Spiritual Healing and Counseling for Physical and Emotional Health

Instructors: Rahima Schmall, Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe, Mariam Muhibba McGinnis, and Amina Stader-Chan

The Spiritual Healing and Counseling for Physical and Emotional Health masters degree is designed to train high-quality professionals to heal through the light of God, to transform physical illness and emotional distress, and to guide people into their hearts and back to God, the true Source of health and wholeness. It is also designed for people who may not want to be healers in the community, but who want to deepen their own healing and walking.

The coursework is grounded in the centuries-old tradition of Prophetic Medicine and the profound wisdom of the Sufi Path. Students will have the opportunity to explore in depth working with many different problems and populations. They will receive both group and individual mentoring to help them become the skillful healers they are longing to be.

“I am in awe of the many beautiful blessings that came from this program. I am beginning to feel like a new creation.” – R.R.

Curriculum topics include:

  • How the commanding nafs create disease
  • Inter-relationship of body and spirit
  • Prophetic Medicine
  • Herbs and Nutrition
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Working with extreme states of mind
  • Seminar on working with mental health issues such as addiction, abuse, trauma, suicide assessment
  • Seminar on working with physical/spiritual illnesses
  • Tracking progress of client on multiple dimensions
  • Interfacing with health professionals and other models of medicine
  • How the family and culture influence our health and well-being
  • Practicum and Internship
  • Research


Spiritual Healing & Counseling for Physical and Emotional Health Course Descriptions and Credits:

801 Development of the Healer as an Instrument in Allah’s Hands – (2 credits)

This course complements the core curriculum and brings students deeper into being the hands, eyes, ears and tongue of Allah. Students are helped to clear their own issues that interfere with receiving clear guidance and with giving what is needed for effective healing of another person. They will learn how to contain strong energies in themselves and others.

802 Creating and Maintaining Healing Relationships – (1 credit)

In this course, students learn how to listen to verbal and non-verbal communication and to respond appropriately while holding the person’s heart. There will be an emphasis on clinical interviewing and assessment, as well as on developing an on-going healing relationship.

803 Ethical and Professional Issues in Working with Others – (1 credit)

Students will explore common ethical issues in healing such as the creation of appropriate boundaries, when to refer, touch, and learn to handle their own material as it arises in the healing relationship.

804 How to Analyze Subtle Influences that Affect Health and Well-Being – (2 credits)

Students will develop their ability to perceive subtle influences on the body, learning how to use their perceptions to direct a person into a deeper connection with Allah, and hence a deeper sense of health and well-being. This course offers students an understanding of the qualities and roles of the female and male and how to help individuals hold the love in relationship.

805 Prophetic Medicine 1 : Foods and Plants that Affect Health and Illness – (1.5 credits)

In this course, students will learn the principles and practice of using food and herbs for health and healing. We will practice preparing herbs and begin to use the medicines recommended by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

806 Prophetic Medicine 2: Hijama – (1.5 credits)

In this course, students will learn the theory and practice of hijama (cupping).

807 Prophetic Medicine 3: Use of the Qur’an, Qualities, and Healing Prayers – (2 credits)

In this class students will learn the use of surahs, qualities and traditional prayers used for healing to help dispel influences that cause illness and to bring their clients face to face with Allah.

808 Establishing Your Healing Practice in the World – (2 credits)

In this class, students learn how to bring their message out and to establish a thriving healing practice in the world.

809 Clinical Topics in Healing – (2 credits)

In this course, students develop a deeper understanding of common issues that bring clients in for healing. Among other topics, we will explore trauma, addiction, shame, depression, and anxiety. We will look at the role of forgiveness in the walking and the healing.

810 How Family and Culture Influence Health and Well-being – (2 credits)

This course explores the effects of family and culture on the creation of illness and emotional distress, the effects of illness on the entire family and how to intervene for family healing. It will rely on the example and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on how to create a healthy, balanced family and community.

811 Lessons from the Prophets on How to Live in the World – (1 credit)

In this class, students will explore lessons from the major prophets and how to apply these lessons to their own lives and the lives of their clients.

812 Zawiyah – (4 credits)

Personal retreat allows students to develop themselves more deeply as the instrument in Allah’s hands and therefore be more effective healers.

813 Individual and Group Mentoring – (1.2 credits)

Students receive guidance on working with others, with an eye toward further development of their skills in holding hearts, verbal and non-verbal communication, ability to discern subtle influences, ability to align, connect and discharge a picture or a veil, and their use of healing prayers and qualities in healing.

814 Practicum – (13 credits)

The students work together to create and facilitate a residential intensive healing experience for a group of participants who are interested in deepening their sense of well-being by developing a closer relationship with Allah. Students have a chance to integrate their skills from all their coursework and receive mentoring on their healing and facilitation during the experience. In addition, the students create a practicum project on a related topic of their choosing.

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