Dr. Suja M. K. currently serves as Associate Professor and  Chairperson at the Department of Social Work, Coimbatore campus. She has 24 years of experience in the area of academics, counseling and training. She also qualified UGC NET.

Dr. Suja published papers in International and national journals and contributed chapters in various books also participated and presented more than 37 papers in various national & international seminars, conferences and workshops.

 

 

Education

YEAR DEGREE/PROGRAM INSTITUTION
2013 Ph.D in Social Work PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore
2007 M.Phil in Social Work PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore
1990 MA in Social Work (Medical & Psychiatry) PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore
1988 B.Sc. Home Science & Rural Development Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College for Women, Coimbatore

Career Summary

September 2002-
till June 2015

Associate Professor & Head of the Department of Social Work & Student Counsellor, Director – Centre for Research and Development. CMS College of Science and Commerce (Autonomous), Chinnavedampatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.     
June 2001-
August 2002
Teacher in VidyaNikethan School, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
July 1995-
March 1996
Administrative Incharge, CargoCare (Switzerland), Coimbatore
July 1992-
July 1993
Social Worker, KVM De-Addiction Centre(Aided by Central Social welfare Board, Govt. of India),Chertella, Kerala.India.
1993 till date 

Freelance Counselling & Social Work Practice

Activities & Responsibilities

  • Counselling for personal & academic problems.
  • Resource person for various organisations related to social work and management.
  • Conducting personality development  programmes
  • Capacity building of students   related to communication and  holistic personality development
  • Disability Management in the areas of psychological, physical and developmental disabilities.
  • Application of various therapies (need based) to improve the mental health of  clients.
     

Career-related training/ Research/ Presentations 

  • Qualified for UGC-NET (National eligibility for Lectureship) conducted by University Grants Commission- JUNE. 2004
  • Question Paper Setter and External Examiner of Bharathiar University, Pondicherry University and Bharathidasan University.
  • TUV certified ISO Internal Auditor of the College
  • Member- Cell for prevention of Sexual Harassment
  • Incharge- Medical Aid room for Women
  • Co-ordinator of College Grievance redressel Cell (2005 – 2007)
  • Co-ordinator of College Student Tutorial (2004 – 2008)
  • Co-ordinator of Student Welfare Activities of College.(2008 - 2015)
  • Co-ordinator of College Extension Activities (2007 - 2013)
  • Research – Human Resource Management, Medical & Psychiatry , Community Development, Counselling etc.
     

Member of Organisations

  • NAPSWI (National Association of Professional Social Workers of India , New Delhi)
  • OISCA (Organisation for Industrial, Scientific and Cultural Advancement, Japan)                
    Former Vice President of Coimbatore Chapter.
  • ISPSW (Indian Society for Professional Social Work, NIMHANS, Banglore)
     

Awards

  • Best Social Worker Award (2009) by HCA, Coimbatore.
  • Recognition for the contributions in the field of Social Work (2014) by Sri  Krishna Arts & Science College, Coimbatore.
     

Projects and Training

  • Training undergone in Disaster Management & Psychosocial Care conducted by NIMHANS, Bangalore
  • Trained in Street Theatre & Mime
  • Trained in making low cost communication aids such as puppets, posters, flip charts, flash cards, danglers etc for community welfare programmes.
  • Organised Rural Camps –Applying the 6 methods of Social Work
  • Organised State & National Workshops and International Guest Lecture Programmes
     

Consultant Psychiatric Social Worker/ Trainer

  • Coimbatore Cancer Foundation, GKNM Hospital, Coimbatore
  • Home for Children & Adults(HCA), Coimbatore
  • Natchiyar Health Centre(Mental Health Clinic), Coimbatore
  • Resource Person: Training of ICDS workers, Govt of Tamil Nadu
  • Resource Person -Counselling Skills for Street Educators in Tamil Nadu- Yearly Workshop sponsored by NISD, Govt of India.
  • Trainer in Counselling , Student mental health ,Workplace mental health
     

