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Contemporary Freudian Society

ANNUAL CULTURAL DIVERSITY PROGRAM “Muslim Emigre Identity Development in the USA”

One Session Program (3 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Drs. Farha Abbasi and Marsha Levy-Warren
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Location: Founder’s Hall, American University School of International Service, Washington, DC
Time: 1:00-4:00pm

“Lost and Found in America” – Dr. Farha Abbasi

This presentation will focus on the impact of immigration on mental health for Muslim immigrants to the United States in light of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Dr. Abbasi will discuss the results of survey studies investigating persistent toxic stress and it’s long-term influence on psychological development in Muslim youth.  She bases her presentation not only on her professional knowledge as psychiatrist and researcher, but also on her personal experience as a Pakistani immigrant. Dr. Abbasi will describe the challenges that Muslim youth face when navigating their bi-cultural identity in an atmosphere of suspicion and hatred.

“Growing Up with Hatred: A Psychoanalytic Developmental Perspective” – Marsha Levy-Warren, PhD

This paper presents a view of hatred that is clinically useful for clinicians: how children may come to hate; the impact of hatred on a child’s development; the evolving awareness of hatred; and how we may try to insulate a child from being the object of hatred and prejudice.  What is suggested is that we aid children in developing a “not REALLY me”, one akin to the “me” that a psychoanalyst develops in response to being the object of transference.

Dr. Farha Abbasi is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University and Staff Psychiatrist at the University’s student health center. Her areas of interest are cultural psychiatry and teaching medical students how to provide culturally appropriate care to Muslim patients. She is the managing editor for Journal of Muslim Mental Health. Dr. Abbasi emigrated from Pakistan and settled in the United States in the year 2000 with her husband and three daughters.

Marsha H. Levy-Warren, PhD is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who writes, teaches, lectures, and consults both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Adolescent Journey (Jason Aronson, 1996; reissued by Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), and numerous articles on clinical and developmental theory, adolescence, and various aspects of culture. She is currently Director of The Child/Adolescent Training Program at CFS.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the term Islamophobia.
  2. Describe three types of psychological vulnerability found among immigrant Muslim youth.
  3. Explain the impact of growing up with suspicion and hatred on bi-cultural identity development.
  4. Describe three ways in which a child who grows up feeling hated may be affected by the experience.
  5. Describe three shifts in the awareness of hatred during a child’s development.
  6. Describe three ways that parents may attempt to aid their children in insulating themselves from internalizing hatred when they are the objects of prejudice.
Continuing Education Contact Hours:

“This program meets the requirement for continuing education whose content area is cultural diversity, as dictated by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists.”

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and The Contemporary Freudian Society. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MedChi designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The Contemporary Freudian Society is authorized by MedChi to grant CMEs for this program.  Upon completion of this program and online survey, participants will be granted certificates for   3 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Psychologists: The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Contemporary Freudian Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed evaluation form.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and evaluation form, participants will be granted 3 CE credits.

Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for Psychologists.

Professional Counselors:  The Boards of Professional Counselors in the District of Columbia and Virginia will accept continuing education credits for Counselors attending a program offered by an APA-authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for psychologists.  The Board of Professional Counselors in Maryland will accept CE credits granted by a program that is recognized by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Psychologists and Social Workers.

Who should attend

The instructional level for this activity is advanced.  Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.

CFS Members $90
Non-CFS Members $100
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $25
No Refunds
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at or 732-446-4867.
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