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Chapter 15: Sufi Psychology: A Heart-Centered Paradigm​

Richards, P. S., Allen, G. E. K., & Judd, D. K. (Eds.). (2023). Handbook of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapies (1st ed.). American Psychological Association.

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"Integrative collaborations can be utilized to benefit hospitals and their employees across the globe. The proposed model of integrated care will demonstrate how combining safe, non-invasive, research proven mind-body techniques, and collaboration with other disciplines and resources could potentially be used to improve the health benefits for both patients as well as their providers during extremely stressful situations."

Amjadi, K. (2021). An Integrated Healthcare Model for Hospital Staff during the Pandemic. Journal of Surgery and Research, 4, 539-543. Chicago 

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"Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi (M.T.O) Sufi Psychology provides a psychological method based on the teachings of the M.T.O Shahmaghsoudi® School of Islamic Sufism®. Sufi Psychology aims to address physical and spiritual aspects of patients in order to foster a sense of identity that is not limited to a diagnostic status or an emotional state. The present work provides an overview of what Sufi Psychology is and how it builds on current gold-standard psychotherapeutic practices." 

Bozorgzadeh, S., & Grasser, L. R. (2021). The integration of the heart-centered paradigm of Sufi psychology in contemporary psychotherapy practice. Psychotherapy. Advance online publication.


"...for more than 1400 years Islamic Sufism has taught its students how to reach a state of optimal health by developing the spiritual dimension and expanding the innate capacities and talents that lie within each individual." 

Bozorgzadeh, S., Bahadorani, N., & Sadoghi, M. (2017). Sufism and optimal health. In D. D. VonDras (Ed.), Better health through spiritual practices: A guide to religious behaviors and perspectives that benefit mind and body (pp. 205 - 227). Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

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"Mind-body therapies and practices such as meditation, visualization, breathing exercises, Movazeneh®, and Tamarkoz® are effective complementary therapies that can be utilized in pediatrics and help children and adolescents learn self-care skills that they could apply throughout their lives." 

Amjadi, K. (2021). Exploring Factors That Influence Children’s Growth and Development During a Pandemic. Global Pediatric Health

"...during the most stressful time of the semester, compared to two control groups, the participants in the Tamarkoz group experienced significantly more positive emotions, more daily spiritual experiences, reduced perceptions of stress, and reduced heart rate, which suggests the body’s effective regulation of cardiovascular reactivity."

Bahadorani, N., Lee, J.W. & Martin, L.R. Implications of Tamarkoz on stress, emotion, spirituality and heart rate. Sci Rep 11, 14142 (2021).

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