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Traditional Islamically Integrated (TIIP) Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Scrupulosity (Waswasa) in Muslim Patients

November 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST

Khalil Center Educational Series
Session 4:
Traditional Islamically Integrated (TIIP) Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Scrupulosity (Waswasa) in Muslim Patients
Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Presented by Hooman Keshavarzi and Fahad Khan
Event held online via zoom. Link to access zoom will be sent 24 hours prior to event.

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

This six part educational series is presented in partnership by the Counseling Psychology Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The Khalil Center and IBN Haldun University.

Please see website for more information on individual sessions and continuing education.
Live Event Registration Fees:
General Admission (single session): $20.00

General Admission (6-Session package): $90.00

TCSPP Faculty/staff/Alumni: Free

Khalil Center Staff: Free

TCSPP/IBN Haldun/Khalil Center Students: Free

Other-Student Admission (single session): $10.00

Other-Student Admission (6-Session Package): $45.00

Refund Policy:100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.

Workshop Description

The expressions of the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder vary according to the socio- psychological context of patients. In religiously observant populations, OCD symptoms can interact with religious beliefs and practices, known as OCD scrupulosity. The literature is replete with discussions of OCD scrupulosity for Jews and Christian, but minimal discussions are available on its interaction with Islamic belief in Muslim populations. This presentation details some of the most common manifestations of OCD scrupulosity known as waswasa in Muslim populations and will be thematically presented based upon the attention afforded to its typical expressions in classical Islamic legal manuals. These broader thematic clusters of symptoms can be divided into four sections, (i) ritual purity and prayer, (ii) marriage and divorce, (iii) blasphemy and apostasy, and (iv) intrusive thoughts of sin. Additionally, assessment methods and identification of OCD symptomology as indicators of clinical psychopathology are discussed. Accompanying this, is an overview of the potential religious dispensations afforded to OCD patients in Islamic ritual law as disability accommodations. The role and conceptualization of waswasa according to normative Islamic belief is presented based upon the Qur’an, prophetic traditions and Islamic scholarly writings.

To follow, an Islamically integrated approach to cognitive psychotherapy and exposure response prevention therapy (ERP) is offered, drawing from traditional Islamic faith-based healing. Interventions are rooted in a published model of treatment known as Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP). The model proposes a need to counterbalance the OCD patient’s negative attribution bias and accompanying compulsive behaviors that are indicators of excessive fear with a more self-compassionate cognitive orientation. Interventions include a cognitive restructuring component using cognitive techniques of: challenging the evidence, correction of faulty Islamic beliefs through psychoeducation, acceptance of intrusive thoughts and their inconsequentiality, ‘acting as if’ and Islamic positive cognitive reframing. Exposure response prevention is suggested to accompany cognitive interventions in order to extinguish the associated anxiety with intrusive thoughts that propels behavioral compulsions.

Learning Objectives:

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

– Demonstrate a stronger understanding of Muslim culture and the Islamic faith and be able to utilize this knowledge to provide more culturally competent psychotherapy.

– Describe the manifestations of OCD scrupulosity in Muslim populations

– Utilize therapeutic interventions or modalities for the treatment of OCD scrupulosity in Muslim populations

– Utilize religious dispensations in order to inform psychological treatment with Muslim patients who have OCD scrupulosity.

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

Workshop Schedule:

12:00pm – Event Begins

1:30pm – Event Ends


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2. Inozu, M., Clark, D. A., & Karanci, A. N. (2012). Scrupulosity in Islam: A comparison of highly religious Turkish and Canadian samples. Behav Ther, 43(1), 190-202.

3. Keshavarzi, H. & Haque, A. (2013). Outlining a psychotherapy model for enhancing Muslim mental health within an Islamic context. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 23, 230-249.

4. Keshavarzi, H. & Khan. F. (2020). Islamically integrated psychotherapy of obsessive-compulsive disorder scrupulosity in Muslim patients. Religion & Health (in Review).

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November 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST
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