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.