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What crosses your mind when a patient wears religious garments, head coverings, or very modest clothing? What happens when religious doctrine clashes with medical ethics? Many health providers face these issues, when caring for people living or raised in fundamentalist communities. Traditional medicine guides providers to separate spirituality and religion from healthcare, yet this can leave patients without vital health information and/or culturally sensitive care. 

Participants will learn how to provide culturally respectful and appropriate care to a community of people who have been deliberately deprived of medical information as well as encouraged to shun evidence-based medicine. In many religious communities, support is given to families with medical issues, and in offering this support, decisions are often taken out of the individuals' hands and made by community leaders.

Participants will get a detailed overview of the medical illiteracy that exists in fundamentalist communities and the role community leaders play in medical decisions. With no introduction to biology, germ theory, or reproductive health, patients from fundamentalist communities often don’t have the knowledge to give informed consent when making healthcare decisions. Participants will learn how to bridge this information gap.
Course Outcomes:
  • Participants understand how living in a fundamentalist community may affect a person's ability to provide informed consent.
  • Participants understand how to provide informed care to individuals with no information on how their body works.
  • Participants identify and address their implicit biases when treating patients from fundamentalist communities.
  • Participants have additional skills, empathy, and compassion when caring for individuals from fundamentalist communities

Course Format Options:
  • 2-hour workshop
  • 4-hour workshop
  • 6-hour workshop

Raised in a fundamentalist community, Chani Getter (they/them) is a licensed clinical social worker and award-winning educator and advocate. As the Scholar-in-Residence for Footsteps, a social service organization that supports people leaving ultra-orthodox Jewish communities, Chani teaches, trains, and mentors staff at partner organizations to improve quality of service for individuals living or raised in fundamentalist communities. Chani has worked extensively with ex-ultra-orthodox Jews, ex-Mormons, ex-Muslims, and ex-fundamental Christians (especially those home-schooled).

Chani also leads educational workshops and cultural competence trainings for a wide variety of institutions including hospitals, colleges and universities, social service agencies, nonprofits, and law firms. Chani helps groups directly address difficult, yet critical, topics of our day. By doing so, participants learn invaluable skills that lead to stronger relationships, improved communication, and enhanced collaboration across lines of difference. Chani creates a welcoming, engaging, and accessible learning environment for participants from all walks of life.

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