IMPORTANT TOOLKITS RELATED TO MUSLIM WELLNESS

The toolkits listed cover multiple topics, including spiritual abuse, countering racism within the Muslim community and resources for educators who work with Muslim students. These toolkits are valuable resources that can be accessed by everyone. A few toolkits are listed under multiple categories. 

Please note: The toolkits listed below are a compilation of resources from both a secular (but for working with Muslims) and an Islamic perspective. Therapy for Muslims, LLC. recognizes that not every therapist will utilize every toolkit listed (for example, toolkits under “Gender and Sexual Orientation” and under “Sex Education”) due to their differing beliefs and approach. While Therapy for Muslims, LLC. recognizes the differing opinions among Muslim therapists, we aim to give a voice to all groups, including marginalized ones. We believe in advocating for all community members of all marginalized groups. Ultimately, the use of these resources is based on the discretion and philosophy of each clinician.

While these toolkits are helpful, they are not a substitute for professional medical and mental health advice. Please consult with your provider as needed. Please read the “Medical Disclaimer” on the Therapy for Muslims site.

If you are aware of any other toolkit you believe we need to include, please email us at contactus@therapyformuslims.com.

 

CONTENTS

Domestic Violence

 


For Educators

 

  • Bullying Prevention Toolkit (by The Family Youth Institute)
    This toolkit offers a variety of resources o address bullying and anti-Muslim sentiment. The resources listed cover multiple topics, including coping strategies, legal advice, and advice by age and child development stage. Parents, school administrators, and youth themselves will find this toolkit helpful.

  • Bullying Prevention Guide (by Islamic Networks Group)
    This guide reviews definitions of bullying, signs of bullying, what parents can do if their child is being bullied, what children can do if they witness bullying and other critical helpful tips on preventing bullying. This guide also includes sections on preventing bullying in mosques and schools (including in Muslim Sunday school settings and Muslim private schools). Parents, Imams, educators, and community leaders will find this guide beneficial.

  • Educators’ toolkit (by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)
    This toolkit includes evidence-based resources to help educators with creating an inclusive and safe learning environment for all students and especially Muslim students who are facing a rise in bullying in school settings.

  • Expelling Islamophobia Toolkit
    This toolkit outlines a six-session lesson plan to help address Islamophobia, expand awareness in the classroom and help foster an inclusive, safe environment for Muslim students.

  • Talking to Your Children About Islamophobia and Hate-Based Violence (National Child Stress Traumatic Network)
    This toolkit developed by Muslim mental health practitioners contains useful tips on activities an adult can do with children including age-specific guidelines to talk about this difficult topic. 

     


Family

 


Gender and Sexual Orientation

 


General Mental Health

 

  • Healing Program (by Malikah)
    This toolkit is designed to help women learn the skills and tools to heal in a patriarchal world. This toolkit is to be used with a small group of women who meet in person.

  • Mental Health Toolkit: (by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)
    This toolkit includes resources for individuals and mental health professionals to effectively address the unique mental health challenges that Muslims face. These challenges are not exclusive to adults. This toolkit also includes specific resources for addressing the needs of American Muslim children who face the added challenge of bullying from peers and adults, alike.

  • Supporting a Friend with Mental Illness
    A very Small Guide (by Inspirited Minds): This guide includes tips on how to best support your friend, what to do in an emergency, what not to say when a friend discloses struggling with mental illness and other helpful tips.


For Imams, Chaplains, and Community Leaders

 


Loss, Trauma, and Disaster

 


Marriage

 


Muslim Masculinity

 


Muslim Youth

 

  • Bullying Prevention Toolkit (by The Family Youth Institute)
    This toolkit offers a variety of resources o address bullying and anti-Muslim sentiment. The resources listed cover multiple topics including coping strategies, legal advice, and advice by age and child development stage. Parents, school administrators and youth themselves will find this toolkit helpful.

  • Bullying Prevention Guide (by Islamic Networks Group)
    This guide reviews definitions of bullying, signs of bullying, what parents can do if their child is being bullied, what children can do if they witness bullying and other important helpful tips on preventing bullying. This guide also includes sections on preventing bullying in mosques and schools (including in Muslim Sunday school settings and Muslim private schools). Parents, Imams, educators, and community leaders will find this guide beneficial.

  • Engaging Men and Boys to End Violence in the Family (by the Canadian Council of  Muslim Women)
    This comprehensive and thorough toolkit covers a range of topics including unlearning patriarchy, questioning gender norms, and effective strategies. The guide also includes tips for facilitators and suggested ice breakers.

  • I’m Muslim and I Might Not be Straight: A Resource for LGBTQ+ Muslim Youth
    This resource includes information on issues such as sexuality, religion, sexual health, and consent. This toolkit is a resource for young Muslims in need of support around their identities related to sexual orientation or gender as seen within the context of their religious identity.

  • I’m Muslim and My Gender Doesn’t Fit Me: A Resource for Trans Muslim Youth
    This toolkit explores what being Muslim and transgender means. This toolkit also provides a list of resources, including organizations and helplines, for LGBTQI Muslims.

  • Sex Education for Muslim Youth: Starting the Conversation (by HEART)
    This toolkit is designed for community leaders, youth leaders, Islamic school teachers (including Sunday schools), and other individuals who work with Muslim youth. The focus is to help facilitate conversations on sex education and reproductive health within an Islamic framework. The guide includes tips for facilitators on how to have the conversations.


Racism, Discrimination, and Islamophobia 

 


Ramadan

 

  • A Guide to a Healthy Ramadan (by MomsRising.org with Kameelah Rashad)
    This toolkit includes tips on how to address healthy Ramadan topics with your local community, how to encourage healthy habits during Ramadan with your own family, and a list of inspiring Muslim mothers who are making a difference.

  • Ramadan Anti-Racism Guide: 10 Ways to Unify for the Individual and the Organization (by MuslimARC)
    This toolkit provides a list of tips, recommendations, and suggestions for an individual to talk to combat racism both on an individual level and help their organization and community lead the way. There are also tips for organizations to help address racism within their community by addressing racist behaviors their organization may be perpetuating. This guide is an excellent resource for Muslim community leaders, Imams, chaplains and Muslim youth leaders to help build a more inclusive community.

  • Ramadan Readiness Toolkit (by Family Youth Institute)
    This toolkit covers a range of topics including how to address mental illness during Ramadan, fitness, and nutrition this holy month, and how to develop family traditions.


Sex Education

 


Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence

 


Spiritual Abuse

 

  • Religious/Spiritual Abuse Toolkit (by The Family Youth Institute)
    Spiritual abuse is related to the misuse of power, position, and/or manipulation of religious ideology to force, manipulate, shame, harass, abuse, blackmail and/or humiliate individuals. It may involve emotional, physical, mental and/or sexual abuse perpetrated by someone in a clerical position. This toolkit includes important definitions and articles on spiritual abuse, how to recognize the signs of spiritual abuse, how to get help and how to support the person being spiritually abused. This informative toolkit is a must-have as spiritual abuse and misuse of power by religious leaders is a growing concern in Muslim communities.

     


Suicide Prevention

 

  • Suicide Prevention Toolkit (by The Family Youth Institute)
    This comprehensive resource includes culturally specific resources and information specific to teens, parents, survivors of suicide attempts, their families, and survivors of suicide loss. This guide also includes a section for mental health professionals, imams, educators.

  • Suicide Prevention Community Guide
    (by The Family Youth Institute): This comprehensive guide focuses on raising awareness in Muslim communities around suicide, helping community leaders integrate prevention efforts in their work with their community, and providing additional resources.