Saturday, April 18, 2015

Expressive Arts Therapy - Batch 4 - March 2015 (Dance Movement Therapy and Art Therapy)

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 third and final module in April 2015 (6th to 17th), which encompassed the Dance Movement Therapy and Art Therapy components. 
Dance Movement Therapy was conducted by Preetha Ramasubramanian (Chennai, India) and Art Therapy was conducted by Susan Ainlay Anand (Mississippi, U.S.A.). 






 



















From top to bottom: 
Pic 1 (left) - Mural Painting 
Pic 2 (center) - Art Therapy - Students working on the Mural Painting
Pic 3 (right) - Completed Mural Painting
Pic 4 (center) - Clay-work done by the students
Pic 5 (left) - Puppets by made the students

Dance Movement Therapy Workshop by Katia Verrault

An Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy Workshop
by Katia Verrault 

East West Center for Counselling & Training concluded a half-day workshop for our employees on the introduction to Dance Movement Therapy. 

We'd like to thank Katia Verrault, a Dance Movement Therapist from Netherlands for conducting this workshop for us. 



Monday, March 16, 2015

2-Day Workshop on the Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy - Bangalore on March 14th and 15th

East West Center for Counselling & Training

has concluded a 2-Day Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop in Bangalore, at Sparsh Foundation, Cox Town on March 14th and 15th. 

The 2-Day experiential workshop explored 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.

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.

Expressive Arts Therapy - Batch 4 - March 2015 (Music Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy)

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 second module in March 2015 (2nd to 13th), which encompassed the Music Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy components. Both components were conducted by Dr. Karen Estrella - Program Coordinator, Expressive Arts Therapy, Lesley University, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 





Left: Dr. Veena Easvaradoss, Head of Department - Psychology at Women's Christian College, Chennai, India
Middle: Dr. Karen Estrella, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University, Massachusetts,  U.S.A.
Right: Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Director - East West Center for Counselling & Training, Chennai, India

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