Group Therapy - CIT
Culturally Informed Therapy (CIT) for Muslims Across Florida
Our team is currently offering a free 15-week, remote (via Zoom) group therapy for Muslims across Florida. Groups are currently offered in English, to individuals with general mental health concerns (such as stress, depression, anxiety, and communication difficulties). We also offer a separate group for individuals with serious mental illness (such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and bipolar disorder). Below, we answer some common questions about CIT!
What is CIT?
There have been different versions of CIT over the years. Culturally Informed Therapy for Muslims is a remote, group therapy designed to assist Muslims in improving their quality of life and wellbeing through a spiritually integrated cognitive behavioral therapy program. CIT emphasizes each person's religious/spiritual values and culture throughout the intervention. CIT takes 15 weeks to complete and covers 5 main areas: collectivism (i.e., your connection to other people in your social world), mental health education, spiritual and religious coping, communication training, and problem-solving. Each session lasts approximately 75 minutes, with a maximum of eight clients per group. Importantly, CIT is part of an ongoing research study. Members who participate may not only benefit from the therapy, but will assist us in making later versions of CIT better for future Muslim clients.
Dr. Amy Weisman de Mamani developed CIT-S (Culturally Informed Therapy for Schizophrenia) over the course of her career. The original CIT-S is described in her manual Culturally Informed Therapy for Schizophrenia: a family focused Cognitive Behavioral Approach. Though original iterations were primarily for individuals with serious mental illness and their families, she has since expanded this therapy to be applicable for a range of mental health concerns. Unfortunately, though previous versions of CIT were open to all religious groups, we did not have enough Muslim clients to examine its effectiveness for Muslims in particular. The MAP team's initial research was focused on better understanding the needs of Muslim clients in order to adapt CIT for their ongoing needs. We hope to continue improving CIT for Muslims as we receive feedback and review the results of this study.
Does CIT work?
What are the benefits of group therapy?
Group therapy involves multiple clients and one-to-two therapists. In group therapy, providers will often adapt the content of the sessions to meet the needs of as many clients as possible. Clients will have the opportunity to talk to therapist(s) as well as other clients about their problems and difficulties. Both therapists and clients will offer feedback, support, and ideas.
Some clients feel nervous about joining group therapy; they have concerns about being judged, shamed, or lacking privacy. However, most clients feel differently after the first session. In group therapy, you meet others who are going through similar difficulties which can make you feel less alone. You also get the benefit of the insights/experience/knowledge of the therapists and other group members.
Unlike individual therapy, you share the therapy time with other group members. Some people find this helpful; they learn from the experiences of others who are speaking. The group format also helps the therapists see your communication skills in real time, and allows them and other group members to give you helpful feedback.
You may continue to see an individual therapist while being involved in our group. At times, we may recommend individual therapy for difficulties that need more time and attention. Our team is always happy to provide you with referrals.
Testimonials from Muslims who have attended CIT-M
How do I join?
CIT is part of an ongoing research study. When you call or email us, a research assistant will get in touch with you to ask you basic questions in order to set up an interview with one of our therapists. Prior to our interview, a consent form will be reviewed with you and a therapist will answer any follow-up questions you have. After completing the interview, we will ask you for your availability and put you on a waitlist. Once we have enough clients to start a group, we will begin! Throughout the therapy process, we will ask you to complete questionnaires. This will allow us to determine whether the therapy is working and how to improve future versions.
In order to participate, you must speak English and be in Florida during sessions.
Please call or email us!
*Phone: (305) 771-4366
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