Understanding & Working with Arab/Muslim Americans: Cultural Competency in Mental Health Services

Raja Salloum, LCSW

This course will explore issues in working with the Arab/Muslim American population in mental health settings. Through a  brief history of the Arab population, as well as an overview of the characteristics of Arab and Muslim societies, participants will achieve an understanding of acculturation issues, social issues such as domestic violence, and the stigma around mental health. Clinical strategies will be introduced and practiced during the course.


  • Develop a better understanding of the Arab/Muslim American population.
  • Learn culturally sensitive strategies for working with Arab/Muslim American clients; gain confidence in using these strategies in practice.
  • Enhance knowledge of Arab/Muslim cultural norms.
  • Improve understanding of the differences between religion and culture within Arab/Muslim communities.

Location: Passaic County Community Technology Center, 218 Memorial Drive, Paterson, NJ

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013                        Time: 8:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Registration and light breakfast will begin at 8:30a.m. The workshop itself will begin promptly at 9:00a.m.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, Case Managers. This is a moderate level training.

CEUs: Social workers will receive 4 CEUs in clinical or cultural competence.
Family Connections, provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Directions and Parking Information: Please visit: http://www.pccc.edu/home/pctc/directions. Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until April 12, 2013. After April 12th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.

Registration for this training is full and has been closed.

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