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS - CHAIRPERSON/RESOURCE PERSON/ PARTICIPATION

  • Disaster Management (TOT on Psycho Social Care) - 5 day workshop at NIMHANS, Banglore on March 21 - 25, 2016.
  • Dance , Drama & Movement Therapy – Symposium by Departmet of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Banglore on March 19, 2016.
  • Plenary Speaker - National conference on “Professionalism in Social Work-Trends and Challenges”” P.G& Research Department of Social Work, SNR Sons College, Coimbatore on September15, 2015.Topic: “Challenges faced by social work practitioners.”
  • Chairperson – International Conference on “Community Mental Health: Trends & Challenges held in St.Joseph’s College, Banglore on December 11 - 12, 2015.
  • Participation- State Level conference on “Prevention of child abuse and challenges” organized by TNVHA & Dept of social work, bharathiar university, Coimbatore on 19th August 2014.
  • Chairperson - International Conference on “Counselling, A Journey towards wholeness” organized by forum for social change & APC at Trivandrum Kerala on 7th & 8th November 2014.
  • Chairperson - XXXIII  National conference of ISPSW on “ Emerging trends in social work education in India at Bharathiar university, Coimbatore on 28th & 29th January 2015.
  • Resource Person - National conference on “Strategies and Reflective practice on Professional social work” organized by Amala Hospital, Trichur, Kerala on 10th Feb 2015
  • Participation - Workshop  on “Workplace mental health: creating awareness, Building skills” organized by Dept of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Banglore on 19th & 20th Feb 2015.

 

Paper Presentations

Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2016 Presentation S. Gracious and Suja, M. K., “CSR initiatives of Magic Bus India Foundation, Chennai”, National Conference on “Corporate Social Responsibility and Children. Rajagiri School of Social Sciences, 2016.
2016 Presentation L. Chandran and Suja, M. K., “Adult and continuing education for the overall development of an individual”, International Conference on ‘Youth Led sustainable development-opportunities and challenges”. Department of Social Work, Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur, Tamil Nadu, 2016.
2016 Presentation K. Umamaheswari and Suja, M. K., “Autonomy of Adolescent Girls of Migrant Gondi Tribes”, International Conference on ‘Youth Led sustainable development-opportunities and challenges. Department of Social Work, Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur, Tamil Nadu, 2016.
2015 Presentation M. K. Suja and Rohini, V. G., “Attitude of parents in treating child psychiatric disorders through pranic healing”, International symposium on Evidence in global mental health. Rajagiri school of social sciences, 2015.
2015 Presentation Jincy V.V and Suja, M. K., “Parenting styles of people living in Baharin-A micro study”, International Conference on “Community Mental Health: Trends & Challenges. St.Joseph’s College, Banglore, 2015.
2015 Presentation J. Joseph and Suja, M. K., “Quality of life of Tribals living near Peppara Dam,Trivandurm,Kerala”, International Conference on Community Mental Health: Trends & Challenges . St.Joseph’s College, Banglore, 2015.
2015 Presentation M. K. Suja and Umamaheswari, K., “Orientation of village people towards mental illness”, International Conference on “Community Mental Health: Trends & Challenges . St.Joseph’s College, Banglore, 2015.
2015 Presentation K. Umamaheswari and Suja, M. K., “Promotion of child rights through business policies through CSR”, International Seminar on Bridging the gap between the Theory and Practice of Social Work. P.G& Research Department of Social Work, SNG College, Coimbatore, 2015.
2014 Presentation M. K. Suja, “Socio demographic correlates of family burden and subjective wellbeing in family caregivers of persons with intellectual disability”, International Conference Strengthening inclusive practices for mainstreaming persons with disabilities. Dept of Social Work, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, 2014.
2014 Presentation M. K. Suja, “Level of depression among the geriatric population living in Institutionalized and non institutionalized care”, National Conference on Ageing and the elderly persons in India. Department of Sociology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, 2014.
2013 Presentation M. K. Suja, “Stress and coping behaviour among the Public Examination students – a micro study”, UGC Sponsored International Confeence on Child and Adolescent Mental Health . Department of social work, Barathidasan University, Trichy, 2013.
2013 Presentation M. K. Suja and Ashly, M., “Mental Health, Functional Assessment and coping behaviour in children of alcoholic parents among the tribes of Nilambur”, Kerala micro study at the UGC Sponsored International Conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Department of social work, Barathidasan University, Trichy, 2013.
2011 Presentation M. K. Suja, “Psychological Problems of Transgenders in Coimbatore”, National Conference organized by Arignar Anna Government Arts College. Karaikal, 2011.
2011 Presentation M. K. Suja, .C, S., and .K.J, J., “Coping Strategies of Destitute women in short stay homes”, National Conference Organised by Sri Krishna Arts &Science College. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu , 2011.
2011 Presentation M. K. Suja and .A, M., “Substance abuse and children in schools of Kolkata”, National Seminar organized by PSG College of Arts and Science. Coimbatore.Tamil , 2011.

