Islamic Psychology and Counselling  – Level 1

     Islamic Psychology  and Counselling is a new innovative course introduced by IHSAAN ( A specialised Islamic Psychological Therapy Service). It is a comprehensive course on a faith-based theoretical understanding of Human Psychology from the perspective of Islam.

      Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of a wide variety of mental health difficulties and the psychological approach required to help people within an Islamic framework. The course also focuses on developing the mentoring and counselling skills of participants to enable delegates to better support the spiritual and psychological well-being of the people in our diverse communities. The course will be tutored by leading Muslim Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors from IHSAAN. IHSAAN is a certified clinic of the International Association of Islamic Psychology.

Note: Please note that this course is not part of a professional training programme to become a psychological therapist. Please check in your relevant country the method by which one can become a psychological therapist. This course is aimed at developing mental health awareness and generic counselling skills in the wider community to better meet the needs of our diverse Muslim communities.

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Course Team

Professor Abdur Rasjid Skinner

Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
BA(Dunelm), MSc, FRAI, C Psychol, AFBPsS

Dr Mahbub Khan

Principal Clinical Psychologist.
BSc (Hons), PGCE, PG Cert, D Clin Psy (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology),
C Psychol, AFBPsS

Uzma Khan

TA Psychotherapy Practitioner
BSc (Hons), Dip TA

Aishah Kiran

BSc (Hons)

Zahir Daji

Dip Counselling

Ansa Ahmed

BSc (Hons) Dip Counselling

Duration:10 Weeks
Effort:2 to 5 hours per Week
Price:From £16.66 per month.
Program:Islamic Psychology and Counselling
Level: Level - 1
Prerequisite: None
Mode:Online (Live and Interactive)
Video Recordings:Yes
Online Learning Material: Yes

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Course Info

Course Starting Date:

 9th Feb 2019

Registrations Deadline:

8th Feb 2019

Course Fee

Pay in Full – £49.99 (Before 20th Jan)

Pay in Full – £59.99 (After 20th Jan)

Pay in 3 Instalments – £16.66

Add-On (Optional)

Digital Certificate: Free

Printed Certificate: £10

AlBalagh Scholarship is available for learners who cannot afford the fee.

Course Features

Duration – 10 Weeks


Professional Admin and IT Support





Live Sessions Every Saturday (2-4 PM GMT)

9 Live Sessions (One / Week)


Online Assessments (Optional)

24 / 7 Access to Video Recordings and Online Learning Materials



Live Q & A


Main Modules 

1. Introduction to the Course and an Overview of Islamic Psychology and Counselling

  • Distinguishing between the Western and Islamic Paradigms of Psychology
  • The origins of Islamic Psychology
  • Identify therapeutic aims and objectives of Islamic Psychology/Counselling
  • Describing the therapeutic relationship from an Islamic perspective

2. Islamic Psychology: The Islamic Model of the Self

  • Key concepts in relation to the Islamic Model of the Self
  • Key dynamics and shifts in the soul
  • The art of diagnosis from an Islamic Perspective

3. How to work with people within an Islamic Framework

  • Role of the therapist
  • Applying Islamic psychological principles in diagnosis and treatment using case studies
  • How practitioners can gain a better awareness and further clinical insight on how to work within an Islamic framework
  • How to form a therapy treatment plan while working with clients
  • How to provide practical support and signposting opportunities for practitioners working with clients and the community Muslim and Non-Muslim.

4. Counselling and listening skills: Active Listening and Empathy

  • Active Listening
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Non-Judgemental/Unconditional positive regard within an Islamic framework
  • Empathy
  • Mirroring
  • Paraphrasing
  • Reflection/Summaries

5. Anger Management

  • Understanding Anger within an Islamic model of the self
  • Anger Management from the Sunnah/Coping strategies
  • Underlying Reasons for Anger
  • Understanding the Cycle of Arousal
  • Early intervention using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Understanding when Formal Therapeutic Interventions are required
  • Implementing a Mentorship Programme in Schools and Madrasas.

