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Developmental Interventions for Autism: Evidence-Based Research

Friday, May 1, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center, Rockville Centre campus

The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College will be hosting a one-day conference, "Developmental Interventions for Autism: Evidence-Based Research" on Friday, May 1, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  This unique conference will be co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Council for Development & Learning (ICDL). The purpose of the conference is to highlight developmental interventions and their place in the world of evidence-based research the day will consist of various disciplines at Molloy College (music therapy, psychology, mental health counseling, speech and language pathology, etc.) discussing their research (in progress or planned). Research will include outcome studies, a systematic review of the literature, reliability and validity of a newly design assessment instruments.

The keynote speaker will be: Devin Casenhiser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, University of Tennessee. Dr. Casenhiser's research explores functional (i.e., communicative) and cognitive factors that affect language learning in neurotypical and autistic populations. He has published research investigating the effects of homonymy on lexical acquisition, how the distribution of lexical input affects children's ability to learn grammatical constructions, and together with colleagues in Canada, Dr. Casenhiser has developed and tested a social-interaction based intervention designed to improve the social-communication abilities of children diagnose with autism spectrum disorders.

Details on the conference will be available in January, 2015. The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the conference webpage. We will also mail and email out the conference information if you are on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online  or contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: or by phone: 516.323.3554.

2013 Conference:

Considering Musical Dimensions in Relationship-Based Work: New Directions in Music Therapy Treatment Planning

October 11, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Molloy College Suffolk Center

The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College is pleased to present a One-day Conference for Music Therapists and other Health Care Professionals such as: Psychologists, Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists. The purpose of this conference will be to explore ideas on understanding musical dimensions in relationship-based work within the context of the Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND).

Topics to be covered include:
- An overview of IMCAP-ND
- Early childhood and mental health
- Principles of Music-Centered, Relationship-based Music Therapy Assessment 
- Clinical use of IMCAP-ND's Scale I: Musical Emotional Assessment rating Scale
- Clinical goal planning within a music-centered and humanistic framework
- A microanalysis self-assessment of the music therapist through the use of IMCAP-ND

We invite you to review the agenda below and take a look at the outstanding faculty available for this conference.  You can receive a total of  7 CMTE credits for attending this conference. Click here to download a brochure.


Click on the session title for a session description and speaker bio or click here to download the agenda.

8:00-8:30 a.m.            Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.            Welcome: John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT

8:45-9:40 a.m.            IMCAP-ND:  A Developmental Relationship-based Framework for Assessing and
                                      Examining Musical-play interactions in Clinical Work
                                      John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT

9:50-10:40 a.m.          Keynote Address:"The Musicality of the Infant-Parent Relationship and the Foundational 
                                       Experiences Needed for Mental Health and Peaceful Societies."
                                       Gerry Costa, Ph.D.

10:50-11:40 a.m.       Understanding our Clients as only Music Therapists Can: Principles of Music-Centered,  
                                      Relationship-based Music Therapy Assessment 
                                      Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, LCAT

11:50-12:40 p.m.       Through a Musical Lens: A Glimpse into Music Making Using the IMCAP-ND with Children
                                       with Autism
                                       Jill Lucente, MS, MT-BC, LCAT 

12:40-1:40 p.m.          Lunch (Provided by Molloy College)

1:40-2:30 p.m.            Bridging Humanistic and Music-Centered Thinking with Evidence-Based Practice In Music
                                      Therapy Goal Planning
                                      Suzanne Sorel, D.A., MT-BC, LCAT

2:30-2:45 p.m.            Break

2:45-3:35 p.m.            IMCAP-ND in Self-Assessment: A Music-Centered Microanalysis of the Therapist within the
                                      Clinical Setting
                                      Gabriela S. Ortiz, MS, MT-BC

3:35-4:00 p.m.            Closing & Post-test and distribution of for CMTE Certificates

Continuing Education Credit (CMTE)
Molloy College is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 7 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Molloy College maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Molloy College, CBMT pre-approved provider #P-102.

Online registration is available by clicking here. Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550  with your MasterCard or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here.

Tuition Rates:
Early Registration by September 20: $40
Regular Registration, September 21 - October 10: $50
At the door: $60
Molloy Students, Faculty and Staff (provide copy of student ID, must register by September 27): No Charge
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID, must register by September 27): $15
Molloy Alumni: 10% discount

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Refund Policy:
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by October 4. Refunds will not be granted after October 4: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge.

The conference will be given at Molloy's Suffolk Center campus located just off Route 110 at 7180 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, NY, 11735. The campus is located about an hour east of New York City by train on Long Island. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be found on our website at:   

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3554.

Click here to download a conference brochure.

About the Rebecca Center
The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College provides individualized music therapy programming for children and adolescents with Neurodevelopmental challenges. Consistent with the DIR/Floortime Model, The Rebecca Center facilitates social-emotional development through interactive musical-play.

Questions regarding conference content or speakers?
Contact John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT - Conference Chair
Email:; Phone: 516.323.3325

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Phone: 516.323.3554