Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Expressive Arts workshop in Mumbai and Chennai

Workshop in Mumbai:

                      Art(S) for healing

Weekend Workshop in - Mumbai - April 5 & 6 - 2014

Timing - 9 AM to 4.00 PM

Venue - Malad (W) (pls call and register before you come)

Who can attend? 

Counsellors, Psychologists, Social workers, NGO workers, Corporate trainers, HR professionals, theater artists.

At the end of two days Participants will:

1. Use Expressive arts for personal growth.
2. Explore collaborative processes through expressive arts.
3.Learn specific tools for managing stress..

For Registration - Please call (+919884700164) or  +919884100135  

Email - josephine@centerforcounselling.org

Information about the workshops 

Historically, the expressive arts have been part of ancient healing practices and a bridge between our worlds both inwardly and communally. In this workshop, participants will use the expressive therapies to explore the world of the parts of the Self.  How we relate to ourselves, our family and our community depends on the health of our relationship to the inner and outer Self.  While learning some history, theory and use of Expressive Arts, including visual art, journaling, movement and theatre, they will also develop tools for managing stress, healing and empowering themselves.

Profile of Jennie Kristel:

Jennie Kristel, MA, CET, RMT is a Certified Expressive Therapist in private practice, Reiki Master and is trained in Playback theatre and other forms of improvisation theatre and personal story telling. She has been collaborating with the East/West Centre for Counseling offering workshops and trainings in using the Expressive arts since 2009. She teaches using expressive arts, theatre games, and improvisation as a way to support people in understanding their deeper stories, resolve conflict and help build community. She co-edited, “Using Art Therapy in Diverse Populations: Crossing Cultures and Abilities” published in 2013.

Workshop in Chennai:

Using the Expressive Arts for Self care.

Workshop in March 2014 - Chennai

March 28, 29, 30, 2014

Timing - 10 AM to 4.30 PM

Who can attend? 

Counsellors, Psychologists, Social workers, NGO workers, Corporate trainers, HR professionals, theater artists.
For Registration - Please call (+91-9884700164)  or  +919884100135 ( 5 PM - 8 PM)

Email - josephine@centerforcounselling.org

(If you are a student from MSSW, SIET, WCC, MGR Janaki college or Ethiraj college you can avail a 60% student discount in Chennai by showing your student ID)

At the end of three days participants will:

1. Develop skills for managing stress using the Expressive Arts.

2. Explore the use of expressive arts for empowerment.
3. Explore the self through creative, collaborative methods.

For Registration - Please call (+919884700164) or  +919884100135 ( 5 PM - 8 PM)  

Email - josephine@centerforcounselling.org

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Our Training Calendar for February, 2014

In Chandigarh:

1) Feb 3 & 4 - Two day introductory workshop on Expressive Arts Therapy (EAT) by Magdalene Jeyarathnam. EAT is a non-threatening, gentle method of making assessments, evaluating and making treatment goals for clients. The two day session will be exploring self and a journey of self-discovery which will be a lot of fun and learning. Registration fees Rs 1000. Contact Prerna - 9501591135. 

In Chennai:

Eligibility for the workshops are NGO workers, social workers,psychologists, corporate trainers and others working with teams.

Contact Magdalene Jeyarathnam - +91-9884700135. 

Email - magdalene.jeyarathnam@gmail.com

Training fees covers Hand outs, lunch and tea. (Registration is only on first come basis):

2) Feb 6 - Orientation on Sociodrama by Valerie Holland, UK (only for college students in Chennai)

3) Feb 10 - One day Workshop on Introduction to Art Therapy by Susan Anand Ainlay, USA. This one-day course provides students with an introduction to the definition, historical roots, theory, and basic elements of art therapy. The class will consist of three art experiences, lecture and case material, and group discussion designed to help students learn how art making can be used to affect behavioral, emotional, and psychological change with individuals and groups. Students will work with various art materials and media typically used in art therapy, and learn how to distinguish the characteristics of these materials as a means toward effective intervention with clients/patients. Registration fees Rs 1000/-

