Dan-Bush Bhusumane comes to IPFW as an Exchange Visiting Instructor in the Department of Professional Studies. Dan-Bush earned is undergraduate degree from the University of Botswana. He earned his M.Ed. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and his PhD from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA. He has many areas or research that he finds enjoyable. His first area of research is indigenous African Cultural practices and approaches in relation to Counseling . He also enjoys researching Structural, personal motivational and societal factors influencing participation and representation in social and occupational roles. Dan-Bush chose this area of study because he was involved in counseling activities in schools in Botswana and other sub-Saharan Africa where he realized the need to examine what counselors do and how socio-cultural issues are critical in understanding the realities and experiences of the clients we serve. He chose to come to IPFW because he likes the IPFW counseling program and also his interaction with some of the staff members of IPFW (e.g., Dr. Amy Nitza) in Botswana and during conferences.
At his previous job, he taught at elementary level, junior level, high school and university level. He has been involved in various leadership roles locally and internationally. He headed the counseling services in the Ministry of Education of Botswana and for 9 years. He was involved in training guidance counselors from 19 African countries. He taught counseling and supervised undergraduate and graduate students' practicum and internship as well as research both at the University of Botswana and University of Swaziland. He taught and supervised graduate students at Duquesne University. "My ambition is to set up a training institution for training counselors for the different countries in Africa. I have already registered the Academy for Counseling and Training (ACT) based in Botswana and Swaziland. The goal of ACT is to provide counselor education, provide counseling services and consulting services for both industry and government. This is in response to the need for counselors in the various countries in Africa. Training materials and acquisition of resources is underway."
In his personal life, Dan-Bush enjoys Music, traveling, and writing. He also has 4 children (3 boys and 1 girl). He grew up in a rural area, looked after cattle, goats, sheep and participated in farming. He is the 4th born out of 8 siblings. He enjoys helping the needy and disadvantaged populations. He likes family life and participation in community activities. He is a religious person and works with people from all walks of life. He lived in Canada for 4 years and the US for 5 years. He has traveled extensively - to 19 countries in Africa, a number of countries in Europe, to India, Australia, Singapore, and from East to West in USA and Canada. Some kind of globe-trotting. A great learning experience.