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Principles and Practices of Family Counseling (MAIS-751)

(3 credit hours)

Instructors: Mohamed Magid and Salma Abugideiri

Course Description: This course is an overview of the important elements of providing family counseling as an imam or chaplain. The course is intended to enhance the skills and effectiveness of imams and chaplains, while helping them to develop clarity around their role in using counseling to help families in their communities. The course will introduce topics impacting Muslim families and will provide students with the opportunity to develop and practice skills to apply with families from diverse backgrounds. Main topics to be covered include: understanding the dynamics of counseling families from various backgrounds, developing the art of listening, addressing spiritual crises, dealing with various forms of conflict, dealing with domestic violence, assessing for and understanding mental health issues, providing premarital counseling, and maintaining the well-being of the imam/chaplain in order to maintain effectiveness of care to community members.

Hybrid Course: 10 online sessions and two intensive weekends:

  • August 24th: 5 PM – 9 PM
  • August 25th: 8 AM – 4 PM
  • November 16th: 5 PM – 9 PM
  • November 17th: 8 AM – 4 PM

Location: Serene Plaza 811 S. Central Expressway, Suite 200, Richardson, TX 75080