4) Feb 11 to 13 - Therapeutic Storytelling, by Susan Perrow, Australia. In this 3 day workshop, examples, ideas and techniques for writing healing (‘medicinal’) stories for children/adults will be shared and the therapeutic use of metaphor explored. With the support of a story-making framework, the participants will be guided to create their own stories addressing a range of challenging behaviours and challenging situations with children, teens and adults. The participants will also complete a small story weaving – an inspirational source for more story ideas. Registration fees Rs 5000/-

5) Feb 14 to 18 - Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP), by Preetha Ramasubramanian. Introduction to DMP, brief history about DMP, Experiential group work using ‘talk – move – talk’ format, Body awareness and body boundaries. Assessment clinical, practical and movement for adults and children, Moving together. This will be highly creative and enjoyable workshop. Registration fees Rs 7000/-

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy, Chennai, India

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

Batch Three -  “Diploma Course in Expressive arts therapy

Training Calendar 2013 to 2014

Module One - Dec 10 to 19, 2013

December 10 to 11, 2013:   Counselling and Ethics, Dr Veena Esvardoss, and Magdalene Jeyarathnam 

December 12, 2013: Introduction to stories as therapeutic tool - Dr Eric Miller & Magdalene Jeyarathnam

December 13 to 19 2013:   Psychodrama - Sue Daniel, Australia

Module Two - Feb 10 to 19, 2014

Feb 10, 2014: Orientation in Art Therapy - Susan Anand, USA

Feb 11 to 13, 2014:  Storytelling & Therapy – Susan Perrow, Australia and Dr Eric Miller 

Feb 14 to 17, 2014:  Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Preetha Ramasubramanian

Feb 18 to 19, 2014: Integrating Music in therapy

Module Three - April 1 to 10, 2014

April 1 to  5, 2014: Expressive Art therapy – Focussing on Visual Art therapy, Jennie Kristel, USA 

April 6 to 10, 2014:  Expressive Art therapy - Jennie Kristel, USA

The diploma will be issued only on completion of:

  1. 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 to Nov

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

Who should attend this training?

This is an intensive programme 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/=

For further details:

Application forms will be available Aug 1st 2013, with Dr Veena Esvaradoss, Psychology department, WCC and at the East West Center for Counselling's office.

For further details - 

Contact Course Co-ordinator - 9884700135

Center for Counselling - (044) 42080810/+ 91 9884100135    

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

About Expressive Arts Therapy

In addition, one of the East-West Center for Counselling’s specialties is modifying Western therapeutic approaches for use in the Indian context; this would also be a major theme of the course.

The Department of Psychology, WCC was started in 1973 as an undergraduate department. It currently offers M.Sc., in Applied Psychology with two branches (i) Counselling & Psychotherapy (ii) Organizational Behaviour. The M.Phil. Program (full time) was introduced in 2001 and Ph.D. Program (full time) in 2005. In 2004-05 the U.G.C. career-oriented courses were started.  This comprises of Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Human Relations, offered to students of all departments. Equipping students with professional and personal skills that empower them and enhance their employability is one of the objectives of the department.

In this course, seven individuals trained in the Australia, USA, Canada and India would teach the various modalities of Expressive arts therapy.  They would be organised by Ms Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Director of Chennai’s East West Center for Counselling, who along with faculty of the psychology department WCC, will also teach Counselling Skills and Ethics throughout the year-long Course.

Upon completion of the Course, participants would receive a diploma certifying them to have undergone 200 hours of training in Expressive arts therapy. 

About Expressive arts therapy:

Expressive arts therapy is the practice of using storytelling, singing, instrumental music, movement and dance, drama, and visual arts, all together, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing.

Expressive arts therapy is predicated on the assumption that people can heal through use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression.

An Expressive arts therapist may specialise in a particular modality, but Expressive arts therapy is an inter-modal therapeutic discipline in which the therapist and client may move freely between drawing, dancing, music, drama, poetry, etc. 

In Expressive arts therapy, when the therapist and client see fit to do so, they discuss the client’s feelings and thoughts that have arisen in the client in the process of the client expressing him/herself in the artistic process.

Expressive arts therapy focuses on the client’s experience of expression, and on reflection upon the client’s feelings and thoughts that may have arisen during this experience.  The artistic product is of secondary importance.

