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Basics of Counseling Technique
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.
Monday, through Friday, June 17 through June 28, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (two weeks)
Course Pre-requisites: AM-653 Mental Health: An Islamic Perspective or permission of the instructors.
- Be able to identify possible psychopathology and have an understanding of the system of referral.
- Expand awareness of mental health referral sources and procedures to collaborate/assist with expert mental health clinicians.
- Review basic counseling models with an emphasis on practical application via demonstrations, role-play etc.
- Learn basic techniques to heighten introspection and self-awareness in clients
- Impart active and empathic listening skills towards fostering a productive relationship between Chaplain/Imam and client.
- Increase awareness of relational processes that influence self and other.
|Counseling Audio Tape 1||15%|
|Counseling Audio Tape 2||30%|
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This is measured by a willingness on behalf of the student to engage in the learning process. This includes attendance, participation in discussions, role play and activities.
Counseling Audio Tapes:
Three counseling audio or video tapes will be self-recorded by the student in the interest of demonstrating specific techniques and/or interventions as learned in classes. Students may bring recorders to class, due to the possibility of having some role-plays recorded and may be used for submission for the assignment. All tapes MUST be transcribed and must include a double-spaced, three page reflection. It is recommended that in the reflection, the student justify why they responded or carried out the session in the manner that they did, what they might have done differently and what orientation or techniques they were trying to employ.
- Tape 1 - Active/Empathatic Listening: This will be between 10-15 minutes and will be focused on empathic listening skills and response techniques/styles.
- Tape 2 - Conducting Sessions: This will be between 15-25 minutes and must include listening and empathic skills learned in first sessions and additional techniques covered.
- Tape 3 - Integrative Therapy: This tape will be approximately 30-40 minutes long and must demonstrate an integrative understanding of techniques that may be customized to fit the style of the Imam/Chaplain in working with the client.
Chapter 1 – Martin
Chapter 5 – Martin
Chapter 4 - Counseling Muslims Handbook
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||Ali, O. M., Milstein, G., & Marzuk, P. M. (2005). The Imam’s role in meeting the counseling needs of Muslim communities in the United States. Psychiatric Services, 56(2), 202-205.|
Martin - Chapter 3
Tape 1: Due
Izard, C. A. (2002). Translating emotion theory and research into preventive interventions. Psychological Bulletin, 128 (5), 796-824.
||Greenberg, L.S. & Paivio, S.C. (1997). Working with the Emotions, New York: Guilford., Chapter 3: Emotion Assessment.|
Martin - Chapter 4
Tape 2: Due
||Barlow, D.H. (Ed.) (2008). Clinical handbook of psychological disorders: A step-by-step manual (4th ed.). New York: The Guilford Press. ISBN-10: 1-59385-572-9: Chapter 16: Couple Distress.|
||Gottman, J. (1999). The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert. New York: Crown Publishers Inc.|
||Keshavarzi, H & Haque, A. (2012). Outlining a psychotherapy model for enhancing Muslim mental health in an Islamic context. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.|
Final Tape Due
In an effort to foster a spirit of honesty and integrity during the learning process, Instructors require that the submission of all course assignments represent the original work produced by that student. All sources must be documented through normal scholarly references/citations and all work must be submitted using the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Students are encouraged to purchase this manual and become familiar with its content as well as consulting your instructor for further information regarding academic dishonesty and plagiarism.
It is expected that students can read and write at a college level. The instructor will have the expectation that students’ writings be free of grammatical and spelling errors and be in compliance with APA standards. Additionally, writing must reflect critical thinking and an integrative synthesis of the material presented in lecture, readings and your personal thought. As potential leaders of your respective communities, we demand an exerted effort and that you take your education very seriously.
Martin, D. G. (2000). Counseling and Therapy Skills, California: Brooks/Cole, ISBN# 1-57766-068-4.
**All journal articles in the syllabus will be included in the course pack
Counseling Muslims: Handbook of Mental Health Issues and Interventions by Sameera Ahmed and Mona Amer. (2012) New York City: Routledge Publishers
American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed., text rev.). Washington, DC: Author.
- Note: This text will be used as an aid. Thorough readings of the sections will not be necessary
- The Diagnostic manual used here is an American diagnostic system. The International Code for diagnosis (ICD-10) is not covered in this course, though there is much overlap. One may choose to purchase and browse through the ICD if so desired.
Various articles will be made available to students either electronically or handouts at the beginning of the first class.