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  1. Our Level 3 course supports the counselling skills taught in Level 2 by providing a detailed theoretical model for Islamic Counselling. It enables the trainee to gain a clear framework of the self and self-development in which to apply the skills of Islamic Counselling to clients. It is also accredited into the National Qualifications Framework and carries university credits. by the Office of the Qualifications & Examinations Regulator (Ofqual): accreditation number 100/4905/8 and formally supported by Skills for Health (the Sector Skills Council for the UK health sector). 16 days. Admissions criteria include Level 2 or equivalent. See our website www.islamiccounselling.info for more information or contact us on mail@islamiccounselling.info Starts 23rd February on weekends.
  2. Asalaamualaiukum and Ramadhan Mubarak! Applications are now open for: Certificate in Islamic Counselling Skills September 2011 – Jan 2012 Weekends in Central London Contact: Tel.01582 411900 or email mail@islamiccounselling.info · Develops helping skills from an Islamic perspective, based on Qur’an and Sunna – and helps you to develop yourself!· Shows how the Islamic Science of Self illuminates modern therapeutic techniques· Improves effectiveness in your work in any people-facing situation – you do not have to change profession.· Is inclusive and non-sectarian, no prior experience of counselling required, anyone with respect for the Islamic model is welcome.· Offers a nationally accredited qualification (by the CPCAB) Who we are: Stephen Maynard & Associates are pioneers in the field of Islamic Counselling - applying therapeutic techniques through best practice from an Islamic framework. Recognized leaders in this field, we work in conjunction with organizations such as Cambridge Muslim College, Parkside CAMHS, Muslim Youth Helpline, Birmingham LA, Leeds PCT and many more to further develop the practice of Islamic Counselling in the UK. www.islamiccounselling.info stop press: Islamic Counselling Seminar in November 2011. Mail us to register interest.
  3. Ramadhan Mubarak! There's so many different ideas on the nature of the human being..including the one you quote by Perls. It's interesting what you add because the implication is that the environment and other people do affect us..so it can seem like we've lost our true self, that we're a lot of different selves, always changing and not really authentic. What I love is that there are a lot of teachings on this topic of the self from our teachings, both what Allah says in the Qur'an, from Imam Ali and scholars. I find them really helpful in my own life.... so for example in understanding that change and the environment are actually there to help us find that true self. For a modern take on this, see http://www.askonline.co.za We come from Allah and we return to Him..and life in this universe is endless opportunities not just to revert to our original state, but to return to Him willingly and knowingly. Our fitra is our natural pure self, the self that is born submitted to this truth, but it is innocent and unaware. As we grow in life, we have different selves that change all the time. But within us is the ruh, or spirit or soul, and that is always constant. By keeping our hearts wholesome the self can hear its call and respond. Otherwise it is just reactive. The goal is for the ruh and the self or nafs to be aligned, because then you are authentic, true, and you are in tune with what you were created to be - not perfect, but seeing Allah's Perfection in every moment. Also for more articles on this see http://www.islamiccounselling.info
  4. Salaamalaikum & Eid Mubarak! 1 in 4 people will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. Depression, bereavement, illness, family and relationship issues, personal doubts and failures, work to name a few, can all be sources of stress. This course is aimed at skilling up Muslims to help Muslims in our community. Do consider this training - whether or not you are interested in this as a career, this can help you to help others in your every day life and or in your professional capacity, whatever that may be. We encourage men and women of all ages and all our diverse communities to attend. This course is, God willing, uplifting, so you benefit and others around you do too. For brothers and sisters who are interested in counselling training - our next accredited islamic counselling course which begins shortly in OCTOBER - (Finchley Road - in our new venue). This course is a an especially nice one for people who wish to continue quickly on the progression route as it finishes in January and one can continue straight to Level 3 which we will be running in January. mail@islamiccounselling.info Our website (www.islamiccounselling.info) has more info - and you can link from there to our facebook site (there's a link on the website) as this will give you a feel for some of our amazing classes and students from all different communities and all walks of life - some teachers, some community workers, some imams, researchers, some mothers, some doctors, psychology students, social workers, mosque organisations and detectives, some business people, some NHS managers, some CDW's. There's some current news below - but the most important thing for us is that we hope that this work helps every student in every moment to help themselves and help others and so increase the light in their hearts. CURRENT NEWS We've recently gone live with The Lateef Project, a helpline service for Birmingham Muslims personned by Muslims that we've trained in Islamic Counselling. (Not every course is the same, and we think it's important for people to be qualified for the level of problem they are dealing with. That's why we base our courses on Qur'an and sunna, but they are also accredited to national standards.) 