Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Selin Philip

Meet Dr. Selin Philip

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision (Regent University)
  • M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling (University of Alaska)
  • B.Th., Theological Studies (New Theological College, Dehradun, India)
  • B.A., Sociology (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (Michigan)
  • National Board-Certified Counselor (NBCC)
  • Prepare and Enrich Counselor/Facilitator (Prepare and Enrich)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Philip is the founding director of the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program at CCU. She has been a counselor educator since 2015. Before joining CCU in 2016, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Michigan Technological University's Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences. She has taught in graduate counseling programs online, with a deep desire to see students become counselors of excellence, informed by research, skilled in innovative techniques, and experiencing spiritual transformation.

Dr. Philip's research interests span multicultural counseling, religious/spiritual integration in mental health, mentorship in counselor education and supervision, and mental health advocacy for diverse populations, specifically South Asian communities. She has written book chapters, published peer-reviewed journal and newsletter articles, and presented at international, national, and local conferences and entities.

In 2015, Dr. Philip received the prestigious Year 2015 Research Award, from the Association of Religious, Spiritual, & Ethical Issues in Counseling (ASERVIC), for her Ph.D. dissertation. This honor highlighted her work with international students, advocating for their mental health and well-being on university campuses across the United States. Dr. Philip is passionate about bringing mental health conversation to the forefront in the church and different ethnic communities, sharing facts and insights grounded in Scripture and current scientific research. She also serves her local community through a clinical counseling practice, integrating Christian faith with individual therapy. She is dedicated to using her professional expertise and wisdom, which she believes comes from God, to shape the next generation of counselors and counselor educators. Her goal is to help these professionals make a positive impact in the communities they serve, all for the glory of God.

Dr. Philip is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association of Counselors Education & Supervision (ACES), Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society, and ASERVIC. Outside of her work, Dr. Philip finds joy, growth, and inspiration in her family, including her husband, two daughters, and a teddy bear dog.