Counseling and Service Delivery to Arab and Southeast Asian Populations

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Residing in a post-9/11 society, are we truly addressing the rehabilitation needs and concerns of those individuals of Arab or South East Asian descent? What are some of the issues important to these individuals? How can rehabilitation professionals adequately understand and help to support individuals belonging to these cultural groups in outcomes and goals? This presentation will give a brief introduction of these groups from a historical perspective. Issues regarding religion, culture, gender differences, and social ideals in relation to disability will be investigated. The present situation(s) of the Arab-American and South East Asian-American will be addressed. The role of rehabilitation with respect to these groups will also be discussed. Through the use of question/answer and discussion, the audience will be able to gain a better understanding of these particular groups and issues surrounding successful rehabilitation outcomes. Handouts will be made available to audience members.


Keywords: Counseling, Arab, Services, Rehabilitation, Culture
Stream: Disability, Health
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , , , Service Delivery to an Arab & South Asian Population


Shabana Anees

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Harrisburg, PA, USA

Shabana Anees is currently a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist for the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Educationally, she obtained her undergraduate education from the University of Pittsburgh majoring in the Behavioral Neurosciences. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University with a focus in the area of diversity and outreach for rehabilitation /disability services within multicultural communities. Apart from her educational and professional experience, she is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She has been selected to present information for both regional as well as national conferences in the areas of disability and rehabilitation in regard to cultural awareness. Also, she was one of fifteen individuals chosen nationwide to receive a full scholarship and participate in the Summer Research Program (2006) funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) sponsored by Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA.

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