BiographyDevika Dibya Choudhuri is a Professor in the graduate program in Counseling at Eastern Michigan University. A licensed professional counselor in Michigan and Connecticut, as well as being a board-certified mental health counselor and clinical supervisor, she has over 20 years of experience working with clients individually, as well as in couples, families, and groups. She specializes in cross cultural and diversity issues, as well as trauma, assault and abuse and is a certified EMDR Therapist. She is a certified coach in the 360 Emotional Competency Inventory, consultant, and frequent presenter on cultural competence, diversity and ethical issues, as well as trauma and loss. As a Sensei Master Coach with Sensei Associates, she specializes in transformative leadership development, emotional competency development, personal growth and success, focusing on strategizing to surmount structural barriers.
She has served as Chair of the international counseling credentialing organization, National Board of Certified Counselors, and is currently President of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. She currently serves as a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Ypsilanti.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Her scholarship has focused on the areas of multicultural client issues, counselor supervision and pedagogy. A qualitative researcher, she is deeply interested in intersectional aspects of self and other reflexivity. She has published a textbook on multicultural counseling, and edited a set of 8 monographs in the series, as well as published over 30 journal articles and book chapters, and over 50 national and international presentations and workshops.
Reading widely and deeply of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, dance, and culturally sensitive travel.
Published: Aug 12, 2020 by Journal for Specialists in group Work
Authors: Atiyeh, Shadin; Choudhuri, Devika Dibya; Dari, Tahani
Refugees have significant mental health needs and face multiple barriers to obtaining adequate mental health care. The acculturation process can complicate and exacerbate mental health symptoms. In this article, the authors discuss relevant cultural factors and present possible group interventions to address acculturation with refugee groups.