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.   

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book Reading - Chennai and Bangalore September 2015

                                      Book Reading


Indian Institute of Psychodrama presents

A Book Talk --

Everyone is invited!  Free Admission!

Ms Saphira Linden, MA, LCAT (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist) of Boston, USA, would be visiting Chennai, and she would be giving a Talk relating to her recently-published book,

"The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: A Transpersonal Approach through Theatre Arts: Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, and Transformational Theatre", Introduced and Edited by Saphira Linden.


Day: Friday 25 September 2015.

Time: 5 P.M.

Venue: Three Elephant Bookstore,
Apex Plaza, Basement (where Landmark Bookstore used to be),
No 3, Nungambakkam High Road,
Chennai - 34 


Day: Monday 28 September 2015.

Time: 5 P.M

Venue: Sapna Book House,
No.32, Brigade Road Junction, Residency Road, 
Bangalore - 560025,
Next To Hyundai Showroom, Opposite To The Gateway Hotel

This Book Talk might be especially interesting to people  involved in Theatre, Counselling, Social Work, Psychology, Human Resource work, Training, and Teaching.

Through the book, Ms Saphira shares her life's work of applying the Transpersonal Psychology approach to  Transformational Theatre, Psychodrama, and Drama Therapy. 

Transpersonal Psychology and Transformational Theatre enable individuals to integrate with the divine.

The book discusses ways of using Theatre Arts to help heal and uplift individuals, couples, families, and 

The book contains articles by many of Ms Saphira's students and colleagues.

Ms Saphira speaks about her work at

You are invited to come and meet this Sufi Practitioner, Drama Therapist, and Psychodrama Director.

For Additional Info:
(Chennai) 98847 00135


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Diploma in Expressive Arts therapy 2015 to 2016


Invites Applications Batch 5 - 2015 to 2016 @ Chennai 

 Women's Christian College, Chennai and East West Center for Counselling and Training announces

Batch Five - “Diploma Course in Expressive Arts Therapy”

Training Calendar 2015 to 2016

Module One Nov 30 to December 11, 2015
Module Two Feb 15 to 26, 2016
Module Three April 4 to 15, 2016 

Components we cover in this course are 

Therapeutic uses of Storytelling
Dance Movement Therapy
Visual Art
Expressive Arts Therapy
Counselling and Ethics

The diploma will be issued only on completion of:

1.             100% Attendance
2.             Trainer's evaluation
3.             Assignments
4.             Final Project
5.             Written Exam (one)
6.             40 hours of personal (individual) therapy sessions
7.             Six Supervision sessions over Skype compulsory from June 2016 to
        November 2016

*****This Expressive Arts Therapy Diploma Program is the only academic based program offered in India****

In addition to the Diploma, students will also receive certificates from the World Storytelling Institute, Dance Movement Psychotherapy Institute and Psychodrama Institute upon completion of this program.

Training Venue - Women's Christian College, Nungambakkam, Chennai

Class timing - 9.30 AM to 3.30 PM

Who should attend this training?

This is an intensive program for those in the helping profession - (open to men and women) Therapists, HR (psychology), Social Workers, Counsellors, Psychologists, Special educators, NGO workers and those who are working with children will benefit from this course.

How is this training delivered?

The training is divided into 3 modules lasting 10 days each and takes place entirely in Chennai. At the completion of each module participants will have to complete projects and assignments of 15 hours. Each participant apart from the class hours will complete 200 hours of project work/ assignments.

Course Fee - Rs 75,000/=
Application Fee -
Rs 200/=

For further details:

Application forms are available,  at the East West Center for Counselling's office. Please email us at or contact us at 9884700104.

Contact Course Coordinator - 9884700135

Center for Counselling - (044) 42080810/+ 91 9884700135

WCC - (044) - 28275926/28231676/ - ext 323 (Psychology department)