Monday, March 15, 2021

Experiential session on Expressive arts therapy


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 11th and 12th of March, a presentation was held in the Women's Christian College campus where students from batches 7 and 8 of DEAT explained their Project work to an audience chaired by Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam, along with Assistant Professor Sruthi from the Department of Psychology, WCC. Among the audience were students from the 9th batch of DEAT and interns at the East West Centre who also got an opportunity to assess the presentations and gained an experiential exposure into the field of Expressive Arts Therapy through the various activities conducted by the presenters to demonstrate their work with their respective target groups.


Some of the presentations were on:

Enhancement of self esteem among Middle Adolescents using EAT;

Enhancement of Self-esteem and Academic Self Confidence through EAT interventions in Adolescents;

Effectiveness of EAT interventions in improving communication skills of young children;

Creating free space for children to develop mindfulness skills using yoga and creative arts;

Enhancement of Self esteem and Self Concept in early Adolescent girls using EAT;

EAT for preteens who have experienced bullying or peer rejection;

Impact of EAT in overcoming homesickness among residential school children in their early adolescence;

Well-being in transformation: an expressive arts intervention to look at individual's identity in relation to ecosystem contributing to well being;

Enhancing emotional health and diminishing psychological distress in adults working in NGOs through EAT;

Impact of EAT and well-being through creativity in a population of expatriate women in Chennai;

Enhancing resilience through EAT among children exposed to traumatic situations.


12th of March also marked the closure of Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy for its 9th batch which became a memorable day for the students who had taken up the course as they bid farewell to each other.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Gender Talks- Mental health and LGBTQIA community, 19th February 2021

 Gender Talks 

Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam has been invited to facilitate a discussion on the topic "Mental Health and LGBTQIA community". This program is organized by Nirangal Organization, Department of Women's studies Bharathidasan University and Open space foundation for the 19th February 2021 from 2 pm to 3.30 pm.


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Online experiential course on Introduction to Play Therapy, March 2021

 Online experiential course on Introduction to Play Therapy

East West Center for Counselling and Training is conducting a 4 weekend experiential course on Introduction to Play Therapy. 

This 4 weekends Play therapy training for therapists interested to use Play in their Therapy sessions.


March 2021: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th

Timings: 5 PM - 8 PM

Course fee: Rs 8,000 + GST= Rs 9,440

The training only aims at providing an overview of play therapy concepts and the toolkit, the training will be conducted over four weekends in March 2021, with 3 hours of training on each day of training.

The entire training will be conducted online. As Play Therapy involves a lot of tactile and kinesthetic elements as part of the toolkit, participants will be required to bring specific materials for each session, failing which, they cannot participate in the hands-on exercises and activities which in turn form the basis for experiential learning.

Facilitator: Ms. Mina Dilip, certified Play Therapist from Leeds Beckett University, UK, in affiliation with the Association for Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) and Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK).

For further details visit our website:

Contact us on 9884700104/ 9884700106

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Loving Ourselves: Mental health & Self-care for Queer and Trans People


Valentine's Day and discussions of love and romance elicit mixed emotions in the LGBTIQA+ communities.

While some of us look forward to celebrating the day with our significant others, for others the day seems no more than  a ploy to reinforce heteronormative ideals and further consumer capitalism.

Further, memories of relationships  that have ended,  discomfort with being single, peer pressure, and/or projection of  coupledom as a universal life  goal, can all contribute to angst, the blues, or worse.

Magdalene Jeyarathnam,
a noted queer- and trans- affirmative counselor, will facilitate a discussion on romantic relationships, singledom, self-care and coping with the V-day frenzy. Participants are encouraged to share their feelings and seek support in  a non-judgmental and affirming environment.

Saturday, February 13, 2021: 3pm-5pm. Register online at  

For more information, email or call +91 99588 95350

#mentalhealth #love #wellness #selfcare #healing #queer #lgbtqcommunity #inclusionmatters  

Sunday, January 31, 2021

I'll show you mine if you show me yours: Working experientially with couples, February 2021

 I'll show you mine if you show me yours: Working experientially with couples

Indian Institute of Psychodrama is beginning their SERIES IV- I'll show you mine if you show me yours: Working experientially with couples this February 2021This course is a 3-weekend online training for counselors and therapists and other professionals to learn how to move couples from conflict to connection. Working with a couple can be challenging unless both partners are prepared to be vulnerable and share their early wounding. In this workshop we will experience creative ways to guide partners to greater understanding and compassion for self so they can share their vulnerabilities with each other. 

The goal is to externalize their wounded child(ren) so they can get on with the healing process.


Dates: 6th, 7th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th February 2021


5.30 pm to 8.30 pm Kolkata

1 pm – 4 pm Rome

7 am – 10 am New York


Pamela Goffman, LCSW, TEP, CIRT, Psychotherapist, Psychodramatist and Imago Relationship Therapist.

Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam, MSW, CP

For further details visit our website:

Sunday, January 24, 2021

High bred teaching Programmes- Dr Daniela Simons, 22nd - 24th January 2021

 Diploma in Psychodrama & Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy 

 “High bred teaching programmes” Dr Daniela Simons president of American Society of group psychotherapy and psychodrama, teaches our diploma students of psychodrama and Expressive arts therapy on 22nd to 24th January 2021.

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