Friday, October 31, 2008

Psychosocial issues through the human development - Workshop


This is a 4 day workshop. Beginning 29 October to 1 November, 2008. 


Resource persons list:

Magdalene Jeyarathnam - Founder, Center for Counselling

Thamilarasi - Training Manager, Center for Counselling

Sankari - Counsellor, Center for Counselling

Sandhya Palani - Part time trainer, Center for Counselling

Roshini Kumar - Counsellor, Olcott Memorial School

Eric Miller - Director, World Storytelling Institute

We had participants for the workshop from different backgrounds


Using Erik Erikson's 8 stages of human development as a base, we listed various issues that we have seen as issues in our experience counselling clients. Different ways of coping the transition in each stage was also discussed in groups.


We had extensive discussions on the different stages. We did role play sessions and many case senarios were discussed among the group. The feedback we got about the workshop was extremely positive.

Feedback from the participants 

“ The workshop was very informative, got to learn the behavioural changes in people as they grow- up; the workshop was entertaining and interactive.. I learnt few points about about counselling, children and their behaviour, sexuality - when people identity it and to deal with kids and adolescents... The hospitality was excellent”



“ The workshop session was very good. The case studies and role play kept us more confident to do counselling. The few points I learnt from the workshop ..I learnt and now know about the changes and issues from childhood and late adulthood. How people think and act and how they feel. I liked the methodology and the roly plays were good. Please have more role plays so I will be easy to understand.

- Mr.M.KAMALAKANNA “Chid haven International”


“The workshop was very good and informative session. I learnt about counselling stratergies. Empathy towards sexuality minority groups. Understand and learnt to empathise the problems faced by both men and women during their psychological development The hospality was very good”



“The workshop session was too good. Topic chosen by Magdalene was very appropriate for today’s busy life. Psychosocial stages of human development. Congratulations!! I was glued to the different stages explained and tuned to the lecture..Excellent hospitality I felt at home.



“Really excellent training that center for counselling does. The way of presented sessions were well. The various stages was very interesting. The methodologies was very good. I liked the games and will implement in my classes”



“The workshop session was very good and very informative. I have never spoken in a group , it was like eye opener this session. The different stages were talked in depth. I really enjoyed the games. I was able break the barrier of being reserved. The hospitality was excellent”



Group therapy for LGBTQ community on 24th October

We had the second group therapy session. As before we had a Tamil group and an English group.

Tamil group: The topic undergoing surgery and harmone therapy.

English group: The topic we discussed was some of the sacrifices and compromises we make to hold on to a relationship. Was it worth it?

Considering the extreme weather conditions - there was such a heavy downpour and traffic in many parts of the city was jammed for 3 to 4 hours, we still managed to have 5 people who attended the tamil group and 4 people who attended the english group.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Parenting workshop on 18th October 2008 for Olcott Memorial School

As part of the series of parenting workshops conducted in Olcott Memorial School,  about 20 parents of 8thstandard students from varied backgrounds were present.

Many issues like anger among the children, child not finishing homework etc were discussed. Parents and teachers worked in groups and discussed these issues. There were many suggestions from parents and teachers on healthy ways of spending time together and at home. Parents requested for regular such workshops. Parents enjoyed being in a group along with teachers and discussing some of the issues of children as a group.

Group therapy for LGBTQ community on 17th October

Center for Counselling along with Sakthi Center conducted two group therapy sessions in our office for the LGBTQ community on 17th October in Tamil and English. 

Mr Sunil Menon from Sahodaran addressed the group and also laid out the ground rules to the participants. We discussed issues of confidentiality, documentation of the group sessions, photographs. We agreed to have a report of the session completed every week for the participants to look at if they wished. Although everyone agreed to be photographed, we agreed that a written consent from those who are on any photograph will be taken prior to the use of the photo either for funding or reporting. No names of the participants will be mentioned in our reports to funders. 

The Tamil group and the English group was facilitated by Magdalene Jeyarathnam and was co facilitated by Sankari, counsellor and Thamilarasi.S, Training Manager, all from Center for Counselling - Chennai. 

There were  about nine participants in the Tamil group and about seven participants in the English group. They was a lot of emotional ventilation among the participants, especially in the Tamil group. Many issues relating to the relationship participants had with their biological family and also coming out issues were discussed in the groups. The participants agreed to meet again on the following friday on 24th October. 

If anyone wishes to join the group either Tamil or English, please get in touch with us.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Training on Orientation to life skills for the staff in the government home on Sep 26th

Training was conducted on the importance of life skill program for the house masters from the government homes. Recently there has been a spate of events happening in the government homes. It ranges from bullying other children to the recent murder of staff in Tanjore. The ministry of socail defence in response is continuing to do the good work by training the staff on child friendly counselling skills and orienting them on various developmental needs and aspects of up bringing a child.

Our founder did an orientation of the life skills training that will be held in the home soon. The life skills programme is going to be an ongoing programme in the government home. Some of the staff will be trained to do the life skill programme. This  2 hour orientation will help the staff learn the importance of life skills education.