bijal-oza

Director of Counseling and Coaching Center

Education
  • PhD in International Psychology special focus on Organizations and Systems- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL, USA 2018- 2021 (expected)
    Field Experience in Ghana – December 2018: Worked closely with 4 different organizations in Ghana understanding, strategizing, and assisting in organizational mental health related processes.
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Counseling Specialization The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL, USA 2007- 2009
  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology University of Mumbai (India), 2001- 2006

Subject Taught/ Student Project Mentor

  • Emotional Intelligence- Undergraduate Course
  • Mentoring Regional Research Projects- Undergraduate

Academic experience SP Jain School of Global Management

  • Taught full credit Emotional Intelligence Course as a part of the Employability and Practioner 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 (Dec 2012- Current) SP Jain School of Global Management Dubai, UAE
    • Spearheaded the development and implementation of individual/ group counseling services and career guidance.
    • Led monthly counseling staff meetings across campuses (Dubai, Sydney, Singapore, Mumbai).
    • Mentored students for personal, professional, academic success
    • Provided effective crisis intervention services during emergency situations & 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 (Sept 2012 – Dec 2012) Inner Space Counseling and Assessment Mumbai, India
    • Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy
    • Individual/ Family Counseling
    • Psychometric Testing and Assessments
    • Basic Counseling Skills included- Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy, Client- Centered
    • Therapy, Mindfulness & Positive Psychology
  • Consulting Clinical Counselor (Dec 2009- Sept 2012) Private Practice Mumbai, India
    • 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 (May 2008- June 2009) Apna Ghar Inc. (Our Home) South Asian Domestic Violence Shelter Chicago, USA
    • 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 S P Jain.
  • Panelist at the Career Orientation Program by the GEMS School in Sharjah.
  • Received the “Mabrook” Award for outstanding performance.