Arts-Based Therapy

Archival Data on WCCL-Trained ABT Practitioners

2005 - 2017 Completed long-term training of 279 professionals and certified them as ABT Practitioners. 2005 - 2017 WCCL-Trained ABT Students Profile Of the 279 practitioners, there are:


Psychologists/Counsellors /Therapists


Social Workers


Special Educators


Organisational Heads




Research Reports

Arts-Based Therapy (ABT)

After completion of the WCCL Arts-Based Therapy Educator’s Program, the educators listed below have “Permission to Teach” from WCCL Foundation. They are trained to use WCCL Foundation’s content (Model, Curriculum and Text Books). Please note that educators operate their course independently, with no Ethical, Administrative, Legal or Financial connections/obligations to WCCL Foundation. 

  • Ms. Zill Botadkar 
  • Ms. Neha Patel 
  • Mr. Nabhiraj Mehta 
  • Ms. Nivedita Challil (For Buddhist Psychology & Ethics)
  • Ms. Swetha Chincholkar
  • Ms. Bhargavi Davar
  • Ms. Kavita Nair 
  • Ms. Sonia Puar 
  • Ms. Vanashree Ghate, Mumbai

Archival Data of WCCL's ABT Projects (2005-2017)

Paper presented for Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on Complementary Health Practices in India. This paper examines the state of Health in India and explores whether the WCCL education model could be a ‘next practice’ supporting the nation’s Health agenda for the year 2025. The WCCL innovation is about ‘creating educational infrastructure’ for revival and use of Arts for healing.

Read the Paper here

2005 – 2017 Constant R&D with 286 research reports generated through field-work. 85 reports on Children with psychosocial special needs (at risk), 153 reports on Children with cognitive-behavioural special needs (disability), 48 reports on adults with psychosocial, cognitive-behavioural special needs (mental health).
See the List or Research Reports here

Minimum 52 hours of Arts-Based Therapy has been provided to clients in 216 NGOs & Organisations across India.
See the list of participating NGOs here

2010 – Created a systematic structure for ABT Supervision, and trained ABT Practitioners as ABT Guides.ABT Guides are trained in supervising ABT Student’s projects, providing them feedback on their field-work, and generating supervision visit reports so that the teaching faculty can be informed of each student’s progress.

WCCLF conducted this survey to arrive at & understand key trends associated with ABT work in India.
Some of the insights sought were:
⦁ Which profile has been successfully applying ABT in the field? What are the trends in terms of populations served?
⦁ What are the trends in terms of session modalities?
⦁ What are the trends in terms of institutions associated with ABT?
⦁ What are the trends in terms of recognition of ABT Practitioners?
Read the Survey Report Here

Conducted a three-year long Meta-Study of all the accumulated data resulting in the report “Emerging Trends in ABT”
Population-wise, the report informs us on emerging trends for the following questions
⦁ What is the most targeted age-group, what is their average profile?
⦁ How many hours of ABT Work required to achieve results?
⦁ What is the ideal group size?
⦁ Which are the most-commonly-targeted therapeutic goals for this population in ABT?
⦁ Which assessment tools have been used the most?

Using the data of Emerging trends, WCCL designed & implemented a mega-action research project spread over three population-types, simultaneously implemented in 4 Institutions across India, resulting in Best Practices in Arts-Based Therapy.

⦁ 151 clients received ABT in action-research format.
See the report for Results
Read the full report here
⦁ The project resulted in 9 new assessment formats and completely revised editions of ABT Training Manual, Subtle Energy Guide Handbook, Rhythm & Voice Instruction Videos.

2005 – 2017 “One Drum in every Special Needs Organisation” – If you see a drum, theatre prop or art material in an NGO, chances are, it is from WCCL. In trying to fulfil this grand vision, WCCL raised funds from CSR/Funding Agencies and subsidised ABT kits for each participating organisation.This resulted in the distribution of nearly 1,440 Djembe Drums, 500 Frame Drums, 1,440 percussions, 500 theatre props, 500 Art Material Kits.1,800 copies of ABT training manuals and reference books like “What Makes you NOT a Buddhist”, “The Joy of Living” and “Way of the Bodhisattva”