October 19 Oct 19
12:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Wednesday Wed

Improving Clinical Competencies in Providing Whole-Person Care for Muslim Patients

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 aims to provide clinicians the knowledge and framework to better address the needs of their Muslim patients. To facilitate this goal, this workshop will include research-informed, key concepts in improving clinical report with Muslim patients. Participants will leave this training with improved competency, comfort, and skill in meaningfully providing whole-person care for their Muslim patients.


Rania Awaad, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she is the Director of the Stanford Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology Lab as well as Stanford University's Affiliate Chaplain. She also serves as the Associate Division Chief for Public Mental Health and Population Sciences as well as the Section Co-Chief of Diversity and Cultural Mental Health. In addition, she is a faculty member of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University. She pursued her psychiatric residency training at Stanford where she also completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

As a nationally recognized leader in Muslim mental health, Dr. Awaad has been invited by Presidents Obama and Biden, the CDC, HHS and SAMHSA to present her work at national convenings in DC. She has pioneered by establishing the first Muslim Mental Health Community Advisory Board (BAMMH CAB) in the US. Dr. Awaad has also established multiple Muslim mental health clinics as well as custom-tailored clinical and educational training programs for clinicians, religious and community leaders to address the mental health needs of Muslim communities.