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Clinical Interventions with Arab and Muslim Communities
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When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
305 7th Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York  10001
United States

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This workshop will provide an overview of clinical considerations in working with Arab and Muslim populations. The presentation will also include an analysis of the social and political influences that impact these communities (including issues related to colonialism, present-day racial profiling, immigration and acculturation, queer politics, and varying religious sects). Participants will learn about Orientalism and how the harmful stereotypes in American popular culture and media perpetuate marginalization of Arabs and Muslims. Additionally, attendees will learn about the various communities that identify as Arab in addition to learning about the non-Arab communities that practice Islam.


The limitations of interventions that have a historically Euro-American approach will be examined and discussed. Individuation from the family of origin has been assessed as a milestone of developmental achievement; for the Arab and Muslim communities, such idealized accomplishments might be counterproductive in establishing a therapeutic alliance and collaborating on mutual goals. Case studies will be utilized in workshop discussions around best clinical practices within the Arab and Muslim communities.



With this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how colonialism and sectarian politics influence individuals and families in the Arab and Muslim populations
  • Identify the various communities within the Arab population and distinguish the geographic regions with majority Muslim populations

  • Recognize challenges in clinical work related to working with a population that has experienced varying degrees of acculturation and racism

  • Indicate the best practices in clinical interventions and understand the limitations of working primarily from a Euro-American clinical approach



NASW Member: $55 | Non-Member: $115


3 SW CE Contact Hours





Wardeh Hattab, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in a variety of agency and clinical settings. She currently works in a hospital psychiatric emergency room, and she operates a part-time private practice.


Ms. Hattab specializes in working with LGBTQ persons of color, immigrants experiencing bicultural issues, and individuals identified with kink and alternative lifestyles. She is also a board member of Tarab NYC and facilitates support groups for Middle Eastern and North African individuals who identify as queer.






NASW-NYC Certificates Policy


As per New York State Continuing Education guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop will not receive their certificate, is not allowed admittance into the workshop and is also not eligible for a refund in any way. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.


We are currently transitioning from providing paper certificates to electronic ones. Please ensure that your registration information is accurate (name, e-mail, license type and number) as this will impact your continuing education certificates. NASW-NYC is not responsible for the accuracy of your registration information. To receive your certificate of completion, on the workshop date, please sign-in with your time and before you leave, initial-out with your time. Please allow up to 30 calendar days after the workshop date to receive your certificate.



NASW-NYC Refund Policy


All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to workshops.naswnyc@socialworkers.orgRefund e-mails must include the subject line "Refund Request" as well as the attendee's name, workshop date and title in the body of the e-mail. Valid requests must be received no later than five business days prior to course date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than five days prior to the course date.


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee.

Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

Refunds ONLY; credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop.


If the workshop is cancelled, you will be informed ahead of time and fully refunded.



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NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060.

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