IMCAP-ND Certificate Course Level 1

Review by Music Therapist, Kerry Cornelius, MT-BC

“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 Neurodevelopmental 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 with practice will become the staple assessment process that I use in schools. Fantastic course! In short, the IMCAP-ND course was mind blowing! 

-Amy Gardiner, MT-BC

The IMCAP-ND is a reliable developmental relationship-based clinical observation instrument that focuses on how clients perceive, interpret, and create music with the therapist as the first step in formulating clinical goals and strategies. In addition, the IMCAP-ND provides the therapist with a method for observing, listening, and rating musical: 1) social-emotional responses, 2) cognition/perception, and preferences, perceptual efficiency, and self-regulation.

To administer the IMCAP-ND, the therapist clinically improvises music to create relational opportunities for the client in play. Consistent with the DIRFloortime Model and relationship-based music-centered work, the IMCAP-ND is composed of three components:1 ) three developmentally-based quantitative scales, 2) guiding principles for conducting the in-session assessment, and 3) templates to formulate goals and treatment plans.

IMCAP-ND Certification Level I Course Schedule

DAY 1: 3.5 hours (not including breaks)


  • Welcome
  • ASD & Nuerodevelopmental Disorders
  • Psychometrics: Reliability & Validity
  • Foundations & origins
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Paradigm shift
  • Music as the domain of health

Overview of IMCAP-ND rating scales (I, II, & III)

  • Introducing Scale I: Musical Emotional Assessment Rating Scale constructs and video review
  • Introducing Scale I: Musical Cognitive Perception Scale constructs and video review
  • Introducing Scale I: Musical Responsiveness constructs and video review

DAY 2: 9am-5pm (not including 1 hour lunch break and two 20-minute breaks)


  • Assessment protocols; clinical techniques
  • Procedural considerations
  • Musical & extra-musical considerations
  • Respecting the client’s nervous system


  • Creating musical experecines to target assessment areas
  • Clinical techniques and procedural phases
  • Role play and experientials


  • Range of musical-play interactions
  • Identifying intentionality
  • Musical-relational vs. stimulus-response


  • Clinical techniques & musical protocals
  • Musical frameworks/themes


  • Range and intent of musical-play interactions
  • Musical-relational vs. stimulus-response

DAY 3: 9am-5pm (not including 1 hour lunch break and two 20-minute breaks)


  • Scoring protocols
  • Frequency & support scales
  • Practice scoring Scales I, II, & III
  • Discussion, analysis & interpretation of scores (video review)


  • Intake & setting up the IMCAP-ND assessment
  • Reviewing the IMCAP-ND goal bank
  • Integrating quantitive and qualititive outcomes
  • Crafting clinical goals
  • Report writing
  • Communicating IMCAP-ND data to families and professionals


LEVEL I Certficate Training

The IMCAP-ND level 1 course will provide participants with practical knowledge of administering, scoring, and interpreting IMCAP-ND assessment data. In addition, participants will learn how to formulate and write clinical goals, treatment plans, and evaluation reports.

 LEVEL II Certificate Training

The IMCAP-ND level requires music therapists to participate in 6 coaching/supervision sessions. Sessions include: video review, 1:1 and group supervision, and completion of 2 entire IMCAP-ND assessments with reports. For more info contact


Oporto, Portugal: June 2-4, 2017 (For information email:

Ottawa, Canada, Ottawa Association Music Therapy: October 27-28, 2017

If you are interested in hosting an IMCAP-ND training near you, please email us at