Islamic Psychology  and Counselling  – Level 1

Note: This course is not part of a professional training programme to become a psychological therapist. Please check the qualification required for one to become a psychological therapist in your respective countries. This course aims at developing mental health awareness and general counselling skills in the wider community for better understanding about the needs of our diverse Muslim communities.

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Islamic Psychology and Counselling – Level 1

About the Course

Al Balagh is offering Islamic Psychology and Counselling innovative online course in collaboration with IHSAAN (A dedicated Islamic Psychological Therapy Service). It is a comprehensive course on a faith-based theoretical understanding of Human Psychology from the perspective of Islam.

Students will develop a fundamental understanding of multiple mental health difficulties and the psychological approach required to help people suffering through the same, within the Islamic framework. Furthermore, the course develops mentoring and counselling skills among students and enables them to provide better spiritual and psychological support for the well-being of people in diverse communities. The course will be taught by leading Muslim Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors from IHSAAN. IHSAAN is a certified clinic of the International Association of Islamic Psychology.

Course Lecturers

Professor Abdur Rasjid Skinner

(Consultant Clinical Psychologist. BA(Dunelm), MSc, FRAI, C Psychol, AFBPsS)

Saeed Nasser

(Integrative Counsellor)

Aishah Kiran

(Counsellor, BSc (Hons))

Dr Mahbub Khan

(Principal Clinical Psychologist, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, C Psychol, AFBPsS)

Abdul Hafeez Passwala

(Herbalist & Raaqi)

Ansa Ahmed


Dr Majid Saleem

(Principal Clinical Psychologist)


12 Live Sessions

Duration: 4 Months

Sundays | 5 - 7 PM BST

Video Recordings Available

Mobile App

Live Q&A


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Starts on 9th January 2021

Course Fee

Pay in Full: £69.99 £49.99

(Due to COVID-19, we are providing a 30% scholarship on this course)

Pay in 4 Installments:£12.50

Registration Deadline

8th January 2021 


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Main Modules 

1. Introduction to the Course

  • Overview of Islamic Psychology and Counselling
  • Distinguishing between the Western and Islamic Paradigms of Psychology
  • The origins of Islamic Psychology
  • Identify therapeutic aims and objectives of Islamic Psychology/Counselling
  • Describing the therapeutic relationship from an Islamic perspective

2. Islamic Psychology

  • The Islamic Model of the Self
  • Key dynamics and shifts in the soul
  • The art of diagnosis from an Islamic Perspective

3. Akhlaq: The basis of Islamic ethical framework, virtues and morality

  • The example of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH: The basis of our ethical framework of practice
  • The 4 Pillars of Noble Manners
  • The six C’s of a Muslim Character: Consciousness of Allah SWT, Compassion, Courage, Confidence, Consideration and Control
  • How to practice Akhlaq in our work with people
  • How the Islamic framework forms an ethical foundation for our professional practice

4. Counselling and listening skills: Active Listening and Empathy

  • Active Listening
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Non-Judgmental/Unconditional positive regard within an Islamic framework
  • Empathy
  • Mirroring
  • Paraphrasing
  • Reflection/Summaries

5. Anger Management

  • Understanding Anger via Islamic model of the Self
  • Anger Management/Coping strategies from the Sunnah
  • Underlying Reasons for Anger
  • Understanding the Cycle of trigger
  • Early intervention using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • When Formal Therapeutic Interventions are required
  • Implementing Mentorship Programme in Schools and Madrasas.

6. Stress, Anxiety and Depression

  • Stress, Anxiety and Depression from an Islamic perspective
  • Difficulties in the context of our meaning and purpose in life
  • The Impact of the Environment and Society
  • Sleep, Diet and Exercise
  • Technology and our Mental Health
  • The role of Salah, Dhikr and Religious Practice
  • How to be a supportive friend?
  • Formal Therapeutic Interventions

7. Jinn and Black magic

  • Role of Jinn and Black Magic in Psychological Distress
  • Impact of Culture
  • Protection from Jinn and Black Magic
  • Ruqyah from the Qur’an and Sunnah
  • Therapy with the Unseen: Case studies

8. Marriage and Family Issues

  • The Islamic view on Marriage
  • Marriage in a sexualised society
  • Rights and responsibilities of the husband and wife
  • Changing perceptions in relation to married life
  • Culture: East meets West
  • Role of psychological therapy in healthy marriage

9. Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Postnatal Depression

  • The hope of pregnancy
  • The blessings during pregnancy
  • Key concepts in the Islamic tradition as tools
  • Miscarriage and its types
  • Grief and Bereavement of infant loss

10. Psychosis from an Islamic perspective

  • Psychosis and Schizophrenia – Critical Debates
  • The Medical Model of Psychosis
  • Understanding Psychosis from a bio-psychosocial & spiritual perspective
  • Islamic Beliefs and Understanding Psychosis
  • The Muslim Service:  User Perspective
  • How can I support someone with Psychosis?

