REACH Edmonton

A new workshop being offered by REACH Edmonton aims to provide 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.

“We have here in Edmonton a growing Muslim population that will have a variety of medical, psychological and other types of care needs and individuals in the service-oriented fields need to know how to ensure that the care they’re providing is effective with this population,” said Ibrahim J. Long, a clinical chaplain who will facilitate the workshop.

“For professionals who don’t know that much about Islam or Muslims and only hear about it from media, this is an opportunity for them to learn about this population, but in the context that impacts the work that they do,” said Long.

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 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.

“It’s very practical, it’s not theoretical,” said Long. “Meaning that in the workshop we identify things that people can do in their practice that will better enable them in their service. It’s specific to Muslims, but the outcomes are outcomes that could help any client.”

For more information, or to register for the workshop, click here.

About the Facilitator:

Ibrahim J. Long, MA, is a professional chaplain and educator with over 10 years of experience supporting diverse individuals and families in educational, healthcare, community-based, and correctional institutions. He has published research on the care of Muslim clients and Muslim chaplaincy and has received recognition for his professional and community work. Ibrahim specializes in the study and practice of Muslim chaplaincy, Islamic education, and Christian-Muslim relations. Presently, Ibrahim serves as an educator and Muslim chaplain for Edmonton Islamic Academy as well as a clinical chaplain for the Royal Alexandra and University of Alberta hospitals.

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.

Coffee/Tea and light snacks will be provided.