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

Expressive Arts Therapy - Batch 4 - December 2014 (Storytelling and Psychodrama)

East West Center for Counselling and Training, along with Women's Christian College 
is proud to present the annual Expressive Arts Therapy 1-year Diploma Program

The Expressive Arts Therapy program has completed its first module in December 2014 (8th to 19th), which encompassed the Storytelling and Psychodrama components. This module was conducted by Dr. Eric Miller and Dr. Herb Propper respectively. 






Thursday, November 27, 2014

Training Sex Workers in Basic Counselling - Sarvojana Project

Training Sex Workers in Basic Counselling 
 ~ Sarvojana Project ~
 organized by Sangama



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Positive Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Workshop

The Banyan and East West Center for Counselling and Training presents
a Workshop on Positive Mental Health 
and Emotional Well-Being for students and teachers 
of
Chennai Girls/Boys Schools'


24th November 2014 
by Magdalene Jeyarathnam





26th November 2014
by Diana Rachel


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Workshops in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh - November 13th to 16th 2014


November 13th to November 16th 2014
Workshops in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh

1. Workshop on Motivation, at Future Kid's School, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh on 13th November 2014

2. National Seminar on Stress and Resilience: In Children, Adolescence, Women and Social Support Groups, organized by the Department of Psychology, Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh on 14th and 15th November 2014

3. International Seminar on Stress and Resilience Techniques - An Innovative Approach through Psychodrama, Storytelling and Communication Skills, organized by Academic Cell, Government College (Autonomous) on 16th November 2014

Dignitaries and Plenary Lecturers in Attendance for the National Seminar Workshop on November 14th and 15th 2014
  • Prof. S. Teki, Principal, Anur Colleges of Arts, Commerce and Management
  • Prof. George Victor, Vice Chancellor, Adikavi Nannaya University
  • Prof. E. E N Dhanamjaya Rao, Registrar, , Adikavi Nannaya University
  • Dr. Eric Miller, Co-Founder and Director, World Storytelling Institute, Chennai
  • Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Director of Indian Institute of Psychodrama and East West Center for Counselling and Training, Chennai
  • Prof. M. V. R. Raju, Head of Department, Psychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam




Facilitators & Topics for the International Seminar Workshop on November 16th 2014
  • Magdalene Jeyarathnam - Director, Indian Institute of Psychodrama and East West Center for Counselling and Training, Chennai - "Psychodrama: Reducing stress and increasing resilience"
  • Dr. Eric Miller, Ph.D - Co-Founder and Director, World Storytelling Institute - "Therapeutic uses of storytelling:Reducing stress and increasing resilience"
  • Dr. Pushpa Nagini, Ph.D -  Professor of English & Placement Head, Sathyabhama University, Chennai - "Activities for Enhancing the English Speaking Proficiency of the students and the tertiary level"
  • Dr. Mani Ramana, Ph.D - Assistant Professor in Psychology, Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajamundry - "Stress-free goal oriented behavior - A Cognitive technique"


Workshop on Motivation at Future Kid's School, Rajahmundry was conducted by Magdalene Jeyarathnam and Dr. Eric Miller, Co-Founder and Director, World Storytelling Institute, Chennai. 




Saturday, November 15, 2014

Child Centered Counselling training at Jeevan Jyothi, Theni



Child Centered Counselling training at Jeevan Jyothi, Theni

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Director of East West Center for Counselling conducted a 3-day workshop on Child-Centered Counselling at Jeevan Jyoti in Theni. 

It was held from the 28th to 30th of October, 2014.  

The workshop was attended by members of the Presentation Sisters and NGO workers who were working with children.  The workshop included various activities using Expressive Arts Therapy.   





Collage representing the group

Sharing and Discussion


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

15th Annual Conference of Catholic Psychologists India



15th Annual Conference of Catholic Psychologists India

KERALA from 26th to 28th September 2014

“Psychological Aspects of Aging”

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Director of East West Center for Counselling and Training was cordially invited to be a guest speaker at the 15th Annual Conference of Catholic Psychologists of India, which was being held in Kerala, India. It was held from the 26th to 28th of September 2014. 

She conducted two Expressive Arts Therapy workshops with the group that comprised of over 100 Psychologists, who hailed from all over India. She also discussed the benefits of using them with the aging population. The group was enthusiastic about learning the new techniques and shared some personal stories with the entire group while working through the activities.

Expressive arts therapy uses creative processes in therapeutic, rehabilitative, community or educational settings to foster health, communication, and expression; promote the integration of physical, emotional, cognitive and social functioning; enhance self-awareness; facilitate change, including in the relation to personal growth and community development. It can be practiced with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Expressive Arts therapy is holistic. Its goals are optimum health and well-being, rather than the diagnosis and treatment of disease and dysfunction. Even when expressive arts are used within the settings of traditional medical and psychological treatment, they are used in the service of learning, healing and growth.