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

Creative Arts for Healing: From Nile to Cauvery – February, 2022

This is an online expressive art therapy course which provides hands on training using different modalities like art, movement, poetry, singing, instrumental music, storytelling and psychodrama inspired by both Egyptian and Indian civilizations. Expressive arts therapy is centered on expression, active participation, imagination and mind body connection. This process of creative arts sets up a platform to self-discovery and self-expression providing a safe outlet to relieve your emotions and secure a sense of control your life. Expressive Arts Therapy is a gentle non-judgmental approach enables you to gain awareness about what is happening in your unconscious, promoting healing.

This course comes as a fruit of active collaboration between two institutes affiliated to the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes: The ًRakhawy Institute for Training and Research and The Indian Institute of Psychodrama.

The framework of the training includes introduction to creative arts, followed by a session on arts and rituals from the past, present and future. In the next session you will be examining various forms of celebrations through paintings/ images. You will experience the process of psychodrama, dreams and drama in the upcoming session. Various other techniques like visual arts, masks, poetry, songs and storytelling will be used in this training session to bring to light the legacy of creative arts therapy between the Nile and the Cauvery.

The course will include both didactic and experiential parts. It will be presented by a group of international leaders and experts in group psychotherapy and creative arts therapy, and facilitated by two leaders in the field: Mona Rakhawy (Egypt) and Magdalene Jeyarathnam (India).

Mental health professionals and art therapists are welcomed to attend. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance recognized by the IAGP, RITR and IIP.

All participation fees will be donated for the sponsorship of students and young professionals in the 21st IAGP Congress, titled “Groups for the World, Inspiration, Strength and Transformation.”(www.iagp2022.com)

Dates:  3, 10, 17, 24 February, 2022   

3, 10, 17, 24 March, 2022                             

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (IST)

             2pm to 5pm (CET)

Fees for participants from Arab and Egypt:
Early bird for one person (before 14 December 2021 ): 2600 EGP
Late registration for one person (after 14 December 2021): 2700 EGP
Early bird for a group of three (before 14 December 2021 ): 2400 EGP
Late registration for a group of three (after 14 December ): 2500 EGP

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Fees for participants from India:
Early bird for one person (before 7th November): ₹8000
Registration for one person (after 7th November): ₹9000
Early bird for a group of three (before 7th November) : ₹21,000
Registration for a group of three (after 7th November) : ₹25,000

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Fees for participants from other countries:

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Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam

She has worked for over 20 years as a Psychological Counselor. She is an Expressive Arts Therapist, and a board certified Psychodramatist. She has worked as a consultant to several governments, the World Health Organization (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.

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.

Ted talk – https://youtu.be/CfDUUugbTeY

Dr. Mona Rakhawy

Founder and President of RITR. Professor of psychiatry at Cairo University. She is the founder and the president of the Egyptian Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (EAGT). In 2006, she founded Diwan Psychotherapy Center. She is a member of the board of directors of the International Association for Group Therapies and Group Processes (IAGP), and is chairing the Consultative Assembly of Organizational Consultancy CAOA).

She is also chairing the Evolutionary Psychiatry Section of the Arab Federation of Psychiatrists. She gave keynote speeches, invited talks and workshops in different world countries. She has several national and international publications in the field of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and community mental health.

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