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The Concept of Compassionate Engagement in Islam
An overview of Spiritual Care from an Islamic perspective (Nazila Isgandarova).

Effective Islamic Spiritual Care: Foundations and Practices of Imams and Other Muslim Spiritual Caregivers
This study examines the effectiveness of Muslim spiritual caregivers in the context of Canadian Muslims’ health care and proposes means of improving it (Nazila Isgandarova).

Facts and Fictions About Islam in Prisons: Assessing Prisoner Radicalization in Post 9/11 America    
A report assessing the radicalization of Muslim prisoners in post 9/11 America.

Faith Leadership through Chaplaincy: Experiences from Muslim Communities
Summaries of issues and recommendations from consultations with chaplains, sector leaders and communities (Faith Matters).

Guidelines for Imams Assisting an Abusive Person
An essential list of “dos and don’ts” when assisting an abusive person (FaithTrust Institute).

Guidelines for Imams Dealing With Victims of Domestic Violence
An essential list of “dos and don’ts” when assisting a victim of domestic violence (FaithTrust Institute).

Journal of Muslim Mental Health
An academic peer reviewed journal presenting research on Muslim mental health.

Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry (Journal)
A special edition dedicated to the formation of religious leaders in a diverse world. Section III, pages 141-186, “Islamic Perspectives for Supervision,” includes Chaplain Rabia Harris’ entire, “Supporting Your Muslim Students: A Guide for Clinical Pastoral Supervisors” (ACPE Journal, Volume 29: 2009).

Out of Darkness… Into Light (booklet)
A grief and bereavement booklet for Muslims in prisons and jails (S. E. Jihad Levine).

A Practical Guide to Giving Friday Sermons 
A brief guide providing the essential fiqh and integrals of the Friday sermon (khutba), as well as some prophetic practices and practical advice on public speaking (Amjad Tarsin, 2012).

Police and Correctional Chaplaincy Organizations

American Correctional Chaplains Association
Serves as a professional organization for pastoral care personnel in the corrections field.

Correctional Officers Chaplaincy     
An affiliate of the American Correctional Association which serves as a professional organization for pastoral care personnel in the corrections field.

International Conference of Police Chaplains
An international, professional membership organization made up of chaplains and liaison officers from different faith groups and law enforcement agencies.

International Prison Chaplains Association       
An international network of prison chaplains devoted to sharing God’s love and restoring justice.

Muslim Chaplain Services of Virginia       
Services include inmate education, training, transitional housing, and community collaboration to help inmates, male and female, to achieve their independence and improve relationship with their family and children.

Related Associations

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
A professional association focusing on the field of marriage and family therapy.

American Association of Pastoral Counselors
A membership and certification organization whose mission is to provide spiritually informed and integrated counseling, collaborative community based  services, training and education in order to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities.

American Psychological Association
The world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

Association of Professional Chaplains
Promotes quality chaplaincy care through advocacy, education, professional standards and service to our members

Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
A national multifaith organization which is committed to the professional education, certification and support of people involved in pastoral care and pastoral counselling.

Coalition On Ministry In Specialized Settings
A network of organizations committed to the preparation and practice of multi-faith spiritual care through chaplaincy and pastoral counseling in specialized settings and promotes and supports collaboration among its members.

The Institute of Muslim Mental Health
A national organization focusing on community outreach, research and education pertaining to American Muslim mental health. They produce an academic peer reviewed journal and host an annual conference.

Project Sakinah
An organization focusing on achieving lasting changes in the attitudes and behaviors of Muslims around the issue of violence within families.

Tayba Foundation – Distance Learning Program  
An organization striving to provide current and formerly incarcerated men and women with quality Islamic education geared towards the refinement of their thinking and behavior, positioning them to transition to society more productively

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
A national resource center including a free online library on suicide prevention, searchable for specific populations and settings (prisons, universities, healthcare, etc.)