How to Help Muslim Families in Crisis

2010-09-01 14:56:00

Date: October 17, 24, and 31, 2010

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Noor Cultural Centre

123 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M3C 1K1



A family is a group of people who are important to each other and offer each other love and support, especially in times of crises. The Muslim family is not limited to just parent-child relationships. It involves mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, neighbors, and other persons who have important roles in our lives.

Currently, there are very serious issues facing the Muslim families in Canada.  The social, economic and political problems facing Muslim families cross all racial and ethnic backgrounds. These problems include but not limited to domestic violence, marriage and parenting, substance dependency (alcohol and drugs) and health and wellness. 

This workshop will review the development of systems theories and the implications for clinical practice. It will instruct the participants how to use many different approaches, techniques and theories in the field and integrate universal Islamic values to produce positive changes and results. We will utilize the techniques and models of the family therapy as an effective way of working with Muslim couples and families.


*       To enhance the knowledge about humans as part of larger systems, especially family systems;

*       how to use to integrate the Islamic understanding of family and Western model of family therapy;

*       to become much more aware of the area of professional ethics;

*       examine a number of key assumptions regarding the Muslim family in general;

*       discuss several dimensions of the family, including types and size of the family, family-kin relationships, types of marriage, traditional vs. nuclear family.


This workshop is specifically designed for mental health and health professionals, community workers, spiritual and religious care leaders, and community members who wish to acquire practical and theoretical training dealing with these problems. The workshop may also help the parents who struggle with teens who are also caught in important transitional stage of their lives and need parents to understand their struggle and intervene.


Contact Senem Sen, Administrative Assistant at:


phone:  416-444- 7148 Ext 222.


The price is $50 for the 3-week course


Nazila Isgandarova is a Doctor of Ministry candidate in Pastoral Counseling and Family Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. She works as a Spiritual and Religious Care Coordinator at Cummer Lodge Long Term Care Home of the City of Toronto and Chaplain at the Wenleigh LTC in Mississauga. She is currently an instructor with the Continuing Education Department of Emmanuel College of UofT. Nazila is an internationally published researcher focusing on Islamic spiritual and religious care in a healthcare setting, pastoral counseling in a multi-faith context, and Muslim identity in the West.

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