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Counselling from an Islamic Theoretical Orientation Certificate Program

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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 Friday, 26 July to Tuesday, 30 July 2019. 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.

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

  • Programme Completion Certificate


$750 fee includes tuition, lunch and refreshments.


Recommended hotel is Courtyard Marriot

Special daily rates for the programme is:

  • ₺350 for single room
  • ₺400 for double room
    Prices include buffet breakfast.
    There will be shuttle busses from and to the university.

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: Daily Trip to Edirne City

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

  • 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

Apply now! Islamic Psychology 2018/19
Application deadline
Jul 1, 2019 23:59
Europe/Istanbul time
Studies commence
Jul 26, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States