REACH Edmonton

Every year, hundreds of Edmontonians join REACH Edmonton on a training journey to enhance their professional practices. Our training is accessible and provides knowledgeable, practical solutions for those working with vulnerable people and diverse populations.

In 2019, upcoming training opportunities include: A Self-Care Starter Kit: An Essential Survival Tool for Helping Professionals (Feb. 25), Understanding PTSD, Trauma and Supporting Resilience in Affected Newcomers (April 3), and Unpacking Hate Crime: Hate, Bias and Community Expectations (April 10).

REACH is eagerly anticipating the return of Supporting Your Muslim Clients in the spring.

This workshop aims to provide frontline workers, health care providers, counselors, chaplains, and other care providers with the essential knowledge of Islam and Muslins 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.

Although the seminar is specifically focused on working with Muslim clients, the competencies developed through the workshop will also better enable the attendee to expand their cultural awareness capacity when working with any multi-cultural and multi-faith setting.

“I did not have a good understanding of Islamic beliefs or Muslim practices previously. Now I feel I have that base knowledge,” said one past participant. “It was a beautiful opportunity for this conversation in Edmonton.”

The training will be provided by Ibrahim J. Long, MA, GCIC, who is a professional chaplain and educator with more than 10 years of experience supporting diverse individuals and families in educational, healthcare, community-based and correctional institutions. Presently, he serves as educator and Muslim chaplain for Edmonton Islamic Academy as well as clinical chaplain for the Royal Alexandra and University of Alberta hospitals.

Links to event registrations for this and other 2019 sessions will be available on the REACH website soon. To keep up to date with REACH training opportunities, visit our website or follow us on Facebook