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2nd Annual Defining Islamic Psychology Conference CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

This is a working conference addressing a working definition of a(n) Islamic Psychology(ies) and clearly agreed upon definitions of an Islamic Psychology(ies), and how to utilize this concept to treat community members as individuals, couples and families. The CMMHIP is bringing together Islamic scholars and mental health professionals (who treat Muslim clients) to discuss how Islam views the core components that make up a psychological perspective building upon conclusions from the 2018 conference to arrive at an attempt to define an Islamic Psychology and ways of implementing it for treatment. This conference begins on Friday, February 8th and ends on Monday February 11th in the afternoon.

This conference continues in 2019 this much-needed work. Each session consists of at least two Islamic scholars and a mental health discussant who has a caseload of 50% Muslim clients or more, a moderator and an upcoming student to introduce each session. This is a working conference so the aim is to work, not focus on presenting papers. However, research may be presented. Writings will be produced after the conference. It is an opportunity for a safe and nurturing space to discuss important views, topics and issues. Conference attendance is limited to 150 people to continue to have the intimacy generated in the first conference.

Friday February 8th

The Friday portion of the conference will take place at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 434 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (Google maps)

  • 8:30am - 11:30am Interfaith Breakfast & Overview of an Islamic Psychology (USC campus) Separate ticket
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Friday Prayer
  • 4:00pm 4:30pm Conclusions From Conference 2018
  • Maghrib (evening) Prayer
  • 5:45pm - 6:30pm Operationalizing a Proposed Islamic Psychotherapy

A theory of change, interventions, key concepts and techniques are presented by Dr. Heather Laird Center for Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology USC

  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Addressing Race and Issues of Diversity within the Muslim Psyche

This is a special session and great opportunity to learn from Dr. Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali of Zaytuna College and the Lamppost Education Initiative. This session will be an interview of Dr. Ali's recent writings.

7:30pm - 9:30pm Trauma and Mind and Body Connection with Sidi Hakim Archuletta

This special session is a rare opportunity to study with someone who has decades of experience in the realm of Mind and Body connection. Sidi Hakim Archuletta has studied with the pioneers of integrated mental well-being and has an active practice in the Southwest.

Saturday February 9th

The Saturday portion of the conference will take place at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 434 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (Google maps)

  • 8:00am Optional Mindful Walking with Ms. Salva Chak.

Salva Chak is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center; she also teaches mindfulness at Ta’leef Collective. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of California at Irvine and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Southern California. In the world of social impact, Salva has been recognized as a StartingBloc Fellow and a Hive Global Leader for her work with Mindful Muslims®. Salva lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

  • 8:30am -10:30am Differentiating between Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology

How do we define Islamic Psychologies? What makes up an Islamic Psychology? Building on concepts from last year's conference we discuss the parts that make up the psychology of the human being and particularly Muslims.

Introduction by Ms. Meena Islam (University of Southern California School of Social Work) and moderated by AVP Dr. Ilene Rosenstein (University of Southern California). Discussants are Khalil Abdur Rashid (Harvard University Muslim Chaplain), Dr. Heather Laird (Center for Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology, USC), Dr. Joseph L. Futerman (TCSPP of Southern California), Dr. Abdallah Rothman (Shifaa Counseling, UAE), and Dr. Malik Badri (author of The Dilemma of Muslim Psychologists).

10:30am - 11:30am Considering the Mark of Stigma and Muslim Mental Health

Introduction by Mr. Khuram Ahmed (Bayan Claremont), moderated by Ms. Judith Thomas (MA, Indiana University/CMMHIP). Discussants are Dr. Ahmed Hankir (Center for Mental Health Research, Cambridge University), Dr. Heather Laird (Center for Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology, USC), and Shaykh Jamaal Diwan (The Majlis).

  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Break For Lunch & Salah (Prayer) with an optional Mindful Eating with Salva Chak, 12:30pm - 1:00pm.
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm How does Islam Define Psychopathology?

How do we define illness and wellness? How do we differentiate between sanity and insanity? What are the boundaries of accountability and responsibility as it relates to sanity and insanity?

​Introduction by Shaykh Hassan Elwan. Moderated by Dr. Jay Evan Burke (Center for Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology/CBU. Discussants are Dr. Omar Mendoza Mahmood (Sidra Medicine, Qatar), Sister Noha Al Shugairi (Sakeena Counseling), and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus (Al Maqasid Institute).

  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Rethinking the Age of Responsibility

Building on the 2018 conference, we will discuss research that affects the discernment of the age of responsibility from the biological, sociological, psychological and spiritual paradigms. How does this affect our decision-making on common practices like sending young people to live in dormitories and other social customs? Round table discussion with people from various fields.

Introduction by Sumiyah Mshaka (Cal State Fullerton, Social Work). Moderated by Ms. Eram Uddin (Center for Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology). Discussants are Dr. Sherman Jackson (USC - via telecom), Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl (UCLA), Dr. Sawssan Ahmed (Cal State Fullerton), Shaykhah Muslema Purmul (The Majlis), and Judge Mona Youssef (State of Michigan).

