Spiritual Strength: The use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Muslim Clients

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ahmet Tanhan, MS, PhD (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Daniel Linnenberg

Abstract: The Muslim population is increasing in the U.S., yet this population has been marginalized due to three main factors: Misinformation or disinformation by the media, the lack of factual understanding regarding Islamic spiritual and religious practice on the part of counseling professionals, and the acts of a very small number of radicals. Thus Muslims avoid being assertive in seeking and staying in counseling due to overt and unintentional discrimination. It is the counseling profession's responsibility to extent its knowledge base and understanding about the issues and concerns of the Muslim community, including the religious and spiritual tenets of Islam. The author has three main goals in this paper. The first one is to cultivate awareness of multicultural and spiritual aspects and their role in the counseling process for Muslim clients. The next one is to enumerate particular tenets of Islam to increase awareness of Muslim spiritual practices and to provide a basic framework for understanding Islam, thus enabling counselors to be culturally and religiously sensitive with their Muslim clients. The final goal of this thesis is to explain the basics of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and how it is congruent and effective with the tenets of Islam. It provides this information through a literature review and with two Muslim case studies from a spiritual strength and ACT perspective, thus enabling the reader to provide cultural/religious sensitive counseling services to Muslim clients.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
counseling, Muslims, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT, cultural sensitive counseling services, religious sensitive counseling services

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