About this course
This introductory course will provide students with a brief overview of the current body of knowledge and methods of the science of psychology from an Islamic perspective and how it applies to Muslims.
The course will be divided into three main themes: Psychology as it applies to “The Individual,” “The Family,” and “The Community.” Topics that will be integrated within these three overriding themes will include cognition, emotions, personality, motivation, human development, biological and environmental bases of behavior, parenting, the role of the brain, psychological disorders, psychotherapy, motivation and a brief overview of counseling techniques. Emphasis will also be placed on the application of psychology to diverse human endeavors, special considerations when working with the Muslim community, stigmas associated with mental illness and therapy, special populations within the Muslim community, and the benefits of religiosity and spirituality on mental health (2 credit hours)
About the Instructor(s)
Sarah Sultan provides individual, marriage, family and group therapy to clients dealing with a wide range of concerns and diagnoses. She has experience with clients of all ages, ethnicities and religions. She has worked with survivors of trauma and abuse as well as clients who experience anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, drug abuse issues, aggression, stress management, self-esteem issues, life transitions, marital and familial issues, grief and loss. Sarah also incorporates Islamic principles and spirituality into her work with Muslim clients including ayaat (verses from the Qur’aan) and ahadith (statements of the Prophet Muhammad) in order to inspire her clients to utilize their relationship with Allah as a component in their journey toward healing.
Sarah Sultan is an instructor with Mishkah University, where she teaches a course about the intersection between Islam, psychology and counseling. She is also a motivational speaker and has had the opportunity to present workshops and lectures to various communities and audiences. She has been actively involved in serving the Muslim community for over 15 years through providing halaqas (Islamic study circles) to adolescent girls.