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Magdalene Jeyarathnam

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, MSW, is currently the founder and director of the East West Center for Counseling and Training in Chennai, India. She has 17 years of experience in counseling, and has worked with clients coping with substance abuse and HIV; those exploring marriage and relationship issues; with clients in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community; and with children. Ms. Jeyarathnam has worked as a consultant to the Royal Government of Bhutan, where she wrote counseling guidelines and developed training modules. She later served as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Myanmar, where she helped to write guidelines on voluntary counseling and testing for HIV. She was part of the team that developed the Counseling Manual for the WHO South East Asia Regional Office in 2003. Ms. Jeyarathnam currently sits on the counseling expert panel for the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), where she has served since 2003. She has worked with the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society as a counseling consultant. She currently serves as a member of the expert panel for NACO; in this role, she evaluates training institutions in many states. Ms. Jeyarathnam provides several workshops in India on counseling skills, which draw participants from a wide variety of organizations and from many parts of the country. She is frequently invited to serve as a counseling expert by the media, specifically to discuss issues involving children or the LGBT community. She is the author of many guidelines for counselors. Ms. Jayarathnam is a counseling supervisor, having received a certificate in supervision from the Central School of Counseling Training in London. She holds a master of social work.

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