Ferzin Patel to lead discussion on how interfaith couples negotiate the boundaries between their respective religious traditions

April 21st,2017 ICNY Latest News

Ferzin Patel, MA

One focus of our May 10 Social Work and Religious Diversity conference will be “Interfaith Families:  Religious Diversity at Home.”  How do interfaith couples negotiate the boundaries between their respective religious traditions?  How do their children learn to respect, and sometimes embrace, both sides of their complex heritage?  What kinds of support do they receive – and what kinds of resistance do they face – from their faith communities?  Our panelists will explore these issues from Jewish, Muslim, and Zoroastrian perspectives, including discussions of families that bridge the diff­erences between faith traditions, as well as families that bridge ethnic or doctrinal differences within a single faith tradition.

Helping us explore this topic will be Ferzin Patel, MA, a psychotherapist by training, Zoroastrian community leader, and Trustee of the Dar-E-Mehr Zoroastrian Temple, in Pomona, NY.  She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, and spent fifteen years working as a clinician and administrator in the field of autism and developmental disabilities.  Among other projects, she currently facilitates a support group for intermarried Zoroastrian families, and has worked with colleagues to launch the Zoroastrian Intermarried Group (ZIG), which helps couples and families acclimate to Zoroastrian cultural and religious beliefs and practices.

Social Workers and mental healthcare professionals are encouraged to register for this one day conference.  Continuing Education Credits are available for New York State LMSWs and LCSWs.

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Social Work and Religious Diversity: Religion, Spirituality, and Family Life

A continuing education conference for social workers and their colleagues, developed by the Interfaith Center of New York, in partnership with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, and the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute.

May 10, 2017    •    475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY

The Interfaith Center of New York SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers – provider #0163.  This conference offers 7 contact hours of continuing education for New York State LMSWs and LCSWs.

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