Expressive arts therapy utilises a gentle non-judgmental approach, enabling the client to become aware of what is happening in his/her unconscious - through artistic expression, and then reflection upon and discussion about this expression.

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; and facilitate change, including in relation to personal growth and community development.

Expressive arts therapy can be practiced with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Training Team

 Sue Daniel - Psychodrama (December)

Sue Daniel is the director of the Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary on 22 July 2011.  Her background includes a variety of areas such as early childhood education and special education, psychology, individual and group psychotherapy, counselling for couples, adolescents and families, philosophy, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.  More on Sue and her work. www.psychodrama-institute-melbourne.com. Sue is a TEP (Trainer, Educator and Practitioner) of Psychodrama, Founder of the Moreno Psychodrama Society, and a member of the Board of Directors  of the IAGP (International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes www.iagp.com ). Currently she is a co-chair of the IAGP Education Committee.  Her visit to Chennai sees the start of a joint collaboration between the IAGP and East West Center For Counselling & Training.

 Jennie Kristel - Playback Theatre, Expressive Art therapy (April)

Jennie Kristel M.A., CET is a Certified Expressive Arts  therapist and Reiki Teacher/practitioner in private practice. In her 20 +year career, Jen has used the arts (including visual, movement, psychodrama, and Playback Theatre) in both clinical and non-clinical settings.  Jen is an adjunct professor at Burlington College, in Burlington Vermont and since 2003 also teaches Playback Theatre and the use of Expressive therapies internationally, and has been working in conjunction with the Centre for Counseling since 2009.  She is on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Playback Theatre. Her website is www.journeyworksvt.comand her blog is jenniekristel.wordpress.com

Dr Eric Miller - Storytelling (Feb)

Dr Eric Miller directs the World Storytelling Institute ( www.storytellinginstitute.org ) here in Chennai.  He leads various types of Storytelling Workshops. Last year he completed his PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has been associated with the Center for Counselling since 2006.

Magdalene Jeyarathnam - Counselling Skills and Ethics (Dec)

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, is a practicing counsellor and counselling trainer. She has worked as a counsellor, counselling supervisor and counselling trainer for 19 years. She is the Director of East West Center for Counselling and The Indian Institute of Psychodrama. She has developed counselling training modules, protocols and guidelines for counsellors in India and other countries especially in South East Asia. She works as a consultant to several UNICEF, WHO, World Vision projects. She is a member of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes.

Dr. Veena Easvaradoss, Ph.D. - Counselling Skills and Ethics (Dec)

Dr. Veena Easvaradoss
, Associate Professor of Psychology, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, has over 20 years of professional experience in clinical and counselling psychology. She has obtained her doctoral degree from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore. Her clinical practice includes being Clinical Psychologist on referral for several schools, NGOs and corporates. She has facilitated at a number of workshops on counselor training including Grief Counselling, Counselling for teachers, Coping with Stress, Counselling Skills, Behaviour modification, Parenting, Suicide Prevention, Learning problems, Tsunami volunteers' counselling training among others.

Preetha Ramasubramanian – Dance Movement Psychotherapy (Feb)

Preetha  Ramasubramanian is a Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist trained in the UK. She was awarded a distinction from Goldsmiths College, University of London for her work with the forensic population.   She has worked with children having severe behaviour problems, trauma, autism, cerebral palsy, abuse, etc… both in mainstream schools and in special schools. She has also worked with drug users, sex offenders, and adults with criminal background having severe mental health issues. At present Preetha works with both children and adults in private practice.

Susan Perrow - Therapeutic Storytelling (Feb)

Susan Perrow – has published two books Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour and Therapeutic Storytelling. Susan runs workshops all around the world. She is a storyteller, teacher trainer, parent educator and counsellor. Her books have been translated and sold throughout the world. She will be leading her first storytelling workshop in India from Feb 7 to 9, 2014 in collaboration with the World Storytelling Institute.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Indian Institute of Psychodrama

Please visit the blog


this has information regarding workshops on Psychodrama.

