Monday, August 8, 2016

Admissions for Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy, Chennai Batch 6 - 2016 to 2017

Admissions open for Expressive Arts therapy Course
Batch 6 - 2016 to 2017

Course Requirement is as follows:
  • The course is taught in English, students applying have to understand, read and speak English fairly well, if not the student needs to let us know how she/ he plans to write assignments etc.
  • 100% Class attendance
  • All students agree to do 40 hours of personal therapy with a therapist of their own choice. 
  • Completions of all assignments, and  project work. All this is graded and the grade will appear on your certificate.
  • Students get supervision either by skype/ direct meetings with an assigned supervisor
  • Students write and pass an ethics examination which is a written exam


5 to 16 December 2016 
All days 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM 
all days including Saturday and Sunday

6 to 17 February 2017
9.30 AM to 4.30 PM 
No class on the weekend 

3 to 13 April 2017
9.30 AM to 4.30 PM 
Class on 8 April Saturday

10 to 21 July 2017
9.30 AM to 4.30 PM 
No class on the weekend

At the end of the course:

  • Students will receive a Joint diploma certificate from East West Center for Counselling and Training and Women's Christian College
  • A certificate from The World Storytelling Institute
  • A certificate from Indian Institute of Psychodrama
  • A certificate from Kinesthetics 
  • A certificate for participating in the Annual Expressive Arts therapy conference Dec 9,10 - 2016 (Pre conference on 8)

How do you apply?

  • Please check if you are eligible to apply. (Scroll down for eligibility criteria) If in doubt please feel free to call 9884700124/ 9884700135
Please request application form on our
Fill in your application form and attach relevant documentation and post it with a cheque in favor of "East West Center for Counselling and Trg Pvt Ltd" for Rs 500.
  • You will hear from us within a week. If you are admitted into the programme you will have to pay the first instalment of fees immediately to book your seat. Total number of seats is 20. We have students from different parts of India and abroad applying for this course. Fees once paid is not refundable as we are securing the seat and cannot take any more students.

Who are the teachers of this course?

Teachers are registered and practicing therapists, professors from colleges/ universities from different parts of the world. 

What are the components we cover in this course?

Psychodrama, Art therapy, Dance/ movement therapy, storytelling as therapy, Music therapy, Counselling, and Expressive Arts Therapy. 

This is a 14 credits course. You will cover 300 hours class work, 50 hours in assignments, 70 hours on your project, 10 hours of supervision and 40 hours of personal therapy. This is a total of 470 hours.

How much is the course fee?

Tuition fees, supervision fees, field visit fees, association membership fees, course materials Rs 1,10,000/= Students have to pay this in two or three installments.

Who can apply?

If you are working in an NGO, if you are already working with children - ( special educators, Montessori teachers)or working as a health care professional (doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, HR professionals, Corporate Trainers, Life Coaches. This training will enable you to perform your work with more tools. This is not a Art based Therapy course this is Expressive Arts therapy and we expect students who are applying to have some academic or arts competence.

You should have completed a Masters degree but if you are graduate it has to be in fine arts, psychology or Social work. If you do not have the necessary educational qualification we will consider your experience if that is relevant. 

Men and women are eligible to be apply, since most alternate therapy courses have a lot of women candidates, male candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please write to us or call us details above, if you need further clarification.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Expressive Arts therapy Conference 9, 10 December 2016 @Women's Christian College, Chennai

1st Annual International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference : Expressions of the Soul 

Theme - Building Professional networks.

December 9,10 (Friday and Saturday)  - 2016

Pre conference 8th December ( Integrating Dramatherapy and Psychodrama) 

Experiential Workshops, Panel discussions and Paper Presentations


Expressive Art therapy is a relatively new form of therapeutic practice that allows an individual to communicate their feelings and thoughts in a more visual and imaginative way. The establishment of this practice came way in the mid-1990s. Some researchers and psychologists believe that expressive therapy allows for a more holistic approach, which combines various forms such as imagery, dance, music, poetry, story-telling, dream-work, etc. In ancient times, the arts were used to celebrate and mourn the rites of passage in one’s life as well as to welcome the changes that one would witness; such as the annual seasons, the cycles of nature, and the movement of celestial bodies across the skies (Sourcebook in Expressive Arts Therapy, Atkins & Williams).


