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Providing Therapeutic Support to Interfaith Families: Emphasis on Muslim/non-Muslim Interfaith Families

When: Friday, June 15, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Where: Institute for Girls' Development
95 N. Marengo Ave., Suite 100
Pasadena, California  91101
United States
Contact: Melissa Johnson, Ph.D.

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Dear Colleagues:


Please join us for a collaborative event co-hosted by

SGVPA’s Child and Adolescent SIG (Chair: Dr. Jennifer Lee-Dick)


SGVPA’s Networking and Professional Development SIG and

LACPA’s Networking Group/Pasadena Area (Chair: Dr. Melissa Johnson)

Please find the details below:


Come, learn and connect

Enjoy light refreshments

Don't forget to bring your business cards for the networking portion of this event!



Providing Therapeutic Support to Interfaith Families: Emphasis on Muslim/non-Muslim Interfaith Families


Presenter: Katie McHugh Akbar, LCSW


Friday, June 15, 2018

12:00 - 1:30p


The Muslim American population is steadily growing and has resulted in more Muslims marrying non-Muslims.  These pioneer families may increasingly be in need of therapeutic services.  Topics discussed in this presentation will include:

·        Opportunities and challenges faced by interfaith couples, families, and children raised in an interfaith household

·        Strategies and resources used by interfaith families for success

·        History of interfaith families in the United States, and organizations which support them

·        Clinical perspectives and tools to use with interfaith families

·        Unique aspects for Muslim/non-Muslim interfaith families


Katie McHugh Akbar, LCSW, is the co-founder of Muslim Christian Interfaith Families, a grassroots community group and aspiring nonprofit.  As a social worker, she has worked predominantly in the fields of health and mental health.  Katie wrote her undergraduate thesis at Northwestern University on interfaith relationships ("Dating Christians: Muslim and Jewish young adults’ experiences with interfaith relationships”) and she received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, concentrating in advanced generalist practice and programming.



Location: Institute for Girls' Development,

95 N. Marengo Ave., Suite 100, Pasadena, CA 91101

RSVP to Melissa Johnson, Ph.D.




Warm regards,
Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D.



"The opinions of presenters at informal forums, such as Special Interest Groups (SIGs) or club meetings, and their approach to psychological issues and interventions do not represent a formal endorsement of any position by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association or its members.  The opinions, ideas, and concepts expressed are purely those of the presenter."

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