Northeast Counties Association of Psychologists (NCAP)
Bergen County, Hudson County, Passaic County


Sunday, April 30, 2017
“Being The Other in The Therapy Room: You or Me? A Muslim Perspective”
Presenters:  Lynn Mollick, Ph.D. & Amelia Noor-Oshiro
Moderator: Nansie Ross, Psy.D.


Psychologists in the U.S. strive to treat people from diverse backgrounds sensitively and effectively. Continuing our conversation on the topic of diversity, this program will focus on clinical issues that arise in working with Muslim patients. Based on clinical material, and including public health research, our two presenters, who themselves come from Muslim backgrounds, will explore the following questions: With an awareness that Muslim immigrants arrive in the US from different countries with different cultural and religious practices, and have their own unique individual histories, what do therapists treating Muslims need to keep in mind? For new immigrants who have lost their traditional way of life, how do they address their intrapsychic struggles as they try to adapt to a new culture? What is the experience of being seen as ‘the other’ or worse, as ‘the evil’ in this current climate of fear? In the therapeutic relationship, what role does each participant’s cultural history play? Presenters will share both their professional and personal experiences with the aim of understanding the unique psychological stressors affecting the population of Muslims living in the United States today, and ways to address them in the clinical situation. Case examples will be included.


Tuba Tokgoz, Ph.D., FIPA, a native of Istanbul, was a therapist in Turkey, and has completed adult psychoanalytic training at IPTAR (Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research) and clinical psychology doctoral training at The New School for Social Research. She received post-doctoral training in parent-infant psychotherapy from ABPIP (The Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program). She is a faculty member at IPTAR, and its new diversity committee chair, is a faculty member at New York Counseling and Guidance, and is in private practice in New York City.

Amelia Noor-Oshiro is from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where she is currently conducting a nationwide study on the effect of Islamophobia on the mental health of Muslims in America. Mrs. Noor-Oshiro will graduate in May with a Master of Public Health degree and a certificate in the Social Determinants of Health. The inspiration for her academic work comes from her extracurricular involvement with the Muslim Student Association at UCLA for which she was recognized with the Chancellor’s Service Award. Mrs. Noor-Oshiro intends to pursue doctoral studies to produce further research on the health effects of presenting stigmatized visible identity among other marginalized populations.

Nansie Ross, Psy.D., completed her doctoral studies at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University and then completed post-doctoral training in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies in New York. For many years she was a school psychologist and head of the child study team in the Paramus, NJ schools. She has a private practice in Ridgewood, NJ.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to describe:

  1. Identify and understand Islamic values and practices.
  2. Identify and understand perceptions toward mental health and therapy among first and second generation Muslims in America.
  3. Identify and understand how new immigrants who have lost their traditional way of life address their intrapsychic struggles as they try to adapt (or not) to a new culture.
  4. Identify and understand some perspectives of Muslim experiences of being “the other” in the current climate and in therapy, from a clinician’s and a patient’s perspective.
  5. Identify some approaches that may be helpful in clinical practice when treating Muslims.
  6. Identify some current research on discrimination and mental health as it relates to Muslims.

LOCATION:  Cresskill Senior Center, 38 Spring St., Cresskill, NJ 07676

10:30 – 11:00AM         Registration and Continental Breakfast

11:00 – 1:00PM           Program

NCAP Members and Students – No Charge • Guests $30 •

2 CE credits available for psychologists (additional charge):  NJPA members $10 (sustaining members, no charge). NJPA non-members $20.

RSVP to:  Joan Fiorello  joangf@hotmail.com or 201-784-0312.

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Refund available only if cancellation received by April 21st.

This program is co-sponsored by NJPA and NCAP. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program qualifies for 2 C.E. credit hours for psychologists. This program is geared for all mental health professionals.

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