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2016 Journal Article M. K. Suja and Jincy V.V., “Impact of domestic Violence on the coping behavior of Institutionalized children”, Journal of Central Social Welfare Board,Govt of India, 2016.
2015 Journal Article M. K. Suja, “Family burden and subjective wellbeing of caregivers of persons with intellectual disability”, Indian Journal of Applied Research, vol. 5, no. 2, 2015.[Abstract]

This research work aims to study the ‘Family Burden and Subjective Well–Being of Family Caregivers of Persons with Intellectual Disability. The Research Design used for the study was Descriptive in nature. The universe consisted of family caregivers who visited an agency in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. The sampling
technique adopted for the selection of the respondents was Non Probability – Purposive Sampling method. Sample size was 112.The tool used for this study was an Interview Schedule which had two standardized scales. The findings of the study reveal that Age, Gender, Family Monthly Income, Domiciliary and Duration of Disability influence the Family Burden and Subjective Well Being of Caregivers. It is also seen that as Family Burden increases Subjective Well–Being of the caregiver’s decreases. The study also yielded some interesting results which implicate the scope for social work practice and further research in this area.

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2014 Journal Article M. K. Suja, “Health Profile of family caregivers of persons with psychiatric disability”, Indian Journal of Applied Research, vol. 4, no. 9, 2014.[Abstract]

Health is a word is used in various contexts. We compare health in terms of illness or disability. Generally an illness or disability is seen in relation to the patient and his sufferings. There is another group of people who are equally affected. They are the family caregivers of the patients. The family caregivers of persons with psychiatric disability face a lot of stress and trauma in their daily lives due to stigma attached with psychiatric illness. They are a neglected lot especially in India. Descriptive Research Design was used for the study. Purposive sampling method was used. 112 caregivers of persons with psychiatric disability were interviewed from a Mental Health Clinic in Coimbatore City of Tamil Nadu. Dukes Health Profile Inventory was used to measure the level of Health and Dysfunction of the caregivers. It was also associated with certain socio demographic variablesThe findings points towards implications for caregiver health.

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2013 Journal Article M. K. Suja and Ashly, M., “Mental Health, Functional Assessment and coping behaviour in children of alcoholic parents among the tribes of Nilambur, Kerala a micro study”, Referred National Research Journal of Social Sciences “Progressive Outlook” , 2013.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2012 Book Chapter M. K. Suja, “Counselling clients addicted to alcohol – experiences from a de – addiction centre in Kerala”, Coimbatore: Western Publications, 2012, pp. 225-228.[Abstract]

Paper Presented at the National Seminar on “Professional Counselling”, organized by GRD School of Social Work on 6th March 2012

