Muslim Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care and Counselling – Level 1

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Muslim Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care and Counselling Level-1

About The Course

The course provides students with an opportunity to learn, understand and acquire the set of skills that are required for the role of a chaplain. The course uses a practical, spiritual and psychological approach, focused on key features of Muslim chaplaincy, covering a range of subjects that come handy in one’s career as a chaplain.

Course Team

Ustadh Kaushar Tai

(Management and Training Consultant at Aksaa Ltd,UK)

Shaykh Yunus Dudhwala

(Head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services, Barts Health NHS Trust, UK)

Professor Mike Gartland

(MSc. M.Ed. BA(Hons) Dip Psych. UKCP
Head of Pastoral & Spiritual Care,UK)

Maulana Hussain Muhit

(Prison Chaplain,UK)

Ustadh Uthman Jeewa

(Resident Imam, Sessional Prison Chaplain, UK)

Dr Muhammad Mansur Ali

(Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University, UK)

Alyas Karmani

(Psychologist, Chair of Sharing Voices, Bradford, UK)

Imam Idris Nawab

(Prison Service, N.H.S & Active Public Speaker, UK)

Imam Aslam Yusuf Seedat

(Muslim Chaplain, Prison service, UK)

Maulana Ilyas Dalal

(Prison and Hospital Chaplain and Head Teacher,UK)

Ustadhah Khadija Kholwadia

(Female Prison Chaplain, UK)


12 Live Online Sessions

Duration: 4 Months

Saturdays, 11:00AM - 1:00PM BST

Video Recordings Available


From £8.75/Month

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Starts on 13th February 2021

There will be no formal teaching sessions during Ramadan.

Course Fee:

(Considering the prevalent situation due to COVID-19, we are providing 50% scholarship on this Course)

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Registration deadline (Extended)

6th March 2021

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Course Instructors

Ustadh Kausar Tai

(Management and Training Consultant at Aksaa Ltd,UK)

Shaykh Yunus Dudhwala

(Head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services, Barts Health NHS Trust, UK)

Professor Mike Gartland

(MSc. M.Ed. BA(Hons) Dip Psych. UKCP Head of Pastoral & Spiritual Care,UK)

Dr Muhammad Mansur Ali

(Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University, UK)

Imam Idris Nawab

(Prison Service, N.H.S & Active Public Speaker, UK)

Maulana Hussain Muhit

(Prison Chaplain,UK)

Ustadh Uthman Jeewa

(Resident Imam, Sessional Prison Chaplain, UK)

Alyas Karmani

(Psychologist, Chair of Sharing Voices, Bradford, UK)

Imam Aslam Yusuf Seedat

(Muslim Chaplain, Prison service, UK)

Ustadhah Khadija Kholwadia

(Female Prison Chaplain, UK)

Maulana Ilyas Dalal

(Prison and Hospital Chaplain and Head Teacher,UK)

Main Modules

1.Introduction to Chaplaincy Work

  • Chaplaincy– Historical and Contemporary Perspective
  • Exploration of Models of Chaplaincy
  • Theological Approach to Chaplaincy
  • The Distinctive Contribution of Chaplaincy within Community
  • Multi-faith Approach to Chaplaincy
  • Spirituality, Suffering and Pain – How to address?
  • A Chaplain as Reflective Practitioner

2.Introduction to Muslim Chaplaincy

  • Theology of Chaplaincy
  • Islamic creed and Practices
  • Ethics: Religious and Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • Islamic Spiritual Care
  • Pastoral care in Islam
  • Core principles and Practices of Chaplaincy from Islamic Perspective
  • Key Challenges & Opportunities

3.Introduction to Prison Chaplaincy

  • The Criminal Justice System and Prison Chaplaincy, UK.
  • The Role and Contribution of a Muslim Prison Chaplain
  • Current England and Wales Prison Chaplaincy Service
  • The Changing Role of a Prison Chaplain
  • The Prison Chaplain – Key Challenges & Opportunities
  • Responding to Prisons
  • Understanding Thought Patterns and Negative Thinking
  • Spiritual Development – An Islamic Perspective

