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Bijal-Oza

Bijal Oza

Director of Counseling and Coaching Center

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Education

  • PhD in International Psychology with a special focus on Organisations and Systems – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA [2018 – 2021 (expected)]
    Field Experience in Ghana – Worked closely with 4 different organisations in Ghana understanding, strategising and assisting in organisational mental health related processes (December 2018)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Counseling Specialisation, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA (2007 – 2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Mumbai, India (2001 – 2006)
SUBJECTS TAUGHT / STUDENT PROJECT MENTOR
  • Emotional Intelligence – Undergraduate program
  • Mentoring Regional Research Projects – Undergraduate program
EXPERIENCE

Academic Experience at SP Jain School of Global Management

  • Taught full-credit Emotional Intelligence course as a part of the Employability and Practitioner Skills Series for the Undergraduate program with very positive student feedback each year (Every Fall Semester)
  • Mentored Regional Research Projects of Undergraduate students as a part of their core coursework

Corporate Experience

Global Director – Counseling and Coaching Center, SP Jain School of Global Management, Dubai, UAE (December 2012 – Current)

  • Spearheaded the development and implementation of individual/ group counseling services and career guidance
  • Led monthly counseling staff meetings across campuses (Dubai, Sydney, Singapore and Mumbai)
  • Mentored students for personal, professional and academic success
  • Provided effective crisis intervention services during emergency situations and developed intervention strategies for “At-Risk” students
  • Conducted personality development workshops
  • Assessed and evaluated students based on appropriate use of psychometric tools
  • Developed counseling related policies across campuses for effective interventions
  • Involved in design and execution of SP Jain's esteemed program - Passport to Excellence (P2E) to train students to be “interview-ready”
  • Initiated and led the Culture, Coffee and Conversations (C3) Program to facilitate cross-cultural exchange among students and empowered students to facilitate the same
  • Designed and implemented the Peer Mentorship and Counseling Program to train student peer mentors
  • Co-founder - Centre of Excellence for Happiness: Developed Academic and Corporate Positive Psychology and Happiness Programs and conducted trainings and workshops incorporating the Science of Happiness and Positive Psychology principles

Senior Counselor & Psychologist, Inner Space Counseling and Assessment, Mumbai, India (September 2012 – December 2012)

  • Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy
  • Individual/Family Counseling
  • Psychometric Testing and Assessments
  • Basic Counseling Skills included – Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Client-Centred
  • Therapy, Mindfulness & Positive Psychology

Consulting Clinical Counselor, Private Practice, Mumbai, India (December 2009 – September 2012)

  • Provided counseling services to individuals of all age groups.
  • Individual/Family Counseling
  • Services included Psychotherapy, Career & Educational Guidance, Emotional, Pre-marital/ Marital Counseling, Stress and Anger Management, as well as Memory Enhancement Skills.

Intern Therapist, Apna Ghar Inc (Our Home), South Asian Domestic Violence Shelter, Chicago, USA (May 2008 – June 2009)

  • Provided multilingual counseling services to immigrant women and their children, who have been survivors of abuse and trauma
  • Provided collaborative case management services to the clients for assisting them with employment, housing, and social skills development
  • Provided translation services to the clients at courts
  • Conducted Domestic Violence Groups

Outreach

  • Domestic Violence/Women Empowerment training to Salon professionals, especially South-Asian as a part of the Salon Solutions program of Apna Ghar (Cut it Out program by the National Cosmetology Association)
  • Provided training in different Indian languages/dialects

Research Interests

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Mindfulness-based studies
  • Happiness and Wellbeing among students and employees
  • Happiness and Life Satisfaction as indicators of a nation’s development

Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA)
  • Bombay Psychology Association (BPA)
  • Counseling Association of India (CAI)

Awards & Recognition

  • Published article in Khaleej Times about Student Expectations in University
  • Featured in Gulf News for the “Letters of Love” Campaign as a part of the Centre of Excellence for Happiness at SP Jain
  • Panelist at the Career Orientation Program by the GEMS School in Sharjah
  • Received the “Mabrook” Award for outstanding performance