1 WEEK left for Early bird Registration for IMCAP Course, Columbia MD


1 week remaining for EARLY BIRD Registration for IMCAP-ND CMTE Course at Howard Community College (Ends on April 15th!)

Are you interested in learning more about working within a Developmental Relationship-based Music Therapy Model? Here’s an opportunity to do so while earning 35 CMTE Credits! Click HERE for more information!

You will expand your knowledge on how to:

  • Create musical experiences that target specific musical areas that deal with
    • A) Social-Emotional Skills
    • B) Cognitive and Perceptual Skills
    • C) Preferences, Efficiency, Arousal Levels
  • Observe, assess, and score target responses within the context of relational musical-play
  • Create and write individualized goals and treatment plans
  • Communicate assessment findings to caregivers and healthcare professionals
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your musical tendencies and habitual responses as a musician and music therapist

By registering for this course you will receive complimentry Developmental, Relationship-based Music Therapy course materials (as  well an opportunity for discounted supervision/coaching): 

  • Receive 50% off IMCAP-based reflective supervision for up to 5 supervision sessions
  • A 10-pack of IMCAP-ND Rating Scale Booklets
  • IMCAP-ND Work Guide that includes:
  • Musical resources for the music therapist
  • Quality of Interaction rating chart
  • Procedural work phase check list
  • Clinical sample of IMCAP-ND rating scores (Scales I, II, & III)
  • IMCAP-ND goal bank
  • Clinical techniques guidelines (procedural phases and music domain areas)

The IMCAP-ND 2-day CMTE course with post-course assignments provides an opportunity to earn 35 CMTE Credits. This course will be held at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD on May 2nd and 3rd.

Click HERE to register!



IMCAP-ND CMTE Course on May 3 & 4th at Howard Community College

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I am excited to annouce a NEW IMCAP-ND CMTE Course being offered at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD on May 3rd and 4th. This 2-day course offers music therapists an opportunity to earn 35 CMTE credits while gaining an in-depth view on the practical and theoretical perspective on the IMCAP-ND. This includes musical and extra musical application, scoring techniques, data analysis, goal and report writing, and communicating results to families and professionals.

The IMCAP-ND adds to multidisciplinary, developmentally-driven ways to discern and strengthen human capacities. The ‘right brain’ is given voice in the IMCAP-ND and offers all pediatric disciplines a window into the full range of human drama.” 

-Gerard Costa, Ph.D. (Psychologist)

“… Dr. Carpente provides an invaluable resource for music therapists who provide services to people with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.”

Elizabeth K. Schwartz, M.A., LCAT, MT-BC, (Music Therapist)

“This clinical manual will be an indispensable tool for all music therapists who believe in the power of affect to help clients relate and communicate through the experience of musical-play.”

Cecilia Breinbauer, M.D. (Physician)




CMTE Course: IMCAP-ND Certificate Training (35 Credits)

cont EdDear Colleagues,
In collaboration with Connecticut Music Therapy Services, LLC (CBMT Approved Provider P-#0130), Developmental Music Health Services, LLC is offering the first IMCAP-ND Certification Training.  This training will take place Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22.  Combined with post-course assignments, this course offers 35 CMTE Credits.
Please view the full course information here: http://ctmusictherapy.com/wordpress/for-music-therapists/cmte-imcap-nd-certification-training/ and note that the earlybird registration deadline is 1/22/13 and that we have a limited number of seats available for this course.

Watertown, CT is situated in scenic Litchfield County, CT, less than a 2 hour drive from both New York City and Albany, NY. Additional travel information is also available on our site: http://ctmusictherapy.com/wordpress/for-music-therapists/travel-and-lodging-information/

For additional information call 203-394-3033 or email jen@ctmusictherapy.com with any questions.


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PART 2: Considering Musical Dimensions in Relationship-based Work: “The Musicality of the Infant-Parent Relationship and the Foundational Experiences Needed for Mental Health and Peaceful Societies.”

2011, CEHS, faculty, Gerard Costa, CostaG, autismHI all,

This blog post include’s another PowerPoint presentation from the Rebecca Center for Music therapy’s October 11th conference, Considering Musical Dimensions in Relationship-based Work. This particular PowerPoint is from the Key Note presentation given by my friend and colleague, Dr. Gerard Costa. The presentation was entitled, The Musicality of the Infant-Parent Relationship and the Foundational Experiences Needed for Mental Health and Peaceful Societies.”  

Dr. Costa’s talk focused on the topic of essential interactions for infants and how these interactions or lack of may determine how children reach developmental milestones. He brilliantly spoke within a musical context and incorporated a diverse group of developmental theorists while integrating the nueroscience behind afftective interactions.

