PHD Social Work Mental Health Counseling

My professional research interests are primarily in the area of empirically-based mental health treatment models to assist children and adolescents with mental health issues and/or delinquency behaviors. XXU is my first choice for earning the PHD because I feel strongly that I am a good fit with your program. While I admire all of the social work faculty in your program and find myself inspired by the specialties of several faculty members, Dr XXXX’s work on identification and program evaluation of evidence based clinical interventions is exactly the area in which I hope to make my own mark in life and distinguish myself as a social work professor and researcher.  Being able to work with and learn from XXXX would help me to develop strong research skills in developing, implementing and evaluating clinical models, especially for clients of color.

Originally from India, I am the first in my family to earn an undergraduate much less a graduate degree. Coming from most humble circumstances in India, life was hard for us in our new world as well, New Jersey and Queens, NY. Yet, my own humble beginnings and the financial struggle of my own family in inner-city America serves as excellent preparation for a social work professional, as I see it, because it has resulted in my sympathetic understanding and creative thinking about techniques for survival and uplift by minorities in our inner cities. I am one of them and I identify as such. Truly blessed to have had the privilege to travel throughout much of Europe, Morocco, Australia, and most of South America, I have come to greatly appreciate and celebrate diversity and to understand the complexity of cultural factors that underlie behavior.

I date my intense passion for the study of Psychology and Human Behavior to about the age of 15. By the 11th grade I was hooked. In fact, my psychology teacher even sent a letter to my parents highlighting my potential in this area and how I had gone “beyond my peers” in this area. My love for research took off in leaps and bounds as an undergraduate student, 2007 -2009. For 14 months I was involved in a pilot research project working with Dr. XXXX, assessing a random sampling of people and their attitudes concerning factory farms, studying the relationship between preconceived notions of factory farms and the person's decision to actively consider or act upon that knowledge.  Dr. XXXX gave me tremendous responsibility in assisting with his research and I felt most honored by his trust.  I collected in-person surveys, analyzed data and scripted a research paper. While the subject of this study was not within my own area of principal scholarly interest, I gained invaluable experience in the fundamentals of conducting a clinical research project, experience that will help me tremendously when I undertake my doctoral dissertation one of these days, hopefully at XXU.

After earning my PHD, I look forward to a long professional lifetime examining the efficacy of treatment models for clients of color and assessing for successful outcomes. In addition to program implementation and evaluation within community based organizations, I also intend to remain engaged throughout my career with the creation of evidence based modalities that can be delivered within the school system, since my focus is on children and adolescents in particular. I completed my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2012 and became a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in the State of New York.  I have now worked in the field of mental health treatment for about 8 years, serving as both a clinician and a supervisor. I am convinced that this extensive experience will help me to excel in your distinguished doctoral program at XXU. During my time as a Multisystemic therapist, I have worked with parents, their teenage children, and their defense attorneys, to make the case for evidence-based mental health treatment as an alternative to incarceration.

I am an Indian woman who is very much concerned with the special mental health challenges that tend to confront recent immigrants to America, particularly people of color, most precisely Asians. I hope to become a crusader with my PHD from XXU to help make mental health care more accessible for special populations that find themselves marginalized from our mental health systems for one reason or another. In New Jersey and New York, in addition to growing up in India, I have witnessed the stigmas and barriers that afflict communities of color face in accessing culturally-sensitive mental health support.  I have witnessed my own mother battling depression and acculturation stress as a result of immigration, and being separate from her family of origin.  I have been made retroactively aware of my 12 year old sisters being a victim of incessant bullying for two long years, where the parent and the school system were never able to engage in an effective manner to stop the continuous trauma.  These days, when I hear my clients suggest that the “system does not work for us,” I know exactly what they mean.

I feel strongly that the mental health community in America should be completely representative of the population to the extent to which this is possible and nearly everyone agrees that we need more clinicians and leaders in our field who are people of color. While earning my Masters, I worked in Queens (the most diverse county in the world) for 4 years, serving with the Queens District Attorney’s Family Justice Initiative. Seeing how trauma affected children up close and in a sustained fashion helped me to understand the strengths as well as the failures of our system. Often, I was very glad that I am myself a woman of color, because I feel that it helped me to gain the confidence of many of the traumatized children of color who I sought to help.

After earning my masters, I decided to immerse myself in the culturally-inclusive area of evidence based teaching and in October of last year, 2015, I became the Program Director for the The XXXX in New York, NY, overseeing our School Based Mental Health Services Department, operating 12 programs in NYC schools with 11 clinicians                                                                                         implementing evidence based practices that have changed the negative trajectory of several families and adolescents of color who otherwise would have ended up on a path to legal delinquency. In doing this work, I have gained a deeper and  more macro level understanding of how important it is to have evidence based mental health treatment on a state and nationwide policy level to break the vicious community/school to prison pipeline. Given my commitment and zeal for advocating and supporting families, leadership skills, and a knack for organization, I excel at what I do and this gives me confidence that I would be able to distinguish myself at XXU.

The XXXX School of Social Work is my first choice for graduate school primarily because I see it as the finest program in NYC and the one with which I think I am an especially good fit. I am in love with NYC, the people in the schools, especially the children. I could not imagine a more exciting place to live and work.

I see your especially rigorous program at the XXXX School is the best option to prepare me for a lifetime of model development and implementation, teaching, and supervising future clinicians, enhancing my leadership skills, and helping to me better appreciate the complexity of social justice issues and the need for outcomes that meet acceptable standards of social justice. In other words, I aspire to build upon my current program development and implementation skills to obtain leadership positions on both state and national levels, joining in policy debates and advocating for additional funding for evidence based mental health programs in school. I also hope to teach with special attention on the training of clinicians of color and issues of cultural sensitivity.

I thank you for your consideration of my application.

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