Programme Description
This five-day programme is the International Association of Islamic Psychology (IAIP) level two certificate course for those who have completed either the CMC intro course ‘Islamic Approaches to Psychology and Psychotherapy‘ or another IAIP Certificate One course. This experiential training course goes beyond introduction to theory and concepts and contextualizes frameworks of Islamic Psychology within the therapeutic encounter. The course is designed for Western-trained mental health professionals, psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors to re-orient their clinical practice to be more aligned with an Islamic paradigm of health and healing and to be introduced to clinical applications.

Participants will learn how to include the soul in assessment and diagnosis and to use the Islamic conception of ‘diseases of the heart’ as a practical, clinical model. Those successfully completing the programme will be given a Certificate of Achievement on Practical Applications of Islamic Psychology and Psychotherapy.

The programme will run from 14 – 19 April 2019. The programme will be run by Abdallah Rothman, Dr Elham Abubakr and Professor Rasjid Skinner, who will lead teaching sessions, small break-out groups, and demonstrations each day, with contributing instructors:  Hakim Archuletta (via Skype), Shahnawaz Haque, Dr Rabia Malik, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, and Saeed Nasser.

Programme Objectives

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Identify clinical implications of Islamic models of the self.
  • Describe the fundamentals of assessing and diagnosing diseases of the heart.
  • Describe the therapeutic impact of the state of the therapists own heart.
  • Identify a range of interventions for each level of the soul (nafs, qalb, aql, ruh).
  • Identify a range of therapeutic techniques for removing blocks on the spiritual heart.
  • Recognise the distinction between spirit possession and black magic and spiritual bypassing.
  • Describe ways of integrating useful Western techniques with Islamically based concepts.
  • Apply Islamic psychotherapeutic approaches to treatment using case studies and role play.


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