Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A 2-Day Introductory Workshop in Expressive Arts Therapy in Bangalore - March 2015

Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapies

A two day experiential workshop on using arts as therapy in Bangalore


An exploration that will use the combinations of Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Storytelling and Dance Movement Therapy.

Expressive arts therapy is a gentle, non-judgmental approach enabling the client to become aware of what is happening in his/her unconscious.

Workshop Dates: 14th and 15th March, 2015

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Sparsh Foundation, Cox Town, Bangalore

For registration and/or more details: please contact Lulua at +919884700104 or 

email her at lulua@centerforcounselling.org


Who will benefit from this workshop:-
Psychologists, Counselors, Artists, Corporate Trainers, Teachers, NGO Workers, Social Workers, Special Educators, HR Professionals, Social Work and Psychology Students

**Certificate will be given at the end of the workshop**


About the Trainer:-

Dr. Karen Estrella is the Expressive Arts Therapy Program Coordinator in the Expressive Therapies Division at Lesley University, Boston, U.S.A. As a Music Therapist and Art Therapist, Dr. Estrella’s work has focused on developing an integrated arts approach to counselling and psychotherapy, and she has spent much of the past 15 years focused on developing competencies and integrating theory in Expressive Arts Therapy. In addition, Dr. Estrella is pursuing licensure as a Clinical Psychologist and practicing community based mental health counselling.

 

 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Drama Workshop to Improve Self Expression of Children with Full or Partial Visual Impairment

Workshop using Drama to Improve Self-Expression
of Children with Full or Partial Visual Impairment at
Sethu Bhaskara Matriculation Higher Secondary School
on February 17th and 20th, 2015

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Director of East West Center for Counselling and Training conducted a workshop on Feb 17th and 20th, 2015 using Drama and Movement; which was specifically designed for a group of students that included 8 students from the Sethu Bhaskara Mat. Higher Sec. School and 8 students from the same school, who had partial or full visual impairment. The focus of the workshop was to have an inclusive group and to encourage students with self-expression. 

Self-Expression is the ability to express one's feelings through storytelling, writing, art, music, dance and drama. Using these various art forms, we are able to motivate young children to express their inner feelings. 

This workshop was organized by Mrs. Prema Seetharam, Vice-President of the National Association for the Blind, Tamil Nadu State Branch and her team.






Special thanks to Mrs. Prema Seetharam, Vice-President of the National Association of the Blind, Tamil Nadu State Branch and her team for organizing this 2-day workshop. 
Thank you teachers, parents and students who helped make this workshop a success.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

2-Day Workshop on "Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling/Storytelling in Therapy" in Chennai

World Storytelling Institute and East West Center for Counselling & Training
presents
a 2-Day Workshop on 'Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling/Storytelling in Therapy

In this 2-Day workshop, examples, ideas and techniques for writing healing stories for children/adults will be shared and the therapeutic use of metaphor will be explored. 
 Participants will also be given an opportunity to create their own story, using the story-making framework that will be shared.
This workshop is also a stand-alone module within a larger course on Using the Art(S) for Therapy (Expressive Arts Therapy).

Dates: 21st and 22nd February 2015
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Kilpauk Garden, Chennai
Leaders: Dr. Eric Miller and Magdalene Jeyarathnam

For more details and for registration, please contact Lulua at +91-9884700104 or email her at lulua@centerforcounselling.org

Friday, February 13, 2015

Body Image Workshop for Teenage Girls

Hazel Nayantara, a Post-Graduate student from Madras School of Social Work, an intern at our organization, along with our school counsellor, Diana Rachel conducted a one day Body Image workshop for a group of 40 teenage girls.

These young girls have a misconstrued image of the physical appearances of their body. When these girls were asked 'Who feels beautiful?' in the group, merely two or three girls raised their hands. 
This helps us understand that young girls often deal with body image issues. This is an increasing risk within the teenage girls population as it can impact self-esteem and lead to eating disorders. 

This workshop aimed at helping these young girls understand what body image is, why it is important for us to feel good about our bodies, and also the impact of messages that are received through the media and other sources about body types. Each girl has to feel innately beautiful, in order to truly accept the way they look. 

At the end of the workshop, the girls felt more comfortable in addressing issues and doubts that they had and were more open in accepting themselves the way they are. 

Our intern, Hazel presenting the Body Image workshop to the entire class

Sunday, February 8, 2015

International Conference on Contemporary Trends in the Effective Practice of Counselling

The Management, Principal, Faculty and Students 
of the Department of Psychology
at
Dr. MGR Janaki College of Arts and Science for Women
presented a 3-Day International Conference on 
Contemporary Trends in the Effective Practice of Counselling
on February 4th, 5th, 6th, 2015

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Director of the East West Center for Counselling and Training and Indian Institute of Psychodrama was invited to present a workshop on the Clinical Use of Psychodrama on 6th, February 2015. 

"Psychodrama is an action method, often used a psychotherapy, in which clients use spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insights into their lives".




Saturday, January 31, 2015

One Day International Conference on "Contextualizing Cultural Heritage in Literatures" in Salem, Tamil Nadu

The Post Graduate and Research Department of English 
at the Government Arts College (Salem, Tamil Nadu)

held a One Day International Conference on "Contextualizing Cultural Heritage in Literatures"
(UGC Funded)

on 30th January, 2015

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Director of East West Center for Counselling and Training was invited to present a talk on the 'Indian Cultural Contexts Around Therapy, and Around Using the Arts for Therapy'. 

"The purpose of this conference was to discuss the inevitable relevance, significance and impact of Cultural Studies, both on life and literature. The International Conference on "Contextualizing Cultural Heritage in Literatures" was organized for the benefit of the research scholars and faculty members of various institutions nationwide. This interaction on the cultural aesthetics amidst the academics sphere would result in an explosion of intellectual contributions". - Government Arts College, Post Graduate & Research Department of English

Saturday, January 17, 2015

5-Day Basic Counselling Skills Training in Chennai (29th December 2014 to 3rd January 2015)

East West Center for Counselling and Training 

recently conducted a 5-Day Basic Counselling Skills Training from December 29th 2014 to January 3rd 2015 in Chennai. 
The training covered the basic theoretical approaches to counselling. It included topics from 'Qualities of an Effective Counselor' to 'Counselling Micro Skills'. 

The training also introduced a few art therapy and psychodrama techniques that can be used in counselling sessions. 

For more information on these trainings, please contact us at info@centerforcounselling.org