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.

Islamic Psychology and Counselling – Level 1

Course Team

Professor Abdur Rasjid Skinner

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

Saeed Nasser

Integrative Counsellor

Aishah Kiran

BSc (Hons)

Dr Mahbub Khan

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

Abdul Hafeez Passwala

Herbalist & Raqi

Ansa Ahmed


Dr Majid Saleem

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Course Code ICP101
Al Balagh Credits 30
Duration: 10 Weeks
 Starting  Date: 11th January
Days:  Updated Soon
Live Session Timings:  Updated Soon


Effort: 2 – 5 Hours / Week
Program: Online Course
Prerequisite: None

Language  English
Mode:  Online (Live and Interactive )
Video Recordings: Yes ( Available within 48hrs After the Live Session )


Course Info

Course Starting Date:

 11th Jan 2020

Registration Deadline:

10th Jan 2020

Course Fee

Pay in Full – £59.99 

Pay in 4 Instalments – £15.00

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. 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
  • 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
  • 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?


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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

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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this online course structured?
Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre- recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. The learners can ask questions and get their doubts cleared if any. You can get support from our dedicated academic support team during live sessions and even after it, as needed.
Is it compulsory to attend LIVE sessions? Will it be count towards the progress of my course?
We always encourage attending LIVE sessions among students, but in any case you miss attending one of the sessions, then you can always access the recorded videos of the session (Yes, you will get access to the recorded video of every LIVE session you missed).
When will I have access to the online course material?
Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to myAlbalagh, our online learning portal, within 24 hours.
When will LIVE sessions be scheduled?
The Date, Day, and Time for each LIVE session will always be pre-scheduled. To know more about the schedule on live sessions, please, visit “myAlbalagh” and click on the tab “Schedule.” You will get complete details.
What if I am not able to attend LIVE sessions?
If in any case, you miss attending LIVE session, you can catch up by watching the video recordings later at your convenience. To get access to the video recordings, visit “myAlbalagh” and sign-in. You can get access to “myAlbalagh” through your laptop, desktop and ever your mobile.
What if I have questions to ask but can’t attend Live?
You can access the “discussion board” via “myAlbalagh” or through “whatsapp group” dedicated for student discussion. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared. Our support staff will mediate your queries back and forth to the course instructors.
How do I interact with my classmates?
You can use “Discussion Board” to get connected to other course learners as well. Furthermore, you can interact with your classmates on our “Whatsapp Group” exclusive for the course students.
How long will I have access to the online course?
You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected].
Are family/group discounts available?
Yes, we provide discounts for groups or families who are interested in joining our courses. Please, email us to get details on it.
I am having trouble signing into my private member portal. What should I do?
In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately. Our dedicated support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.

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Islamic Psychology & Counselling

     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.

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