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2011 Book Chapter M. K. Suja and Muralidaran, K., “Social Work Research Methods in Correctional Settings”, in Paradigms in Social Science Research-A New Horizon” Dr. R. Mangaleswaran (Ed) , Delhi: Authorspress, 2011, pp. 93-99.
2011 Book Chapter M. K. Suja and Jinson, J., “Sardar Sarovar Dam Destroying the aquatic life and its Impact on Fishermen – A Micro Study in Madhya Pradesh under the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA)”, Bangalore: BFC International Publishing House, 2011, pp. 81-95.[Abstract]

Paper Presented at the International Conference on “Eco-Social Justice: Issues, Challenges and Ways Forward jointly organized by De Paul Institute of Science & Technology, Kerala & James Cook University, Australia from 8th-11th November 2011. More »»
2011 Book Chapter M. K. Suja and Muralidaran, K., “Creating Awareness through Street Theatre”, Delhi: Authors Press, 2011, pp. 283-291.[Abstract]

International Symposium on”Professional social Work: Best Practices and Innovations in Teaching,Research and Extension conducted by Bharathidasan University on 10th and 11th March 2011. More »»
2010 Book Chapter M. K. Suja and Muralidaran, K., “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Through Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs)”, Mumbai: Himalaya Publishing House, 2010, pp. 642-657.[Abstract]

Paper presented and discussed at the International Seminar on “International Business - Socio-Economic, Strategic ,Ecological, Political and Technological Trends & Dimensions” Organised by Albertian Institute of Management, , Ernakulam ,Kerala on ” 3rd February 2010 More »»
2010 Book Chapter M. K. Suja and Muralidaran, K., “Medical social workers promote Community health”, in Book of Abstracts, Conference Secretariat, TNHSP, Government of Tamil Nadu, 2010, p. 178.[Abstract]

Presented at International Conference on Health Systems Strengthening organized by Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, Chennai on 7th to10thMay 2010. Abstract No:SDA095 More »»
2010 Book Chapter M. K. Suja and Muralidaran, K., “Orientation towards Mental Illness – A study on Women Caregivers of the Mentally ill”, Bangalore: NIMHANS Publications, 2010.[Abstract]

Presented at International Conference on “Women and Mental Health” jointly organized by Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore and Flinders University, Australia on 28th to 30th October 2010 More »»
2010 Book Chapter M. K. Suja, Jayapadma, A., and Noushad, P. M., “Emotional Intelligence and Work Culture in Middle Management Workers”, Chennai: Allied Publishers, 2010, pp. 312-324 .[Abstract]

Paper Presented at the National Conference on “ Social Work Research-Challenges and Perspectives” organized by Madras School of Social Work,Chennai on 11th & 12th February 2010. More »»
2010 Book Chapter M. K. Suja and Muralidaran, K., “Social and Family Role Stress and Job Stress of Married Working Women”, Coimbatore: Western Publication, 2010, pp. 470-479.[Abstract]

Paper Presented at the 2 day National Conference on “Professional Social Work in India-Rhetroic and Reality” 0n 7th & 8th October 2010 by Department of Social Work,Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. More »»
2009 Book Chapter M. K. Suja and Muralidharan, K., “Developing Emotional Intelligence in Women Workers of ICDS Project in Coimbatore District – A field experience”, in Book of Abstracts , New Delhi: Excel Publishers, 2009.[Abstract]

Presented at International Conference on Life Skill Education ,6-7th April 2009, RGNIYD, Sriperambathur,Chennai More »»
2009 Book Chapter M. K. Suja and Muralidharan, K., “Need for Life skill education for nuns”, in Book of Abstracts , New Delhi: Excel Publishers, 2009.[Abstract]

Presented at International Conference on Life Skill Education, 6-7th April 2009, RGNIYD, Sriperambathur,Chennai. More »»
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mk_suja@cb.amrita.edu