In addition, he discussed the importance of balance, integration, movement, rhythm, synchrony , integration, orchestration, and symbolization; and how these terms reflect both important experiences in the development of infant and child mental health, as well as in the development of musical composition. He later went on to to describe the interpersonal processes that co-construct the infant brain, and the ways in which certain types of affect-rich experiences help determine or compromise the human capacity for regulation, symbolization and peace. Finally, he tied his talk into how these constructs link to the IMCAP-ND Rating Scales and went on to speak to the relevance of the IMCAP-ND within helping the therapist understand how client’s perceives and make music with the therapist (within the context of relationship!)

As a side note: Dr. Costa and I will be co-presenting a Plenary Lecture on this topic at the upcoming Annual International ICDL DIR/Floortime Conference on October 28th at Montclair State University. This lecture will also feature a discussant panel that  includes: Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, LCAT […]

Considering Musical Dimensions in Relationship-based Work: Overview of IMCAP-ND Presentation


HI all,

Last Friday, on October 11th, nearly 200 participants attended the Rebecca Center’s SOLD OUT music therapy conference at Molloy’s Suffolk Center. It was an amazing day featuring a wonderful line-up of presenters, discussing IMCAP-ND (Music Therapy Assessment), Infant-Child Mental Health, Music-centeredness, treatment planning and goal writing, clinical practice of IMCAP-ND, and MT self-assessment. It was an honor for me to present along side Dr.Brian Abrams, Dr. Gerard Costa (Keynote), Jill Lucente,Gabriela Sofia Ortiz, and Dr. Suzanne Sorel.

Many of the participants who attended requested the powerpoints from the presenters. Thus, i will be posting each powerpoint on this blog as I recive them from each presenter (if approved)

All of that being said, I’m including my powerpoint presentation within this blog post. My presentation was entitled: “IMCAP-ND:  A Developmental Relationship-based Framework for Assessing Musical-Play Interactions.” The focus and purpose of the presentation was to simply provide an overview of the IMCAP-ND, creating a foundation for the presentations that would follow. The purpose was NOT  to provide a training on how to administer or apply the IMCAP-ND, rather, it was more about introducing the tool, providing participants with its purpose, function, foundations, as well as operationally defining some its key constructs.

Click HERE to view my powerpoint presentation on IMCAP-ND

For additional information regarding the IMCAP-ND Clinical Manual CLICK HERE.

Thanks for reading!



Autism & Music Therapy Research Study Recruiting for September!

RebeccaAustismFlyerThe Rebecca Center for Music Therapy is moving into its 2nd year of the TIME-A Autism and Music Therapy Research Study. NOW RECRUITING FOR SEPTEMBER 2013!

Do You Know a Child with Autism?
The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College is recruiting children with
autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to participate in a research study investigating
developmental trajectories and intervention. The main focus of the study is to discover
whether music therapy is an effective early intervention for children with ASD.
This study is the first well-controlled effectiveness study and largest randomized
controlled trial on clinical interventions for autism to date. It is funded by the Research
Council of Norway and builds upon a collaboration of seven countries worldwide.
This study will include no-cost sessions and comprehensive diagnostic and cognitive

Who is Eligible?
• Children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
• Between the ages of 4 and 7 years old
• Limited or no music therapy experience

The study is being conducted at The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College.
If you have any questions or if you would like to consider your child to participate in the study
please contact Laura DeGennaro ldegennaro@molloy.edu or Dr. John
Carpente, USA Research Site Manager at jcarpente@molloy.edu

Click here for a downloadabe PDF of research details


Stay tuned for updates on future research, publication updates, and upcoming presentations at Weill Cornell Ctr for Autism, ICDL/DIR International Conference, Rebecca Ctr for Music Therapy 1-day Sym, and AMTA!

Thanks so much for reading!



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New Assessment Publication: IMCAP-ND: A Clinical Manual

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An Overview of the IMCAP-ND Clinical Manual

IMCAPsoft-150x150Hi all,

For those who are interested, I’m providing the Introductory chapter from the IMCAP-ND in this blog post. Within the last week or so I’ve received many emails from music therapists asking questions pertaining to the manual, specifically about defining the three rating scales, as well as the “umbrella” of neurodevelopmental disorders. Thus, I”m including, below, the overview that describes the scales and the client groups within the “umbrella” of neurodevelopmental disorders. Thanks so much for all of your questions and please feel free to reach out if any others emerge!


The Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND) is a criterion-referenced assessment of musical interaction, communication, cognition and perception, and responsiveness in musical-play for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. The IMCAP-ND can be used to evaluate clients at various developmental levels and chronological ages from children to adults.

Administering the IMCAP-ND requires the therapist to improvise music experiences based on the client’s interests and musical lead, while targeting specific musical responses that are relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders. The IMCAP-ND examines musical-emotional abilities, musical cognition and perception skills, as well as musical responsiveness that deals with preferences, perceptual efficiency, and self-regulation in musical-play.

