‘Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy’ published
Published by America’s Templeton Publication, ‘Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy, Uniting Faith and Professional Practice’ is the title for the latest book by a group of Iranian authors and researchers which discusses application of spirituality and religions in psychotherapy, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
Publish date : Tuesday 4 September 2018 12:41
The contributors discuss a wide range of topics, such as how Islam can be viewed as a system for psychological wellbeing, or a “science of the soul”; what marital counseling can look like from an Islamically-integrated perspective; Prophet Mohammed as a psycho-spiritual exemplar in a new approach called The HEART Method; the use of Quranic stories in family therapy; as well as using Islamic teachings when working with Muslim children and adolescents.
A description of the various approaches is supplemented with discussions of their theoretical underpinnings as well as research-based recommendations for advancing clinical application. What emerges is a vital resource for Muslim and non-Muslim clinicians alike as well as the lay Muslim reader wanting to know more about how the Islamic faith and psychotherapy are engaging with each other in a modern clinical context.
The book comes in 9 chapters among them: Utilization of Islamic Principles in Martial Counseling, the HEART Method: Healthy Emotions Anchored in RasoolAllah’s Teachings: Cognitive Therapy Using Prophet Mohammad as a Psycho-Spiritual Exemplar, Family Therapy and the Use of Qur’anic Stories and also Integrating Dua Arafa and other Shiite Teachings in Psychotherapy.
Part of the book on Psychology of Religion and Spirituality reads,” Despite a somewhat antagonistis history, religion and spirituality have still always had some sort of presence in Western psychology” and continues,” In the last forty years, there has been a growing and now considerable presence of scholarship in the domain referred to as the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (PRS), but unless one is familiar with or engaged in this subfield, it sometimes goes unaccounted for in the mainstream discourse and literature, Division 36 of APA, the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, was formally established in 1976, although it started off in 1946 as the American Catholic Psychological Association.”
‘Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy, Uniting Faith and Professional Practice’ is edited by Carrie York Al-Karam with nine chapters written by a group of authors and researchers including Layla Asamarai, Seyyed Mohsen Fatemi, Afshana Haque and Paul M. Laplick among many others.