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Cultural intelligence in Mental health Care (Level 1)

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

This 2 Day program will use the Cultural intelligence (CQ) model to explore culturally intelligent mental health care with Muslim clients

  • Why do we need to attend to our client’s culture and our own cultural background in mental health practice?
  • How do the concepts of mental ill-health and wellbeing differ among people from different cultural backgrounds?
  • How does therapist racial awareness and cultural competence influence the success of therapy for the clients we work with?
  • How do Muslims conceptualise symptoms of mental ill-health and what types of help-seeking and coping behaviours might they draw on?

About the Workshop:

This 6 module series aims to improve Mental health practitioner cultural responsiveness to work more effectively with Australian Muslim clients. This is a wonderful opportunity for mental health practitioners to engage in some reflective cultural self-awareness to improve therapeutic outcomes with Muslim clients. Participants will receive soft copies of resources developed in the project and receive a certificate of completion (CQ1) upon attendance of all sessions.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Recognise the role of culture and counsellor cultural responsiveness as an ethical obligation.
  2. Understand and apply the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) model as a framework to work effectively with clients in mental health contexts
  3. Analyse cultural value dimensions and how they may be used to guide counselling assessment and practice ;
  4. Understand sociolinguistics in the counselling room to improve counsellor-client rapport and relationship
  5. Apply critical reflection and awareness of self-identity with a view to how that identity can impact one’s counselling practice.
  6. Analyse the advantages and limitations of using psychological assessment in a multicultural context
  7. Develop an in depth understanding of working effectively with Muslim clients

Target Audience:

Mental heath practitioners, psychologists, clinical social workers, counsellors who work in mental health and wellbeing

This course will cover:

Module 1: Culture and cultural intelligence in mental health care
Module 2: Working effectively with Muslim clients
Module 3: Cultural values in the counselling room (Part A)
Module 4: Cultural values in the counselling room (Part B)
Module 5: Cross cultural communication in the counselling room
Module 6: Assessment tools to harness culture in the counselling room


Early-Bird: $200 (Pre April 8th, 2024)

Regular $300 (Post April 8th, 2024)

Dates, Duration & Delivery: This workshop is run in-person over 2 days and will cover 6 modules of CQ Level 1 over 2 days (3 modules per day):

15th of April, 2024: 10am – 3:30pm

16th of April, 2024: 10am – 3:30pm


Registrations close 14th of April 2024. Registrations are essential

Registration Link: Click here to register


Monique Toohey is a registered Psychologist and certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Advisor (USA) and has trained staff from over 360 organisations in cultural competence. For 6 years she was the Lead Lecturer of Multicultural Counselling and Culture and Psychology at the Australian Catholic University and is a regular guest lecturer at universities both nationally and internationally. She has also delivered organisational training programs in Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Monique is a well-known advocate for Mental health awareness and family violence among Muslim and culturally diverse communities. She also has extensive clinical experience delivering psychological services, assessment and group programs to Muslim clients across the lifespan for the past 25 years. She pioneered psychological services in most Islamic schools across Melbourne and has extensive work experience with Muslim young people, women and couples. She has also provided numerous internships and supervised up and coming psychologists and counsellors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds for the past 2 decades, many of which launching their own careers in Islamic schools and private practices.

In 2021 she featured in the Amazon Prime Video docuseries titled UNHEARD, which investigated racism in Australia and in 2019 delivered ‘Culture eats individuality for breakfast’ at TEDx Docklands. She is often invited by ABC news to provide psychological insights on a range of topics from mental health to multiculturalism. She has been featured on LateLine, The Australian, The Age, The Herald-Sun, ABC and 3AW radio. She was a speaker at the 2016 Melbourne Writer’s Festival and is the Author of multiple publications.


April 15
10:00 am - 3:30 pm




Jack Dyer Pavilion, Jack Dyer Community Room Highett Street Richmond, VIC 3121
Highett Street Richmond, VIC 3121
Melbourne, Victoria 3121 Australia
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