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© 2018 by International Association of Islamic Psychology

IAIP is not funded by, nor affiliated with, any political

or religious organizations.

IAIP Conference

The Intersection of Spirituality &

Mental Health Practice

March 27, 28 & 29, 2020

Chicago, USA

American Islamic College

640 West Irving Park Rd.

Chicago, IL 60613


A joint conference with the Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry

Institute for Muslim Mental Health

Khalil Center

and American Islamic College

Early Bird Rates:

(up to November 15, 2019) 

Whole conference

Professionals: $220 

Students: $120

After November 15, 2019


Whole conference $250

Daily rates $100


Whole conference $150

Daily rates $85

*accommodations to be announced

Conference Themes

Following the theme of the conference,

there will be two separate tracks focused around two distinctive themes:

Islamic Psychology

  • Role of traditional healing 

  • Role of spirituality in the clinical encounter

  • Islamic models of psychotherapy

  • Practical Islamic Interventions for therapeutic application

  • Epistemology and Ontology of Human Psychology

  • Islamic law and forensic psychiatry/psychology

  • Islamic Ethics in contemporary psychotherapy

  • Dream Interpretation

  • Case Presentations

Muslim Mental Health

  • Epidemiological studies of mental illnesses in Muslim communities

  • History of mental illness and treatment

  • Cross-cultural psychology

  • Stigma, attitudes and help seeking behaviors for mental illness in Muslim cultures

  • Utilization of services

  •  Interpersonal violence

  •  Disaster psychiatry/psychology, refugee rehabilitation

  • Community Mental Health and Collaborative Care (Chaplains, Imams, Clergy)

  • Case Presentations

All submissions will be considered and allocated to the appropriate track (Islamic Psychology or Generalist Muslim Mental Health) by the conference committee. Your preference will be considered by the committee but cannot be guaranteed.


All presentations should address the literature, existing policies, and/or current programming in the field in answering the following questions. 

1. Please describe the ways in which your work advances knowledge or practice in the field of Muslim mental health and/or the impact of the current climate of anti-Muslim rhetoric on diverse (e.g., age, race/ethnicity, gender, etc.) groups of Muslims.

2. Please summarize how your work may impact or lead to future programming or policy interventions. You may describe a model of service, change in specific program or policy that will improve perception of mental health care, access to mental health care, or treatment of people from diverse backgrounds.



Deadline: Abstracts should be submitted to by November 15, 2019.

Format: Abstracts must adhere to the American Psychological Association (APA) format and must not exceed 300 words.

Notification: Authors will be notified by December 15, 2019.

The conference committee invites practitioners, religious leaders, faculty, graduate students or community members to submit proposals. Abstracts must include a cover sheet and no more than a 300-word summary. The abstract should include some description of the nature of the presentation and primary findings. Summaries should include enough detail for reviewers to judge the overall format and contribution of the scholarship. The abstracts will be subjected to blind review. Please do not include any identifying information in the abstract. 


Submitting an abstract:

  • Attach your abstract to an email addressed to

  • Identify in the subject line of the email: Abstract for MMHC 2020

  • Complete the Cover Sheet online here

Formats and Guidelines
• Poster Sessions (50 min): Posters should give an overall description of completed research or research in progress. Posters should highlight key information related to the rationale, method, analysis, results, and discussion. Poster sessions offer an ideal format for presenters to receive feedback on their research ideas. For poster presentations, provide a summary (300-word maximum) of the study, including: rationale, method, data analysis, results, and discussion. For research proposals and research in progress, provide the rationale, method, anticipated results, and the anticipated date of completion.

• Oral Presentations (20 min): Oral presentations should focus on presenting theory or research related to the conference themes. The format will be lecture-style followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Similar presentations will be grouped together into one symposium and you will be notified of your co presenters shortly after your presentation is accepted. Provide a 300-word summary of the theoretical or empirical topic that you will discuss, and provide an outline of your plan for discussion.

For more information or if you have questions about the conference, please email

To view the videos of all presentations from last years IAIP conference:

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