Islamic Counselling Certificate

The Islamic Family Institute offers a 2-year certification in Islamic Psychology and Counselling. This comprehensive course is a series of courses enabling the student to understand Islamic Counselling in theory and practice based on Quran and Sunnah. Upon completion, the student should be able to apply the acquired knowledge and help Muslims in different life situations.

Note: Islamic counselling is a branch of knowledge which is separate from clinical counselling. Its roots are in the knowledge of Islam and only benefits from some of the empirical knowledge of conventional psychology. Therefore, this course does not qualify the student to conduct clinical counselling or give diagnoses. However, upon completion of this certification, one should be able to conduct Islamic counselling professionally.


Mirah Malaika

Islamic scholar, counsellor and chaplain

BA (Islamic Studies), BSc (Islamic Psychology),

GD (Islamic Studies), CPsy, MA Student (Islamic

studies and Fiqh)


Academic Advisor:

Prof. Dr. G. Hussein Rassool

PhD, MSc BA FRSPH, ILTM, FIAIP Cert Ed. Cert. Couns. Cert. Consultation & Supervision Dean of Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Professor of Islamic Psychology, Director of Research & Publications, Director & Clinical Consultant of ICS International Open University

Duration: 2 years


5 hours lectures (terms 1 to 3)

1 live session weekly (recording available)


599 SEK monthly
(~59 EUR, ~52 GBP) 

Scholarships and financial aid available

Venue: online

Next intake:

June 28th 2021

Registration Deadline:

June 31st 2021

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Introduction to Islamic Psychology

Models of Western Psychology and its Limitations

Aqidah (Islamic Theology)


Tafsir for Counselling

In the first term, the students are introduced to Islamic psychology and counselling, its sources and objectives while making a clear distinction between Islamic and Western psychology.

Furthermore, the students should develop a strong foundation in Islamic knowledge by studying the fields of aqidah (Islamic theology according to Imam at-Tahawi), seerah (biography of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh) and the tafsir (explanation) of some verses which are commonly used in Islamic counselling.


Islamic Ethics and Morality

Tazkiyyah & Tibb al-Qalb

Marriage and Family Issues

Child and Youth Psychology

Stress, Anxiety, Depression

Child Abuse and Neglect

In the second term, the focus is placed on the classical works of Islamic psychology, ethics and morality along with their application in modern times.


Furthermore, aspects of personality development, marriage, family, childhood, adolescence and common psychopathology are well elaborated from an Islamic perspective and how Islamic counselling can help in many situation.


Counselling Techniques

Listening Skills

Counselling Sessions & Plans


Fiqh regarding Counselling


In the third term, counselling skills, methods, and techniques are discussed and then applied and trained in case studies. These skills and techniques include mirroring, paraphrasing, reflection, reconstruction, active listening skills and much more.

Additionally, some fiqh (legal) issues related to counselling will be clarified such as confidentiality, male female relations, fiqh of marriage and divorce, fiqh of janazah (burial), etc.


Practical Training with Supervision

During the fourth and final term, the students will practically train the acquired skills with real clients. Each student is expected to complete at least 100 hours of supervised counselling within 6 months. Under certain circumstances, one can wave hours (such as if one already has experience in counselling and/or chaplaincy).

Moreover, the students will learn some basic strategies to establish one's own counselling service so the students can offer professional Islamic counselling upon completion.

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