- Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts | 106
- 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- (570) 348-6268
Music Therapy Clinic at Marywood University
Referral, Assessment, and Program Plan
Referrals are received from parents, health care professionals, agencies, doctors, teachers, social workers, speech pathologists, psychologists, and others. The supervising Board Certified Music Therapist completes the initial music therapy assessments and models the procedure for the student therapists while instructing them in the necessary documentation of responses.
Students are introduced to the criterion-referenced assessment, the IMCAP-ND (Individual Music Centered Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders). This is "... a method for observing, listening, and rating musical emotional responses, cognition and perception, preferences, perceptual efficiency, and self-regulation in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders." (Carpente, IMCAP-ND)
The Marywood Music Therapy Clinic takes a humanistic, improvisational, bottom-up method of working with clients. Students learn to observe their clients' development based on how they relate to the music. Students then study their clients' individual differences, and how those differences impact their learning and relating. Lastly, the students learn how to use music to build a safe and nurturing environment in which clients can grow. The student therapists document each 30-minute session with both qualitative and quantitative data. This experience provides invaluable pre-internship training for prospective music therapists and also assists clients in meeting their goals.