• ABT is the evidence-based use of art forms to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship.
    Click on “Read more” for details about Arts-Based Therapy.

  • ABT Course. Click here for a list of ABT Courses.

  • Study Applied Buddhist Psychology and Ethics in Dept. of Pali, SPPU. Click here for course details.

ABT: Arts-Based Therapy

ABT is a model developed by WCCL Foundation. This model has been implemented, researched and refined with the help of action research projects in institutions across India since 2003.

The theoretical basis for ABT is inspired by Indian Mind Traditions, especially works by scholars of Nalanda. The therapeutic approach is rooted in Contemporary Cognitive Neurosciences. Artistic tools for therapy come from the lineages of Ms. Heather MacTavish, Dr. Sue Jennings, Mr. Arthur Hull, Eastern traditions of sacred spaces, mandalas, and Zen art. Artistic material used is completely localized and regional.

ABT training is now being offered by ABT Educators acros India.

Study of Mind

WCCL’s Senior Faculty teaches a course on Applied Buddhist Psychology & Ethics in Department of Pali, Savitribai Phule Pune University.

In Collaboration with Dept. of Pali, SPPU, Deer Park Institute, Bir, & , DGL Nunnery, Palampur, WCCL sponsors the Study of Mind Lecture Series – These are annual teachings given by renowned Buddhist Teachers – Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. These teachings are open to everyone.

ABT in India

News & Events

  • WCCL’s paper on ABT in Schizophrenia Awareness Association:Published in the International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
    Read Paper Here

ABT SERVICES AT Prerna Bhavan – St Teresa Home, Wakad –

Prerna Bhavan is a home run by the St Theresa sisters of charity at Wakad,Pune. There are around 200 girls and women residing there. Among them are HIV infected girls, cognitively and physically challenged, destitute women and women with mental illness. ABT is provided to children – adolescent girls with physical and cognitive challenges.


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