East West Center for Counselling & Training | Indian Institute of Psychodrama | Magdalene Jeyarathnam | Eric Miller

Diploma course in Expressive Arts Therapy, February 2024

Expressive Arts therapy Diploma 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 zoom / 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

only on completing all the assignments, project, class participation and passing the written exam.

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 fill in the registration(google) form and or take a print out and send it to our Email id :  eatdiploma@centerforcounselling.org and attach relevant documentation and IMPS/ NEFT to our bank account mentioned for Rs 2000+ Rs 360(GST)

Account Name: E-W Center for Counselling and Trg Pvt Ltd Account Number: 602205044361 Account Type: Current account Bank Name: ICICI Bank  Branch Address: R K Salai, Mylapore, Chennai – 600004 IFSC Code: ICIC0006022

  • 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.

CALENDAR: Dates for classes

*Classes on weekends if there is any holiday announced *


Feb       – 12th (Mon) to 23rd (Fri) Module 1

April      – 8th (Mon) to 19th (Fri) Module 2

July       – 8th (Mon) to 19th (Fri) Module 3

Dec        – 9th (Mon) to 20th (Fri) Module 4


Feb       – 10th (Mon) to 21st (Fri) Module 5

*100 % attendance is required to complete the course*

What are the components we cover in this course?

Psychodrama, Art therapy, Dance movement therapy, Storytelling therapy, Music therapy, Counselling, and Expressive Arts Therapy. This is a 32 credits course. You will cover 375 hours class work, 75 hours in assignments, 30 hours on your mini project and 75 hours on your main project, 15 hours of supervision. This is a total of 570 hours. 

Class hours 422 28.3 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.
Research ptoject 80 2.7
Practicum 120 4
  622 hours 35 credits 

Students who wish to pursue a masters degree should complete an additional 490 hours of supervised internship at an additional cost.

Who are the teachers of this course? Teachers are registered and practicing therapists, professors from colleges/ universities from different parts of the world. Scroll down for more information.

Fees: Schedule for 2023/24 (interest free installments)
1st Instalment 50,000 9,000 59,000 Within two weeks of admission
2nd Instalment 50,000 9,000 59,000 8 March, 2024
3rd Instalment 30,000 5,400 35,400 8 June, 2024
4th Instalment directly to WCC 20,000 3,600 23,600 9 NOV, 2024

Total fees: 1,50,000 + 18% GST  (27,000) = 1,77,000. Fees will not be refunded if students drop out of the programme. 

*Please contact us for GST number in case of organisation payment. 

Training Team:

Magdalene Jeyarathnam(Course Director) –  Expressive Arts Therapist and Certified Psychodramatist Magdalene has worked for almost 30 years as a Counsellor with individuals, couples, families and groups. She along with Bhaktiveda co founded the Expressive Arts therapy Association of India. Magdalene 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 one of the board of directors of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group process(IAGP), and the chair of the consultative assembly of affiliates of IAGP. 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). She is currently pursuing her PhD.

On this program she teaches Expressive Arts Therapy, Psychodrama and Poetry therapy.

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 teaches Dance Movement Therapy in the program.

Purvaa Sampath, MT-BC, NMT is the founder and director of Mayahs’ Universe and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. She is one of the country’s few CBMT Board-certified music therapists and NMTs (Neurologic Music Therapist). In Bangalore, India, she works as a consulting music therapist with multiple institutions like FAME India which caters to individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, and Cadabams Hospitals, which is a residential rehab and mental health facility. She is currently pursuing her Masters’ in Music Therapy from Colorado State University.

She teaches music therapy on this program.

