Here is a synopsis of workshops planned for the Conference by our presenters



Dr. Avinash De Sousa

Online Psychotherapy And Counselling – Issues For India

The workshop aims to discuss the role of counsellors and psychotherapists in starting, running and maintaining online psychotherapy sessions. The workshop will be interactive and case based and will discuss issues such as - What are the pre-requisites for starting online counselling and psychotherapy? How does online psychotherapy differ in India in comparison to the west? How does one choose a client for online therapy?

Dr. Elspeth Schwenk

Being a Supervisee – Do you get what you need?

Do you need what you get?

This workshop aims to explore your own development as a Supervisee. It will also look at how to consider your role as a Supervisee in relation to ethical responsibility and accountability. It will also delve into your developmental journey and explore elements that may help you to prepare for supervision.

Ketki Ranade

Gay Affirmative Counselling Practice (GACP)

This workshop aims to sensitize counsellors on life experiences of LGB individuals, unique stressors faced by sexual minorities and to introduce concepts of gay affirmative counselling practice. Historically, mental health sciences have viewed homosexuality to be an abnormality, a form of mental disorder or distortion in the normal course of human growth and development. Hence there is a need to stop such discrimination in counselling practice and sensitise and train all providers to adopt an affirmative stance.

Malika Verma

Introduction to Psychoanalytic Concepts in Clinical Practice

The aim of the workshop is to familiarise the trainees with what the psychoanalytic concepts look like in the Consulting Room, which will include an interaction between clinical material and theory. The group will be encouraged to think of interactions and experiences in their clinical practice that highlight certain psychoanalytic concepts. The role of countertransference will be highlighted.

Mimansa Popat

An Introduction to Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP)

ISP offers a way of observing the rise and fall of pleasant or unpleasant sensations in a spirit of detachment, leading to an experience of deep relaxation which is highly conducive to healing. The body is known to create as well as defend against psychological experiences. Increased awareness of various dimensions of the body and its energies can help to enhance a person’s capacity to contain and endure symptoms of trauma. This allows individuals to make further sense of their experience through other cognitive processes. Therapists of any orientation can assimilate these concepts in their practice.

Preetha Ramasubramanian

The Embodied Counsellor- Accessing Insights Through Our Bodies

The workshop will be exploring somatic counter transference – looking at theory and practical application. It will be looking at body boundaries using experiential movement methods. Some issues that will be addressed are: What are some tried and tested interventions? What are some newer or evolving trends? What constitutes appropriate training and professional development? Who are our clients? And what can we learn from our clients?

Phyllis Benjamin PhD & Delta Shuman

Mindfulness: The Wellness Zone

This workshop concentrates on the “How” of Mindfulness. How does one become and remain Mindful?

Mindfulness is intentionally being present in the moment; living in the here and now – in other words, in a conscious state of “being-ness”. Mindfulness is the WELLNESS ZONE!

Mindfulness repairs the effects of implicit memory – the root of the inner critic and transference. In the process of letting go of the critic within, Mindfulness holds the keys, into the dormant inner potential of each human being – a journey from inner darkness to light and self-fulfillment. This is a hands-on workshop that teaches the skills and expertise to live life at its fullest and best. It’s all up to you!

Dr. Rathna Isaac

How May I Help You: Generating Goals In Couple Therapy

Agreement on goals is an important predictor of positive outcome in couple and individual therapy. It is also one of the cornerstones of therapeutic alliance. In the conjoint therapy format, it can be quite challenging to create goals that are theoretically sound, therapeutic and acceptable to both husband and wife. This workshop explores best practice in creating and using goals in the session. We will use group discussions, games and activities as well as role plays to understand the theoretical underpinnings of possible couple therapy goals, to explore how different goals can be combined/ prioritized, and also to learn skills related to the effective communication of goals to the therapist.

