2nd Annual International Conference on Expressive Arts Therapy in India : Expressions of the Soul


13TH & 14TH FEBRUARY 2018

Presented by

Women’s Christian College & East West Center for Counselling and Training

 The Conference:

Expressive Art therapy is a relatively new form of therapeutic practice .It allows an individual to communicate their feelings and thoughts in more vivid and imaginative ways. This field emerged in the mid – 1990s. Expressive Arts Therapy is a holistic approach, which utilising various art forms such as imagery, dance, music, poetry, story-telling, dream-work, etc.

The Organisers :

Women’s Christian College

Women’s Christian College ,founded in 1915 affiliated to the University of Madras and is an autonomous college since 1982.It is a Government aided minority institution. The college has been re-accredited by NAAC with Grade A and is identified as a college with  Potential for Excellence by UGC .Further ,NIRF has placed the college among the top ten colleges in India in 2017.

The Department of Psychology is student centric with unique innovative courses and has 43 years of commitment to academic excellence. The Department of Psychology at WCC and EWC have successfully collaborated in bringing Post graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy for the 7th Consecutive year in 2017.

The Department of English,now in its 55th year ,provides students with an exposure to literatures from the world over and hans – on experience in diverse skills in short -film making ,theatre production,journalism and advertising.With the students also involved in community and team  work ,they emerge socially and culturally sensitised,empowered young women.

East West Center for Counselling & Training (EWC) was founded by Magdalene Jeyarathnam and registered in 2007.  We are an Expressive Arts therapy Center and we depute therapists to schools, colleges and corporates. Our clientele are from ages 3 to 75, we work with individuals, couples, families and groups. We have been pioneering Expressive Arts therapy workshops and trainings since the inception of our organisation in various cities, towns – large and big in India. In collaboration with Women’s Christian College we jointly teach and award a one year long Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy Course since 2011. This course is the first course that began in India as an Expressive Arts therapy diploma and now has completed 6 years and this year we have the 7th batch of students. Our students come from various parts of India and beyond.

Objectives of the conference

  •       To build awareness about Expressive Arts Therapy.
  •       To showcase the application of various art modalities in Expressive Arts Therapy.
  •       To introduce the  participants to the significance of  Expressive Arts to personal wellbeing and growth.
  •       To provide updates on current trends in practice of Expressive Arts Therapy.
  •       To understand the role of creative expression in enhancing personal and professional effectiveness.

Thrust Areas  

  1. Individual modalities in Expressive Art Therapy – dance / music / art / storytelling / drama / etc.
  2. The Intermodal approach in Expressive Arts Therapy.
  3. Training in Expressive Arts Therapy.

Expected Outcomes 

  1. Broadening the knowledge base , understanding behaviour practices,new techniques and professional code of ethics.
  2. Networking with experienced therapist and exchanging competencies to facilitate further collaborations.
  3. Learning new techniques from experts,building skills.

Who can Attend?

Social workers, Psychologist, Therapists, HR professionals, Special Educators, Teachers, Mentors / life coaches, NGO workers, students and anyone who might be interested.


Conference Delegates:  Rs 2,500/. This covers the fees for the 13th and 14th, the Conference Proceedings Book and CD and lunch and tea on both days. This offer is valid till Feb 2nd. From 3rd to 10th the fee will be Rs. 3000.

Student registration:  Rs 600/.  This covers the fees for the 13th and 14th, lunch and tea on both days. Student registrations can be made through their institution as cash payment. Special discount of Rs. 5000 for group registrations of 10 or more is available.

Payment can be made through Online Transfer (details available in the online form) or through cheque / DD in favour of “The Bursar, Women’s Christian College. Please write your name on the back of the cheque and attach the registration details. (Please click the link below to register).

Fill In your Registration form and post your Cheque or Demand Draft to the following address:

Women’s Christian College

College Road, Opp Standard Chartered Bank, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600006.

Please click here to register online

Queries may be mailed to –  info@centerforcounselling.org



Dr Karen Estrella

PhD Coordinator, Expressive Therapies Division, Lesley University, MA, USA. She is a registered music therapist, art therapist and expressive arts therapist.

Susan Bullough-Khare

has been trained in England through courses with the British Association of Art Therapists and the Tobias School of Art and Therapy and teaches Visual Arts Therapy. 

Dr Eric Miller

PhD in Folklore, Founder of World Storytelling Institute, Member of  Healing Story Alliance. Originally from New York, USA.

Tripura Kashyap 

Dance therapist, Co-Founder of Creative Movement Association of India, lives in Bangalore.

Magdalene Jeyarathnam 

Expressive Arts therapist, Founder of East West Center for Counselling, An Expressive Arts therapy Center based in Chennai.

Hans Kaushik

Artist, Actor and Theatre Professional. Works with magic Lantern and as a consultant to revitalize the culture and the use of theatre as a tool for education.

Ashwini Kasi & Srijith Sundararam

Marappachi Group.

Bhaktiveda Dhaul

Expressive Arts therapist Founder, Prannah, Mumbai; trained in Lesley University, USA.

Charrithra Ballal

Clinical psychologist, trained in Art- Psychotherapy at goldsmith University, London.

Cyril alexander

Founder, sterling School of Playback Theatre Company, Founder and Director of Sterling school of playback Theatre, Trained in Playback Theatre and Psychodrama in New York.

Mishti Verma

Experiential Corporate trainer, Founder, Inner Katha Interventions and Co- founder of clap a centre for creative learning arts and performance in Mumbai.

Puneeta Roy

Managing Trustee, Yuva Ekta Foundation. She works with young people using theatre and arts for self- empowerment and healing.

Renelle Snelleksz

Trained at tata institute of social sciences and the kolkata sanved, Pioneers of Dance Movement therapy among survivors of trafficking in India. 


Dr. Lilian Jasper

Principal, Women’s christian College


Dr. Sumathi D & Dr. Annie Kuriachan


Ms. Sruti Lall

Contact Details

College Landlines91-44-28275926/ 28276798 (Between 9am and 1pm).


9884700164, 044 42080810.


Dr. Veena Easarados

+91 9500042379

Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam

+91 9884700135


Dr. sumathi D +91 9840973125


Ms. Sruti Lall +91 9884572724

Website: wcc.edu.in

Email: conference.icea18@gmail.com /  info@centerforcounselling.org


DAY 1: 13th Feb 2018

9.30 am 10.30 am Inauguration
10.30 am 11.00 am Break
11.00 am 12.00 pm Plenary 1
12.00 pm 12.15 pm Break
12.15 pm 1.15 pm Panel with Video
1.15 pm 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm 3.30 pm Workshop 1
3.30 pm 3.45 pm Break
3.45 pm 5.15 pm Workshop 2


DAY 2: 14th Feb 2018

9.30 am 10.30 am Plenary 2
10.30 am 10.45 am Break
10.45 am 11.45 pm Plenary 3
11.45 pm 12.00 pm Break
12.00 pm 1.30 pm Workshop 3
1.30 pm 2.15 pm Lunch
2.15 pm 3.15 pm Panel Discussion 2
3.15 pm 3.30 pm Break
3.30 pm 4.30 pm Valedictory Address
4.30 Distribution of Certificates

Please click here to register online