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Outlining a Case Illustration of Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy

  • Book Chapter
  • Templeton Press
  • Keshavarzi, H. & Khan, F.
  • August 2, 2018

Keshavarzi, H. & Khan, F. (2018). Outlining a case illustration of Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy In. C. York al-Karam, Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press.

Chapter Summary

This chapter offers an illustration of a Traditional Islamically-Integrative Psychotherapy (TIIP) model for addressing Muslim mental health originally published by Keshavarzi & Haque (2013).  The basic theoretical underpinnings of the Islamic model is summarized and the overarching therapeutic goals and objectives related to the principles of change are presented.  The model offers a framework of integrating contemporary behavioral science into an inherently Islamic framework.  Accompanying intervention strategies are reflective of both Islamic and modern methodologies delivered within an Islamic context and are consistent with its foundational principles of change and Islamic thought.  Interventions across sessions are designed to specifically target the elements of the human psyche (a) aql or cogntion; (b) nafs or behavioral inclinations; (c) ruh or spirit and (d) ihsaas or emotions.  A specific application of the therapeutic goals across sessions as a practical demonstration of the model is provided.  A demonstrative case example with interventions across sessions is offered, providing its applications in psychotherapy.  The case is that of an American Muslim patient with social anxiety that sought out an Islamically integrative psychotherapist.  Illustrations of integrated techniques are demonstrated with the accompanying impacts of such interventions on the patient across sessions.  Concluding recommendations highlight the emergence and consolidation of TIIP.  Additional directions for future investigations in helping to further advance Traditional Islamically integrative psychotherapy (TIIP) are encouraged.

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