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Istanbul Certificate One Course

Counseling from an Islamic Theoretical Orientation Certificate Program

July 26-30, 2019

Istanbul, Turkey


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Program 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 IZUand the International Association of Islamic Psychology (IAIP).

The programme will take place during Summer of 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 there will be a full-day field trip to Edirne to visit the Ottoman Dar al Shifa at the Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum, where mentally ill patients used to be treated with music aroma and architectural therapy. There will also be a one-day optional trip around Istanbul as an ending to the programme.

Program 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.

Program Details

•    40 hours of lectures by:

Prof. Dr. Malik BADRI
Professor Rasjid SKINNER
Abdallah Rothman


  • Field trip to Edirne City

  • Programme Completion Certificate

Fees and Packages
$750 Tuition fee including Edirne field trip 


Recommended hotel is Courtyard Marriot

Special daily rates for the programme is: 

  • ₺350 for single room

  • ₺400 for double room

Program Structure

Day 1: The History and Philosophy of Western Psychology

  • Introduction

  • 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

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


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