EPLC | Improving Clinical Competencies in Providing Whole-Person Care for Muslim People with Serious Mental Illness

Spirituality and religion can play a significant role in the promotion of health for patients from faith communities, yet these aspects of our patients' identity are often not integrated into their care. For example, many Muslim Americans believe their mental health issues may be linked to spiritual or metaphysical causes and seek clinicians to incorporate spirituality and religion into their treatment plans. However, current literature suggests that clinicians often feel inadequate at integrating religious and spiritual nuances into patient care.

This workshop with Dr. Rania Awaad M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, aimed to provide clinicians the knowledge and framework to better address the needs of their Muslim patients. To facilitate this goal, this workshop included research-informed, key concepts in improving clinical report with Muslim patients. The goal was for participants to leave this training with improved competency, comfort, and skill in meaningfully providing whole-person care for their Muslim patients with serious mental illness. This event took place on December 7, 2022.

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