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 teaches Storytelling Therapy

Bhaktiveda, Master’s in Expressive arts therapy, Lesley university. She graduated from Trinity College, USA (2007), with honours in her self-designed major: “Expressive Arts Therapy”. In exploration of the relationship between the mind and the body and the therapeutic effects of the arts, she then pursued her Master’s Degree in “Expressive Art Therapies” from Lesley University, USA under the division of Mental Health Counselling in 2013. She has recently completed the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in The European Graduate School, Switzerland towards her PHD in this field. She has also completed “Integral Sound Healing Training” under the guidance of Aurelio Hammer (Svaram), Auroville in 2019. Keeping the artistic process as the core, Bhaktiveda believes in the potential of all the Expressive Art mediums in the healing process such as sound/music, drama, art, sand play, figurines, clay, movement and drama that work individually and in group settings. Her work with a variety of populations includes special needs, communities, educational institutions, healthcare (cancer patients in palliative care), private groups and corporates to promote healing, self -awareness, clarity, confidence building, stress release, shedding inhibitions and progress of the self.

She teaches Expressive arts therapy.

Ms. Oihika Chakrabarti, Art Therapist

Oihika Chakrabarti, DAT, RATh, MFA is a pioneer of Art Therapy in India and is the first Doctor of Art Therapy in the country, having completed her Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University, USA. She was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1997 by Govt. of India to pursue postgraduate training in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. Prior to this, Oihika completed a Masters in Fine Arts from Tagore’s Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, and started her career as an educator at the Delhi College of Art. She was the recipient of the prestigious research grant from the Lalit Kala Akademi and has exhibited as a visual artist all over India. On her return in 1999, Oihika pioneered Art Therapy in India, spearheading the first Art Psychotherapy clinical service in India at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences’s Child Guidance Clinic at Wadia Children’s Hospital, Mumbai, India.

She teaches art psychotherapy.

Ms. Mina Dilip, Play Therapist (certified by Leeds Beckett University, UK) and a Sand Tray Therapist (certified by the Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico, USA). She holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Madras University, and an advanced diploma in Child Psychology from Stonebridge Associated Colleges, UK.

She teaches play therapy on this program.

Mishti Verma  She is an experiential corporate trainer and founder of Inner Katha Interventions and co-founder of Clap (a center for creative learning arts and performance). She is also a playwright and experienced theatre director. Using a combination of expressive art therapy, healing stories, applied theatre, and classroom training, she has conducted Inner Katha programs on team cohesiveness and behavioral aspects with leading multinationals pan India. Mishti has worked extensively on gender sensitization, inclusion, and strengthening self identity with varied population including children. Her work has been featured in I diva, Mid-day, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, Human Capital, Radio One, NDTV, and international features such as Cake & Whiskey et al.

How much is the course fee?

The total course fee is approximately Rs.1,50,000 + GST (18%)

Rs 1,30,000 + 18% GST will be collected by East West Center for Counselling & Training and Rs 20,000 + 18% GST will be collected by Woment’s Christian College, Chennai.

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 Expressive Arts therapy and we expect students who are applying to have some academic knowledge in Psychology or Fine arts* 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. Priests and individuals who are training in priesthood are eligible to join  the course without a Psychology degree, but do not have the competence to train others in Expressive Arts Therapy and call themselves a therapist. They are only allowed to practice in their seminary & church.

* Fine arts background or individuals from any other disciplines other than Psychology or social work can pursue Master’s in Psychology parallel to the diploma course, the diploma certificate will be issued only on submission of the Master’s in Psychology completion certificate.

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.

*Admissions are open now.

For Registration CLICK HERE

At the end of the course participants will have a graduation were presentations are made of their project work completed (viva) upon which they receive the following:

  1. A joint Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy from Women’s Christian College and East West Center for counselling and training 
  2. Certified psychodrama hours
  3. Certificate from World Storytelling Institute
  4. Students who have completed their Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy are eligible to apply for the M.Sc. Counselling Psychology with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy.

For further details contact : 9884700135/ 9884700104

All Certificates should be received in person, no certificates will be issued via emails or posts.

Email: eatdiploma@centerforcounselling.org/ centerforcounselling@gmail.com

Phone: 9884700135 / 9884700104

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