Please note: October 27th “Supporting Your Muslim Clients” was rescheduled to November 7th.
This workshop aims to provide frontline workers, counsellors, chaplains, and other care providers with the essential knowledge of Islam and Muslims that will better enable them to provide culturally sensitive care to diverse Muslims. Areas of discussion will include an overview of Islam and Muslims with an emphasis on Edmonton’s Muslim demographics and contemporary issues affecting the community.
- Gain a better understanding of Islamic cultures and values
- Learn about Muslim demographics and current social issues in Edmonton
- Learn about the most highly-recommended approaches for the care of Muslim clients through instructor’s first-hand experience and published research
- Develop cultural competencies through guided lessons, cases studies, and group discussions
Although the seminar is specifically focused on the care of Muslim clients, the competencies developed through the course will also better enable the attendee to work within any multi-cultural and multi-faith setting.
*Light morning refreshments, coffee/tea included.
Notice to Registered Social Workers: REACH workshops are eligible for Category A credits with the Alberta College of Social Workers if they align with your personal learning goals for the year and you submit a Category A Summary Form in your personal portfolio.
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This year, I am proud to offer Windows to Islam in coordination with St. Stephen’s College (on the University of Alberta campus).
Nov. 10th & 17th
10:00 am – 3:00pm
Windows to Islam provides an overview of Islam’s rich historical and religious tradition with an emphasis upon how history, contemporary issues, and the Islamic religious sciences (‘ulum al-din) contribute to the religious identity and practice of Muslims today.
This course is ideally aimed at providing counselors, chaplains, clergy, educators, and community members with the essential aspects of Islam and Muslims that will better enable them to engage with and serve Muslims in our increasingly multi-faith and multi-cultural context.
People of all faith, or no faith, are encouraged to attend.
Attendees may apply for 10 CEU credits for this workshop with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Following this class, I will be offering another workshop called Counselling Muslims together with Ubah Mohammoud (MPS) in February 2019. Attendees who apply for both will save $50 off their total tuition.
Download the Flyer: Windows to Islam at St. Stephen’s College
About the Instructor:
Ibrahim J. Long is a clinical chaplain and religious educator with 10+ years of experience supporting the diverse religious and psycho-spiritual needs of individuals and families in educational, healthcare, community-based, and correctional institutions. In addition to studying with traditional Islamic scholars, he holds degrees in Religious Studies (BA), Islamic Chaplaincy (GCIC), and Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations (MA). He has also received certified clinical training in psycho-spiritual care and counseling.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson was my first teacher when I attended Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy program. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was the right school for me and was still on the fence about it. However, I was so impressed with her knowledge, academic rigor, and the way that she carries herself that I knew I had to stay.
Undoubtedly, Dr. Mattson is one of the key authorities on Islam and Interfaith Relations. She will be visiting Edmonton to provide a talk on promoting interfaith and multicultural connections, and I encourage you to attend if you are in the area.
Tickets may be purchased in advance here.
To help support those seeking to meet the needs of Muslims within community and institutional settings, I have gathered together a variety of resources.
While it does not claim to be comprehensive, it does bring together articles, videos, books and related sources that can support those who serve Muslims in various capacities. Please share with others and also submit your own suggestions for other resources that you have found useful.
However, please note that not all links should be considered endorsements of the author, scholar or research institute. Nevertheless, I do hope that this resource bank is beneficial.
My teachers and friends at SeekersHub are conducting a fundraising campaign to support and further expand their work spreading the light of Prophetic guidance.
Please consider learning more about SeekersHub and supporting them.
Sh. Faraz Rabbani, his fellow teachers and SeekersHub’s volunteers have been a shining beacon of light in my life. For me, SeekersHub has been a manifestation of the prophetic concern for others to know their Lord. Not only do they aspire to provide seekers of knowledge with the treasures which they seek; they also nourish the hearts of others to become seekers as well.
Like the story of the unknown man in Surah Ya-Sin who came to his people running and said, “O my people, follow the messengers” (Q36:20), SeekersHub is sprinting across the globe to call others to follow the inheritors of the Beloved of God ﷺ.
In support of their #GiveLight initiative, I have shared a brief though personal narrative of how I came to learn of and benefit from SeekersHub.
To read about my journey to light, click here.
After a brief hiatus, I am returning to my blogging (God-willing) and hoping to make changes to this site over time.
If you are interested in knowing what I have been up to, why the change in the domain name, or simply why I blog at all: see here. Also, please note that IbrahimLong.com is now IbrahimLong.org.
As always, you may contact me with any questions, requests, or suggestions.
May God bless you and please keep me in your prayers.
On July 28th, 2014, I visited with Smith College’s School for Social Work staff, faculty and students. It was a full day complete with meetings, consultations, and an evening presentation on Caring for Muslim Clients. It was a wonderful way to spend my ‘Eid–addressing both the needs of Muslim clients and the needs of those who care for them.
Thank you Smith College School for Social Work for the invitation and the warm welcome.
Throughout the year, the Smith College School for Social Work Program “offers a wide range of conferences, lectures and seminars […] in response to the training needs of today’s clinician. Each year, the school is honored to host some of the finest helping professionals through its Summer Lecture Series” (cited from website).
The Summer Lecture Series provides a wonderful opportunity to draw attention to unique aspects of the helping profession. And, I have been asked to present from my work with and research into the care of Muslim clients.
For those who wish to attend, or would like more information, below is the description for the lecture I am scheduled to present:
Caring for Muslim Clients: Culturally-Sensitive and Evidence-Based Approaches
It is often cited that the Muslim population in the United States and Canada is a fast-growing demographic. Yet, research on this population and its counseling needs is not growing at the same pace. Within the professional literature, documentation of effective strategies and approaches to the counseling of Muslim clients remains in its infancy. Moreover, misunderstanding of Islam and Muslims, along with anti-Muslim sentiment, is on the rise. To aid social work, spiritual care, and counseling professionals serving Muslim clients, this lecture will present an overview of Muslim experiences in America, along with a number of approaches for the care of Muslim clients recommended by counseling professionals. (Link)
The lecture is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 28th, in the Weinstein Auditorium, located in Wright Hall on the Smith College Campus.
Lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.