1st Al Balagh Academy

Online International Conference on

Islamic Psychology and Mental Health 2023

26th February 2023
9:00 AM – 7:15 PM GMT
Online Conference

For Health Care Professionals, Psychologists, Counsellors, Academics, Students, Muslim Scholars and all other interested parties and Health Bodies

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Awareness

To increase awareness of contemporary Islamic psychology, and mental health from the Islamic perspective, its challenges and proposed future direction.

Research and Intelligence

To promote and advance a multidisciplinary approach to research and intelligence in producers and more engagement with consumers of Islamic Psychology and Mental health in Muslims.

Network Support and Resources

To provide a forum and interpersonal contact between Practitioners, Islamic Scholars (Ulema) and other academics and bodies, in order to build a network of support and resource for the future.

Introduction

Why the conference?

The perspective of mainstream psychology does not acknowledge the spiritual nature of human beings and their connection to God. Recent years have witnessed a growing realization that religion has a substantial role to play in improving physical and mental health. In the fields of clinical psychology and psychiatry, many practitioners increasingly recognize the role of spirituality as an essential part of both the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Islamic psychology is one of the faster growing religion-based perspectives today, which acknowledges this spiritual connection. This perspective has also attracted the attention of Western psychologists.

Since the 1970s, there has been an exponential growth and awareness among Muslim psychologists regarding the importance of understanding and developing psychology from an Islamic viewpoint and its deep connection with mental health. Since then, the publications and debates have evolved in the form of a movement. This movement is known as Islamic psychology or Islamic perspective in psychology, which seeks to make psychology spiritually relevant. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage with world experts who are shaping this development.

How will I Benefit?

Muslim leaders, psychology practitioners, Imams, the public, and stakeholder bodies need to be equipped, not only to effectively navigate the world of contemporary Islamic psychology and its relevance to mental health, but to help others make sense of the importance and relevance of this growing movement, by gaining a good understanding of the rich Islamic tradition, its informed expert guidance and through this, gain an ability to present this work in a way which is impactful and useful for consumers i.e. Muslim public, health professionals and organisations.

#ABOUT

About The Conference

What will it Entail?

In our 1st International conference on Islamic Psychology and Mental Health, Al Balagh Academy will be presenting and exploring how Islam provides a sense of purpose and emotional fulfilment through attachment to God, how spirituality and religiosity are also associated with better mental health and how they have been identified as essential aspects of preventing and treating mental illness.

The conference will begin with opening speeches and a graduation ceremony celebrating the success of Al Balagh Academy’s course on Islamic psychology. It will then focus on contemporary thought, trends, practices and the future of Islamic Psychology and Mental Health. The day will be dedicated to exploring why there is a need to grow Islamic psychology, what are its foundations, how can it address the growing concerns of mental health, how you can become part of this movement, and finally the future of Islamic psychology and mental health services.

The day will be divided into the following segments: ...

Why Islamic Psychology?

This segment will explore the gaps and problems experienced in the western psychology model of treating mental health, its inability to address spiritual components of the patient and the role of Islamic psychology, its definition and its historical development. There will also be a presentation of how this science is growing, its future prospects and areas of development required in Islamic psychology in relation to mental health. The segment will end with a chaired panel discussion and opportunity for the audience to ask our expert panel relevant questions related to their topics.

What are the Foundations of Islamic psychology?

This second segment will explore the Islamic models of the self and how these models relate to mental health. There will also be a presentation on Islamic psychology, mental health and the paranormal. The segment will end with a chaired panel discussion and opportunity for the audience to ask our expert panel relevant questions related to their topics.

The Future of Islamic psychology and Mental Health Services

This third segment will explore Islamic psychology in current mental health practice, modern approaches to Islamic psychotherapy and its future prospects. There will also be a presentation on Imams and Islamic psychotherapy / counselling. The segment will end with a chaired panel discussion and opportunity for the audience to ask our expert panel relevant questions related to their topics.

#CAN I ATTEND

Who Should Attend?

The conference is intended to cater for psychology, counselling practitioners, academics and allied professionals and students, Muslim Scholars (Ulama) who feel the need for an opportunity to review and update their thinking about Islamic psychology and mental health-also for Muslim healthcare leaders, Muslim health organisations and Health bodies. All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the conference.

#AGENDA

Agenda Of The Day

The conference will begin with a graduation ceremony of all graduates of the Al Balagh Academy Islamic Psychology and Counselling course.

The day will then proceed with three segments of sets of presentations followed by their respective panel discussions. The first will focus on why Islamic Psychology , the second on the foundations of Islamic psychology and the third segment on the future of Islamic psychology and mental health services.

The day will close with closing remarks from guest speakers.

