Thursday, June 22, 2017

Drama therapy and Storytelling Workshops

Training In July 2017

Drama Therapy workshop - 5 to 8 July

Trainer - Evan Hasting

Workshop fees - Rs 8000/

Venue - Women's Christian College, Chennai

About Evan
Evan integrates Theatre of the Oppressed, Drama Therapy and elements of Hip Hop culture into his approach to artistic social healing. Grass Rooted in community organizing, he acts in, directs and produces original performance pieces that grapple with pressing issues while innovative aesthetics invite audience engagement.  Evan facilitates in correctional facilities, community theatres, schools and colleges. He also works with therapists, social workers, artists and educators by consulting and providing professional development. 

Storytelling Therapy workshop - 10 to 12 July

Trainer - Dr Eric Miller

Workshop Fees - Rs 6000/-

Venue - Women's Christian College, Chennai

For either or both workshops please click here to register.

Call us for more information - 044-42080810/ 9884700124
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Workshop April 3 to 7, 2017

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Intensive Workshop in Chennai

Date - April 3 to 7, 2017.          Time - 9.30 AM to 3.30 PM

For Registration and more information 
Please contact - 9884700135/ 044- 42080810
email -
Workshop Fees - Rs 10000/=

The workshop 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 this workshop 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 intensive workshop 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.

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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Expressive Arts Therapy classes and Music Therapy classes

Expressive Arts Therapy classes Feb 6 to 10 from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM  
Music Therapy classes Feb 11, 12, 14, 15 from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM

As part of the class on DEAT (Diploma in Expressive Arts therapy) Dr Karen Estrella will be teaching both these modules. Dr Estrella has written several articles on Expressive Arts therapy as a modality on its own. She is the Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Programme at Lesley University, Boston. Dr Estrella is a licenced Music therapist, Art therapist and Expressive arts therapist. She is a wonderful teacher and has many years of experience as a therapist.

If any of you wish to register for either of these modules please write to us asking for details.


There were a little more than 300 participants on the first conference that we jointly conducted with Women's Christian College. Being the first such conference, this is a very important landmark in the history of Expressive Arts Therapy in India. 

The sessions were as follows:
 Pre conference options for Feb 15th was any of the following: 
  1. Building Empathy using Dance Movement Therapy – Preetha Ramasubramanian
  2. Storytelling for Self-Development – Dr. Eric Miller, USA/India
  3. Psychodrama : Enhancing Creativity and Spontaneity – Magdalene Jeyarathnam
  4. Art Therapy – Oihika Chakraborthi                                        

    The schedule of the conference is as follows:

    16th February 2017 (Day 1)

    8.30 – 9.30           Registration
    9.30 -10.00          Inauguration Session (Auditorium)
    11:00 – 11:15         Tea
    11:15 – 12:15         Plenary I — Why Expressive Arts Therapy is a Separate Mode of Therapy, Dr. Karen Estella
    12:15 – 1:15          Plenary II – Expressive Therapies Focussing on Dance and Movement, Ms. Ritu Shree
    1:15 – 2:15            Lunch
    2:15 – 3:45          Concurrant Workshokshop, “Expressive Arts for Personal and Professional Effectiveness”:
                                Dance Therapy, Ms. Tripura Kashyap
                                Visual Art Therapy, Ms. Oihika Chakraborthi
                                Therapeutic Uses of Story and Storytelling, Ms. Regina Ress
                                Expressive Arts Therapy, Ms. Brinda Jacob-Janvrin
    3:45 – 4:00          Tea
    4:00 – 5:30          Plenary III — Expressive Arts Therapy and Behavioural Change, Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam

    6 PM - Inauguration of the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India.

    Lighting of the lamp and combined art work.

    17th February 2017 (Day 2)

    9:00 – 10.15         Plenary IV — Expressive Arts Therapy - A Case Study, Ms. Brinda Jacob-Janvrin
    10:15 – 10:30       Tea
    10:30 – 1:00         Panel Presentations: “Self-discovery through Expressive Arts for Human Resource Development.”

                                Moderators, Dr. Veena Easvaradoss and Dr. Anitha Rajendran.

                                1) Visual Art, Ms. Oihika Chakrabharti
                                2) Psychodrama, Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam
                                3) Dance and Movement, Ms. Preetha Ramasubramanian
                                4) Storytelling, Dr. Eric Miller

    1:00 – 2:00           Lunch
    2.00 – 3.30           Paper Presentations.
                                Track 1, Expressive Arts Therapy.
                                Track 2, Individual Expressive Therapies.
                                Track 3, Applications of the Expressive Arts – I.
                                Track 4, Applications of the Expressive Arts – II.
    3.30-4:30              Valedictory Function (Auditorium).