This course is an introduction to the mainstream western theories and principles of counseling psychology. Theoretical approaches to the counseling process will be presented with examples of its clinical application. These western paradigms will be evaluated for its congruence with Islamic beliefs and tradition. Islamic concepts and ideas will be presented in an attempt to integrate these theories into the process of counseling. These will include reference to the Islamic scholarly tradition of healing.
- Encourage critical thinking and instill the motivation for personal study in the area of counseling psychology from the Quran and Sunnah.
- Introduce the western theories of counseling, while distilling this information through an Islamic filter so as to facilitate an enhanced integrative learning process.
- Introduce Islamic ideas of counseling towards a synthesis of western and Islamic approaches of the topic at hand.
- Emphasize and transfer theory into practical application (non-clinical), both personally (self-awareness) and communally.
- Understand the components that contribute to psychopathology and health.
A. Required Text:
- Corey, G. (2009). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (8th edition). Belmont, CA: Thomson Corporation.