This diploma in expressive art therapy is being offered for the first time in Tamil Nadu.

Women’s Christian College (WCC) and East West Center for Counselling and Training, are jointly offering a diploma course in Expressive Art Therapy, for both men and women.

Dr. Veena Easwaradoss, head, department of psychology, WCC, says that this unique course is offered at the diploma level for the first time in the State. It is an intensive programme designed for therapists, social workers, counsellors, psychologists, and those working with children. “I am looking forward to teachers also to take part in this course as I feel that they are also the right candidates,” she says.

Expressive Arts Therapy uses storytelling, singing, instrumental music, movement and dance, drama, and visual arts, all together, in an integrated way, to foster human growth and development.

Modules

Expressive Arts therapy is an inter-modal therapeutic discipline in which the therapist and client use the art forms for better understanding of the situation in question. It can be practised with individuals, couples, families, and groups. The training will be in three modules, each lasting 10 days. Participants complete 150 hours of class work in Chennai, and 75 hours of practical work as assignments and a final project in their respective organisation.

Trainers are experienced therapists from Canada, U.S.A, Australia and India. They will handle subjects such as Psychodrama, Playback theatre, Story telling, Music Therapy and Counselling Skills and Ethics.

All contact classes will be conducted at the WCC. The course begins in December and goes on till November next year. The course fee is Rs 75,000. For more details, contact 4208 0810/ 98841 00135 or 2827 5926/ 2823 1676 ext 323.

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