New DIRFloortime Support Services for Families and Professionals!

Hi all,

I am excited to announce NEW DIRFloortime support service programs for families and professionals!

  • Evaluations
  • Floortime sessions
  • Parent coaching
  • Training for professionals
  • Mentoring/supervision for professionals

*****All services may be provided in-person, by phone, and/or video conferencing

For families seeking to adopt a developmental model for their child or adolescent, we provide intake/consultation, evaluation and a home-based plan. For more information visit us on the web: DIR information

For professionals such as creative arts therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers, nurses, medical doctors, physical therapists, and psychologists we provide training opportunities to complete a practitioner certification in DIRFloortime. For more information visit us on the web: DIR support for professionals

All programs are approved and licensed by the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning

 

 

 

For more information or to set up a consolation please email me DIRFloortimeNY@gmail.com 

Banishment from the Early Childhood Music Therapy Network Facebook page

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I want to thank you for your supportive replies and private messages regarding the deletion of my posts and subsequent banishment from the Early Childhood Music Therapy Network Facebook page. Regardless of whether or not one agrees with the opinions that I have expressed there, it should be possible to engage in a reasoned and respectful scholarly debate about treatment issues of such great importance to the profession of music therapy and, more importantly, to the clients who benefit from our services. This embracing of various viewpoints is especially important within a group that was an outgrowth of efforts within the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

I am currently formulating a more formal response to this situation and I would appreciate your support when that response is made public. It is neither ethical nor collegial to use one’s official capacity to privilege certain forms of treatment over others. This is a vital issue that affects all of us, regardless of our areas of clinical work.

Thanks again,

John Carpente

Cost Effective & Impactful: Parent Perspective & Advocacy on Music Therapy

080_RebeccaCenter06-2012In our work as music therapists we advocate every day by doing what we do: engage our clients in musical experiences, educating and supervising future music therapists, engaging in research opportunities, publishing and the list goes on and on. We do it (advocacy) with every note we play, each melody we sing and every life that we help to enrich through the power of music therapy! That being said, it’s so important for us to bring the work, the stories, the tales, the sights and the MUSIC into the ears and eyes to others.

The following is a story based on my clinical experience as a music therapist that took place during a parent meeting. Parent meetings generally take place 2 times per year and involve the music therapist meeting with the client’s parent or caregiver to discuss his/her music therapy progress and process. The meeting involves a closed door meeting in which the therapist and parent discuss the child’s treatment plan while reviewing clinical goals. This process also involves the therapist displaying clinic vide of the child participating in music therapy experiences.

(This excerpt is taken from an early post regarding music therapy parent advocacy)

Vignette: Jason is a seven-year-old boy diagnosed with autism who has been participating in individual music therapy sessions for six weeks at The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy. Following Jason’s sixth assessment session, a parent meeting is scheduled to discuss the assessment findings and develop an intervention plan. During the parent meeting, the therapist, Michael, prepares a video presentation and a written assessment report. Michael begins the meeting by orienting mom and dad on the Center’s overall music therapy approach within […]

35 CMTE Credits: Expand your Assessment Skills within a Developmental Relationship-based Music Therapy Model

swirl-piano.jpgHi all,

Expand your Assessment Skills within a Developmental Relationship-based Music Therapy Model. The last IMCAP-ND course of 2014 is being held at Radford University on October 24th & 25th. EARLY BIRD Registration ends on SEPTEMBER 15TH!

Are you interested in learning more about assessment & treatment while 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 and assess 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
  • Working in the method of Clinical Improvisation
  • Incorporate Dr. Bruscia’s clinical techniques
  • 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 music therapist

You will observe, play, music, interact, role play, and participate in practicing scoring and documenting actual music therapy session videos & case studies.

