Chaplaincy Highlight: Training Muslim Chaplains in Malaysia

Wednesday, April 27th 2022, 5:00pm
Online Event, 2400 Ridge Rd Berkeley, CA 94709

The Interreligious Chaplaincy Program will feature two Malaysian chaplains who just concluded chaplaincy training in Malaysia. Dr. Diana Katiman and Dr. Nor Jannah Nasution Raduan will share their experience of providing care to diverse religious and ethnic communities. In addition, Rev. Ted Hodge and Tahara Akmal will share their supervision of Malaysian students. Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh will moderate the discussion.

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Dr. Diana Katiman is a Senior Lecturer in Internal Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and a practising Palliative Care Physician at the UiTM Hospital for seven years.  She was the organising chairperson of the ACPE-accredited CPE courses in Malaysia in 2020 and 2022. She has been invited to speak and conduct workshops on basic spiritual care, especially in relation to palliative care provisions on various platforms locally and abroad. Along with her colleagues, she is involved in writing a guideline for spiritual care providers in the Malay language and developing an online training module in spiritual care for healthcare providers. She is married with 6 children and is actively involved in volunteerism works in Malaysia.


Dr. Nor Jannah Nasution Raduan is a Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She has been in the field of Psychiatry and Mental Health for 12 years, where she received her Medical Degree in 2007 and a Master of Medicine in Psychiatry in 2016. Dr Nor Jannah Nasution is passionate about providing spiritual care to patients within her clinical practice and has been with Clinical Pastoral Education since 2020 and 2022. In 2020, she developed an online course on spiritual care for healthcare workers on Massive Online Open Learning (MOOC) platform under UiTM. She is an avid ACT (acceptance & commitment therapy) practitioner and actively involved in mental health care of older adults. She trains mental health professionals and postgraduate students in Spiritual care and ACT-based therapy in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Tahara Akmal is the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) manager and a chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, District of Columbia (DC). She is an adjunct faculty member at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a visiting faculty member at Bayan Islamic Graduate School at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Tahara teaches in the chaplaincy program at both seminaries. Tahara is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Certified Educator. Tahara made history as the first Muslim woman certified by ACPE to teach chaplaincy. Tahara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in religion, focusing on ministry and leadership from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Islamic studies and pastoral counseling from the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. Tahara is currently a Ph.D. student researching leadership studies and chaplaincy at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Ted Hodge was director of Pastoral Care and ACPE Certified Educator at Baptist Health Louisville for over 40 years.  During that time he also supervised two summer units in Hong Kong in 1992 and 94.  Since retirement he has help supervise a unit for 3.5 months at the Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia in 2019-20.  He has served on the Board of ACPE and served as its treasurer for 7 years.  Ted is currently chair of the International Committee of the ACPE Board.  He is an ordained Baptist minister and endorsed by the Alliance of Baptist.  He was pastor of three different churches in college, seminary and after seminary.  Ted and his wife, Jan Yusk, MD, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren between them.  They currently live on five acres of woods and love to travel.



Kamal Abu-Shamsieh is Director of the Interreligious Chaplaincy Program (ICP) and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the GTU. He founded Ziraya Muslim Spiritual Care and extensively traveled internationally to train chaplains in primarily Arab and Muslim countries. Since 2012, he has served as a chaplain at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He completed four clinical pastoral education units (CPE) at Stanford Hospital and a Certificate in Palliative Care Chaplaincy from California State University Institute for Palliative Care. He completed a Ph.D. at the Graduate Theological Union in 2019 where he examined Prophet Muhammad's dying experience as a good death model for an Islamic practical theology for end-of-life care.





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