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Counselling from an Islamic Theoretical Orientation Certificate Program


Programme Description

The five-day programme introduces the philosophy and methodology of psychology and counselling from an Islamic perspective to mental health professionals and interested students. The course will present a theoretical understanding of mental health based on Islamic paradigm as well as suggest practical ways of working with mentally distressed individuals. Those who successfully complete the programme will be rewarded with a Certificate in Counseling from an Islamic Theoretical Orientation, presented by both IZU and the International Association of Islamic Psychology (IAIP).

The programme will take place from Monday, 23 July to Friday, 27 July 2018. The course will be led by instructors Professor Malik Badri, Professor Rasjid Skinner, and Abdallah Rothman who will deliver the material in a combination of lecture, discussion, experiential learning, and some evening dialogue sessions. In addition to the sessions that will take place at IZU Campus there will be a full-day field trip to Edirne to visit the Ottoman Dar al Shifa at the Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum. There will also be a one-day optional trip around Istanbul on Saturday July 28, as an ending to the programme.

Programme Objectives
By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
● Distinguish culturally relative factors from universal factors in Western psychology.
● Identify and describe Islamic models of the self.
● Describe the therapeutic relationship from an Islamic perspective.
● Identify therapeutic aims and objectives of Islamic psychology/counselling.
● Identify a range of Islamic perspectives on mental health diagnosis.
● Describe Western approaches to therapy and their applicability to Muslims.
● Apply Islamic psychological principles in diagnosis and treatment using case studies.

The program includes:

  • 40 hours of lectures by:
    • Prof. Dr. Malik BADRI
    • Professor Rasjid SKINNER
    • Abdallah Rothman

  • Field trip to Edirne City on 25 July, Wednesday
  • Programme Completion Certificate

Fees and Packages

$750 Tuition fee including Edirne field trip
$1000 Includes tuition, Edirne field trip, accommodation and dining

Note: Optional Istanbul City trip on 28 July, September is not included in any of the packages.

Programme structure

  • Day 1: The History and Philosophy of Western Psychology

Origins of Psychology as a Discipline
Western Influence on Psychology as a Secular ‘Science’
The Cultural Niche of Western Psychology

  • Day 2: Defining Islamic Psychology

Differentiating between Islamic and Western psychology
The Islamic Paradigm/Worldview
The Role of Qur’an and Sunnah in guiding Muslims
Classical Sources of Islamic Psychology
Types of Approaches to Islamic Psychology
Why Islamic Psychologies Now?

  • Day 3: Islamic Psychology: A historical perspective

Tour of Ottoman Health Museum
Islamic Conceptions of Health & Healing
Use of music therapy, architecture and aromatherapy in Ottoman mental health practices
Location: Edirne

  • Day 4: An Islamic Model of the Self

An Islamic Model of the Self
Key Constituents of the Model
Dynamics of the Model in Applied Psychology
An Islamic understanding of mental health and ill health
Diagnosis: Distinguishing between different states

  • Day 5: Diagnosis and Treatment

Therapeutic Principles
Therapeutic Issues
Role of the Therapist
The Toxic and the Useful in Western Therapies
Practical Clinical Applications of Islamic Approaches
Clinical Case Studies
Synthesis of Learning & Next Steps
Presentation of Certificates

  • Day 6: Istanbul City Tour (Optional)
    Location: Ottoman Military Museum; Istanbul

Kahvalti (traditional Turkish breakfast) at Mihri Restaurant
Topkapi Palace Holy Relics Room
Dhuhr prayer at Blue Mosque
Tour of Istanbul Military Museum
Mehter Band Performance ‘Discussion of use of music therapy in Ottoman civilization’
Night out in Istanbul

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Application deadline
Jun 20, 2019 23:59
Europe/Istanbul time

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: Turkey