Course Overview

The Islamic Psychology and Counselling course has been designed by leading Muslim Psychological Therapists who have a keen understanding of the primary psychological challenges faced by our diverse Muslim Communities. The course covers the following topics that will enable one to develop a comprehensive understanding of the mental health challenges faced by the Muslim community from an Islamic perspective.


  • Introduction to Islamic Counselling & Overview of Islamic Psychology
  • Islamic Psychology: The Islamic Model of Self
  • How to Work With Clients Within an Islamic Framework
  • Counselling & Listening Skills; Active Listening & Empathy
  • Anger Management
  • Stress, Anxiety & Depression
  • Jinn & Black Magic
  • Marriage and Family Issues
  • Pregnancy, Miscarriage & Postpartum Depression
  • The course aims to provide an introduction to Islamic Psychology and an understanding of a wide variety of psychological difficulties within an Islamic framework. The course aims to support the development of skills in the wider Muslim community to enable the adequate provision of support to individuals in psychological distress. The course will help orientate to the philosophy and methodology of psychology from an Islamic perspective. The course will present a faith-based theoretical understanding of psychological well-being and support the development of good counselling skills in the community. Furthermore, it will suggest practical ways of working with mentally distressed individuals and help understand where a specialist referral may be required.

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Main Aims and Objectives

The key aims and objectives of the course are to:

  • Identify and describe the Islamic model of the Self.
  • Distinguish culturally relative factors from universal factors in Western Psychology.
  • Describe the therapeutic relationship from an Islamic perspective.
  • Develop counselling skills within an Islamic framework in supporting people with psychological distress
  • Recognise the role of Jinn disturbance and black magic in relation to psychological distress
  • Understand Islamic psychological principles in helping those in distress, using case studies.
  • A forum and interpersonal contact between the Muslim public, Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and Muslim Scholars (Ulamaa) and other expert academics, in order to build a network of support and resource for the future.



Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unique course, the students will:

  • Become better informed about Islamic Psychology and psychological distress within an Islamic framework with theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
  • Understand where people require specialist intervention and support.
  • Get the opportunity to discuss challenging questions with a team of Psychology experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this online course structured?
Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. Students may ask questions and get their doubts cleared from their respective lecturers, if any. Our dedicated academic support team will assist you as required.
Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?
We always encourage attending live sessions among students, but it is by no means compulsory for technical course progress of the students.
I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?
You can access the Discussion board on myAlbalagh or discuss via Course WhatsApp Group dedicated for student discussion. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared. Our support staff will mediate your queries back and forth to the course instructors.
When will the final exam be held?
The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a graded and timed exam.



Will I get notification for live sessions?
All students will receive notification for their course live sessions via email and/or course WhatsApp group. You may also check the Course Schedule tab on your dashboard after logging in on our website or Mobile App.
Can I download the recordings and watch it offline?
You can download recordings and PPT of the course sessions from the MyAlBalagh mobile App for all the enrolled courses.The recordings will be available for students after 48 hours of the live session.
Do I get marks for watching course recordings and presentations?
There are no additional marks for watching the course recordings. Only the module Assessments and the final exam add up to the final score.You can check the individual scores of your Assessments under the Progress tab of MyAlBalagh.
I missed a live session. Can I get the video recordings?
If you are unable to attend a live session or have missed it, you can view recorded sessions on your course dashboard. You can access all the completed Recordings, PPT and assessments anytime.



How do I interact with my classmates?
You can use the Discussion Board to connect with other course students as well. Furthermore, you can interact with your classmates on our Whatsapp Group exclusive for the course students.
How long will I have access to the online course?
You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected]
I am facing trouble signing into my private member portal. What should I do?
In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately. Our student support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.



Does Al Balagh Academy issue certificates?
Yes. Al Balagh is a UK based NGO Academy issuing our Academy certificates for all our courses, with an exception of a few university accredited courses.



When will the final exam be held?
The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a graded and timed exam.



What is the eligibility criteria for Scholarship?
Please visit our scholarship page for more details. (Hyperlink AlBalagh Scholarship page)

If you are still facing issues, kindly contact our helpdesk team at [email protected]
Download MyAlBalagh mobile app from Playstore or Appstore to play or download (for offline viewing) all the completed recordings and PPT.


When will I have access to the online course material?
Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to myAlbalagh (our online learning portal) within 24 hours.

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Islamic Psychology & Counselling - Level 1

     Islamic Psychology and Counselling is an innovative course introduced by IHSAAN (A dedicated Islamic Psychological Therapy Service). It is a comprehensive course on a faith-based theoretical understanding of Human Psychology from the perspective of Islam.

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