The Bapu Trust for Research on Mind & Discourse (1999-) is a registered NGO, located in Pune city, India.
Bapu Trust works with multiple stakeholders within the Development sector on the inclusion of persons with mental health issues and psychosocial disabilities, including
|i. Disabilities||ii.Policy and Law|
|vii.Community Development||viii. Health|
Bapu Trust was started as a novel idea in advocacy for human rights based community mental health services. Our domains of work include Research, Trainings, Enabling dialogue platforms in India and Asia on policy issues, and innovative services in Development. 'Seher', the service wing of BT, has been working in urban community mental health. We work in collaboration with Pune Municipal Corporation in several low income pockets of Pune, through 'Community Wellness Centers'.
Bapu Trust has always straddled two universes of practice - non-medical healing practice and social justice practice. In building synergy across these two dynamic universes, the Bapu Trust has been strongly grounded in the two pillars of contemporary healing arts and disability thinking - Arts Based Therapy [ABT] and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [UNCRPD].
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 by 1st of February 2018 onwards. Applicants must submit completed application form by 15th of May 2018. BT will send confirmation after selection. Fees to be paid within 15 days after announcement.
2. Pune Learning Workshop -
1: July 2 - July 9, 2018.
3. Pilot Project:
Pilot project helps to gain confidence, develop skills in ABT methods. It is also about being playful and becoming familiar with a new medium of communication, and to 'see' the client from an ABT perspective.
4. Supervision interview:
Telephonic interview by Guide in October 2018.
5. Pune Workshop :
November 5 - November 12, 2017.
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 2018 - Mar 2019.
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 May 2019.
India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, SriLanka
Applicant must be working
in an organisation where s/he can directly apply what has been learnt here
For more criteria see page 11 of prospectus
working in development or social services
Organisations working in
disability, mental health sectors
Commitment to incorporate ABT in their organisational processs