The Second 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 individuals to access and communicate their feelings and thoughts in more vivid and imaginative ways. This field emerged in the mid – 1970s. Expressive Arts Therapy is a holistic approach utilising various art forms such as imagery, drama, dance / movement, music, poetry, story-telling and dream-work.

The Organisers :

Women’s Christian College

Women’s Christian College, founded in 1915 is 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 hands – 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. The last day to register online is 10th February 2018.

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 DD in favour of “Bursar, Women’s Christian College.

Please write your name on the back of the DD, fill the online form and post your Demand Draft to the following address,

Ms. Anuradha Naidu

Women’s Christian College

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

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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. She is a pioneer of Dance Therapy in India

Magdalene Jeyarathnam 

Expressive Arts therapist and Psychodramatist, Founder of East West Center for Counselling and Training and Indian Institute of Psychodrama.

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. Veena Easarados

+91 9500042379

Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam

+91 9884700135

Dr. Annie Kuriachan


Ms. Sruti Lall


Contact Details

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


9884700164, 044 42080810 (Between 9.30 am and 5 pm)



Dr. sumathi D +91 9840973125


Ms. Sruti Lall +91 9884572724

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DAY 1: (13th Feb 2018) – 2nd Annual Expressive Arts Therapy Conference of India

9.30 am to 10.30 am
10.30 am to 11.00 am
11.00 am to 12.00 pm
Plenary 1
Expressive Arts Therapy and Music Therapy – Dr Karen Estrella
12.00 pm to 12.15 pm
12.15 pm to 1.15 pm
Panel with Video
Moderated by Magdalene Jeyarathnam
1.15 pm to 2.00 pm
2.00 pm to 3.30 pm
Workshop 1(choose one from the five options)
1. Visual Art Therapy – Charithra Ballal
2. Theatre -Hans Kousik
3.Psychodrama as an Expressive Arts Therapy Method – Magdalene   Jeyarathnam
4. Fairytale Therapy – Dr.Eric Miller
5. Expressive Arts Therapy -Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India
3.30 pm to 3.45 pm
3.45 pm to 5.15 pm
Workshop 1 (Participants to go back to the same workshop)


DAY 2: (14th Feb 2018)  – 2nd Annual Expressive Arts Therapy Conference of India

9.30 am to 10.30 am
Plenary 2
 Expressive Arts Therapy with Children with special issues- Renelle Snelleksz
10.30 am to 10.45 am
10.45 am to 11.45 pm
Plenary 3
Dance Movement Therapy – Tripura Kashyap
11.45 pm to 12.00 pm
12.00 pm to 1.30 pm
Workshop 2 ( choose one from the six options)
1.Theatre and Therapy –
Ms. Ashwini Kasi and Mr.Srijith Sundaram
2. Strengthening Corporate teams and ecosystems using image theatre and creative visualization – Mishti Verma
3. Finding Me: Exploring the self through Theatre –  Puneeta Roy
4. Introducing Playback Theatre – Cyril Alexander
5. Let your inner child play: Anexpressive Journey into the self – Bhaktiveda Dhaul
6. Visual Art Therapy – Susan Bullough Khare
1.30 pm to 2.15 pm
2.15 pm to 3.15 pm
Panel Discussion 2
Moderated by Magdalene Jeyarathnam
3.15 pm to 3.30 pm
3.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Valedictory Address & Distribution of Certificates

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‘Explore the Beautiful You’ – An Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop, Mumbai


Mumbai: 19th & 20th February 2018

Venue: JSK Infotech
701 Pratiek Plaza

Opp Patel Auto Service
Near MTNL S V Road                                                                                                                      Goregaon, West Mumbai – 400062                                                                                                   Contact No: 9619054732

Timing: 9.30am to 4pm

Course fee: Rs. 5900 (incl. GST)

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy is the practice of using storytelling, singing, instrumental music, movement and dance, drama, and visual arts, all together; in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing. It is predicated on the assumption that people can heal through use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression and is an inter-modal therapeutic discipline in which the therapist and client may move freely between drawing, dancing, music, drama, poetry, etc.

In Expressive Arts Therapy, the therapist and client discuss the client’s feelings and thoughts that have arisen in the client during the artistic process in which the client is expressing him/her. It focuses on the client’s experience of expression and on the reflection upon the client’s feelings and thoughts that may have arisen during this experience. The artistic product is of secondary importance.

Expressive Arts Therapy is a gentle non-judgmental approach, enabling the client to become aware of what is happening in his/her unconscious.It enhances self-awareness and facilitates change, including the relation to personal growth and community development.Expressive Arts Therapy can be practiced with individuals, couples, families, and group.


Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam, has worked for over 20 years as a Psychological Counsellor. She is an Expressive Arts Therapist, and a board certified Psychodramatist. She has worked as a consultant to several governments, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She is a member of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group process, and the Moreno Psychodrama Society — which is affiliated to the Australian and Aotearoa (New Zealand) Board of Psychodrama.

