Mental Health Conference: Making the effort; Enhancing Cultural Literacy When Working with Muslim Patients

Brookfield, WI US
September 18, 2021 to September 19, 2021

Key Facts:

  • There is a growing Muslim population in Wisconsin, both immigrant and refugee, with a minimal number of Muslim mental health professionals.  The lack of familiarity of Muslim culture and practices by mental health professionals has led to a barrier in Muslim clients seeking services.
  • The Muslim community in Wisconsin represents dozens of countries of origin and a wide range of experiences. It is critical for mental health professionals to recognize the various stressors encountered based on the country of origin and how these may differ.
  • Many mental health professionals lack experience working with Muslim clients and understanding their view of mental health as well as approaches based on gender.
  • Many mental health professionals are unaware of the unintentional stereotypes and assumptions held regarding Muslim patients and how this has resulted in Muslims not seeking help.
  • Mental health professionals need to be aware of the significant role of faith based practices in mental health care.

Target Audience

Mental Health Professionals in the state of Wisconsin who care for Muslim clients.

Learning Objectives

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:

  • Discuss how culture influences a Muslim patient’s view of mental health and how the country of origin has its own unique influences on how patients approach health and wellness.
  • Identify culturally appropriate mental health resources and trends found among refugees experiencing trauma.
  • Identify and remove barriers that prevent Muslim mental health clients from seeking help.  
  • Learn how building cultural literacy and cultural respect will enhance trust.
Additional information


Janan Najeeb
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 727-4900
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 9.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 9.50 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/18/2021 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/19/2021 - 4:00pm CDT

Partnering organizations:

  • Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition
  • Muslim Mental Health Consortium
  • Muslim Medical Association
  • Syrian American Medical Society - WI Branch

Saturday, September 18


8:30 am - 9 am    

 Registration and Refreshments

9:00 am - 9:15 am

 Opening Remarks

9:15 am - 10:45 am 

 Panel session with Q & A

10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

 Keynote with lunch

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

 break/ salah/yoga/art

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm





Sunday, September 19


9:00 am - 9:25 pm

Meditation /yoga/art

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Panel session

11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Keynote with lunch

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Closing Remarks


Insight Life Learning Institute
13780 Hope Street
Brookfield, WI 53005
United States
Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 9.5 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 9.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 9.50 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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