Understanding and Working With People From Arab and Middle Eastern Backgrounds


With the increase of the migration waves and influx of war refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, professional helpers and mental health providers are in greater need for better cultural understanding and clinical skills to work with these populations. Still, there are a lot of confusion and anxiety about who are the Arabs, Muslims, and Middle Easterners! How large is that population in North America? How diverse or how established are they? What are their challenges, needs, contributions, and struggles? And what challenges and public fears do they represent to the larger society? Conceptions of cultural functioning, therapeutic guidelines, corrections of misconceptions, and practical tools will be also presented in this introductory workshop.

Learning Objective 1

List and describe the various subcultures, nationalities, religious faiths, lifestyles, and traditions and recite some positive conceptions as well as negative generalizations about Arabs, Muslims, and Middle Easterners.


Learning Objective 2
Discuss some of the struggles, needs, challenges, and functioning of Arab Americans; describe some of their coping styles in the larger North American society; and analyze some causes of fundamentalism and fanaticism.


Learning Objective 3
Review some differences between assimilation-integration and fragmentation-isolation and list some characteristics of the Arab Americans' and Middle Easterners' social identity and cultural self.


Learning Objective 4
Compile some skills, ideas, and therapy techniques to effectively relate to Arab Americans, reasonably assess their emotional conditions and mental-cultural adjustments, and help them navigate through the American life and social systems.


Naji Abi-Hashem, PhD

Naji Abi-Hashem is a clinical and cultural psychologist, independent scholar, public speaker, author, consultant, and a visiting professor. He is Lebanese-American involved in writing, editing, presenting at conferences, providing training, global networking, international service cross-cultural work, and caring for the caregivers. He received an MA & PhD in Clinical Psychology (1987, 1992) from Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology at Biola University in California. He is Fully Licensed in the State of Washington since 1995 (Lic. PY1900). Dr. Abi-Hashem has taught or lectured at several universities, colleges, institutions, and seminaries in the United States and abroad. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.

Dr. Abi-Hashem writes and speaks on matters related to psychology, counseling, cross-cultural work, social issues, religious faiths and values, worldview and humanities, Middle Eastern mentalities, psychotherapy approaches, immigrants and refugees, globalization and trans-nationalism, peace making and studies, cultural heritage and dynamics, pastoral care and counseling, loss and trauma, grief and bereavement, mental health and spirituality, psycho-social aspects of politics, fundamentalism, extremism, and radicalism.

Continuing Education

4.0 CE
Production Date:


Price: $100.00

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