Ms Magdalene is the Director of the Indian Institute of Psychodrama, which she founded in 2013 after working to bring world class psychodrama trainers to India since 2009. She is also the Director of the East West Center for Counselling and Training (an Expressive Arts Therapy Center based in Chennai, India); and a co-founder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India.

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Group Session for Children on Every Saturday

The group session for children and teenagers (5 to 17 years) uses Expressive Arts Therapy and creativity to help children connect to their problems, give voice to their emotions, and learn techniques to heal. It uses a variety of techniques including art, drama, movement, music, storytelling etc.. Through the experience of Expressive Arts Therapy, the child’s individuality and self-esteem are supported and enhanced.

Day: Every Saturday

Timing: 11 am to 1 pm

Venue: 14, 2nd Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetpet 600031.

Fee: Rs.3500 for 8 sessions

The Session starts with the ‘Art from the Heart’ art session and continues with the Group Session. Children will be divided into different groups depending on their age.


For more information please contact :

Magdalene Jeyarathnam – 9884700135/ 9884700104 or 

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A Diploma course in Expressive Arts Therapy

Admissions open for Expressive Arts therapy Course Batch 7 – 2017 to 2018 : Course Requirement is as follows:

  • The course is taught in English, students applying have to understand, read and speak English fairly well, if not the student needs to let us know how she/ he plans to write assignments etc.
  • 100% Class attendance
  • All students agree to do 40 hours of personal therapy with a therapist of their own choice.
  • Completions of all assignments, and project work. All this is graded and the grade will appear on your certificate.
  • Students get supervision either by skype / direct meetings with an assigned supervisor
  • Students write and pass an ethics examination which is a written exam


Dates Time  Notes
4th to 15th December 2017 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM No class on the weekend 
5th to 16th February 2018 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM  No class on the weekend 
2nd to 13th April 2018 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM No class on the weekend 
2nd to 13th July 2018 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM No class on the weekend

At the end of the course:

  • Students will receive a Joint diploma certificate from East West Center for Counselling and Training and Women’s Christian College
  • A certificate from The World Storytelling Institute
  • A certificate from Indian Institute of Psychodrama

How do you apply?

  • Please check if you are eligible to apply. (Scroll down for eligibility criteria) If in doubt please feel free to call 9884700104/ 9884700135

Please request application form on our

Email id :

Fill in your application form and attach relevant documentation and post it with a cheque in favor of “East West Center for Counselling and Trg Pvt Ltd” for Rs 500.

  • You will hear from us within a week. If you are admitted into the programme you will have to immediately book your seat by paying the first installment. Total number of seats is 20. We have students from different parts of India and abroad applying for this course. Fees once paid is not refundable as we are securing the seat and cannot take any more students.

What are the components we cover in this course?

Psychodrama, Art therapy, Dance/ movement therapy, storytelling as therapy, Music therapy, Counselling, and Expressive Arts Therapy.

This is a 14 credits course. You will cover 300 hours class work, 50 hours in assignments, 70 hours on your project, 10 hours of supervision and 40 hours of personal therapy. This is a total of 470 hours.

Who are the teachers of this course?

Teachers are registered and practicing therapists, professors from colleges/ universities from different parts of the world.

Training Team:

Magdalene Jeyarathnam (Course Director) –  Expressive Arts Therapist and Certified Psychodramatist

Magdalene has worked for over 20 years as a Psychological Counsellor. She is an Expressive Arts Therapist, and a board certified Psychodramatist. She has worked as a consultant to several governments, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She is a member of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group process, and the Moreno Psychodrama Society — which is affiliated to the Australian and Aotearoa (New Zealand) Board of Psychodrama. Ms Magdalene is the Director of the Indian Institute of Psychodrama, which she founded in 2013 after working to bring world class psychodrama trainers to India since 2009. She is also the Director of the East West Center for Counselling and Training (an Expressive Arts Therapy Center based in Chennai, India); and a co-founder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India.

On this program she will teach Expressive Arts Therapy & Psychodrama.

Dr. Veena Easvaradoss, Ph.D. (Course Director) – Head of the Department (Psychology), Women’s Christian College, Chennai.

Dr. Veena has over 20 years of professional experience in clinical and counselling psychology. She has obtained her doctoral degree from the National Institute of mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore.

On this program she will teach Counselling Skills and Ethics.

Katia Verreault (Amsterdam) – Group facilitator, dance movement therapist, dance instructor and Founder of A Moving World-We dance

Katia is dance movement therapist, Special Needs teacher trainer, group facilitator and dance instructor with extensive work experience in multi-cultural environments and community settings in the field of specialised education, transcultural psychiatry, trauma, resilience-building and dance movement therapy. Katia’s communication skills and participatory approach enables me to adapt to various clienteles and their needs.

She will teach Dance Movement Therapy in the program.

