A 6 Part VIRTUAL CE Series on Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy Session 5

Session 5:

The Role of Dreams in lslamically Integrated Mental Health Practice

Thursday, November 12th, 2020


Presented by Khalid Elzamzamy

Event held online via zoom. Link to access zoom will be sent 24 hours prior to event.

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 1.5 APA CEs for Psychologists and other professionals, and 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSWs, and LMFTs

Workshop Description

While modern psychology considers dreams to be the royal road inwards into one’s preoccupations, intrapsychic conflicts, and the unconscious, Islamic scholars have additionally viewed dreams to be a royal road outward into the realm of spiritual inspiration and prophecy. Despite a significant amount of attention afforded to dreams in earlier psychological literature, dreams have become an endangered species in the mainstream practice of psychiatry and clinical psychology.

In an attempt to address this gap in clinical practice, the presenter will start by providing an overview of the different theories on the role of dreams on human psychology, including psychodynamic, neurobiological, evolutionary theories among others. Presenters will then provide a foundational account of the study of dreams in Islamic literature and intellectual heritage. They will also shed light on the profound tradition of dream interpretation (‘ ilm al-ta’bir) established by Muslim scholars. Following this theoretical foundation, the presenter will discuss clinical applications of dreamwork within an Islamically integrated model of psychotherapy. The clinical tools provided for clinicians in this presentation include a toolkit for dream interpretation, utilization of “healing dreams” in practice, navigating through nightmares, understanding the connection between dreams and supplications, providing psychoeducation about dreams, and understanding the connection between dreams, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this introductory-level workshop, participants will be able to:

– Recognize the clinical relevance and significance of assessing clients’ dreams.

– Integrate dreamwork interventions into psychotherapy.

– Assess the potential connection between psychopathology, psychopharmacology and dreams.

– Integrate Islamic spiritual concepts on dreams into psychotherapy.

– Describe Islamic concepts, culture and Islamic scholarly contributions to human psychology

Workshop Schedule:

12:00pm – Event Begins

1:30pm – Event Ends


1. Elzamzamy, K. & Salem, M. O. (2020). Dreams and their role in Islamically integrated mental health practice. In H. Keshavarzi, F. Khan, Ali. B & R. Awaad. Applying Islamic Principles to Clinical Mental Health Care: Introducing Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy. New York: Routledge.

2. Keshavarzi, H & Haque, A. (2013). Outlining a psychotherapy model for enhancing Muslim mental health in an Islamic context. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

3. Salem, M. O. (2010). Function of dreams: An integrated approach. Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, 42(1)

4. Salem, M. O. (2012) Islam and Dreams. In Barrett, D., & McNamara, P. (2012). Encyclopedia of sleep and dreams: the evolution, function, nature, and mysteries of slumber (Vol. 1). ABC-CLIO.

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Nov 12 2020


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



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