Overview of the Chapters

The IMCAP-ND manual was designed to provide music therapists with a method to assess and evaluate a client’s musical resources, strengths, challenges, and overall responsiveness (i.e., preference, efficiency, and self-regulation) in musical-play. The IMCAP-ND manual includes three interrelated rating scales, definitions and criteria of target responses, assessment protocols, musical-clinical and interpersonal procedures, instructions for clinical observation and listening, procedures for supportive interventions, clinical considerations, and descriptions and rationale for clinical strategies and techniques.

Chapter 1

Chapter 1 provides the […]

IMCAP-ND Manual Available for Pre-Ordering!

IMCAP-ND Cover SpreadHello all,

I’m happy to share that the Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND): A Clinical Manual is now available for Pre-Ordering. By Pre-Ordering a copy of the IMCAP-ND Manual you will receive 10 free rating scale booklets (a value of $9.50).

Pre-orders can be made by visiting Developmental Music Health Services at www.DMHmusictherapy.com.

To view contents and reviews of the IMCAP-ND Manual click on the links below:

Click to Read  Reviews

Click to Read Table of Contents

Click to Read Foreword

Here’s what professionals are saying about the IMCAP-ND:

“The IMCAP-ND is a paradigm shift and revolutionary force, and will surely transform the very landscape of music therapy assessment” -From the book’s foreword, Brian Abrams, Ph.D., LCAT, MT-BC

“This clinical manual will be an indispensable tool for all music therapists who believe in the power of affect to help clients relate and communicate through the experience of musical-play.” -Cecilia Breinbauer, M.D.

“The IMCAP-NC includes three scales that are easily scored and compiled and which give solid information on the client’s strengths and needs as well as clear guidance on setting clinical goals.” -Elizabeth Schwartz, M.A., LCAT, MT-BC

“The ‘right brain’ is given a voice in the IMCAP-ND and offers all pediatric disciplines a window into the full range of human drama.” -Gerard Costa, Ph.D.

“John Carpente’s new book helps to fill that gap by presenting a set of music-centered rating scales that examine clients’ capacity to musically interact and thus present a musical way of thinking about, working with, and understanding clients.” -Christian Gold, Ph.D

TRAININGS: Please stay tuned […]

Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND)

piano playingHi all,

I am happy and excited to say that the Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND) will be available this coming May! It’s gone through several revisions  and has been clinically tested since I first posted information regarding its content. I want to thank all of the folks who have inquired about the IMCAP-ND. I really appreciate your interest and support and hope that this assessment tool will be a useful resource in your clinical practice.

For those of you who are interested, but are not familiar with the IMCAP-ND, the The Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND) is a method for observing, listening, and rating musical emotional responses, cognition and perception, preferences, perceptual efficiency, and self-regulation in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Within musical-play, and a developmental and relationship-based framework, the IMCAP-ND focuses on how  clients perceive, interpret, and create music with the therapist as the first step in formulating clinical goals and strategies for working with clients.

The IMCAP-ND includes three easy to use rating scales that evaluate clients at various developmental levels and chronological ages from children to adults.  In addition, it provides the therapist with musical procedures and protocols as well as guiding principles for facilitating the in-session assessment process.

The IMCAP-ND clinical manual includes music-based protocols, supportive intervention procedures, rating scales, intake forms, and an assessment/evaluation report template. The IMCAP-ND may be used:

  • to develop clinical goals and treatment plan
  • to musically guide the therapist in working with the client
  • to communicate information to parents and healthcare professionals
  • as pre- and posttest measures to evaluate client progress

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for IMCAP-ND training dates!

All the best,


Exciting Events on TAP: ADOS, Autism, Child Development, DIR/Floortime, and ICDL!!

Hello all,

I would like to share with you all couple of interesting and informative events coming up in the fall 2012 being hosted by The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy and Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). Both events are geared towards educating and training parents, professionals, and students.

The first is presented by the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College:  Understanding the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Workshop for Parents, Students, and Professionals.

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is the “gold standard” for assessing and diagnosing autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) across ages, developmental levels, and language skills. This presentation will examine autism spectrum disorders as well as the ADOS. Topics will include an overview of autism (including its history and defining features) as well as a discussion of diagnostic psychological evaluation in general and the specific assessment of the possibility of an autism spectrum disorder. Attendees will gain an understanding of autism spectrum disorders as well as the process by which they are assessed and diagnosed.

Who should attend this lecture? The lecture is interned for parents of children with ASD, as well as for professionals and students who would like to increase their knowledge of the ADOS.

When: October 25, 2012 at 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Where: Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11571

Cost: $25 includes lecture and wine and cheese

Free for families enrolled at Rebecca Center, Molloy faculty, staff, and students
To register click here or paste this link into your browser:

For more information please call: 516 678 5000 ex6206


The other event is the Annual 2012 ICDL Annual Conference, November 16-18, 2012: THE POWER OF AFFECT

This event will have […]