4.Introduction to Hospital Chaplaincy

  • Healthcare Chaplaincy– Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Muslim Chaplain– Key Roles
  • Working in NHS, UK
  • Social care and Healthcare Chaplaincy
  • Self-care and Reflection
  • Human Health and Biology
  • Study Skills

5.Advanced Spiritual Care for Patients

  • The Meaning and Practice of Islamic Spiritual Care
  • Spirituality and Religion in Healthcare
  • Spirituality, Suffering and Pain (in context)
  • Spiritual Care Assessment of patients’ needs and Provision of Care
  • Illness; Spiritual and Medical cure
  • Health Service, NHS UK
  • Palliative care and Marie Curie competencies (including end of life care for adult patients with learning difficulties)
  • Work Effectively in Trauma-informed Care
  • Children Chaplaincy
  • The Therapeutic relationship and boundaries

6.Islamic Grief & Bereavement Counselling

  • Provide Loss and Grief Support
  • Crisis Counselling
  • Stress Management
  • Shariah-compliant Wills, Inheritance and funeral rights and regulations in Islam and UK

7.Communication and Chaplaincy Counselling Skills

  • Methodology of Communication
  • Counselling Skills – Listening Skills
  • Islamic Therapeutic Communication
  • Essential Counselling Skills (CBT, listening skills, empathy etc)
  • Understanding Addiction Behaviour (Addiction Counselling)
  • Assertive Communication & Active Listening

8.Introduction to College/University Chaplaincy

  • Introduction to the Education System, UK
  • Chaplain in an Education System- Key Roles
  • Responding to Students

9.Interfaith Relations & Pastoral Care in a Multicultural Society

  • Theology of Chaplaincy
  • Multi-faith Approach to Chaplaincy
  • Interfaith Relations
  • Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Healthcare Chaplaincy
  • Ethical and Pastoral Care in Multicultural Society
  • Cross-cultural Communication in Healthcare Chaplaincy
  • Ethics: Religious and Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • Ethical Pastoral Care

10.Clients and Case Management – Practical Model (Part 1)

  • Work with Diverse People
  • Facilitate the Empowerment of Older People
  • Work with People with Mental health issues
  • Identify and Respond to Children and Youth at Risk
  • Engage Respectfully with the Youth
  • Respond to Client Needs
  • Dealing with Critical Situations
  • Use Communication to Build Relationships
  • Ethics and Confidentiality
  • Work Legally and Ethically

11.Clients and Case Management – Practical Model (Part 2)

  • Planning the Provision of Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • Providing Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • Reflecting on and Improve own Professional Practice
  • Developing, Facilitating and Reviewing all Aspects of Case Management
  • Analyzing Impact of Sociological Factors on Clients in Community, Work and Services
  • Developing Empathy in the Light of Sunnah

12.History of Muslims in Britain

  • Cultural Sensitivities – Ethnic Minorities in the UK and in the West
  • Social Issues and Finding Solutions

13. Woman, Islam and the UK

  • Marital Issues and Family Discord
  • Types of Divorce and Regulations in Islam
  • Key Issues
  • Key Opportunities

Course Overview

The course will provide an in-depth analysis of chaplaincy, spiritual advice and pastoral care from an Islamic perspective, by enriching learners with a clear understanding of the core principles and practices of chaplaincy from an Islamic perspective. The live teaching sessions will enable them to understand and engage with a broader cultural, sociological and political issues surrounding chaplaincy for Muslims in the contemporary world. The course will prepare them to deal with those in spiritual distress, situated in the various existing contexts such as Prison, universities, rehab centres, and hospitals. Highlighting the key aspects of spiritual development from the perspective of Islam, the course will cover multiple areas of Muslim chaplaincy such as Prison Chaplaincy, Hospital Chaplaincy, Education Chaplaincy and Mosque Chaplaincy. This enables you to providepersonal and spiritual advice and care in different situations and multicultural contexts. This course will help you examine the extent to which these principles of Muslim chaplaincy will find a place in the context of contemporary advanced spiritual care for imprisoned, medical patients, students, women and Muslims living in a multicultural environment.

