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IC07 Short Course 39 - Arab-Americans: Understanding Their Backgrounds, Mentalities, Needs, Challenges and Emotional Struggles - Naji Abi-Hashem, PhD

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Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2007
Naji Abi-Hashem, PhD
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Dec 07, 2007
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Arabs, Muslims and Middle Easterners are well-established populations in North America and are still growing. In this presentation, we will examine their various backgrounds, religions, mentalities, professions and subcultures as well as their psychological needs, struggles and aspirations. The challenges they face and represent also will be discussed. Practical and therapeutic guidelines for all types of caregivers dealing with this population will be presented.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To name the factors leading to fundamentalism among Arabs and Muslims in general.
  2. To describe three therapeutic guidelines for working with Arabs, Muslims and Middle Easterners.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Naji Abi-Hashem, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and a clinical and cultural psychologist currently based in Seattle, Washington. He re- ceived his M.Div from Golden Gate Theological Seminary; MA and Ph.D. from Rosemead Gradu- ate School of Psychology, Biola University; DABPS Diplomate, American Board of Psychological Specialties; IABMCP Diplomate, International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy.