Diploma course in Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive Arts therapy Course : 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

Students will receive a Joint diploma certificate from East West Center for Counselling and Training and Women’s Christian College

At the end of the course:

  • 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 :  eatdiploma@centerforcounselling.org

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 instalment. 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.

Admissions open for Batch 9 (2019 to 2020)

Calendar FOR Batch 9 : Dates for classes (100 % attendance)



December 2019

Dec 9th ( Mon ) – 20th( Fri )

(No classes on weekends)

February 2020

Feb 3rd ( Mon ) – 14th( Fri )

(No classes on weekends)

April 2020

Apr 6th ( Mon ) – 17th ( Fri )

(No classes on weekends)

July 2020

Jul 6th ( Mon )  – 17th( Fri )

(No classes on weekends)

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 authorised 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. 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 (www.storytellinginstitute.org) 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?

The total course fee is Rs.1,27,100 (including GST).  If your paying in instalments it is Rs.50,000 in first instalment, Rs.50,000 in 2nd instalment, Rs.27,100 in 3rd instalment. All fees will be collected by East West Center for Counselling & Training.

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.

Registrations open for Batch 9 (2019 – 2020)

For Registration Click here

Email: eatdiploma@centerforcounselling.org

Phone: 9884700135 / 9884700104

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