Counselling Arabia Conference 2011 (CA 2011)

Venue: Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah Women\'s College

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Event Date/Time: Apr 19, 2011 End Date/Time: Apr 20, 2011
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The aim of this year’s conference is to bring together academics and practitioners to address issues that pertain to the challenges that Arab youth face as they try to reconcile the old and the new in the context of industrialization, modernization, globalization, and democratization The world in which they live has become more complex, ambiguous, individuated, and in some ways foreign. The values and traditions that brought comfort, security, and continuity to their parents and grandparents are being challenged by the media, exposure to the ‘other’, and the greater freedom granted to them by education, globalization, and the internet. These transformative social, economic, and cultural forces place them at the crossroads of mental and emotional well-being. Already, there are signs that failure to deal with these challenges is resulting in a variety of mental health problems: personality disorders, domestic violence, a high divorce rate, and substance abuse. This conference provides a forum for scholars, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and grassroots activists to engage in a meaningful dialogue about transformative issues that face Arab youth.