Counseling Services for their valued collaboration and co-sponsorship of CEUs.

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All Intercultural Counseling Connection trainings are intended for licensed mental health professionals who are committed to providing services for refugee or asylum-seeking clients, and are willing to work with at least one Connection client per year on a pro bono basis. This helps ensure provision of mental health services for asylum-seeking individuals who are uninsured and lack access to Federal benefits. There is never a cost to clients for services provided through the Connection.

In return, members of the Connection benefit from access to a variety of informational resources as well as ongoing opportunities for training and professional support. These include our periodic free workshops, a dedicated website with provider profiles, and consultation/supervision by fellow clinicians with long experience working with refugees, immigrants, asylees, and survivors of torture.

If you are a mental health professional interested in becoming involved with the Connection initiative, please contact the Program Director at lgoodsmith.connection@mail.com / (410) 235-2465, or see the “Get Involved” section of this website for details.

Warm thanks to those who make possible the Connection workshops series: our institutional hosts at Loyola University Maryland, and our funders — the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation; the Stulman Charitable Foundation; the Abell Foundation; the Weinberg Foundation; the Krieger Fund; the Straus Foundation; and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.