Al Balagh Academy

9.00 – 9.10

Welcome

Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid

Shaykh Dr Rafaqat Rashid

Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy, UK

09.10 – 09.45

Why Islamic Psychology is Needed

Dr Ismail Adam Patel

Prof Abdur Rashid Skinner

(Clinical Director. BA(Dunelm), MSc, FRAI, C Psychol, AFBPsS), UK

09.35 – 10.00 Introduction to Al Balagh Academy & Award Certificates
Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid

Shaykh Dr Rafaqat Rashid

Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy, UK

10.00 – 10.30

The Problem with Western Psychology

Ustadh Asadullah Ali Al-Andalusi

Dr. Nesip Mustafa Merter

Founder & President, Turkish Transpersonal Psychology &Psychiatry National Association, Turkey

10.30 – 11.00

What is Islamic Psychology – The Historical Context

Shaykh Hamza Wal Maqbul

Dr Muhammad Tahir Khalily

Professor, International Islamic University, Pakistan

11.00 – 11.30

Islamic Psychology – Its Growth and The Future

Ustadh Hamza Tzortzis

Seyed Jamaluddin Miri

Director, International Students of Islamic Psychology, Sweden

11.30 – 12.00

Panel Discussion

Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid
Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid
Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid
Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid
12.00 – 13.00

Dhuhr Salah Break + Lunch

13.00 – 13.30

Presentation – Islamic Models of Self

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Dr. Abdallah Rothman

MA, PhD Psychology, Principal, Cambridge Muslim College, Executive Director, International Association of Islamic Psychology

13.30 – 14.00

Presentation – Islam and Mental Health

Subboor Ahmad

Ziyad Serhan

CEO and lead instructor at educAID Australia

14.00 – 14.30

Presentation – Islamic Psychology and the Paranormal

Ustadh Safaruk Chowhary

Prof Abdur Rashid Skinner

(Clinical Director. BA(Dunelm), MSc, FRAI, C Psychol, AFBPsS), UK

14.30 – 15.00

Panel Discussion

Dr. Shoaib Malik
Dr. Shoaib Malik
Dr. Shoaib Malik
Dr. Shoaib Malik

15.00 – 15.30

Keynote Speech – Principles of Islamic Psychotherapy

Ustadh Ovamir Anjum

Dr. Hooman Keshavarzi

Founding director, Khalil Center, US

15.30 – 16.00 

Presentation – Islamic Psychology in Current Mental Health Practice

Ustadah Zara Faris

Dr Haleh Banani

Faith-based counsellor & mental health professional, US

16.00 – 16.30

Asr Salah Break

16.30 – 17.00

Presentation – Modern Clinical Islamic Psychotherapy – The Future

Hijabi

Dr. Tarek Younis

Senior Lecturer, Psychology at Middlesex University, UK

17.00 – 17.30 

Presentation – Imams and Islamic Psychotherapy/ Counselling

Ustadh Abdullah Al Andalusi

Shaykh Bilal Ali Ansari

Chair, Department of Hadith, Chair, Academic Advisory Committe, USA

17.45 – 18.00

Maghrib Salah Break

18.00 – 18.30 

Panel Discussion

Dr. Shoaib Malik
Dr. Shoaib Malik
Dr. Shoaib Malik
Dr. Shoaib Malik

18.30 – 17.00 

Importance of Training Islamic Psychologists

Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

Prof Ghulam Rassool

(Director of Studies, Department of Islamic Psychology, Psychotherapy & Counselling), UK

19.00 – 19.15 

Closing Remarks – Thanks and Close

Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid

Shaykh Dr Rafaqat Rashid

Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy, UK

Reserve Your Place

STANDARD-PASS

£9.99

Live Access Only
  • Q&A session with speakers
  • Online Networking
  • Digital Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to Presentation Slides
  • Access to Recorded Video Sessions(HD)
  • Free Enrolment in  Islamic Marriage Counselling / Mental Health Online Course

STANDARD PLUS-PASS

£19.99

Live Access + Recordings
  • Q&A session with speakers
  • Online Networking
  • Digital Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to Presentation Slides
  • Access to Recorded Video Sessions(HD)
  • Free Enrolment in Islamic Marriage Counselling / Mental Health Online Course

PREMIUM-PASS

£59.99

Live Access + Recordings + Course Access
  • Q&A session with speakers
  • Online Networking
  • Digital Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to Presentation Slides
  • Access to Recorded Video Sessions(HD)
  • Free Enrolment in Islamic Marriage Counselling / Mental Health Online Course
LISTEN TO THE

Event Speakers

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Prof Ghulam Rassool

(Director of Studies, Department of Islamic Psychology, Psychotherapy & Counselling), UK

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Prof Abdur Rashid Skinner

(Clinical Director. BA(Dunelm), MSc, FRAI, C Psychol, AFBPsS), UK

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Dr. Nesip Mustafa Merter

Founder & President, Turkish Transpersonal Psychology &Psychiatry National Association, Turkey

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Shaykh Dr Rafaqat Rashid

Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy,
UK

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Dr Tarek Younis

Senior Lecturer, Psychology at Middlesex University, UK

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Dr. Hooman Keshavarzi

Founding director, Khalil Center, US

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Dr Fahad Khan

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, US

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Shaykh Dr Mahbub Khan

Principal Clinical Psychologist, UK

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Dr Haleh Banani

Faith-based counsellor & mental health professional

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Shaykh Bilal Ali Ansari

Chair, Department of Hadith, Chair, Academic Advisory Committe, USA

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Ziyad Serhan

CEO and lead instructor at educAID Australia

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Dr Muhammad Tahir Khalily

Professor, International Islamic University, Pakistan

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Seyed Jamaluddin Miri

Director, International Students of Islamic Psychology, Sweden

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Dr Abdullah Rothman

MA, PhD Psychology, Principal, Cambridge Muslim College, Executive Director, International Association of Islamic Psychology

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