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Chaplain Abeda Khanam

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Abeda Khanam

Key areas of expertise:

  • Mental health training
  • Leadership training for teachers
  • Matchmaking


*1) Mental Health First Aid Certification Training: Youth or Adult (in-person or online) $750 USD to $1000 USD. *
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Learn to identify the signs of symptoms of depression, anxiety, suicidality, psychosis, and substance use disorder and hone the skills necessary to intervene early. Designed for everyone with or without a background in mental health, the goal of MHFA is to make mental health as commonplace as medical first aid and CPR. There are two classes that lead to two separate 8-hour certifications designed for responding to adults or young people. Each class can be one full day session or split between two days no more than one week apart. Price for certification depends on audience size.

*2) Teacher and Staff Training/Leadership (in-person or online) from $300 USD. *
Depending on the institutional needs, staff can be trained in continuing education modules including, “Collaborative Teaching, Special Education, Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities, Teaching English Language Learners, Educational Equity.” Sessions can range from two-hour sessions to full day retreats covering several modules.

3) Emergency Preparedness for Institutions: Active Shooter/Lethal Attack (in-person or online) $200 (1 hr-session)

4) Building Resilience: Self care, Mindfulness and Mental Health $200 (1-hr session)

Named the 2015 Hometown Hero in Education, Abeda Khanam is a Teacher Leader with the United Federation of Teachers and a biology teacher at Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for the Arts and Technology, a position she has dedicated herself for over two decades. Abeda served as the longtime chair of Wagner’s science department and has written pioneering curricula for classes ranging from molecular biology to urban botany.

Outside the classroom, in her community of greater Jamaica, Queens, Abeda serves as a chaplain with the New York State Chaplain Task Force. As a certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor with the National Council for Behavioral Health, Abeda has brought the MHFA trainings to interfaith communities nationwide, including Union Theological Seminary in New York. Her work with American Muslim Health Professionals (AMPH) has taken her around the country from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL, where she taught at the Catholic Theological Union and the Chicago State University's College of Pharmacy.

Abeda is a strong advocate for family values, social justice and mental health, and she is committed to building resilient communities that are rooted in the wellbeing of all members including students, teachers, parents, neighbors and guardians.

Suggested Price Package: To be updated
Service Areas: Coaching, Leadership & Mentoring, Counselling: General & Pastoral, Interfaith Engagement, Visiting Mosques, Post Marriage Counselling, Pre-Marital Advice, Family Mediation
Suggested Price Package: To be updated
Key Areas of Expertise: Mental health training , Leadership training for teachers, Matchmaking
Vetting Level: Enhanced
DBS/CRB & Safeguarding:
DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service)/ CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)
Safeguarding Certificate
Professional Insurance
Testimonial: “The Mental Health First Aid training was a remarkable experience. As an educator, I am now more comfortable in assessing the needs of a student when unusual behaviors begin to arise and a student may seem “out of character”. In the field of education, we are often faced with students who deal with depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use, and eating disorders. With that said, I feel confident in being able to assist these students, not just their teacher, but as a guide to recover to a path of wellness. At the training, we were provided with a wealth of knowledge in being able to identify and aid to a mental health crisis by Ms. Abeda Khanam. The day’s session at Chicago State University was extremely interactive and full of collaboration. Ms. Khanam presented the necessary information in a manner that was clear to understand, comprehend, and absorb. Due to that, I am confident in being a first responder and implementing the ALGEE method in order to provide aid to those who suffer from mental health not just in my classroom, but in society. In addition, Ms. Khanam provided us with a plethora of resources to reference when dealing with a mental health crisis. I was taken back by the statistics presented in the class as well, and how predominant Mental Health is in our society today. It is extremely critical for people to obtain their Mental Health First Aid credentials. As CPR saves lives, this too can serve the same purpose.” Anwar Mustafa MHFA Participant, Chicago State University.
Testimonial: “It’s rare to come across a standout talent like Abeda Khanam. Leadership is a skill that often takes years to develop, but it seemed to come naturally to her. Her ability to command a room, juggle multiple tasks and make a difference is praise worthy. I was taught by Abeda my sophomore year of high school. She was one of the only teachers who truly prepared me for college and believed in each one of her students. All her students could acknowledge how hard she worked to prepare and teach each lesson. She genuinely cared for all of us while sharing her knowledge. Any student would be lucky to have her as a teacher or a mentor.” Bhavna Kapoor, MBA Credit Risk Analyst
Method: In-Person & Online
Marriage & Family Services:
Divorce Counselling
Family Mediation
Family: Child Minding
Marriage: Independent Wakeel
Post Marriage Counselling
Pre-Marital Advice
Support: Domestic Abuse
Counselling & Support:
Advice on Shariah Matters
Dream Interpretation
Certified Counselling
Counselling: General & Pastoral
Interfaith Engagement
New Muslims & Shahadah
Support: Addiction & Mental Health
Visiting Mosques
Visiting Prisons
Classes, Training & Services:
Al-Qur'an Studies - Memorization, Tajweed & others
Education - GCSE, SATS, IB, Homeschooling, etc
Arabic Language
Celebratory Services
Coaching, Leadership & Mentoring
Dietary, Fitness, Health & Nutrition
Friday Khutba
Islamic Studies & Halaqas
Islamic Art, Design & Architecture
Media Engagement & Public Speaking
Mosque Consultancy
Research & Translation
Sustainable Living
Seerah & Storytelling
Videography & Photography
Booking for an audience of:
Youth Boys
Youth Girls
Special Needs
Qualification, Studies and Certificates: New York State Biology Teacher Certification; National Certification for Adult Mental Health First Aid 2017; National Certification for Youth Mental Health First Aid 2017; New York State Field Chaplain Task Force Certification 2015
In Service Since (Year): 1997
Regular Locations: New York City, USA

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