Monday, June 29, 2020

Exploring relationships and emotions through arts - June 27th, 2020 | Pride month

East West Center for Counselling and Training, along with Orinam organized a session for the LGBTQI+ community. The topic was on "Exploring relationships and emotions through arts" and it was for 2 hours on 27th June, 2020. It was a part of the Tamil Nadu Rainbow Coalition Pride events 2020. The session had around 15 participants and went really well as all of them got a chance to express their feelings. We wish the community a Happy Pride!

We have ongoing online group therapy sessions for the LGBTQI+ community every Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. Contact us to register.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Discovering You | Instagam live - June 22nd, 2020

Director of East West Center for Counselling and Training, and Indian Institute of Psychodrama, Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam did a live session on Instagram with Idk_series on 22nd June, 2020. Idk_series is the Instagram handle of I Don't Know Series, a TV show, that telecasts in-depth conversations and this was their 50th episode. The topic was "Discovering You" and the discussion was on mental health, arts, using arts for healing and the different courses offered. The questions asked by the viewers were also addressed. Please find the YouTube link of the session:

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Online Arts Therapy session - June 22nd, 2020

Every Monday we have a group of individuals from various parts of the world participate in our virtual Group therapy, discovering aspects of themselves and safe spaces in this current situation of vulnerability caused by COVID-19. The sessions have been happening from the first week of April 2020 and has been continuing. It happens for 2 hours from 11 AM to 1 PM Indian Standard Time.
Here is one such session conducted by one of our very own student Ms. Lata Sundaram. She is a student of our Joint PG Diploma Course in Psychodrama with TISS and of our certificate course on Expressive Arts Therapy. This video is an excerpt from the session recorded and posted after the approval of the participants.

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Beating the webinar stress - June 19th, 2020

Our Director Magdalene Jeyarathnam facilitated a session on "Beating the Webinar Stress" hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). 

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, with about 9100 members from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 288 national and regional sectoral industry bodies. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

The session happened on June 19th, 2020 for an hour and had around 50 participants. There were many discussions on the management of stress as the participants contributed to it by sharing their experience on facing the webinar stress during COVID-19. The session was highly appreciated by everyone.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Online session on COVID-19 - June, 2020 | Pride month

East West Center for Counselling and Training along with Queer Wings and Nirangal organized an online discussion about COVID 19 for the LGBTQI+ community, commemorating the Pride month. The session in Tamil happened on June 4th, 2020 and the session in English happened on June 14th, 2020. 

The session had a Therapist, Magdalene Jeyarathnam and a Medical professional, 
Dr. P Kuganantham. Dr. P Kuganantham is the Director of SIMS hospital, Nungambakkam and has been on interviews and discussions in news channels such as NDTV and Pudhiya Thalaimurai for the current pandemic. He is also a part of the team for advising medical policies to the Tamil Nadu government. He has worked as a Health Inspector of Chennai and has served as Director of Infectious Diseases hospital, Chennai. He is an Epidemiologist, has worked extensively with HIV AIDS, and has a WHO Fellowship - Epidemiology, Infectious diseases and AIDS from John Hopkins University, USA. 

Both the sessions had a lot of participants who asked doubts on the virus outbreak and steps to be taken for prevention, and who benefitted from the sessions. 

Love in the time of Corona - An Expressive Arts Online Workshop

Love in the Time of Corona Workshop 

Facilitated by Magdalene Jeyarathnam (India) and Marcia Honig (Israel / Brazil).
At These days, of isolation and imperative distance between individuals, families and social groups, we face a lack of contact and closeness, support and even love. The purpose of the workshop was to enable IAGP members to express their feelings and connect to each other, at those hard moments around the world, due the Covid19. It was a 2 hours session that happened on 4 sundays in April and May. Each of the sessions saw participants from different parts of the world. 

Expressive Arts Therapy certificate course this summer (Online) - May, 2020

East West Center for Counselling and Training organized a 10 day Online certificate course on Expressive Arts Therapy from may 1st to 10th. The sessions were for 3 hours each day. We had 16 participants from 12 different cities across the world

The Online certificate course was facilitated by:
Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Expressive Arts therapist and is a board certified Psychodramatist

Dr. Herb Propper, PhD, TEP, Trainer, educator, and practitioner of Psychodrama

Dr Eric Miller, PhD, MSc, Director of World Storytelling Institute 

Ms. Katia Verreault, Dance Movement Therapist

Ms. Johannah  Preethika E, Counsellor and Internship coordinator

Ms. Shruthi S, Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor

It's been 3 months since the lockdown due to COVID 19 started and we have been experimenting in conducting workshops and certificate courses online since then and it turned out to be very effective. These were some of the amazing feedbacks we received from our students of the May month online certificate courses on Expressive Arts Therapy. 


The COVID-19 pandemic that led to the lockdown all around the world has put us all in a pause mode. People all over the world have been staying in their houses to help prevent the spread of the disease. 
We, at East West Center for Counselling and Training, planned and arranged for a LOCKDOWN SPECIAL WORKSHOP on Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy for students and professionals who can make use of this time to learn a new therapy and gain knowledge.
 The workshop had participants from 11 different cities across the world! 

As this was our first venture on conducting workshop online on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had many questions on how do we do an experiential course online? How can Expressive Arts Therapy be done on a virtual platform? Psychodrama, being a group action method, can it be done online with the Director and the group on screen? We found it to be really effective and helped in connecting with one another. These are some of the feedbacks we received from our participants. 

Friday, June 5, 2020


Since the lockdown began in March due to COVID 19, East West Center for Counselling and Training has been conducting regular art therapy sessions online for children and adults. These group sessions are ongoing since March and have been providing space for individuals to express their emotions and work through their challenges during this difficult time. 

Our Online Group Art Therapy session "Personal diary of a teenager" for children and teenagers happens every Saturday from 10 AM to 11.30 AM.

Our "Open Art Therapy" sessions for children and adult happen every Monday from 
11 AM to 1 PM.
These are some of the pictures from the ongoing sessions.

Join us if interested.
Contact: 9884700104 / 06