Islamic Culture : The American Psychological Association 's Ethics Code

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Islamic Culture in America The American Psychological Association’s ethics code recognizes the importance of cultural competence by stating that a practitioner should have an understanding of various topics such as religion in order to provide appropriate, effective, and ethical treatment (APA, 2010). Ahmed and Reddy (2007) point out that culturally competent practitioners have increased credibility, trust, and respect and therefore improved therapeutic alliances with clients. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world (Hammoud, White & Fetters, 2005). It is important for practitioners to understand, within the context of this growing population, how the intersections of history, culture, and religious beliefs and practices impact mental health and its treatment. This understanding will allow them to improve their competence in working with these individuals.
According to Haddad (1986) in her discussion of the history of Muslims in America, the earliest recording of the arrival of Muslims to America was in 1717 as slaves. Many of these individuals either left for South America or were converted to Christianity. Following this, there have been a few different groups and movements that have been part of the Muslim community. Practitioners must take the history and characteristics of these groups into consideration in order to understand their mental health needs. There have been four waves of Muslim immigration over time. The first began in 1875…
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