The course will enlighten on the topics such as Grief & Bereavement Counselling, Crisis Counselling, Stress Management, Essential Counselling Skills including CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy), communication & listening skills and empathy; and Understanding Addiction Behaviour (Addiction Counselling), Understanding of Thought Patterns, Negative Thinking and the Role of a Chaplain in Prisons, Universities and the NHS, UK. The course will equip the students with the skills and knowledge that enable them to work effectively in trauma-informed care, deal with people suffering through mental health issues, provide loss and grief support, offer spiritual advice and care to elderly, young people, teenagers and women. It explores key aspects related to Muslim chaplaincy, with a practical and deep understanding of pastoral care in Islam. It will strengthen you with the skills required to address the present-day pastoral care challenges in the West, such as cultural sensitivities of ethnic minorities in the UK, social issues faced by Muslim living in the Western countries and multicultural societies. The course will also provide with the grasp of interfaith relations & pastoral care in a multicultural society, women and marital issues and an understanding of thought patterns, negative thinking, including a study of addiction behaviour.

The course will develop essential skills related to case management, including spiritual care assessment of patients' needs, and provision of care and analysing the impact of social factors on them. The course will also teach you to provide practical spiritual advice to the various types of distressed people such as students, imprisoned, patients and women.

Al Balagh Muslim Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care and Counselling - Level 1 is a distinctive and comprehensive online course that will enable students to learn how to practice chaplaincy in hospitals, prisons, universities, mosques and lead in community work. The level 1 course will prepare the students for level 2, which will be more intensive and focused on practical professional training.
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Course Objectives

The Objective Of This Course Is:

  • To develop an understanding of chaplaincy from both western and Islamic perspective with a clear insight of Islamic pastoral care.
  • To enrich with extensive mastery in hospital chaplaincy, prison chaplaincy, university chaplaincy, and mosque chaplaincy.
  • To enable an understanding of advanced spiritual care for patients, Islamic grief & bereavement counselling, Interfaith relations, & pastoral care in a multicultural society, cultural sensitivities through practical, spiritual and psychological approach.
  • To provide with a critical and context-based analysis of issues relating to chaplaincy and pastoral care in the Muslim communities around the world, with more focus on the issues faced by Muslims living in the Western countries and Multicultural societies.
  • To build the essential skills related to chaplaincy such as listening skills, communication skills, Islamic counselling skills, CBT, clients, and case management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon Completion Of This Course, The Students Will:

  • Gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills of Muslim chaplaincy and Islamic pastoral care.
  • Be able to understand the core areas of Muslim chaplain and its  application in various contexts such as Prison, Hospital, College and Mosque.
  • Be able to differentiate between the multiple concepts of conventional chaplaincy and Islamic chaplaincy and choose the best-suited method.
  • Be equipped with a clear insight of all facets of Muslim chaplaincy and Islamic spiritual care including, management of clients and cases, provision of effective spiritual care, plan and analyse.
  • Learn where and how a person would require specialist intervention and spiritual support.
  • Be able to work as a chaplain in Prisons, Hospitals, Education Institutions, Mosques and Community Centers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Al Balagh courses recognised or accredited?

Al Balagh courses do not provide an externally accredited or recognised qualification. Our own expert team works at the course content. With over 5000+ learners, we are continuously growing and our vision is to make Al Balagh qualifications renowned worldwide through our expert team, without seeking formal accreditation or recognition from external institutional bodies.

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.

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.

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.

Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?

We always encourage attending live sessions among students, but it is not compulsory for technical course progress of the students.

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.

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 have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?

You can discuss your doubts via Course WhatsApp Group dedicated for student discussion or access the Discussion Board on myAlBalagh. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared.

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.

How do I interact with my classmates?

You can interact with your classmates on our Whatsapp Group exclusive for the course students. Furthermore, you can use the Discussion Board to connect with other course students as well.

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 the “myAlBalagh” Online Student portal. What should I do?

In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately. Our dedicated support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.

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