Dance Movement Psychotherapy Intensive Workshop in Chennai

Date – April 3 to 7, 2017.

Time – 9.30 AM to 3.30 PM

For Registration and more information 
Please contact – 9884700135/ 044- 42080810

email –
Workshop Fees – Rs 10000/-

The workshop will explore the key concepts that underpin DMP in creative and interactive ways, through group work, discussion, creative exploration, theory and movement.

Below are the subheadings that this workshop addresses

  • What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?
  • History of Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Using creativity & play in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Moving in Psychotherapy? Exploring the non-verbal, creative process.
  • Developing kinaesthetic awareness, mirroring & attunement
  • Introducing Laban Movement Analysis
  • Pioneers in Dance Movement Psychotherapy: different DMP models
  • DMP & the therapeutic process; making sense of dance movement as the embodied, symbolic expression of experience.

The intensive workshop also focuses on how DMP is applied to practice in various settings. You will have an opportunity to hear about a number of specialist areas and how DMP adapts to fit the context whilst staying fundamentally on model with its guiding principles.

Preetha Ramasubramanian: Preetha did her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and graduated with a distinction from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a member of Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, United Kingdom and American Dance Therapy Association.

Preetha started her professional career as a special educator in India and went on to head the creative movement department at vidyasagar. To gain international exposure she moved to the UK and worked as a special educator. During this, she witnessed how movement and dance helped people think and talk about their feelings. As a professional dance teacher in modern dance, she witnessed an overall change in people’s wellbeing through dance. This inspired her to explore how movement can be used as an expressive tool and led her to higher studies in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and a career in the psychotherapy domain.

Inauguration of the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India

Event – Inauguration of the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India

Time – 5.30 PM

Venue – Copper Pod, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the inauguration ceremony of The Expressive Arts Therapy Association Of India.

The Expressive Arts Therapy Association Of India (EATAI) will be a nationwide platform for professionals, students and others practicing and pursuing the Expressive Arts Therapies, to come together and benefit from mutual sharing and collaboration.

On this occasion we would like to share the details of our vision and goals for the association.

Do join us at this event to support us in making it a success!

We look forward to seeing you.


There were a little more than 300 participants on the first conference that we jointly conducted with Women’s Christian College. Being the first such conference, this is a very important landmark in the history of Expressive Arts Therapy in India.


The sessions were as follows:

Pre conference options for Feb 15th was any of the following:

Building Empathy using Dance Movement Therapy – Preetha Ramasubramanian

Storytelling for Self-Development – Dr. Eric Miller, USA/India

Psychodrama : Enhancing Creativity and Spontaneity – Magdalene Jeyarathnam

Art Therapy – Oihika Chakraborthi


The schedule of the conference is as follows:

16th February 2017 (Day 1)

8.30 – 9.30           Registration

9.30 -10.00          Inauguration Session (Auditorium)

11:00 – 11:15         Tea

11:15 – 12:15         Plenary I — Why Expressive Arts Therapy is a Separate Mode of Therapy, Dr. Karen Estella

12:15 – 1:15          Plenary II – Expressive Therapies Focussing on Dance and Movement, Ms. Ritu Shree

1:15 – 2:15            Lunch

2:15 – 3:45          Concurrant Workshokshop, “Expressive Arts for Personal and Professional Effectiveness”:

Dance Therapy, Ms. Tripura Kashyap

Visual Art Therapy, Ms. Oihika Chakraborthi

Therapeutic Uses of Story and Storytelling, Ms. Regina Ress

Expressive Arts Therapy, Ms. Brinda Jacob-Janvrin

3:45 – 4:00          Tea

4:00 – 5:30          Plenary III — Expressive Arts Therapy and Behavioural Change, Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam

6 PM – Inauguration of the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India.

Lighting of the lamp and combined art work.


17th February 2017 (Day 2)

9:00 – 10.15         Plenary IV — Expressive Arts Therapy – A Case Study, Ms. Brinda Jacob-Janvrin

10:15 – 10:30       Tea

10:30 – 1:00         Panel Presentations: “Self-discovery through Expressive Arts for Human Resource Development.”

Moderators, Dr. Veena Easvaradoss and Dr. Anitha Rajendran.

1) Visual Art, Ms. Oihika Chakrabharti

2) Psychodrama, Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam

3) Dance and Movement, Ms. Preetha Ramasubramanian

4) Storytelling, Dr. Eric Miller

1:00 – 2:00           Lunch

2.00 – 3.30           Paper Presentations.

Track 1, Expressive Arts Therapy.

Track 2, Individual Expressive Therapies.

Track 3, Applications of the Expressive Arts – I.

Track 4, Applications of the Expressive Arts – II.

3.30-4:30              Valedictory Function (Auditorium).

4:30                      Tea

Press coverage:

Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy

Admissions open for Expressive Arts therapy Course Batch 6 – 2016 to 2017 : 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
5 to 16 December 2016 All days 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM all days including Saturday and Sunday
6 to 17 February 2017 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM  No class on the weekend 
3 to 13 April 2017 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM Class on 8 April Saturday
10 to 21 July 2017 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
  • A certificate from Kinesthetics
  • A certificate for participating in the Annual Expressive Arts therapy conference Dec 9,10 – 2016 (Pre conference on 8)

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 9884700124/ 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 pay the first instalment of fees immediately to book your seat. 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.

Who are the teachers of this course?

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

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.

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 a 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 Masters 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.