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UK Certificate One Course

Islamic Approaches to Psychology

and Psychotherapy

November 16-20, 2019

West Bromwich, UK


Rasjid Skinner will be lead instructor

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 Cambridge Muslim College (CMC) and the International Association of Islamic Psychology (IAIP).

The programme will take place in the Midlands in the UK and will be led by Professor Rasjid Skinner. Abdallah Rothman will present via video lecture and video conference sessions. Guest lecturers include Shaykh Saeed Nasser, Imam Shanawaz Haque and Dr. Rabia Malik. Course material will be delivered in a combination of lecture, discussion, and experiential learning. 

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:
Professor Rasjid Skinner
Professor Abdallah Rothman

and guest lecturers

  • Programme Completion Certificate

£300 Tuition fee for the 5-day course 


Meals and refreshments provided.
Nearest station: Sandwell & Dudley Train Station.
Nearest accommodation: Travelodge West Bromwich hotel (currently costs approx £30 per night).

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


*Abdallah Rothman will present via video

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