Islamic Psychology and Counselling – Level 1
Islamic Psychology and Counselling is an innovative course introduced by IHSAAN (A dedicated 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 fundamental understanding of multiple mental health difficulties and the psychological approach required to help people suffering through the same, within the Islamic framework. Furthermore, the course develops mentoring and counselling skills in participants and enables them to provide better spiritual and psychological support for the well-being of people in 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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Islamic Psychology and Counselling – Level 1
Professor Abdur Rasjid Skinner
Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
BA(Dunelm), MSc, FRAI, C Psychol, AFBPsS
|Al Balagh Credits||30|
|Starting Date:||11th January|
|Live Session Timings:||
|Effort:||2 – 5 Hours / Week|
|Mode:||Online (Live and Interactive )|
|Video Recordings:||Yes ( Available within 48hrs After the Live Session )|
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
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. Akhlaq the basis for the Islamic ethical framework, virtues and morality.
- The example of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH, the basis of our ethical framework of practice
- The 4 Pillars of Noble Manners
- The six C’s of a Muslim Character: Consciousness of Allah SWT, Compassion, Courage, Confidence, Consideration and Control.
- How to apply the development of Akhlaq in our work with people we help.
- How the Islamic framework forms the ethical foundation for our professional practice.
4. Counselling and listening skills: Active Listening and Empathy
- Active Listening
- Non-Verbal Communication
- Non-Judgemental/Unconditional positive regard within an Islamic framework
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
- Ruqyah from the Quran and Sunnah
- 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
- Role of psychological therapy in supporting marriage
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
10. Understanding Psychosis from an Islamic perspective
- Psychosis and Schizophrenia – critical debates
- The Medical model of understanding psychosis
- Understanding Psychosis from a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective
- Islamic beliefs and understanding Psychosis
- The Muslim service user perspective
- How can I support someone with Psychosis?
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.
- Introduction to Islamic Counselling & overview of Islamic Psychology
- Islamic Psychology: The Islamic Model of the Self
- How to work with clients within an Islamic Framework
- Counselling & Listening Skills; Active Listening & Empathy
- Anger Management
- Stress, Anxiety & Depression
- Jinn & Black Magic
- Marriage and Family Issues
- Pregnancy, Miscarriage & Postnatal Depression
Main 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
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.
counsellingskills within an Islamic framework in supporting people with psychological distress
- Understand the management of a wide variety of psychological difficulties including anger, anxiety,
anddepression from an Islamic Perspective Recognisethe 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,
counsellorsand 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.
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.