Monday, March 31, 2008

Video Play Back and Discussion

All the participants had a chance to practice facilitating a group therapy session which was video recorded. This was then played back and critiqued by the group. All participants thought this gave them hands on knowledge and skills in conducting group therapy sessions.

Group therapy - Practice sessions

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Participants of Group counselling workshop

Group Counselling Workshop

Participant List and Name of the Organization


Street Children’s project- World Vision

Franklin Sathyanathan

Karuna Bal Vikas 128 Brickkline Rd, Vepery, Chennai - 7

Dr Kishor Mogulluru

Lepra Foundation,

House No. 1-4, Madhura nagar, S.Atchutapuram,

Andhra Pradesh-5333004

Mr Ramesh

Mr Ravi kumar

Asha Kiran Hospital CA 1 Ring Road,Hebbal industrial Housing Area, Mysore Karnataka 570016

Cynthia Xavier

Student Stella Maris College, Chennai

Sr Shobana

Sneha Sadan, Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny,
Cluny Comprehensive Care Center for HIV/AIDS ,

Seliampetti, Palakode,
Seliampetti, Palakode, Dharmapuri


Sahodaran. No.27 Railway Colony

111st Street
Metha Nagar. Chennai 29. Off 23740486


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Upcoming workshops

Center for Counselling - Chennai is offering a series of 4-day workshops one each month.

 We run 4 -Day workshops at our office every month on various topics related to counselling. These workshops have limited seats of 12 participants per workshop. These workshops are for individuals who might be thinking of counselling as full time or part time career or may add to the skills in their own professions like lawyers working in family courts, workers from organizations working with disabilities/ issues such as HV/AIDS, doctors, other health Care Professionals, etc.

 All of the workshops will feature participatory learning through small-group discussions, exercises, and activities, including role-playing of counselling situations.

 This is to inform you of the dates of our upcoming workshops:


 Introduction to Group Counselling 29th of March till 1st of April

 In our setting with limited resources and where the counsellor client ratio is high; Counsellors if trained could use group counselling and have individual sessions when absolutely necessary. This workshop teaches some skills in doing Group work, understanding Group dynamics and group processes and the different  stages of a Group,


 Dealing with Mental Health Issues: 26th to 29th of April

 Counsellors could be trained on the various mental health issues like depression, suicide, low self esteem, etc, Techniques like problem solving, breathing exercises, improving self esteem etc. Some assessment and intervention tools will go a long way in improving the counsellor's ability to identify mental illness and to deal with these issues professionally.


 Addiction Counselling 24th to 27th May

 The role of the counsellor in handling substance abuse, understanding the concept of addiction as an illness that needs to be treated. The emotional and physical dependency of substances that are abused. This training is particularly relevant in our context where we are dealing with people living with HIV/AIDs PLHA who are on ART but are still unable to stop alcohol/ drugs.


 Adherence Counselling  28th to 1st June

 Most material so far on adherence counselling deals with the clinical aspect of ART. Adherence counselling on the other hand is a process that requires 3 or 4 sessions with the counsellor before starting ART for the clients. This workshop will help the counsellor identify the various aspects that they need to discuss with the client before ART begins. It involves the counsellor employing certain skills in handling these sessions.


Stress and Anger Management – 26th to 29th JULY

 We work in teams and  must learn the art of identifying stress and learn effective ways of relieving the same. Counsellors in most settings - NGOs or working for the government are involved in building their teams. When counsellors see illness and death on a regular basis, it is possible for counsellors to face a burn out. This workshop will help the counsellor avoid such a situation. Some of these skills could also be taught for clients who are maybe going through stress too.

 Video recording and playback will be used for training purposes.

 The workshops will be led by Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Founder of the Center for Counselling.  She has worked as a consultant in counselling training, and curriculum development, for several organization including TANSACS (Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society), and the Governments of Bhutan, Myanmar and Thailand.

 The Workshop Venue is Center for Counselling Office –

 18 Radhakrishnan Salai, 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004.

Telephone numbers: 044- 42080810/ 9884700174/ 9884100135


Total number of participants per workshop is 12.

Workshop cost is Rs 2,500, which includes lunch, Tea and training materials.

Accomodation is not included. However accomodation could be arranged according to the budget of the participant.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Feedback about our Workshop 3 - Counselling Approaches for children

Feedback from the Participants of Child Counselling Workshop 

held in the month of February


“I Learnt so much……The sessions provided an insight into the different therapeutic techniques that can be used with children and how it could be practiced in my personal life to enhance the level of thinking” Mr.Anburaj World Vision - Street Children Prevention and Rehabilitation project - Chennai


“I learnt many useful techniques that I could use in my day to day practical life…… The workshop gave everyone the opportunity to come out with our own thoughts….. ….. Hospitality was wonderful which I had never experienced in any other workshops” Mrs. M.Fatima Jessy, Counsellor, Institute of Mental Health, Chennai


 “The workshop was quite interesting…..the therapies were really useful for my profession ……..Friendly approaches were used by the trainers and the organizers Usha Saju from Saga Health Education Services.


 “I learnt that through any form of art, a child’s emotions could be portrayed easily..... The sessions made us go back to our childhood …….Hospitailty , training space and other logistics were arranged perfectely ….” Sunandini Vijayaraghavan -Nalamdana, Chennai.


 “The session were good, educative and informative......The workshop on the whole was good, well planned and organized” G. Nagharjun, Counsellor, TRP Sanjeevi Foundation Trust(Alcohol/Substance Abuse treatment center)


“The sessions were completely practical, interesting and interactive. Group discussions was very useful it was focused on practical based issues……I liked all the methodology and process of activities……I felt the workshop sessions in  a homely atmosphere and not like a class room” G. Shanmuga Latha - Reaching the Unreached, Theni District.


 “I really enjoyed the art therapy. The ideas and activities presented were very useful and is very much applicable…..The space was great very comfortable and relaxing. The snack/ tea and lunch provided were excellent …….It was a great workshop and hope to be a part of more in the future …..The workshop was a real motivator Karilyn Owen, USA, Consultant SAHAS, Mumbai


 “The session were very good and excellent …….The workshop is Dynamic” Jesuraj from St Luke's Leprosarium, Peikulam, Tamil Nadu


The workshop sessions were very practical, highly appreciative, and never felt tired or bored and involved me in thinking a lot when each therapy was used ……I learnt that Art therapy is helpful when the child has a hurt feeling and far more in expressible through words….. I liked the methodology and was amazed about the use of games, discussions, practical insights and advices because usually workshops deal only with power points and LCDs”” Nirmal Thomas from CBV Project- Compassion International.


“I liked Drama therapy and play therapy because it is very useful for a child…… In my life time this is the first picture which I have drawn without the use of a eraser” Sandhya Counsellor, SAHAS, Thane, Maharastra. 


 “The workshop with play, story telling therapy, art and drama therapy sessions were     really good” Rosa Joshi from Saga Health Education Services


“The methodology was very useful in illustrating the theory behind the therapy” Roshini kumar, Counsellor - Olcott  Memorial School, Chennai.


“The workshop sessions are very informative and interactive……. Various interactive techniques were used for counselling ……” Bama  Nalamdana, Chennai  


“The workshop was useful for me to handle counselling sessions……. I learnt the mirror activity and Role play techniques which are very useful for me” N.Vasanthi Counsellor, CHES, Chennai