Hiba Khatkhat is a continuing student in the Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She has been awarded the Anna Illuzzi Palano Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her continued contributions.

The scholarship was established in memory of the founding President otpf the Medaille College Alumni Association Board of Directors and is awarded to continuing students based on financial need, scholastic ability, personal initiative, and participation in school and community activities. 

Hiba has worked in various capacities as a mental health professional. She started by obtaining her undergraduate degree from Brock University, ON. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts (Honours) in Psychology. During this time she had been awarded an entrance scholarship to Brock as well.

Since then, Hiba has volunteered with various non-profit community agencies such as the Distress Centre of Niagara, Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre, Niagara Child and Youth Services, and many more.

She is currently employed by the Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara Branch as a team lead and case manager. She provides services to individuals with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, and individuals with chronic mental health issues such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), who have chronic suicidality. In serving those who are hard to serve, she continues to create a stronger and healthier community.

Hiba’s commitment to continue her education shows her dedication to the mental health profession. Most recently, she has been delivering specialized treatments such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for BPD. She is enriching her experience in delivering behavioral health services through her internship at Community Concern of Western New York.

She has also dedicated much of her work to bridge the gap between immigration and settlement services and mental health services in the Niagara Region. She is a public speaker on diversity and mental health related topics. She has delivered workshops to the Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program (ISAP), as well as, the Folks and Arts Centre in Niagara.

She will be representing Medaille College at the next Buffalo/Niagara chapter meeting for New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA). This will take place on November 7th 2015 , 10 am at the Reinstein Library Community Meeting Room, 2580 Harlem Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. During this meeting, she will discuss the systemic differences between the province of Ontario, Canada and New York State in the delivery of services and client care.

In recognition of her award she will be attending the Honors Convocation with other students today. The event will be held in the Events Arena on the Buffalo Campus at 7 pm.

  • : Michele Bauman

Posted by: Michele Bauman