Webinar - Faith & healing: Incorporating religion in mental health counselling with Syrian refugee clients

Syrian refugees, as with many refugee populations resettling in Canada, have a diverse range of religious or spiritual backgrounds and practices. As a counsellor, how might you incorporate clients’ religious practices when assisting them with their mental health problems to? Is this recommended if you, as a counsellor, have different religious beliefs or practices from the client?

In this CAMH Refugee Mental Health Project webinar, Gilan Abdelaal, Clinical Counsellor at COSTI Immigrant Services, will discuss the benefits, issues and strategies around the inclusion of spiritual or religious practices in counselling a refugee client.


  • Gilan Abdelaal, Clinical Counselor working with the Syrian refugee population at COSTI Immigrant Services.

Learning objectives
By the endof this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of including elements of a client's religion or spirituality in counselling setting
  • List ways to approach and learn about a client's religious beliefs and practices
  • Recognize some of the client-centred religious practices that could be incorporated into treatment

Date: December 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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