This two week intensive hands-on training and supervision will prepare chaplains to provide basic counseling to individuals, couples, and families, with special attention to Muslim cases. The course will provide a framework for how to set up counseling sessions, effectively interact and establish a therapeutic relationship through an empathic interactional style, establish appropriate boundaries, screen and identify mental illness, offer basic interventions and refer people to the appropriate mental health professional. We will review some of the basic principles of transference-countertransference, cognitive-behavioral theory, Emotion-Focused Therapy, integrative behavioral couples therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, and the role of the spiritual healing in the Islamic tradition. Specific skills that will be taught include empathic listening, emotional reprocessing, facilitating introspection, mental health screening techniques, and how to deal and diffuse emotionally intense and/or volatile situations. This is an experiential course that will involve lecture, discussion, modeling/demonstrations of technique and role-play. While these are critical skills for Islamic chaplains to learn, chaplains from other faith traditions may benefit from learning how to counsel across cultures and faith traditions, using the Muslim tradition as a case example. Dr. Hamid will be aided in teaching this course by Hooman Keshavarzi. Prerequisite: AM-653 Mental Health: An Islamic Perspective or permission of the instructor.
If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.