  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm Arrival to Dinner (The Silent Auction and Gratitude Dinner will take place in Downey, CA) - Ticket required/pre-register

Sunday February 10th

The Sunday portion of the conference will take place at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley, Walnut, CA 19164 E Walnut Dr. N, Rowland Heights, CA 91748. Parking available onsite or on street. (Google maps)

  • 8:00am Optional Guided Du'a and Imagery (Shaykh Hassan Elwan)
  • 8:30am - 9:30am Special Session on Utilizing Education in Treating the Muslim Population with Br. Karim Serageldin

This is a great opportunity to learn from Brother Karim Serageldin who had successfully developed an online Educational practice online.

  • 9:30am - 11:00am Addressing Depression, Anxiety & Suicide

Introduction by Sumiyah Mshaka (Cal State Fullerton, Social Work). Moderated by Imam Marc Manley (Middle Ground Center, former chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania). Discussants are Dr. Joseph L. Futerman (TCSPP of Southern California), Ustadha Noura Shamma and Dr. Farha Abbasi (Michigan State University).

  • 11:00am – 1:00 pm Break for Lunch & Salah (prayer). You can opt for pre-pay box lunch or have lunch on your own.
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm Optional Meditation Session (Ms. Salva Chak)
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Balancing Individual and Communal Responsibilities within an Islamic Framework

Looking at a systemic view of an Islamic Psychology. How do we find balance?

Introduction by Mudassar Haq (TCSPP of Southern California). Moderated by Edina Lekovic (Robert Ellis Simon Foundation). Discussants are Khalil Abdur Rashid (Harvard University Muslim Chaplain), Shaykh Ali Suleiman Ali (Muslim Family Services/ICNA Relief), Shaykhah Muslema Purmul (The Majlis), and Sister Noha Al Shugairi (Sakeena Counseling).

  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Break for Salah (Prayer)
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm Addressing Care for the Caretakers

Moderated by Imam Marc Manley (Middle Ground/former chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania). Discussants are Dr. Beth Meyerowitz (University of Southern California, Psychology), Shaykh Yahya Rhodus (Al Madina Institute), and Sister Rustika Thamrin (Universitas Indonesia).

  • 5:30pm Maghrib Salah (Evening Prayer)
  • 5:45pm - 7:00 pm Addressing Sexuality, Sexual improprieties & Other Sexual Issues

Moderated by J. Paul Zawacki (LCSW, University of Southern California). Discussants are Dr. Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali (Zaytuna College/Lamppost Education Initiative), Mr. Karim Serageldin (Noor Human Consulting), and Dr. Nagia Mahmood (State of Michigan).

  • 7:00pm Break for the evening - dinner is on your own this evening. Enjoy Los Angeles!

Monday February 11th

The Monday portion of the conference will take place at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley, Walnut, CA 19164 E Walnut Dr. N, Rowland Heights, CA 91748. Parking available onsite or on street. (Google maps)

  • 9:00am -11:00am Life Development and Building the Psychology of the Child

Moderated by Munira Lekovic Ezzeldine (Co-Author of Positive Parenting). Discussants are Imam Zaid Shakir (Zaytuna College), Dr. Omar Reda (Providence Health System, Founder of Untangled), Dr. Nagia Mahmood (State of Michigan), Ramin Nematollahi (Santa Monica College), and Sister Noha Al Shugairi (Sakeena Counseling).

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Living Between Two Worlds

Discussing the gap that exists between the generations and those who are born in America and those who are born abroad.

Moderated by Sakeena Mirza (SEEDS). Discussants are Dr. Ahmed Hankir (Cambridge University, England), Imam Marc Manley (Middle Ground/former chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania), Ramin Nematollahi (Santa Monica College), and Ustadha Noura Shamma.

  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm Networking Luncheon

This luncheon is an opportunity to network with other mental health professionals and religious scholars to build bridges of functional work. Our guest speaker for this luncheon is Dr. Omar Reda. Seating is limited so please purchase your tickets now. You can opt for pre-pay buffet networking luncheon.

  • 5:30pm - Mahgrib Salah (Prayer)
  • 5:45pm - 6:45pm Addressing Grief

Moderated by Imam Marc Manley (Middle Ground). Discussants are Dr. Omar Reda (Providence Health System, Founder of Untangled), Dr. Heather Laird (Center for Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology, USC), Imam Zaid Shakir (Zaytuna College), and Dr. Omar Mendoza Mahmood (Sidra Medicine, Qatar).

  • 6:45pm - 7:00pm Concluding Remarks & Looking Toward 2020 Dinner is on your own this evening. Enjoy Los Angeles.+++++
  • ​Optional thikr session with Imam Zaid Shakir
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