6. Stress, Anxiety and Depression

  • Understanding Stress, Anxiety and Depression from an Islamic perspective
  • Understanding difficulties in the context of our meaning and purpose in life
  • The Impact of the Environment and Society
  • Sleep, Diet and Exercise
  • Technology and our Mental Health
  • The role of Salah, Dhikr and Religious Practice
  • How to be a supportive friend?
  • Formal Therapeutic Interventions

7. Jinn and Black magic

  • Role of Jinn and Black Magic in contributing to Psychological Distress
  • Impact of Culture
  • Protection from Jinn and Black Magic
  • Therapy with the Unseen: Case studies

8. Marriage and Family Issues

  • The Islamic view on Marriage
  • Marriage in a sexualised society
  • Rights and responsibilities of the husband and wife
  • Changing perceptions in relation to married life
  • Culture: East meets West
  • Challenges of parenting in the modern world
  • Managing conflicts within families

9. Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Postnatal Depression

  • The hope of pregnancy
  • The blessings during pregnancy
  • Key concepts in the Islamic tradition as tools
  • Miscarriage and the different types
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement of infant loss


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Course overview

     The Islamic Psychology and Counselling course has been designed by leading Muslim Psychological Therapists who have a keen understanding of the primary psychological challenges faced by our diverse Muslim Communities.

     The course covers the following topics that will enable one to develop a comprehensive understanding of the mental health challenges faced by the Muslim community, from an Islamic perspective.

  1. Introduction to Islamic Counselling & overview of Islamic Psychology
  2. Islamic Psychology: The Islamic Model of the Self
  3. How to work with clients within an Islamic Framework
  4. Counselling & Listening Skills; Active Listening & Empathy
  5. Anger Management
  6. Stress, Anxiety & Depression
  7. Jinn & Black Magic
  8. Marriage and Family Issues
  9. Pregnancy, Miscarriage & Postnatal Depression

Course Aims and Objectives

     The course aims to provide an introduction to Islamic Psychology and an understanding of a wide variety of psychological difficulties within an Islamic framework. The course aims to support the development of skills in the wider Muslim community to enable the adequate provision of support to individuals in psychological distress. The course will help orientate to the philosophy and methodology of psychology from an Islamic perspective. The course will present a faith-based theoretical understanding of psychological well-being and support the development of good counselling skills in the community. Furthermore, it will suggest practical ways of working with mentally distressed individuals and help understand where a specialist referral may be required.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the Islamic model of the self.
  • Distinguish culturally relative factors from universal factors in Western Psychology.
  • Describe the therapeutic relationship from an Islamic perspective.
  • Develop counselling skills within an Islamic framework in supporting people with psychological distress
  • Understand the management of a wide variety of psychological difficulties including anger, anxiety and depression from an Islamic Perspective
  • Recognise the role of Jinn disturbance and black magic in relation to psychological distress
  • Understanding Islamic psychological principles in helping those in distress, using case studies.
  • To provide a forum and interpersonal contact between the Muslim public, Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and Muslim Scholars (Ulamaa) and other expert academics, in order to build a network of support and resource for the future.

Course Content and Format

    The Islamic Counselling and Psychology Level 1 course is designed for professionals and non-professionals who support people to maintain their spiritual and psychological well-being in the community. This initial course at Level 1 will hence assume limited prior knowledge about the topics discussed. Hence the course is for anyone who is looking forward to developing their skills and knowledge in psychologically supporting people in the community from an Islamic perspective. The course is suitable for a wide variety of people including Ulama, Imams, teachers, community workers, support workers, youth workers and psychological therapists.

     It is envisaged following the completion and review of the Level 1 course, Level 2 and 3 courses will be developed to meet the needs of the delegates in developing their knowledge and skills. Furthermore, Level 2 and 3 courses will be more suited for professional psychological therapists, with in-depth theoretical discussions and greater exploration of complex case studies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unique course, the students will:

  • Gain knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to become better informed about Islamic Psychology and psychological distress within an Islamic framework.
  • Develop skills in working with those in distress within an Islamic framework.
  • Understand where people may require specialist intervention and support.
  • Have the opportunity to discuss challenging questions with a team who have a wide range of expertise in the field.

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