Women’s Christian College

Women's Christian College was founded in 1915 by the united effort of 12 missionary societies in Britain, Canada and U.S.A., and was the first private women's college in Madras. The college has successfully completed 100 years of exceptional educational services to women and offers programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.  The college, an autonomous institution from 1982, affiliated to the University of Madras, has strength of 3330 students and 160 faculty members and is a Government aided minority institution. The college has been re-accredited by NAAC with Grade A is identified as a Centre with a Potential for Excellence by UGC. The Department of Psychology was established in the year 1973. The Department has a reputation for academic excellence and its service oriented faculty. The Department offers academic programmes up to the Doctoral level.

East West Center for Counselling & Training

East West Center for counselling was founded by Magdalene Jeyarathnam and registered in 2007.  We are an Expressive Arts therapy Center and we depute therapists to schools, colleges and corporates. Our clientele are from ages 3 to 75, we work with individuals, couples, families and groups. We have been pioneering Expressive Arts therapy workshops and trainings since the inception of our organisation in various cities, towns - large and big in India. In collaboration with Women’s Christian College we jointly teach and award a one year long Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy Course since 2011. This course is the first course that began in India as an Expressive Arts therapy diploma and now has completed 5 years and this year we have the 6th batch of students. Our students come from various parts of India and beyond.

Objectives of the conferences

1.      To build awareness about Expressive Arts Therapy
2.      To introduce participants to the relevance of other art modalities in EAT
3.      To facilitate the development of professional associations with the code of ethics and  practitioner guidelines
4.      To update on current trends in practice and research in Expressive Arts therapy.
5.      To introduce the role of EAT in– HR, Coaching, counselling, clinical, educational and community settings

Thrust Areas

1.      Individual modalities in Expressive Art Therapy – dance/music/art/story telling.
2.     Intermodal approach in Expressive Arts Therapy
3.     Empirical paper evaluating Expressive Arts therapy intervention and effectiveness.
4.     Assessment in Expressive Arts Therapy practices.
5.     Case Studies using Expressive Arts Therapy.


Participants are requested to submit original research papers for oral presentation. The abstract should be sent to (Conference ID) by 15th September 2016. The abstracts will be reviewed and the authors of the selected papers will be notified by 23rd September 2016.The full paper should be sent before 15th October 2016. The paper has to be typed in Times New Roman font 12 pt, with 1.5 line spacing and 1” margin. Documentation has to be done as per APA Format (6th ed). At least one author has to attend the conference for presentation. The papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN number.

Queries may be mailed to -

Dates to remember

Submission of abstract: 15th September 2016
Submission of paper:   15th October 2016


Conference registration Delegates Rs 2000/ for conference. This covers the conference proceedings, CD of the paper presentations, lunch and tea on both days.
Pre conference workshop Rs 1000/. This covers workshop fees only.
Student registration Rs 500/=. This covers lunch, tea on both days and a CD of the conference proceedings.


Chairperson - Principal, Women's Christian College

Conveners -  Dr Veena Esvaradoss & Magdalene Jeyarathnam 

Organising Secretaries - Dr Sumathi D & Dr Eric Miller

Treasurer - Ms. Nazneen Mogrelia  &  Mary Rajasekaran


Dr Eric Miller - PhD in Folklore, Founder of World Storytelling Institute, Member of  Healing Story Alliance. Originally from New York, USA 

Ritu Shree - Works at Children First - Child and adolescent mental health institute in New Delhi and is currently pursuing her PhD in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University.

Tripura Kashyap - Dance therapist, Co-Founder, Creative Movement Association of India, lives in Bangalore

Magdalene Jeyarathnam - Expressive Arts therapist, Founder East West Center for Counselling, An Expressive Arts therapy Center based in Chennai

Oihika Chakrabharti - Art therapist, Founder/ Director Manahkshetra Foundation, Kokotta. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Art therapy.

Preetha Ramasubramanian - Dance Movement Therapist, Founder - Kinesthetics, Chennai. Teacher on the Diploma in Expressive Arts therapy course at WCC.

And Other special speakers and panelists.

Registrations open September 1, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Dance Movement Psychotherapy training in Chennai June 2016

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Intensive training in Chennai

Date - 6 to 10 June, 2016

Time - 9.30 AM to 3.30 PM

For Registration and more information please contact - 9884700135/ 8754471275/ 044- 42080810

The course will explore the key concepts that underpin DMP in creative and interactive ways, through group work, discussion, creative exploration, theory and movement. 

Below are the subheadings that the module addresses -   
  • What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?
  • History of Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Using creativity & play in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Moving in Psychotherapy? Exploring the non-verbal, creative process.
  • Developing kinaesthetic awareness, mirroring & attunement
  • Introducing Laban Movement Analysis
  • Pioneers in Dance Movement Psychotherapy: different DMP models
  • DMP & the therapeutic process; making sense of dance movement as the embodied, symbolic expression of experience.

