Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Colorful Serendipity- A fortunate discovery of Self, January 28th- 29th 2021

 Colorful Serendipity- A fortunate discovery of Self 

“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.”

   –Julia Cameron

East West center for counselling and training is conducting a 2 day workshop on discovering oneself using Expressive Arts Therapy. This workshop is opened to all those who would like to explore Expressive Arts Therapy. 

Dates: 28th, 29th January 2021

Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm 

For further details visit our website:

Contact us on 9884700104/ 9884700106

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Diploma course in Expressive Arts Therapy- BATCH 10

 Diploma course in Expressive Arts Therapy- Batch 10

The course is a 1 year Diploma that have modules as 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.



Certificate course on Storytelling and Psychodrama (40 hours), January & February 2021

 Storytelling and Psychodrama- 40 hour certificate course, January 2021

Indian Institute of Psychodrama in collaboration with World Storytelling Institute presents a 40 hour certificate course on Storytelling and Psychodrama this January 2021. This course will consist of 11 session spread across January and February, where two days of training will take place in each week. The major goal of the course is to dramatize their personal story/ parallel story / their personal healing story. Participants would be enabled to explore, and to find meanings, interpretations, and messages in their stories through Psychodrama (which is dramatizing through roles).


Jan: 13th, 15th/ 20th, 22nd/ 27th, 29th/ 

Feb: 3rd, 5th/ 10th, 12th/ 17th 

Time: 5 pm to 8 pm (3 hours)

Structure of the course:

40 hours

11 (3 hour) Classroom Sessions = 33 hours.

7 hours of Fieldwork = 7 hours.


Dr Eric Miller, Folklorist and Counsellor (PhD in Folklore, MSc in Psychology).Director, World Storytelling Institute .World Storytelling Institute facilitates training in, performance of, and discussion about, forms of storytelling.  Storytelling, in the literal sense of the word, involves social events in which participants can give near-instantaneous feedback to each other.  Other ways of presenting stories are of secondary interest to us.<a href="http://(

Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Founder Director of Indian Institute of Psychodrama, She is an Expressive Arts therapist and board certified Psychodramatist. She is currently completing her PEP Certification, she is in the international committee of ASGPP and is also on the board of directors of International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process (IAGP).

Christmas special workshop - Expressive Arts Therapy, December 2020

East West Center For Counselling and Training conducted  a 2 day introductory online workshop on Expressive Arts Therapy, an exclusive Christmas gift for all those who are interested to know of art and its therapeutic effect on them. There was a total of 7 participants who attended this 2 day workshop on Expressive Arts Therapy. 

A chance to help your self uncover parts of “You” through Expressive Arts therapy this Christmas


Integrating Body work in Counselling : SERIES- I in August & September 2020

 Integrating Body work in Counselling

East West Center for Counselling and Training  began a series with counselling and other art forms used as therapeutic tools in August & September 2020

This series was for 4 weekend “An Online Certificate course on using Dance Movement Therapy in trauma informed approach to Counselling”

Trauma can leave one feeling disconnected from their body, their families and the world around them (Levine, 2010). “Trauma can be  defined as a sudden and forceful event or prolonged exposure to stressful life events which overtime overwhelms a person’s ability to respond. Trauma need not always involve actual physical harm to oneself; an event can be traumatic if it  contradicts one’s worldview and overpowers one’s ability to cope  where one’s sense of safety, hope and agency have severely been compromised. “ A trauma-informed approach comes from understanding the body-mind connection and how the impact of trauma affects the nervous system ,the brain’s neurological processes  and emotional regulation. Addressing  trauma by integrating body work in counselling can facilitate resource activation and healing processes.

Inviting all mental health practitioners and counsellors who wish to integrate arts in their work.


Katia Verreault – Group facilitator, dance movement therapist, dance instructor and Founder of A Moving World-We dance

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Founder Director of East West Center for Counselling and Training

Monday, January 4, 2021

SERIES II - Integrating Visual Arts for healing in Counselling Children, October & November 2020

 Integrating Visual Arts for Healing in Counselling

East West Center for Counselling and Training  conducted Series II- Integrating Visual Arts for Healing in Counselling

“A trauma informed approach using arts in counselling with children”

This is a 4 weekend course which was conducted in the month of October and November 2020. The course introduced skills and techniques of using visual art for healing in a trauma informed approach in counselling children. The training paves way to an experiential learning which increased practitioners tool kit for working with children. 

Visual Art and collages give way to understand and expression of the extent of emotions and feelings experienced by the individual or the creator near to perfection than in verbal expressions. Individuals having trouble verbalizing what they are feeling, can mirror their emotions through spontaneous collage. For individuals who are more visually oriented to see and perceive better. Children whose linguistic skill are still developing can use collage to express themselves better. Art is easy, quick, safe and less intimidating to the client who are new or who feel resistant toward Therapy, It does not need specific skill sets, yet tends to be very insightful. It gives the creator a sense of contentment in the end of creating something of themselves which is psychically concrete to feel and see. Facilitates catharsis and self-exploration. 


