“When we talk about research in mental health we really need to focus on basic things that helps in optimising our ideas – when we talk about research it’s about producing new ideas and also thinking about new ideas that can help in facilitating certain resources in a country. Research in mental health would entail a lot of bio-psychosocial factors, environmental factors, organisational and constitutional factors. One has to factor in all aspects for grass-root level intervention” remarked Catalyst alumna Rupsa on being selected for the PhD programme in Applied Clinical and Counseling Practices at Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
“Healthcare factors, policy making and academia play an important role to generate demand for budgetary allocation for the mental health sector”, says Rupsa with her experience in working as a marriage and family therapist, neuropsychologist, substance abuse counselor, clinical psychologist, school counselor in locations like Jharkhand, Kolkata, Thane and Mumbai.
“We need to encourage young scholars to pursue careers in mental healthcare and research”
While pursuing Bachelors in Psychology from Loreto College, Kolkata, Rupsa Karmakar joined the Catalyst training programme to prepare and expand her profile for Masters in professional opportunities with mental healthcare. Rupsa was selected for the Masters Programme in Applied Clinical Psychology at Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
“Catalyst has helped me develop as a person. Our mentor is an approachable, understanding and helpful person. I am very satisfied and I gained a lot of experience from Catalyst.”
– Rupsa Karmakar
Like Rupsa, since 2011, students and working professionals have been able to successfully craft a career with Bachelors and Masters programmes offered by TISS, Azim Premji University, TERI, XIM, IIT, Nirmala Niketan, NLSIU, Sciences Po, London School of Economics and Political Science, Symbiosis, IIMC, ACJ, XIC, JNU, Ambedkar University et al with capacity building training for development sector at Catalyst.
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