About Anantaraa Arts Based Therapy Course Application

Who can Apply?

Admissions given on first-come basis for those within eligibility

Working Professionals in Health Care

  • Counsellors, Psychologists
  • Special Needs Educators, Remedial Educators
  • Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists etc.
  • Doctors, Nurses
  • Social Work Graduates

Eligibility for the Organization:


  1. Interview with Anantaraa ABT Course Faculty
  2. Payment of Fees
  3. Confirmation of Selection

BY May 10th


  1. Theory and Skills ABT Grids – Reference Maps to Arts in Therapy Basics of Music; Drama; Visual Arts Subtle Energy Guide – Introduction to Indian Mind Studies
  2. Therapeutic Applications Principles of Facilitation, Intervention Design, Session Planning and Documentation
  3. Assessments

7 days, 9am-6pm


  1. Get playful and familiar with ABT Tools, Techniques. And Perspective.
  2. Practice ABT with Clients in the organization of work / volunteer
  3. Pilot ABT Supervision & Assignments

10 -11 weeks


  1. Theory and Skills Clinics ABT Advanced Grids – Improvs & Metaphors Application of Artistic ABT Tools Therapeutically - Music; Drama; Visual Arts Subtle Energy Guide
  2. Therapeutic Applications using ABT Formats Applying Improvisation & Metaphors, Tools & Techniques with Pilot Project Experience, Research & Study Design and Documentation Practice of SEG
  3. Assessments - Written Tests and Viva Voce, Skill Tests

7 days, 9am-6pm


  1. These projects are a vital part of learning how to systematically apply ABT. Students plan and conduct ABT sessions at their organizations. The research data is documented, analyzed and presented in the form of a report.

22 weeks


  1. Anantaraa ABT Supervisors guide and assess students' action research sessions

From Wk 7 of ARP


  1. Students who have been successful must attend the certification ceremony

10th Month from Adm

ABT Pioneered by WCCLF http://wcclf.org/

The World Centre for Creative Learning (WCCL) Foundation is a pioneer organisation in the country training professionals in Arts-Based Therapy. The ABT certificate Course started in 2005-06 in response to lack of systematic, long-term training in the subject. WCCLF have trained over 250 ABT Practitioners from 2005 until 2017.

Since 2015, WCCLF launched a Train-the-Trainer format to create ABT-Educators by inviting select ABT-Practitioners in order to spread the ABT Course to other centres in India, including Mumbai.

A study conducted w.r.t the ABT Course (WCCLF) Machado, N. et al (Tata Institute of Social Sciences 2009), in a paper that won a CII award say, “ABT Course fares better than compatible International Courses on parameters of studentintake, teacher student ratio, tuition fees while maintaining the same international standards on admissions criterion, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment system”

According to the TISS authors, between 2005/06 and 2009, the ABT Course appears to have addressed multiple challenges:

The authors conclude their paper with a commendation of the ABT Course: “The WCCL innovation [ABT Course] is a significant step towards the revival of India’s traditional healing arts. The therapies taught by WCCL are not only artistic, inexpensive and effective; but are also culturally relevant and acceptable in India. WCCL has demonstrated that a range of arts can be integrated in education and treatment. This interplay of different disciplines helps find knowledge at fringes of specialisations; it generates holism and spurs innovation.”

Any training outside India costs anywhere between One thousand Dollars for a short one-week course to Ten