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KCS Session 5: The Role of Dreams in lslamically Integrated Mental Health Practice

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This is the fifth session in the 6-session Khalil Center Educational Series

Presented by Khalid Elzamzamy

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 1.5 APA CEs for Psychologists and other professionals, and 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSWs, and LMFTs

Workshop Description

While modern psychology considers dreams to be the royal road inwards into one’s preoccupations, intrapsychic conflicts, and the unconscious, Islamic scholars have additionally viewed dreams to be a royal road outward into the realm of spiritual inspiration and prophecy. Despite a significant amount of attention afforded to dreams in earlier psychological literature, dreams have become an endangered species in the mainstream practice of psychiatry and clinical psychology.

In an attempt to address this gap in clinical practice, the presenter will start by providing an overview of the different theories on the role of dreams on human psychology, including psychodynamic, neurobiological, evolutionary theories among others. Presenters will then provide a foundational account of the study of dreams in Islamic literature and intellectual heritage. They will also shed light on the profound tradition of dream interpretation (‘ ilm al-ta’bir) established by Muslim scholars. Following this theoretical foundation, the presenter will discuss clinical applications of dreamwork within an Islamically integrated model of psychotherapy. The clinical tools provided for clinicians in this presentation include a toolkit for dream interpretation, utilization of “healing dreams” in practice, navigating through nightmares, understanding the connection between dreams and supplications, providing psychoeducation about dreams, and understanding the connection between dreams, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this introductory-level workshop, participants will be able to:

– Recognize the clinical relevance and significance of assessing clients’ dreams.

– Integrate dreamwork interventions into psychotherapy.

– Assess the potential connection between psychopathology, psychopharmacology and dreams.

– Integrate Islamic spiritual concepts on dreams into psychotherapy.

– Describe Islamic concepts, culture and Islamic scholarly contributions to human psychology

Professional Bio of Khalid Elzamzamy, MD, MA in Islamic studies, Faculty, Khalil Center

Dr. Khalid Elzamzamy, MD, MA is a Clinical Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar, where he completed his psychiatry residency training. He holds a Master’s Degree in Islamic Thought and Applied Ethics from Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar. He serves as a Research Fellow at the Family and Youth Institute (