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 following this course
  • A 10-pack of IMCAP-ND Rating Scale Booklets
  • IMCAP-ND Work Guide that includes:
  1. Musical resources for the music therapist
  2. Quality of Interaction rating chart
  3. Procedural work phase check list
  4. Clinical sample of IMCAP-ND rating scores (Scales I, II, & III)
  5. IMCAP-ND goal bank
  6. 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.

EARLY BIRD (thru September 15): $349

Regular Registration: $398

Click HERE to register!

IMCAP-ND NOTES:

1)  Here’s a […]

Don’t miss EARLY BIRD Registration for IMCAP-ND CMTE in New York!

Don’t miss the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for New York Course (Early bird ends July 2nd, 20014)

IMCAP-ND CMTE Course at Molloy College, New York

EARN 35 CMTE CREDITS! 

2-Day in-person course & Post Course Assignments

 

COURSE LOCATION:

Molloy College

1000 Rockville Centre, NY 11571

Course will take place in the Public Square Building, Room 040 (located in the lower level)

DATES:

August 1st & 2nd, 2014

Read what music therapists are saying about the IMCAP-ND CMTE Course:

The IMCAP-ND Music Therapy Assessment training provided by John Carpente was an experience that opened my eyes to a new way of seeing and interacting with my clients musically, as well as giving an invaluable framework from which to communicate music therapy’s benefits for individuals with Neurological Disorders to administration, families, and staff. I find that I am relating to and understanding the needs of my clients on a much deeper level and that will greatly influence every facet of the therapeutic process with them in the future. This is an extremely valuable tool, and John presents it in such a way that is thorough, challenging, and creative! I highly recommend this training to any music therapy professional!”

Julie Schlosser, MT-BC

“The IMCAP-ND course was career changing!!!!!! After15 years of a successful music therapy career it opened my eyes to a very positive child-centered way to communicate and assess –following the lead of the child. Coming from a school that uses  DIR/Floortime in the early intervention program, the IMCAP-ND method is a logical and well thought out process that marries music therapy and floortime. The assessment is ready to use and […]

The Times They are A Changin’: New Discoveries Leading to NEW Ways of Working with Children w/ASD

dylanHi all,

The times that have guided treatment interventions for children with ASD are certainly changing.’ But why has it been so difficult for folks to embrace this change and incorporate these new findings and discoveries into their work? Do I dare say that politics and funding play a role? Or  even dare say that special interests groups/folks in the world of ASD have certain “power sources” to steer agendas? Or, how-about the thought that folks choose certain research studies to support an agenda? Whatever the case is, the ones getting hurt are children and their families. They are the ones that are not being given a choice, and in turn, are not fully made aware of alternatives and truths.

Why are families of children with ASD rarely informed of alternative treatment options outside of only one way of working? Is prochoice not permitted in the world of ASD? Why is it that on a weekly basis, and sometimes times daily, I meet with parents of newly diagnosed children, who come into my office expressing that they have never heard of any developmental approach being effective. In addition, I would say that 95% of them say that they have never heard of the DIR/Floortime Model? This is generally followed by them saying, “oh yes, I have heard of music therapy, but what exactly is music therapy? What does a music therapist do? Oh, are you going to teach him songs? He just loves the Beatles!” It’s disheartening.

The purpose of this post is not to preach that developmental approaches  (or that developmentally-based music therapy) are better then behavioral. I’m simply saying that parents should be better informed and […]

Following the Client’s Lead. What is it? What isn’t it? And Why do it?

Holding HandsHi folks,

An ongoing key topic when discussing behavioral and developmental approaches is the concept of following the client’s lead. This is especially relevant within the current trends in the research pertaining to evidence-based practice in regards to interventions with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Yes, that’s correct, developmental interventions are now being used in the current evidence based research. In addition, even the current behavioral research shows to be using developmental interventions in their treatment protocols, e.g., Denver Model. Thus, the current trends in ASD intervention research appears to be either based on a hybrid approach (implementing behavioral and developmental interventions) or staged developmental interventions.  Unfortunately, most clinicians continue to quote dated research when speaking on evedence-based practice (I will discuss that topic in detail in a future blog post). All of that being said, the topic of client-led interactions, which is at the core of developmental interventions, is extrememly relevant and draws quite a bit of discussion in terms of what it is and isn’t.

