MHC program adds new faculty member

August 27, 2021
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Debolina Ghosh, Ph.D., joins the faculty of the IUPUC Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Tom & Barbara Schoellkopf Community Counseling Center. Ghosh earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education from the University of Florida with a specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling. She also earned her Master of Social Work from the University of South Florida (USF).

Ghosh has instructed a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Florida and Stephens College in Columbia, MO, and has been a visiting scholar at Universidad de La Sabana, Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Columbia, and Seminole State College in Shanghai, China.

Ghosh’s clinical experience is broad, having helped clients with complex issues related to substance abuse, depression, and domestic violence. She also has extensive experience counseling clients in India and the United States in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, colleges, assisted living facilities, sports academies, and clinics.

She is very active in state and national professional organizations taking a leadership role in the areas of multicultural competence and supervision in counseling. She also has a deep interest in creative approaches to counseling having presented to the Florida Association of Play Therapy on use of techniques like puppetry, finger painting, and art in treatment and supervision. Additionally, she has presented at various regional, national, and international conferences including FCA, FMHCA, FAMFT, AHC, ASGW, EB-ACA, and IAC.

“We are very happy that Dr. Ghosh is joining the IUPUC faculty this Fall,” newly-appointed graduate program director Brian Russ said. “Her clinical expertise, international experience, and novel approaches to counseling will enhance the already strong training that our students receive.”

Ghosh noted “I am looking forward to developing a strong connection with the community by growing the Tom & Barbara Schoellkopf Community Counseling Center. COVID-19 has brought a new dimension in counseling and pedagogy. One of my teaching focus will be to help student with effective delivery of mental health services through online creative strategies.”