The Module also focuses on how DMP is applied to practice in various settings. You will have an opportunity to hear about a number of specialist areas and how DMP adapts to fit the context whilst staying fundamentally on model with its guiding principles.

About  Preetha Ramasubramanian: Preetha did her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and graduated with a distinction from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a member of Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, United Kingdom and American Dance Therapy Association.

Preetha started her professional career as a special educator in India and went on to head the creative movement department at vidyasagar. To gain international exposure she moved to the UK and worked as a special educator. During this, she witnessed how movement and dance helped people think and talk about their feelings. As a professional dance teacher in modern dance, she witnessed an overall change in people’s wellbeing through dance. This inspired her to explore how movement can be used as an expressive tool and led her to higher studies in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and a career in the psychotherapy domain. As a dance movement psychotherapist she gained broad exposure in the UK working in different settings such as forensic psychiatric unit, special and mainstream schools.
On her return to India, Preetha founded Kinesthetics – Dance Movement Psychotherapy and counseling center, where she works with both children and adults. She also works as an independent consultant for various educational institutions, health care setups and in the corporate sector to conduct group and individual sessions.
Preetha is also one of the trainers in the 1 year Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapies course conducted by Women’s Christian College and East West Counselling Center, Chennai.  She is also a trainer in the Dance Therapy course conducted by CMTAI in Bangalore and in Pune. She is also a guest lecturer at various universities while also doing a lot of collaborative therapeutic work with other professionals.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Introduction to Counselling Services available in workplace.

East West Center for counselling conducted the workshop on benefits of counselling in the work place. Almost 40 employees participated in the very interactive session. Post the session about 10 employees requested appointment with the counsellor. The session provided an opportunity for the employees to explore their personal thoughts, feelings & emotion. Every single employee actively participated.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Community Capacity Building Second Line Leadership.

                             Organized by Nirangal – 27January 2016.

17 community members belonging to transgender, gay and activists working for the LGBTQ from different districts in Tamil Nadu participated. This workshop was organized in ICSA in Egmore. We conducted role plays in working with  the media.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lecture Demo on Psychodrama - 19 December, 2015

Indian Institute of Psychodrama (IIP)

Psychodrama is an action method develop by Jacob Moreno MD 1889-1974. Psychodrama includes elements of theatre, often conducted on a stage where props can be used. By closely recreating real-life situations and acting them out in the present, clients have the opportunity to evaluate situation in their spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives. Psychodrama may be used in a variety of clinical, community based and business settings and is most often utilised in a group scenario.

Magdalene Jeyarathnam is the founder of Indian Institute of Psychodrama, She practices Expressive Arts therapy and she has a 21 year practice with individual, couples and groups. She also runs the East West Center for Counselling and training which is a therapy center based in Chennai. She has worked as a consultant for various governments Tamil Nadu, India, Thailand, Myanmar, and Bhutan. She uses various therapy techniques and tools in her work. She currently runs a diploma course in Expressive Arts therapy along with Women’s Christian College which is the only such course in the country. Magdalene has worked with as a consultant for various international agencies like UNICEF, WHO in her capacity of strengthening counselling services in various countries in South East Asia. Magdalene is a member of International Association of Group Psychotherapy and group processes, which was founded by Jacob Moreo and she is also a member of the Moreo Psychodrama Society.

We welcome you to an orientation to psychodrama.

Who should attend?
Anyone working with individuals or groups, psychotherapists, counsellors, doctors, teachers, corporate trainers, psychologists, life coach or anyone else in the related field of working with groups.

Date : 19.12.2015       

Timing: 3 to 5 PM

Cost: Rs 500/=

Venue : Venue Edufun Life School, 5th Floor, Shreevallabh Darshan (Next to Lakme Salon Opp Asha Parekh Hospital), Station Road, Santacruz – west

Contact: Rahul 9819040320 to reserve a seat.

Friday, September 25, 2015




 Mrs. Magdalene Jeyarathnam , Director of East West Counselling Center And Indian Institute of Psychodrama, Was warmly welcomed by the Chennai counsellors foundation, where she gave a brief talk on the Introduction of Psychodrama to the members of the foundation, on 19th September, 2015, 
She organized few group activities to demonstrate the use of psychodrama in therapy and in general aspects of life. She also demonstrated few psychodrama techniques that could be used in a therapy setting, like Mirroring, Doubling Etc., with the help of the eager participants. Students from various city colleges also participated and got an idea on how expressive arts and psychodrama can be used for helping people. 

A few clicks from the meeting is posted.