Muslim Community Counselling and Psychotherapy Hub
- We offer culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed counselling and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, and families with qualified mental health counsellors and psychotherapists.
- Our resident Imam offers spiritual counselling for individuals, couples, and families.
- Our counselling services are offered at affordable, sliding-scale rates.
- Counselling is currently available in English and Arabic, and we are working to add Somali and French language services.
- Please email email@example.com to request counselling services, or give us a call to book an appointment on: +1 613-562-2273.
- Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to Muslim Family Services of Ottawa. It is an integral component of the services provided through the Muslim Community Counselling and Psychotherapy Hub. All information discussed in sessions will be kept confidential, with the exception of certain specific legal and ethical limits (Click here to know more).
Social and Community Services
- Children’s Aid Society (CAS) Muslim Cultural Liaison – Our dynamic, productive, and longstanding partnership with CAS helps provide culturally appropriate services for Muslim children and youth in foster care and Muslim families involved with CAS.
- National Zakat Foundation (NZF) Partnership – Our partnership with NZF provides zakat to Muslims in financial difficulty. Zakat assistance volunteers are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 PM to 6 PM to help with applications. Approval is not guaranteed, and generally takes one week to ten days.
- Women’s Shelters Support Committee – A team of committed volunteers is dedicated to providing culturally-sensitive support for the diverse clients of local women’s shelters. The committee has received invaluable support from the Kanata Muslim Association (KMA).
- Muslim Seniors Support- Our team forges relationships with isolated seniors and assess their needs. We then coordinate teams of volunteers to provide ongoing care for these seniors and their well-being. We can serve elders in Somali, Arabic, Urdu, English, and French.
- Formerly incarcerated Muslims – We work with formerly incarcerated Muslims to assist in their reintegration and to provide mental health, systems navigation, and pastoral support. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ottawa Community Foundation for this program.
- Cooper Street Homework Club – With the generous support of the Kanata Muslim Association (KMA), we provide vital academic help to children from grades 1 to 6 in Centretown, an underserved age group in our neighbourhood.
- Social Service Walk-in – Our partners at Regroupement ethnoculturel des parents francophones d’Ontario (REPFO) operate satellite office hours in our location on Wednesday between 2 PM and 4:30 PM as a social service walk-in. REPFO’s social service workers and crisis intervention workers are available to serve individuals and families from downtown Ottawa’s diverse communities with personal crises, short-term mental health and psychoeducation, food security, available community resources, referrals, applications for energy assistance programs for low-income families, school system navigation, and other issues. REPFO’s Social service walk-in is offered in French, Arabic, Somali, and English.
Research and Education
Our Research and Education wing specializes in social science and social work research and policy, as well as the design and facilitation of educational experiences. Both our research and education activities focus on vulnerable, marginalized, and low-income, religious minorities, immigrants, newcomers, refugees, and racialized communities. We have assembled an experienced team of researchers with decades of cumulative experience employing qualitative and quantitative methods and methodologies to answer pressing social questions. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about our workshops.
Current Research and Education Projects
- Establishment of a Muslim Community Legal Clinic (Research Project) – With the generous support and partnership of the Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA) and with the collaboration of students and faculty at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, we currently have law student working as a research assistant during the summer of 2019 to undertake preliminary research regarding the feasibility of a future free legal clinic to improve access to justice for Ottawa’s Muslim community.
- Potential Culture of Carrying Weapons among Youth in Ottawa (Research Project) – This research partnership with Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) has been forged to in order to gain a better understanding of the culture of weapons carrying among Ottawa youth and young adults. MFSO’s team of social science experts will work with CPO to understand the motivations behind weapons carrying behaviour, and the perceptions around risk and safety youth have regarding weapons carrying. For more about Crime Prevention Ottawa, please visit https://www.crimepreventionottawa.ca
- Islamophobia 101 (Educational Workshops) – Available to social service agencies, government departments, NGOs, and faith and cultural communities of all backgrounds, we offer dynamic and interactive Islamophobia 101 workshops led by qualified facilitators. Concepts covered in the workshops include the history of Islamophobia, gendered Islamophobia, intersections of Islamophobia with other forms of oppression, and strategies for challenging and uprooting Islamophobia.