2020 Muslim Mental Health Conference (Australia) – Islamic Psychology and Community Mental Health


Mission of Hope will be hosting a free two-day online conference focusing on the Islamic Psychology and Community Mental Health of Muslims bringing together international presenters and scholars and local clinicians.


Mission of Hope will be bringing together international and locally known academics and practitioners involved in reviving Islamic Psychology as a discipline whilst also covering the mental health issues that most affect Australian Muslims, showcase case studies, emphasise the importance of prevention, identify gaps in service provision, presenting research and building communities capacity in mental health service delivery.

We are proudly sponsored by TLC (Tender Loving Care)

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The conference will be supported by the International Association of Muslim Psychologists (IAMP) and Psychology from an Islamic Interest Group – of the Australian Psychological Society.


Saturday 5 December 2020 – Sunday 6 December 2020 




Registration required



Conference Objectives

  • To share knowledge on Islamic Psychology, theology, applied, and clinical practice.
  • Increase awareness of the mental health issues facing Muslims and the need to access to culturally and faith appropriate mental health and wellbeing resources/services.
  •  To help raise the profile of mental wellbeing in this population group.
  • To help decrease the stigma of mental illness within the Muslim community.
  •  To share and support evidence-based research.
  • To provide a platform for learning, discussion support, and facilitation.

Australian Muslim Mental Health Conference Program

5th and 6th of December 2020

Saturday 5th of December 2020 – Day 1


Conference Open and Welcome


MC: Nasreen Hanifi, President of Mission of Hope

Quran reciter

Opening Conference Addresses: Conference Convenor

Sponsor video

11.20 am to 12:20 pm

International Addresses: Professor Bagus Riyono (Indonesia)

President, International Association of Muslim Psychologists

Title: Tazkia Therapy: Theoretical Foundation and Simple Cases

12.20 pm – 12:30 pm


Syd: 12.30 pm to 1:30 pm

San Frans: 5.30pm

(Fri, 12/4)

Professor Rania Awaad – Psychiatrist (US)

Director, Stanford Muslim Mental Health Lab, Clinical Director, Khalil Center (US)

Title: O What exactly is Islamic Psychology and does it apply to us today?”

Syd: 1.30 pm to 2.30pm

San Frans: 6.30pm (Fri, 12/4)

Dr Fahad Khan – Clinical Psychologist (US)

Concordia University Chicago and College of DuPage Deputy and Clinical Director, Khalil Center (US)
Title: Theoretical developments in the western psychology, current state of mental health, and the need for Islamic psychology.

2.30 pm to 3:00 pm


3.00 pm to 4.30pm

Hanan Dover, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist (Australia)

Mission of Hope Founder, and Convenor of Psychology from an Islamic Perspective Interest Group

Title: The Importance of Integrating Islamic Principles of Human Nature When Working Clinically with Muslims

5.00 pm to 5:10 pm


Nasreen Hanifi (MC) discusses MoH mental health projects and sponsor thanks



Sunday December 6th – Day 2


MC: Hanan Dover, Mission of Hope

11.am to 11.40am

 Nasreen Hanifi, Psychologist – Mission of Hope

Title: The effects of trauma on early childhood development

11.40 to 12:20 pm

Shehzi Yusaf – Clinical Psychologist, Psychology from an Islamic Perspective APS Interest Group (Australia)

Title: Compassion Therapy: Towards an Islamic model



12.30pm to 1.00pm

Basmah Abdul Qader, Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Al-Silah Institute

Title: Anxiety and the Fear of the Unseen

1.00pm to 1.30pm

Dr Yaser Mohammad – Occupational Therapist, WSU/NSW Health

Title: Culturally sensitive mental health literacy (MHL) training program for Muslim community leaders

1.30 pm to 2.00pm


2.00pm to 2.30pm

Summayyah Sadiq-Ojibara, Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Title: Grief, Gratitude and Growth – The Three Messengers of Healing and Hope

2.30pm – 3.00pm

Mohamad Dukely, Social Worker, STARTTS

Title: Mental Health of African Muslim Refugee Communities: Exploring the settlement & settlement issues and impacts

3:00 pm to 3.30 pm


3.30 pm to 4.00 pm

Carawan Ghanem, Psychologist

Title: Identifying Predictors of Help-Seeking Behaviour for Perinatal Depression among Arab-Australian Women

`4.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Ziyad Serhan, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, educAid Au

Title: Mental Health literacy in faith-based communities



 4.45pm to 5.15pm

Toltu Tufa, Psychologist – Shura Psychology

Title: Lockdown and Mental Health: The Melbourne Muslim experience



 5.15pm to 5.45pm

Nuray Okcum, Psychologist

Impacts of sociocultural climate on Muslims emerging into adulthood


5.45 pm to 6:00 pm


Hanan Dover (MC) discussing MoH mental health projects and sponsor thanks