Reflection on teaching effective social work practice for working with Muslim communities

  • Khadija Khaja IUPUI University Library
  • Chelsea Frederick
Keywords: Muslims, Islam, Spirituality, Religion, Clinical Skills, Counseling


In many academic departments like social work, psychology, and psychiatry there is a growing consensus that teachers need to instruct students to be culturally competent especially if they are going to be effective helpers with diverse populations. Multicultural instructional counseling methods are imperative if we are to ensure that our students of counseling are well prepared to work with diverse families, particularly those from Muslim backgrounds. In this narrative the author writes about the challenges of teaching non-Muslim students effective counseling techniques with Muslim families. Culturally innovative teaching methods are illustrated to facilitate students’ learning how to be effective counselors with Muslim communities.