Dr. Herb Propper, Ph.D., T.E.P., (U.S.A)

Dr. Herb Propper, is a trainer, educator, and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. He has 34 years of experience in the field. Herb maintains a part time practice for personal growth, training and supervision. He is a Fellow and life time member of the American Society of Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy. Herb is an affiliate member of the Bangladesh Clinical psychology Society. Herb serves as faculty member of Indian Institute of Psychodrama,  He is Professor Emeritus of Theater at Johnson VT State College, a 2009 Fulbright Scholar to Bangladesh and since 2013, a member of the Fulbright Specialist Roster. He is a practioner of Tibetan Buddhism; a student of Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Abbot of Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery and Retreat Center in Wappinger’s Falls, NY. He is authorized by Lama Norlha to teach basic meditation practices. In 2016 he became ordained as a Tibetan Buddist monk.

He will teach Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy.

Dr. Karen Estrella (Boston, Massachusetts)

Dr. Karen is the Expressive Arts Therapy Coordinator in the Expressive Therapies Division at Lesley University, U.S.A. As a Music Therapist and Art Therapist, Dr. Estrella’s work has been focused on developing an integrated arts approach to counselling and psychotherapy. She has spent much of the past 15 years focused on developing competencies and integrating theory in Expressive Arts Therapy.

She will teach Music Therapy & Art Therapy.

Dr. Marcia Honig (Israel) PsyD. in Group Therapy; Psychotherapist ( individuals and groups), Art Therapist and Integrative Counselor.

Dr. Marcia is Brazilian and Israeli, lives in Tel Aviv,mother of 3. She is the Coordinator of the emotional therapy at  MELEL Center (under the auspices of the Tel Aviv Municipality); founder and director of “Even Derech”- a private clinic for psychotherapy in Tel Aviv. She has been conducting diverse workshops   for more than 10 years in 11 different countries.

Dr. Eric Miller, Ph.D., (U.S.A / India)

Dr. Eric is a scholar, trainer and artist who directs the World Storytelling Institute ( here in Chennai. He has led Storytelling Workshops over the last 7 years for teachers, corporates, therapists, children and others. His Ph.D. is in Folklore, from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

He will teach Storytelling Therapy

Bhakti Veda Dhaul Taragi

Bhaktiveda has completed her M.A in Expressive Art Therapy from the prestigious Lesley University, Cambridge, USA. Her thesis concentration was on the ‘Positive Effects of Expressive Therapy on a young child diagnosed with ADHD’. She designed her own major at the undergraduate level and wrote a research paper on ‘How movement can be therapeutic’ at Trinity College, Hartford, USA. She has also attended an intensive Dance/Movement Therapy training at Antioch University, New England. Bhaktiveda has worked with kids with cognitive disabilities such as Mental Retardation, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia and Slow Learners. She has also worked with children recovering from Cancer and diagnosed with HIV in Mumbai. She has also done sessions with children with high physical and cognitive functioning. She has worked extensively with groups of women, mixed groups, corporate institutions, and underprivileged communities. She has also volunteered with Several NGO’s and private institutions such as Committed Communites Development Trust, VSAI, and Tamanna, Pratham among others where she has given therapy sessions as well as directed a play for the children with cognitive impairments providing them new opportunities and experiences.

She will teach Expressive Arts Therapy.

How much is the course fee?

Tuition fees, supervision fees, field visit fees, association membership fees, course materials Rs. 1,10,000/- Students have to pay this in two or three installments.

Who can apply?

If you are working in an NGO, if you are already working with children – ( special educators, Montessori teachers)or working as a health care professional (doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, HR professionals, Corporate Trainers, Life Coaches. This training will enable you to perform your work with more tools. This is not an Art based Therapy course this is Expressive Arts therapy and we expect students who are applying to have some academic or arts competence.

You should have completed a Master’s degree but if you are graduate it has to be in fine arts, psychology or Social work. If you do not have the necessary educational qualification we will consider your experience if that is relevant.

Men and women are eligible to be apply, since most alternate therapy courses have a lot of women candidates, male candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please write to us or call us details above, if you need further clarification.

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Phone: 9884700135 / 9884700104

Storytelling Therapy Course and Workshop

Storytelling Therapy is one of the Creative Arts Therapies (also known as, the Expressive Therapies), along with Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, Visual Art Therapy, etc.

Storytelling Therapy involves working with stories that relate to clients’ experiences.  Participants  would learn about, and would receive training in,  Storytelling Therapy methods. These methods  can be used for Psychological Counselling, as  well as for Coaching, Personality Development Facilitating, Life Skills Training, and Healing.

 Certificates of Participation would be given by the East West Center for Counselling and Training. 

Info about the 13-session Course (via Videoconference) is at

Info about the 7-session Workshop (at Harrington Road) is at

Art from the Heart – Art Session on Saturdays

An art space for children, young people and families to imagine, express and create art. It is rare in Chennai to find a space for people to come together and create art. We are happy to provide you with this exciting opportunity for people to come and engage in the creative process.

Time : 11 am to 12 pm

Venue: 14, 2nd Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai 600031


Admission Fee : Rs.100