Molloy College Professor speaks at Purdue, Indiana on music therapy, clinical assessment

Dr. John Carpente lecturing at Indiana-Purdue UniversityBy Anthony Vela

Dr. John Carpente was invited to give a two-day lecture at Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW). On day one he presented to the students and faculty of IPFW on Music as a Health Humanity, and on day two he presented to the Association of Indiana Music Therapy (state organization) on his new assessment method for neurodevelopmental disorders: Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND): Implications for Research. According to Dr. Carpente, the IMCAP-ND provides protocols, procedures, and considerations for assessing individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and is currently being tested for reliability and validity.
 
"The IMCAP-ND offers the music therapist a developmental and relational framework to understand, assess and promote human development. 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., Director and Senior Lecturer, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health
 
"It was wonderful to share ideas with students, faculty, and professionals at Purdue University. In addition, the visit brought to my attention how "hungry" folks are for this new way of thinking in music therapy ," said Dr. Carpente.  "Generally, you find that most clinicians, regardless of discipline, solely view the client as his/her behaviors. Thus, their work involves conceptualizing the client, behaviorally. They view the client from the top-down as opposed to developmentally, where we see the client from the bottom-up. Therefore, working, developmentally in a relationship-based manner appeared to be a new concept for them. They were extremely open, respectful, and hospitable."
 
Dr. Carpente went on to say that music as a health humanity is important because it aligns the meaning of health, and the interventions promoting health, with something arts-based, versus science-based. "It's rooted in a way of being-with, versus a way of doing something-to. Thus, it is extremely important to view the discipline of music therapy within the health humanities context. It is that perspective that helps to create our identity within an interdisciplinary team. As music therapists, it's the way we conceptualize clinical work, as well as understand our clients."


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