100% of our students from the last London Course and Gloucester Courses passed their courses. We've been invited to run a course for Family Support Workers in a primary school in Luton by one of our graduate students..hopefully going ahead for Sept 2010 and to run a course in a university. We've run a new course in Bristol, (50% Imams) which has just completed and we hope to begin the next one soon. It's not all about assessments - students on our Gloucester courses spoke at the launch of their sponsoring community organisation 'WINGZ' about how the course had changed their life, and some are going on to training under IAPT, (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) - the government programme aimed at helping people through therapy, so that they can maybe avoid psychiatric drug treatment and also get help sooner and possibly prevent further distress and damage to themselves and families. On Saturday 10th July we were prould to attend the graduation ceremony for our students from Cambridge Muslim College, held in the beautiful grounds of The Margaret Beaufort Inst., Cambridge University, with wonderful talks from students and lecturers alike, including a wonderful talk from Shaikh Abdul Hakim Murad, also known as Prof. Tim Winter, Head of Divinity at Cambridge Uni. We've been asked to run the module again this year. On Sunday 11th July we had a meeting about our new London base in Finchley - so upcoming students will be able to enjoy new light airy surroundings. We now have charity status - The Institute of Islamic Counselling - so watch this space for further info. We have also been chosen to present a paper at Durham University - ‘The interaction of Self and Soul in the Islamic Counselling Relationship’ - you can see further info at My link and we'll be giving a talk for issa - Islamic Social Services Association. And we've written a chapter for a book, to be published by Routledge on Muslim Mental Health - waiting to hear from peer reviewers... Warm regards Mercie
  5. Salaams all... Just to let you know that we're now enrolling for Accredited Islamic Counselling Training. This part time course helps you to purify your heart, and to help others. We focus on developing practical skills and also helping you to purify your niyyat through serving others. It's being run by Stephen Maynard & Associates and The Institute of Islamic Counselling. Do have a look at the website (www.islamiccounselling.info) and facebook site (there's a link on the website) as this will give you a feel for some of our lovely classes and students from all different communities and all walks of life - some teachers, some community workers, some imams, researchers, some mothers, some doctors, psychology students, social workers, mosque organisations and detectives, some business people, some NHS managers, some CDW's. There's some current news below - but the most important thing for us is that we hope that this work helps every student in every moment to help themselves and help others and so increase the light in their hearts. For more info Email me Email me CURRENT NEWS We've had a wonderful year, with all of our students from the last London Course and Gloucester Courses passing their external assessment. Portfolios are being assessed now, and while I can't say too much, it's looking good! We've been invited to run a course for Family Support Workers in a primary school in Luton by one of our graduate students..hopefully going ahead for Sept 2010 We've run a new course in Bristol, (50% Imams) which has just completed and we hope to begin the next one soon. It's not all about assessments - students on our Gloucester courses spoke at the launch of their sponsoring community organisation 'WINGZ' about how the course had changed their life, and some are going on to training under IAPT, (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) - the government programme aimed at helping people through therapy, so that they can maybe avoid psychiatric drug treatment and also get help sooner and possibly prevent further distress and damage to themselves and families. On Saturday 10th July we were prould to attend the graduation ceremony for our students from Cambridge Muslim College, held in the beautiful grounds of The Margaret Beaufort Inst., Cambridge University, with wonderful talks from students and lecturers alike, including a wonderful talk from Shaikh Abdul Hakim Murad, also known as Prof. Tim Winter, Head of Divinity at Cambridge Uni On Sunday 11th July we had a meeting about our new London base in Finchley - so upcoming students will be able to enjoy new light airy surroundings. We are just about to launch ourselves as a charity - The Institute of Islamic Counselling - so watch this space. We have also been chosen to present a paper at Durham University - ‘The interaction of Self and Soul in the Islamic Counselling Relationship’ - you can see further info at http://www.dur.ac.uk/spirituality.health/ We're giving a talk for Assoc of Muslim Social Workers in Wales in September And we're writing a chapter for a book, published by Routledge on Muslim Mental Health.
  6. As a counsellor I've come across many people from all walks of life and ages who are really suffering becaue of depression. There are by Allah's infinite mercy many ways of getting help. All of these things are tests for us as individuals and as a society; to understand it, to be compassionate to those experiencing it, to know and help those who are vulnerable and to overcome it. Sometimes i've seen how depression has been the trigger to bringing someone into their faith. Especially since depression is often because the person feels trapped by the world in some way. Talking things through with a trained person can really help, and spiritual counselling can really help. see www.islamiccounselling.info for articles and info on UK services and counselling training
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