Client-led interactions, or better known as following the child’s lead, is at the core of developmental relationship-based ways of working. In music therapy, it may involve the therapist creating musical experiences based on the client’s musical-emotional lead, e.g., musically reflecting their emotional state, creating music around their musical and/or non-musical action, etc.  Some therapists feel that following the client’s lead means to ONLY and ALWAYS follow what the client is doing whereby never implementing any  boundaries or limits- NOT TRUE. Others may say, “follow the client’s lead only when it’s appropriate.” Appropriate? Appropriate to what? The therapist? Finally, some say, you can not and should not follow the client’s […]

2 Weeks LEFT for EARLY BIRD Registration for IMCAP-ND CMTE, Columbia, MD

williampic-2Hi all

EARLY BIRD Registration for IMCAP-ND CMTE Course at Howard Community College ends on April 15th!

Seating is LIMITED. Early registration is encouraged in order to secure your seat as well as your early bird discount rate.

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! The IMCAP-ND CMTE Training provides music therapists with a clinical framework to assess client’s developmentally in musical-play. The IMCAP-ND embraces the understanding that affect and emotional experiences are the key to developing healthy foundations for learning.   

 You will learn 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

There is just about 2-weeks remaining for the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for the upcoming IMCAP-ND CMTE Course at Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland. 

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 […]

Ways of Thinking Musically in Music Therapy

Hi all, this is a throw-back-Sunday blog entry! This entry, written by Dr. Brian Abrams, was originally posted on 2/2/12. Based on the dialogue the developed as a result of my previous blog entry, I feel that this entry is a perfect continuation regarding the topic of “working-in” and “using” music. 

Ways of Thinking Musically in Music Therapy

In November 2011, at the annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Kenneth Bruscia, the William W. Sears Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker, delivered an outstanding lecture entitled “Ways of Thinking in Music Therapy,” in which he examined different perspectives on understanding the practices and purposes of music therapy.

Dr. Bruscia, who was the most central mentor in the development of my professional identity as a music therapist, has always inspired others to think deeply about themselves and their work. For me, his guidance always prompted the question: What makes the work of a music therapist special and unique? Or, in other words: What differentiates it from other disciplines and professional practices? … or … How can we “locate” it, conceptually, as a specific construct? This was more than a mere intellectual exercise–it held a certain sense of urgency (at least for me) in understanding and advocating for the non-replicable value of music therapy in serving clients and the public via our modality.

For me, these questions were never adequately answered by considering the procedural components of music therapy alone, as popularly described. For example, it was not merely the use of music in a health promotion process that defined the distinctive essence of music therapy […]

March 18 – March 25th ONLY! — Spring 2014 Discount for IMCAP-ND Products!

imcap-ndHi all,

Developmental Music Health is kicking in Spring 2014 by offering a 15% DISCOUNT  for the next 7 days on all IMCAP-ND products. Beginning today, March 18th 2014, and through March 25th, we are offering a 15% discount on all  IMCAP-ND Clinical Manuals and IMCAP-ND Rating Scale purchases. This offer will ONLY last 7 days (ending March 25th).

To receive your 15% discount, simply click on the link below, choose the product that you would like to order, and then simply enter the promotional discount code: IMCAPDIR

To place your order and to find out more about the IMCAP-ND Manual, please click HERE. 

For international orders, please click HERE.

Also, if you are interested in learning more about how to applying and integrating the IMCAP-ND into your clinical practice, check out out our upcoming IMCAP-ND CMTE courses that will be offered in Maryland, New York, and Virginia! This exciting NEW 2-day course (with post-course assignments) provides music therapists with the opportunity to EARN 35 CMTE credits!

Musically,

John