Panel Discussion on Faith-Based Healing and Coping Practices Among Afghan Muslims
Switchboard is pleased to announce an upcoming panel discussion open to all refugee service providers, whether working at state agencies, resettlement agencies or affiliates, or other organizations. Please circulate this announcement widely among your colleagues!
Thursday, March 30, 2023, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Register in advance for this panel discussion
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the discussion.
What will this panel discussion cover?
Connecting to faith, spirituality, and sacred spaces may be an important factor for Afghan newcomers settling into communities across the country. Faith-based supports can decrease social isolation, create a sense of belonging, and help newcomers heal from trauma. This panel discussion will explore how faith-based practices can help Afghan Muslims cope with the impacts of trauma and resettlement stressors, as well as support their transitions into their new communities. Examples of specific community-based programs and faith-based interventions will be provided. Conceptualizations of mental health and distress among Afghans will also be discussed. Switchboard’s recently published information guide Faith-based Healing among Afghan Muslims will be highlighted as a tool service providers can utilize when working with clients.
Is this panel discussion for me?
This discussion is intended for service providers interested in learning basic guiding principles of Islam and how Afghan Muslims can lean into their faith to cope with challenges and trauma they have sustained from the refugee journey. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions from a panel of qualified experts.
Why should I participate?
After this panel discussion, participants will be able to:
Recognize how spirituality and faith-based practices can help Afghan Muslims cope with traumatic and challenging experiences
Describe faith-based community programs and interventions for Muslim newcomers