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

Healing trauma through Psychodrama on March 8-17, 2024

“Trauma is not the story of something that happened back then, It’s the current imprint of that pain, horror, and fear living inside people.”….“Talk therapy alone isn’t enough to treat trauma…..”-Bassel Van Der Kolk (Trauma Specialist).

In psychodrama, individuals can explore trauma and childhood issues by enacting scenes from their past, allowing them to step into the roles of significant people or moments. Through role reversal, they gain new perspectives and insights, fostering empathy and understanding towards themselves and others involved. Techniques like doubling and soliloquy provide space for inner dialogue and emotional expression. By engaging creatively and actively with their past experiences, individuals can uncover buried emotions, process unresolved feelings, and begin the healing journey towards integration and self-discovery.

Psychodrama offers a dynamic, experiential approach to trauma resolution, fostering emotional catharsis and personal growth.Psychodrama stands out among healing modalities for trauma with its experiential approach, utilizing role-play and group dynamics to delve into past experiences. Unlike traditional talk therapy, it offers a dynamic, embodied exploration that can lead to profound insights and emotional release. While therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy focus on thought patterns, psychodrama emphasizes the holistic integration of emotions, cognition, and behavior, fostering deeper healing and transformation.

Psychodrama promotes:

1. Healthy brain function.
2. Healing of past traumas through role-play.
3. Empathy in participants.
4.  strengthening of family relationships and support networks.
5.  Addressing behavioral issues stemming from substance abuse.
6. Encouraging a multi-dimensional understanding of situations.
7. Confronting unresolved emotions.

Workshop is facilitated  by Magdalene Jeyarathnam

She is the first Indian Psychodramatist to be trained in India. She started her training in 2009 and was certified in October 2016. She is elected into the board of Directors of International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes(IAGP) and she is the chair of consultative assembly of affiliate membership (CAOA). She is currently completing her Phd.

Her teachers included Dr Herb Propper (USA), Sue Daniel(Australia), Dr Jorge Burmiester (Spain/ Switzerland), Saphira Linden(USA) and Donna Little(Canada). Magdalene also founded the Indian Institute of Psychodrama in order to pave the way for others in India to be trained and certified within the Indian borders. She has completed almost 30 years in working as a counsellor/ therapist without a break in her career. Magdalene is awarded the Neil Passariello memorial award for her 25 years of work with HIV/AIDS and LGBTQI+ by the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama(ASGPP) for the year 2024.

if you or your any loved ones are in trauma we are offering a 10 days Healing Trauma through Psychodrama from March 8-17 (10 days)  in our therapy space in Chennai. If you are unable to stay for 10 days you can come for the first 3 days.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1.Gain Deeper understanding: Immersive role-playing allows participants to delve deeply into their past experiences, gaining a comprehensive understanding of how trauma and childhood issues have shaped their lives.

2. Experience Emotional healing: Through cathartic expression and processing of emotions, participants can experience healing from past wounds, gaining emotional resilience and a greater sense of inner peace.

3. Take back Tools for growth: By confronting and exploring traumatic experiences in a supportive environment, participants acquire coping strategies, insights, and skills that can help them navigate challenges and foster personal growth beyond the workshop.


For 10 days  (March 8-17) Rs.35,000/-

For 3 days (March 8-10) Rs.10,500/-

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