Bapu Trust, the organization hosting the BT-ABT course, has learnt much in the last 2 years of teaching the integrated ABT course, under the supervision of WCCLF. We noticed that many applicants came to ABT course with a personal need first, and then a deeply felt aspiration to be of use in supporting others. Importantly, we noticed the vital, often critical, support of the Subtle Energy Guide (SEG). SEG not only grounded the course participants and their lives, but also laid a strong foundation of values on which to build their ABT practice, and a generous opening of the heart to support the groups they served.
Bapu Trust has been touched by the lives of both our students as well as the groups served by them, in those tiny and sweeping changes seen, from the felt despair of entrapment and deep-freeze, to experiences of joy, hope, resilience, the acceptance of life and its truths. ABT showed us, both in the teaching and the learning, how really far we can go in connecting and communicating with persons who may seem inchoate and incomprehensible; and how precious those moments of connection are. ABT is unsurpassable and takes a front seat in the scenario of "Alternative and augmentative communication"- (that is, how to say when all words fail) - within the disability and human rights discourse. Arts touch and transform everybody, even those who may have sensory impairments; We are grateful to our students and the communities sincerely served by them for bringing this to our notice.
Grateful to WCCLF, Bapu Trust aspires to continue the teaching program in the years to come, wishing only to be mindful and alert to all needs of all persons with disabilities and marginalization; and building our own capacity and resilience for the humble task ahead.
"ABT is primarily an art form, practised scientifically and based on the Subtle Energy Guide (SEG), organized and consistently practiced by the World Centre for Creative Learning Foundation [WCCL Foundation] since 2001."
WCCL Foundation invented an integrated way of using all arts for healing, filled by the values and practices of the SEG. WCCLF has over the last decades, trained over 250+ students in ABT, to be able to work in a number of Disability and Development areas, including de-addiction, autism spectrum, children and women at risk, persons, especially children, with mental and multiple disabilities, mental health, palliative care, cancer care, dementias, Parkinson's, etc. WCCLF has also created an evidence base of the day to day effectiveness of ABT in diverse settings among a diversity of people with needs.
Faculty of the course, who are ABT practitioners, are additionally trained as ABT educators with the WCCLF permission to teach. Bapu Trust, among other organizations, is honoured to carry on the tradition of integrated arts based therapy, under the tutelage of WCCLF (https://wcclf.org)
A certificate course on Arts Based Therapy [ABT] is offered by the Bapu Trust, with a focus on psychosocial health, mental health and disabilities, within the overall frame of development.
ABT is the evidence - based use of art forms, integrated in a way to offer choices for people with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities, to accomplish their own individualized mental health goals within a safe, recovery oriented, therapeutic relationship.
ABT is practiced by a credentialed practitioner who has completed the ABT Certificate Course; and taught by ABT Educators, who have permit to teach given by WCCLF, Pune. (http://wcclf.org)Why use ABT in Mental Health, Disabilities and Development?... click to open
Enrolment starts by 15th of February 2019 onwards. Applicants must submit completed application form latest by 30th of May 2019. BT will send confirmation after selection. Fees should be paid within 15 days after announcement, and definitely before the 1st Workshop in July.
2. Pune Learning Workshop -
1: July 8 - July 15, 2019.
3. Pilot Project:
Pilot project helps to gain confidence, develop skills in ABT, self reflect, adopt the view and values of ABT. It is also about opening up, becoming more light and playful, becoming familiar with a new modality of communication, and to 'see' the client from an ABT perspective.
4. Supervision interview:
Telephonic interview by Guide in October 2019.
5. Pune Workshop :
November 18 - November 25, 2019.
6. Action Research Project:
ARP is a vital part of learning how to systematically apply ABT over a period. The research is documented, analyzed and presented in the form of a report.
7. Supervision and Assessment:
2 visits by the ABT Supervisors between Dec 2019 - April 2020. 1st Visit - Support, 2nd Visit - Assessment.
8. Home Based Assignments:
HBAs help to develop oneself and one's practice of ABT. It is to ground the practitioner in a process of self evolution and in ABT application.
Students who pass the course must attend the certification ceremony in Pune in June, 2020
India, South Asia and South East Asia
Language of the course: English
for individuals and organizations,
Read Pages 5-6 of the full Prospectus herewith.
working in development or social services
Organisations working in
disability, mental health sectors
Commitment to incorporate ABT in their organisational processs