August 2013 Psychodrama workshops in Chennai and Bangalore. Please contact for further information or registration.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dance Movement Therapy & Music Therapy

Workshops in July 2013

a) Dance Movement Psychotherapy (13 to 17 July 2013)
b) Music Therapy (8 to 12 July 2013)

Dance Movement Psychotherapy
Date:13 to 17 July 2013
This course aims to provide you with the basic concepts of theory and practice in Dance Movement Psychotherapy. As the body remembers its story, with an engagement with movement it helps people get in touch with themselves in a more deeper way and can lead to new discoveries about themselves.
Body and movement is the medium of creative process during the therapy, therefore the therapist helps the clients get in touch with their inner world in an authentic way. The therapist does not need a background in dance to facilitate this process. Psychodynamic principles will be the main medium of theoretical approach that will be used to connect the cathartic process to cognitive understanding.
The main areas of focus are:
-       Working with different cliental groups using movement as a medium of communication
-       Exploring the concepts of attunement and empathy in communication

-       Working with ones own movement and trying to connect it with their life experiences
-       Using other tools to help explore the movement process
You will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the course. The classes will be 9 AM to 3 PM, Between 3 PM to 4 PM you will have to work on a class assignment everyday.

The trainer is a qualified Dance Psychotherapist - Preetha Ramasubramanian
Preetha  Ramasubramanian is a Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist trained in the UK. She was awarded a distinction from Goldsmiths College, University of London for her work with the forensic population.   She has worked with children having severe behaviour problems, trauma, autism, cerebral palsy, abuse, etc… both in mainstream schools and in special schools. She has also worked with drug users, sex offenders, and adults with criminal background having severe mental health issues. At present Preetha works with both children and adults in private practice. 
Please contact 9884100135 for details about the course and registration.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Storytelling and healing workshop 23 rd May, delhi

Storytelling and Healing workshop @ Karmic Research Center

World Storytelling Institute and East West Center for Counselling and Training together present a one day workshop on 23 rd May 2013. The workshop is repeated on the 24 th May. 

Registrations are closed for 23rd and 24th.


For the workshop on 25th May (Saturday) @ Delhi ( location to be announced)

 please email:

magdalene@centerforcounselling.org or eric@storytellinginstitute.org

Phone number:
0 9884100135, 0 9840394282

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Psychodrama in New Delhi 21, 22 december 2013

Indian Institute of Psychodrama is honoured to present a two day Psychodrama workshop in Delhi with Sue Daniel on December 21 & 22, 2013.

Introduction to Psychodrama

Psychodrama is a creative way of exploring the world of individuals, families and organisations using action methods and spontaneous drama. It is an enlivening framework in which the use of the imagination is central. 

Psychodrama is an experiential group work method based on the principals of Dr J. L. Moreno (1889-1974).  Psychodrama has been the basis of many theories and practices of group work since 1923.  It has applications in a variety of settings.  Psychodrama is an action method and involves the use of dramatic enactment to explore themes, events and stories in our lives.

This meeting will provide an introduction to the use of core principals and techniques of Psychodrama including role theory, sociometry and sociodrama.  It is suited for people working or studying in a variety of fields such as health, education, organisational development, the creative arts and pastoral care.  Learning will be experiential, based on the interests and concerns of the participants, who can expect significant personal and professional growth.  Participants can expect to enjoy themselves as well as learn about this creative and positive method, which has relevance in work and in everyday relationships.

Life provides many positive challenges and possibilities, which are ours if we have the courage to take them.  This two-day experience sharing workshop will also assist those who want to develop greater strength, vitality and more effective relationships with themselves and others. 

About Sue Daniel

Sue Daniel, BA, DipT, MApS, TEP is a psychodramatist and psychotherapist in private practice in Melbourne, Australia. She is the Director of the Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne and a Visiting Professor at the Muroran Institute of Technology, Hokkaido, Japan.  Sue is the founder of the Moreno Psychodrama Society and Chairperson of the Australian and Aotearoa (New Zealand) Board of Psychodrama.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy.  She is an international trainer, educator and practitioner who conducts workshops and educational seminars in communities, institutes and organizations worldwide.  Sue’s writing on psychodrama has been published in books and journals.

For  further information please call  9884100135 or
email us.  magdalene.jeyarathnam@gmail.com