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

Diploma course in Expressive Arts Therapy

Diploma course in Expressive Arts Therapy, Dec 2023

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 *


Dec       – 11th (Mon) to 22nd (Fri) Module 1


Feb       – 12th (Mon) to 23rd (Fri) Module 2

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

July       – 8th (Mon) to 19th (Fri) Module 4

Dec        – 9th (Mon) to 20th (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 as 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 375 25 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.
Assignment 75 2.5
Project Mini project 30
Main project 75
1                               2.5
Supervision 15 1
570 hours 32 credits 

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

Fees: Schedule for 2023/24
1st Instalment 50,000 9,000 59,000 Within two weeks of admission
2nd Instalment 50,000 9,000 59,000 12 JAN, 2024
3rd Instalment 30,000 5,400 35,400 8 MAR, 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 over 25 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 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 will teach 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 is teaching 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 will teach Storytelling Therapy

Ms. Oihika Chakrabarti, Art Therapist

She will teach art therapy.

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 will teach 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.

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