Ms. Roshni Bhatia, Artist and Art Therapist (Bangalore, India)

Magdalene Jeyarathnam(Course Director) –  Expressive Arts Therapist and Certified Psychodramatist


Saturday, October 10, 2020

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY- "Perspectives on Positive Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing through Arts"

 WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY- October 10th 2020

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. World Mental Health Day 2019 - Focus on suicide prevention. According to WHO, in recent years, there has been increasing acknowledgement of the important role mental health plays in achieving global development goals, as illustrated by the inclusion of mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades early – due to preventable physical conditions. Despite progress in some countries, people with mental health conditions often experience severe human rights violations, discrimination, and stigma. Increased investment is required on all fronts: for mental health awareness to increase understanding and reduce stigma; for efforts to increase access to quality mental health care and effective treatments; and for research to identify new treatments and improve existing treatments for all mental disorders. In 2019, WHO launched the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health (2019-2023): Universal Health Coverage for Mental Health to ensure access to quality and affordable care for mental health conditions in 12 priority countries to 100 million more people. This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges: for health-care workers, providing care in difficult circumstances, going to work fearful of bringing COVID-19 home with them; for students, adapting to taking classes from home, with little contact with teachers and friends, and anxious about their futures; for workers whose livelihoods are threatened; for the vast number of people caught in poverty or in fragile humanitarian settings with extremely limited protection from COVID-19; and for people with mental health conditions, many experiencing even greater social isolation than before. And this is to say nothing of managing the grief of losing a loved one, sometimes without being able to say goodbye. Given past experience of emergencies, it is expected that the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years. This is why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health. 

"Perspectives on Positive Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing through Arts"

Hosted by, East West Center for Counseling and Training,

The reason for hosting the session on this particular day is very important, to spread awareness on the importance of Mental Health  and how Art, a creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. This year's theme for Mental Health Day is, "Increased investment in Mental Health" the initiative was taken up to invest time the most precious asset of every individual to understand and enrich oneself with knowledge on mental health. We had eminent speakers as panelists,

1) Dr Anbu Durai -Addressed the topic ‘Life – Celebrations of the mind’ Dr. C. Anbudorai Mbbs jipmer pondi1989 Dpm Nimhans blore "91 [MD community med mmc chennai 1996] He is currently working with, The banyan, The Hindu Mission and NIEPMD His past experiences involves, As psychiatrist BEML KGF Karnataka Manipal hospital Bangalore Wisdom Chennai Dr Kamakshi mem Chennai Dr Kamraj hospital Chennai Laxmi nursing home Agash Mindzone Vidyasagar Win or win mental health Manashastra As visiting lecturer tutor In psychiatry, psychology &community medicine for nurses, social workers, occupational &physiotherapists, community worker SRM College Balaji dental college Meenakshi college alapakkam CSIM Apollo College of nursing Thai moogambigai BALM Basic training in, Playback theatre, Psychodrama, Expressive arts therapy, Storytelling , Anthroposophy, Anthropological psychiatry, Applied Buddhist psychology, Cognitive psychology, NLP and Open dialogue.

2) Dr S Janani- consultant psychiatrist completed her MBBS from Vinayaka missions Salem and did her psychiatric medicine from Christian Medical college Vellore. She Practices hypnotherapy extensively and runs her own private establishment, Shraddha dedicated to treating people with mental illnesses in Mandaveli. She addressed the topic ‘There is Nothing Like Mental Health’.

3) Dr Eric Miller - Will be focusing on "Emotional Wellness and Positive Mental Health Through Storytelling" in the session. Dr Eric Miller is a Native New Yorker who has settled in Chennai. He has earned a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Madras. Dr Eric co-founded the "World Storytelling Institute" in 2007, and the annual "Chennai Storytelling Festival" in 2013. He directs both. His primary work these days is developing, practicing, and training others in the methods of Storytelling Therapy. Storytelling Therapy methods could also be used for Life Coaching, and for facilitating Personality.

4) Mrs Kumudam Berkin - Shared on the topic ‘Art and its Healing on Me’. She is a German language translator, interpreter and certified trainer. Self taught artist, Classical dancer and modern jazz exponent. Over 12 years of corporate experience in companies such as Ford, HP and cognizant. Mother of two daughters and currently a freelancer. 

The session's moderator was Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam ( Psychodramatist and Expressive arts therapist). She is the founder- director of East West Center for Counselling which is an Expressive arts therapy center providing therapy services to schools, universities and organisations and the Indian Institute of psychodrama which is the first psychodrama training institute in India. Magdalene has more than 25 years of experience in working with addiction, HIV/AIDS and mental health issues, she has worked with several state and central government agencies in India, She has also worked with UNICEF and WHO as consultant on projects. 

The session time- 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

YouTube link:

Order of events :
5:30 – 5:35 - Welcome address by Natalia (Intern from Stella Maris college - Department of Social work)
5:35 – 5:40 - Why mental health day by Keran (Intern from Stella Maris college - Department of Social work)
5:40 – 5:45 - Introduction of moderator and purpose of panel discussion by Johannah( Cousellor EWC) 
5:45 – 5:55 - Dr.C.Anbudorai – ‘Life – Celebrations of the mind’ 
5:55 – 6:05 - Dr.Kumudam – ‘Art and its Healing on Me’ 
6:05 – 6:15 - Dr.S.Janani – ‘There is Nothing Like Mental Health’ 
6:15 – 6: 20 - Dr Eric Miller - ‘Emotional Wellness and positive mental health through storytelling’ 
6:20 - Question and Answer 
6:25 - Announcements of some important upcoming Art therapy workshops 
6:30 - Vote of thanks by  Keran (Intern from Stella Maris college - Department of Social work).