DIRFloortime Model Conference

An Introduction to the DIRFloortime Model:
A Primer for Parents, Clinicians and Educators
(8 LCAT, CMTE, LMHC, CTLE CE Credits)  

Speaker: John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, DIR-C, Associate Professor, Music Therapy , Molloy College

Friday, February 28, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Larini Room, Public Square
Molloy College, NY

Conference Description
The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) Model is a framework and model that helps clinicians, parents and educators conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with developmental and neurodevelopmental challenges, e.g., autism spectrum disorder. The objectives of the DIRFloortime Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing solely on discrete skills and isolated behaviors. This primer course is designed to introduce parents, clinicians and educators to the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the DIRFloortime model. To that end, this 1-day introductory course define the "D," "I," and "R" in its conventional application; present the six-functional emotional developmental levels; explore Floortime philosophy, research, and application. Clinical video and live experientials will be used to illustrate concepts. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Suggested Audience: Parents of children and/or adolescents with developmental or other neurodevelopmental challenges, e.g., ASD; Clinicians (OTs, SLPs, MHCs, Creative Arts Therapists, PTs); Educators/teachers

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

1. Identify common features of autism and other challenges of relating and communicating

2. Identify the key features of relationship-based approaches and the clinical rationale for these approaches

3. Understand each facet of the DIR model, including the "D", "I" and "R"

4. Identify the 6 Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDCs) in the DIR model and potential challenges that children face at each capacity

5. Understand and describe the "I" (Individual differences) and how health, sensory processing, and regulatory challenges can impact a child's development

6. Identify key principles and basic strategies of Floortime

7. Understand the essential role of affect as it is related to the D, the I, and the R

John A. Carpente,
Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, DIR-C is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Molloy College, he is the founder & executive director of the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy and founding Director of the Center for Autism and Child Development at Molloy College. He is also the founder and owner of Developmental Music Health and the founding music therapist of the Rebecca School in New York City. He has nearly 20 years of clinical and supervisory experience working in a variety of clinical settings serving children, adolescents, and adults with neurodevelopmental and emotional challenges. He is an active researcher in the field of Autism and developmental approaches and has been practicing DIRFloortime for nearly 15 years. Dr. Carpente is recognized by the Interdisciplinary Council of Development and Learning (ICDL) as a DIRFloortime expert and training leader.

Dr. Carpente has published numerous book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles focusing on children with autism spectrum disorder. He has presented his work domestically and internationally and is frequently invited to guest lecture at various universities in the USA, Europe, Australia and South America.


  • 8:30am -9:00am Registration
  • 9:00-10:30 Lecture
    • Overview of ASD
    • moving from symptoms to individual profiles
    • Treatments & Research
    • Introduce the DIR model and supportive research
    • Theory behind the model & the role of affect in child development
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:15 Lecture
    • Define the "D" of the DIR model/introduce & define the 6 Functional Emotional Developmental Levels
      • Level 1: Self-regulation and interest in the world
      • Level 2: Engagement
      • Level 3: 2-way purposeful
  • 12:15-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-3:00pm Lecture
    • Review levels 1-3
    • Continue with Functional Emotional Developmental Levels
      • Level 4: shared problem-solving
      • Level 5 creating ideas
      • Level bridging ideas
  • 3:00-3:3:15 Break
  • 3:15-5:00 Lecture
    • Define the "I" of DIR model
      • Individual differences (what is getting in the child's way of moving up developmentally
    • Define "R" in DIR
    • Learning within a social context; learning moments via the relationship

Continuing Education Credit

Certification Board for Music Therapists: CMTE

An Introduction to the DIRFloortime Model: A Primer for Parents, Clinicians and Educators is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 8 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: LCAT
Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This program is offered for 8 hours of CEU credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.

Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Credit
Molloy College is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), sponsor number 23216. This course is approved for 8 hours of  CTLE credit. Click here for further information on CTLE requirements.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)
Molloy College, Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0052. This program is offered for 8 CE contact hours.  Further information on the new requirements can be found on the following NY State webpage: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/

Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

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

Tuition Rates:
Regular Registration- through February 14: $115
Late Registration- February 15-February 27: $125
After February 28 or at the door: $135
Molloy Full-Time Students, (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): $15
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID): $60
Molloy Faculty and Staff (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

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

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

Refund Policy: 
You may withdraw from the conference for a full refund up until February 7. No refunds are permitted after that date. However, substitutions can be made up until the day of the conference.

The conference will be given in the Larini Room (Room 290A) on the second floor of the Public Square Building on Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3550.

Conference Brochure
The brochure will be mailed in late-November, 2018. To be placed on our mailing list or to be mailed a brochure, please contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email at: conted@molloy.edu or by phone at:516.323.3550.

Questions regarding registration?
Email: conted@molloy.edu
Phone: 516.323.3550

The following are some links about our Music Therapy program that you may find interesting:
Video on Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://vimeo.com/90795256
Twitter Account for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://twitter.com/MusicMolloy
Facebook Page for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://www.facebook.com/Graduate-Music-Therapy-at-Molloy-College-101924705247/