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SEEDS Arts Based Therapy Course

Certificate Course in Arts Based Therapy (ABT) offered by Lighthouse


Arts based therapy (ABT) is defined as the clinical and evidence based use of art forms i.e. music, drama, visual arts, to accomplish individualised goals within a therapeutic relationship. ABT is a term that was coined by World Centre for Creative Learning Foundation ( to represent the use of multiple art forms and their combinations in therapy. ABT uses different media: painting, singing, drumming, dance, playing, storytelling and drama in creating a therapeutic relationship between the child and the therapist.

Course Rationale:

In the West, therapies that were based on art forms mostly started from the 1930s, consolidating as drama, music, and art therapy by 1950s/60s. In the brief span from then till now, there are universities offering training, journals, research material, teachers, and various certification bodies.

India is a land of rich cultural heritage and a home to many art forms.


It has a unique diverse culture, philosophy and ancient traditions of the arts in healing. However, this has not been systematically and consistently developed into an indigenous Practice in the contemporary times. ABT bridges that gap. It brings the much-needed artistic language into therapy, while retaining a firm basis in well-researched and scientific understanding of mind and reality.

This course will address the above-mentioned need by equipping the students with newer methods and interventions in the field of healing and arts Based therapy. After completing this course, the students will be able to use these approaches in their personal and therapeutic practice making the process of therapy more meaningful and creative.


  • Each year 20 to 25 applicants will be admitted for the 9 month course

  • Its open for Students, Professionals and Experts from various fields - Psychologists, Therapists, Counsellors, Special educators, Social workers, Caregivers, Psychiatrists or Doctors

  • ABT addresses issues in learning disabilities, intellectual challenges, autism, in mental health, in de-addiction, palliative care & pain management, in rehabilitation for trafficking, abuse, domestic violence issues, in issues around LGBTQ and communities affected by violence and trauma

  • 25 Credit hours, i.e. it has 400 hours of Theory and Practical work

  • Certified by Lighthouse

How To apply for the course 2023-2024:

Step 1:

Click on the button - "ABT COURSE APPLICATION FORM"  to download the application form.

Step 2:
Print out and fill the form and send:
- The completed application form
- Other required documents (mentioned on last page of the form)
to the following address:



Yugal Drashila, 7th Floor, Flat No 702, Sopan Baug No. 2, Balewadi Road, Near Bharati Vidyapeeth School, Balewadi, Pune - 411045, Maharashtra


Step 3:
Once we have received your completed application form we will schedule an interview thereafter once you clear it, we will send you a confirmation e-mail with details of when you should pay the fees. 

To clarify any doubts or for further information regarding the ABT Course, write to us at: 


*The faculty reserves the right to select and reject applicants                                      

ABT 2024 course dates will be announced soon. Please check back for updates

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