Dr. Shaibya Saldanha

Approaching The Topic Of Sexuality With Clients: The Counsellor’s Concerns

This workshop aims to help counsellors explore their own thoughts around sexuality. It would also assist counsellors to comfortably address a client’s concern around sexuality. The workshop will cover the themes of the notions of ‘sex’, understanding the evolution of sexuality and the binary view of sexuality, understanding alternative sexualities through a visualization exercise and will also include an open discussion on circumstances that counsellors have faced.

Dr. Shubhada Maitra

Why should the Feminist Lens Matter to Counsellors in India

Research has shown that the counsellor significantly influences the counselling process and outcomes. It thus becomes important for us, as counsellors, to know not only what lens we use to understand and deal with issues that our clients bring to the table, but also to examine if the feminist perspective could be integrated in our practice.

Feminist counselling practice itself is not new to the Indian setting. Yet, its utility and significance is not articulated through research or practice evidence. This interactive workshop addresses key questions around counsellor values, beliefs and bias regarding human 'problems'. It takes participants through two experiential exercises to clarify the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of feminist practice.

Tripura Kashyap

Creative Movement Therapy for Children

The workshop consists of movement activities from Contemporary / Creative Dance, Martial arts and Yoga and is specifically geared towards teachers, special educators and counsellors working with children with therapeutic needs.

Fun filled games using Music, Movement props, Warm up routines, Movement energizers, Icebreakers, & Relaxation routines will help release physical-mental stress, increase attention span and enhance confidence & social skills. Taking part in individual, partnership & group activities, participants will learn to express their own emotions physically, increase their creativity and Motivational / Leadership skills so that they can work more effectively with children with therapeutic needs. (Loose, comfortable clothes recommended. No prior training in Dance required. )

Evan Hastings

Creative Containment of Violent Projections

This workshop will demonstrate the use of Shadow Theatre as a projective Drama Therapy Technique to process violence projections, trauma and residual trauma while moving towards aesthetic distance. Drawing on a strengths based, community oriented approach to embodied group therapy, participants will be invited to engage in creative shadow play to further develop an understanding of how Shadow Theatre can be used in Therapy to support the development of emotional regulation and self soothing capacity.

Katia Verreault

The use of Dance/Movement Therapy: a non-verbal modality for the treatment of traumatised populations

This practiced-based workshop will introduce the applicability of Dance and Movement Therapy (DMT) when working in the context of trauma and explore how DMT can support resilience-building interventions. This workshop is for mental health professional who wish to integrate a practical body based approach when working with survivors of trauma in both individual and group settings.

Through some simple movement exercises during this practice-based workshop, core DMT techniques and concepts will be introduced for trauma and body work. Participants will be facilitated through a 5 part session, an approach frequently used in group settings. Themes such as boundaries, safety and sensations in relation to the body will be explored and addressed through explorative body-based interventions.

Dr Benedicta Leonilla Ageira

Inner Awareness: A Tool for Self_ Healing

Awareness implies knowledge gained through one’s own perception. Inner awareness is also that by which I know that I am and experience being-ness. Hence Direct inner awareness is Consciousness which can be defined as subjective experience or awareness of wakefulness or executive control of the system of the mind. Well- being refers to the awareness or the sense of being-ness and the capacity to direct the flow of energy for inner and outer action, which requires free flow of energy.

The Workshop addresses the question what is energy blockage, how to be aware of it and how to dissolve it, and will be facilitated through the method of experiential exercises, slide presentations and discussion.

B.N.Sharada and Manju Sapru


Traditionally therapists have used different play media when counselling children, to help facilitate therapy. This workshop looks at how different media and materials can be used effectively when counselling adults. It will explore how its use can deepen and enhance talk therapy with adult clients, as well as what some of its limitations and cautions may be. The workshop will be interactive, with participants being given the opportunity to use different media, to gain an experiential feel of its potential use in the therapeutic space.


August 28 & 29, 2015
(Friday and Saturday)


Ecumenical Christian Centre
Bangalore 560 066

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