Programme Description
This five-day programme introduces Western-trained mental health professionals, psychologists, psychotherapists, researchers and counsellors to the philosophy and methodology of psychology from an Islamic perspective. The course will present a faith-based theoretical understanding of mental health as well as suggesting practical ways of working with mentally distressed individuals. Those successfully completing the programme will be given a Certificate of Completion on Islamic Approaches to Psychology and Psychotherapy.

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The programme will be run by Professor Rasjid Skinner and Dr Abdallah Rothman, who will deliver teaching sessions each day, with evening talks by special guest lecturers including Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad.

Date: 5 – 10 April 2020

Location: Cambridge Muslim College, 14 St Paul’s Road, Cambridge CB1 2EZ

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.
  • Recognise the role of spirit possession and black magic with Muslim clients.
  • Describe Western approaches to therapy and their applicability to Muslims.
  • Apply Islamic psychological principles in diagnosis and treatment using case studies.