Monday, July 12, 2021

Teachers retreat workshop at Kodaikannal International School - 8th July 2021

 East West Center for Counselling and Training in collaboration with Kodaikannal International School conducted a teachers retreat workshop using Expressive Arts Therapy. This workshop was held at KIS campus on the 8th of July 2021. 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

India’s LGBTQ struggle and breaking down diversity barriers- 2nd July 2021

 India’s LGBTQ struggle and breaking down diversity barriers

India – ancient or modern have acknowledged sexual orientation exercisable by an individual though the same have been dogged with struggles of discrimination and criminalization. However, these are changing times and there is an acknowledgement that sexual orientation is not a choice and therefore those with different orientations have a right to live just like anyone else, which is part of the right of life. Multinational research firm IPSOS LGBT+ Pride 2021 Global Survey released this year reflects the changing nature of the Indian Population where sexual orientation reflects identification of at least 2% of the population to genders other than male or female and these include transgender, non-binary, non-conforming, gender-fluid and others. Further the report reflects that about 3% of the Indian Population identify as homosexual and 9% identify as bisexual with 1% as pan sexual and 2% identifying themselves as asexual. Hence we are looking at a population of 17%, which is no mean number, identifying themselves with different genders and sexual orientations. This 17% of the population have had to hide or deny or evade their sexual preferences and identity as society might call them unusual or not in conformity with the ordinary. This struggle with their inner selves has led to several battles with authority, selves society and family, one of which recently culminated into a victory of sorts with the Supreme Court of India decriminalizing Homosexuality and considering any discrimination or criminalization due to sexual orientation to be unconstitutional and an infringement of the rights to autonomy, intimacy, and identity and above all the fundamental right to privacy. The Supreme Court also directed the Government to take all measures to properly broadcast this message among the public to eliminate the stigma members of the LGBTQ community face.

Today CII-IWN bring in this very important discussion where though the judgment did open a world of possibilities for this group, the societal acceptance has not changed. The  discrimination continues and acceptance of sexual orientation to be a right by choice and preference is not forthcoming. Individuals struggle and hesitate to come out or freely live their sexual orientations and paths or support partners they have come to love. This hesitation is more identifiable or visible at the workplace. Today as the discussion on diversity has taken greater proportions and there is recognition of the fact that workplace has no place for one section or only a singular population to be visible, this dialogue or discussion on diversity needs to encompass that diversity is about humanity, it is about visibility and its about acceptance that an individual is known for their accomplishments or talents, they be identified for their work and their paths and the same should have little to do with gender, sexual orientation, class or caste.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Breaking the Silence: PRIDE MONTH CELEBRATION- 30th June 2021

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General Chennai cordially invites you, your friends, and colleagues to our Pride Month commemoration program “Breaking The Silence,” that includes a screening of American Film Showcase (AFS) short documentary “Share” followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Barna Szasz and Ellie Wen and protagonist Tim Chau.  Moderated by Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Expressive Arts Therapist & Psychodramatist the discussion will focus on LGBTQIA+ perspectives on identity, family, and communication.   

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021  

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

All interested individuals are requested to register at CLICK HERE with their First Name, Last Name, College/University Name, Contact Number, Email Id, and City to receive an invitation for the film screening and discussion.  Registered participants will be provided a ticket to watch the short documentary anytime between June 26 9:30 a.m. IST to June 30 10:00 p.m. IST via Eventive platform.   Please register at the earliest as the slots are limited and participation is on first-come-first-served basis.   

About the American Film Showcase (AFS): The American Film Showcase brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries, independent fiction films, and documentary know-how to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers. Funded by a grant from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and produced by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), the Showcase highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.  

 About AFS documentary “Share”: Share is a short documentary following Tim, an Asian-American 18-year-old, who has 3 million followers on Instagram (@3.1415).  He lives online, grabbing his phone first thing in the morning and even taking baths with it sometimes.  Although Tim usually shares funny memes on his massively popular page, he occasionally posts about mental health.   As the film explores his reason for these posts, we discover that he has created a different identity for himself online than in real life.   Will he be able to reconcile the two identities?  Tackling issues of identity, family, and communication, the film is a heart-breaking yet ultimately uplifting story about a Generation Z teenager at an important crossroad in his life.  


For any questions or clarifications write to  We look forward to seeing you all at the screening and panel discussion.   

Monday, June 21, 2021

Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy - Transgenerational Trauma

East West Center for counselling & Training conducted a joint diploma program with the Department of Psychology, Women’s Christian College (WCC), Chennai offering Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy (DEAT). Expressive Arts Therapy (EAT) is an integrated approach that combines modules of Psychodrama, Art therapy, Dance/ movement therapy, storytelling as therapy, Music therapy, Counselling, and Expressive Arts Therapy.

On the 21st of June 2021, Hande Karakılıç Üçer Psychiatrist & Psychodramatist - Expressive Arts Therapist from Turkey facilitated a one day online session for the Diploma students of batch 9 & 10 on the topic Transgenerational Trauma. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Mental health of LGBTQ through the pandemic - 16th June 2021

 East West center for counselling and training in collaboration with Nirangal is conducting a session in celebration of PRIDE MONTH. 

Title: Mental health of LGBTQ through the pandemic

Time: 5 pm to 6.30 pm

Platform: Google meet (online)

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Exploratory Expressive Arts Therapy - Resilience in the time of the pandemic (June - July 2021)

East West Center for Counselling and Training presents Exploratory Expressive Arts Therapy a 5 weekend certificate course from June to July 2021. 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. It is predicated on the assumption that people can heal through use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression and is an inter-modal therapeutic discipline in which the therapist and client may move freely between drawing, dancing, music, drama, poetry, etc.


June 2021 : 26th, 27th

July 2021: 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th

Timing: 2 pm to 5 pm 

Course fee: Rs 10,000 + GST

For further details contact us 9884700104/ 9884700106

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Art therapy sessions for children- Every Saturday


These expressive art group sessions help children become aware of their emotions and enables them to manage and regulate it. This is a safe space to express themselves through the medium of art.

Basic Art Materials (colors pencils/ crayons, A4 paper, pencil, eraser)

AGE GROUP: 10 to 15 years

DATE: Every Saturday

TIMING: 10:00 am - 11:30 am


FEE: Rs.100 (per child for one session)


For further information kindly contact us on 9884700104/ 9884700106

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