This course will touch on the psychosocial needs of the Muslim community. It will introduce students to various methods for dealing with issues of identity, mental health, addiction, violence, abuse, and the like. The course will highlight the importance of effective interpersonal communication, as well as providing a resource base for relevant agencies within Ontario. The course will address these various issues of human behaviour keeping in perspective the spiritual context of the Muslim community.
Nighat Gilani has a PhD in Psychology from University of Sussex, England and a Post-Doc from York University, Toronto. She has been a professor of psychology for more than a decade and has been teaching various courses in different universities. The focus of her academic research has been around the impact of socio-cultural environment on individuals’ identity and self-structure. She is also skilled in providing psychotherapy to youth, adults, and families. Currently she operates a private psychotherapy practice in Mississauga.
Doris El Harchali is currently on the faculty of Seneca College, where she teaches Field Work; Interpersonal Communications; Mental Health and Addictions; and Diversity. She has worked for over twenty years in the social services sector in Toronto, including homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and refugee and immigration associations. She has also volunteered extensively, including at the Community Association for Riding for the Disabled; Children's Aid Society of Toronto; Islamic Social Services and Resources Association; Romero House; and currently with Elizabeth Fry Toronto.
Course fee $150, $90 for those having a valid student ID and
$75 for under 18, unemployed or social assistance with valid proof.