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

Integrating Visual Arts for Healing in Counselling

East West Center for Counselling and Training


Integrating Visual Arts for Healing in Counselling- Series II

“A trauma informed approach using arts in counselling with children”

A 24-hour training program which introduces skills and techniques of using creative visual arts for healing in a trauma informed approach in counselling with children. The training will be conducted for 3-hours per day for 4 weekends. The training paves way to an experiential learning. Aiding in increasing the practitioners tool kit for working with children. 

Visual Art and collages give way to understand and expression of the extent of emotions and feelings experienced by the individual or the creator near to perfection than in verbal expressions. Individuals having trouble verbalizing what they are feeling, can mirror their emotions through spontaneous collage. For individuals who are more visually oriented to see and perceive better. Children whose linguistic skill are still developing can use collage to express themselves better. Art is easy, quick, safe and less intimidating to the client who are new or who feel resistant toward Therapy, It does not need specific skill sets, yet tends to be very insightful. It gives the creator a sense of contentment in the end of creating something of themselves which is psychically concrete to feel and see. Facilitates catharsis and self-exploration. 

Who can join: Mental health professionals link Counsellors, Psychologist, Social workers etc. Who are interested in using arts therapy and visual arts in their work.

October     17th/ 18th, 24th/25th, 31st
November 1st, 7th/ 8th
Time: 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Course Fee

8500 INR/300 Euros (+18% GST)

Student Fee:

For groups of 5 – Rs.30,000 + GST
For groups of 10 – Rs.55,000 + GST

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Ms. Roshni Bhatia, Artist and Art Therapist (Bangalore, India)

She is the Co-founder and Creative Director of FoundSpace, a platform for cross-cultural and multidisciplinary collaboration of the arts and mental wellness. Her educational qualifications are an MA in Art Psychotherapy from Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore and a BA in Creative Arts in Contemporary Art Practices from Srishti school of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore.

She has presented her arts-based research on Embodiment, complex trauma, and media arts at the ANZACATA Conference in Brisbane, Australia, and was also fully funded to attend and exhibit at the IASD Dream Conference in the Netherlands in 2019. Roshni is interested in expanding the boundaries of therapeutic practices beyond the clinical and integrating new media practices in the field of art therapy.

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.

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