IMCAP-ND Updates/Announcements!

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Since the publication and release and the IMCAP-ND: A Clinical Manual, I have received a variety of emails regarding questions, requests for materials to use in clinical practice, as well as inquiries pertaining to IMCAP:ND training courses. Although I have created an IMCAP-ND Facebook page, I realize that many MTs that are interested in using or learning more about  the IMCAP-ND may not be a part of our Facebook community. Therefore, I thought it might be a good idea to include IMCAP information on this blog.

REQUEST FOR INTAKE FORM & ASSESSMENT/PROGRESS REPORT TEMPLATES

I have been asked by several IMCAP-ND Manual users If I would share the digital files of the IMCAP-ND Intake Form and Assessment/Report templates. Although they are located in the appendix of the manual, it would probably be easiest and more practical to have the electronic versions of the files so you can simply type your responses and reporting directly onto the document. Thus, I’m making those documents available to any IMCAP-ND Manual owners who would like them. if interested email info@dmhmusictherapy.com

REQUESTING ACTUAL CLINICAL SAMPLES OF IMCAP-ND SCORING REPORTS

For those of you working with the IMCAP-ND who would like scoring samples illustrating the use of the of the three rating scales as well as a completed progress/assessment report (PDF versions) please email info@dmhmusictherapy.com (THIS REQUEST WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO FULFILL AS WE ARE REQUIRED RECEIVE CLIENT PERMISSION BEFORE DISTRIBUTING ANY CLINICAL INFORMATION)

INTERESTED IN USING THE IMCAP:ND TO DETERMINE GROUP PLACEMENT

For those of you who are using the IMCAP-ND in clinical practice, has anyone incorporated it into their assessment process in regards to deciding if a client is musical-emotionally “appropriate” for a […]

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
assessments.

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

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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!

Musically,

John

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Is There a Difference between the Music Therapy Assessment and Treatment Process?

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ATTENTION MUSIC THERAPY STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND INTERNSHIP SUPERVISORS!!!
Hi all, I’m looking to develop some dialogue dealing with the differences and similarities between the assessment and treatment Process. I’m particularly interested in the work phase protocols and procedures that MTs are employing in their work and how these change during assessment and then treatment.

I understand that for most or some MTs these processes may be an intuitive process. That’s what has guided my work process for many years until becoming an MT educator and clinical supervisor. Thus, I have always found it challenging to teach music therapy students this process of understanding, clinically, the difference in the work phases between assessment and treatment; and have found, for the most part, that they (students) grasp the concepts intellectually, however, at times , difficult for them to translate this into clinic practice. Thus, I’m posting these questions through the lens of an educator/supervisor. Hence, I’m looking to see how others manage this process and how they articulate it with their students and/or MT students.

I have found that, for some experienced clinicians, including myself, the process of understanding and conceptualizing these processes are reversed. We can act it out clinically in a relatively fluid and “easy” manner when working with the client, but may have difficultly breaking it down and articulating it to a student or new MT I terms of the dynamics, process, perspective, and action.

I would love to see what others think on these teaching and supervising challenges. I would love to hear from MT STUDENTS!

All the best,

John

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An Overview of the IMCAP-ND Clinical Manual

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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!

OVERVIEW OF THE IMCAP-ND MANUAL

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)

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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,

John

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:
https://coned.molloy.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&Course=12FMTC4500A&DirectFrom=Schedule&Origin=Courses+Taught+by+Alan+Wenderoff

For more information please call: 516 678 5000 ex6206

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

This event will have […]

AUTISM RESEARCH STUDY AT THE REBECCA CENTER

    International TIME-A Research Team in Bergen, Norway

AUTISM RESEARCH STUDY AT THE REBECCA CENTER  IN NEW YORK

  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 effectiveness of interventions. The main purpose 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. The Rebecca Center is the USA site for this study.

This study will include no-cost sessions and comprehensive diagnostic and cognitive assessments.

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

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

Below are the collaborating countries and research site managers:

If you have any questions concerning the overall project please contact:

Principal investigator: Christian Gold (christian.gold@uni.no)

Project coordinator: Karin Mössler (karin.moessler@uni.no)

Questions related to the study protocol should be addressed to the Principal investigator or Monika Geretsegger:

Site manager Austria: Monika Geretsegger (monika.geretsegger@univie.ac.at)

Country specific questions and questions about participation in the study should be addressed to the particular site manager:

Site manager Australia: Grace […]

Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile Assessing Level II on the IMCAP-NDRC: Musical (self) Regulation

The Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Relating and Communicating (IMCAP-NDRC®) is a population specific, music-centered based music therapy assessment profiling system targeting specific areas of musical resposnsiveness pertaining to the child’s ability to engage, relate and communicate within in the context of musical play. This post includes the assessment process of Level 2, Musical (self) Regulation of the IMCAP-NDRD.  It is imperative to keep in mind that the entire assessment process, which includes levels 1-6, is all withn the context of live, improvised musical interation between the child and therapist.

IMCAP-NDRC: Assessing Level II- Musical (self) Regulation

MUSICAL (SELF) REGULATION

Musical (self) regulation refers to the strategies that a child employs in order increase his/her attention to the music being processed, either receptively or interactively. This includes the child’s ability to maintain calmness while being “available” for interaction through a wide range of sensory experiences (i.e. auditory, visual, propreoception, tactile, etc.). In assessing musical (self) regulation, the therapist is observing the child’s ability to achieve  a state of attention while experiencing music, either interactively and/or receptively. Within the context of musical play or receptive musical experiences, the therapist is observing the duration and the quality of the child’s ability to experience shared attention while live improvised music is being processed. Duration of musical (self) regulation is assessed by musical measures. The quality of musical (self) regulation is determined by the child’s ability to co-regulate and experience shared attention during musical interactions or receptive musical experiences. To that end, the therapist must be aware and mindful to include a wide range of musical elements and affect within the clinical improvisation, while observing the child’s ability to maintain calmness. In observing the child, the therapist will attempt to determine […]