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5th & Final Round of Research Is on Its way!

The Rebecca Center is proud to announce that we are recruiting new clients for the 5th round of TIME-A research study starting in August.

This study is the first well-controlled effectiveness study and largest randomized controlled trial on clinical interventions for autism to date. It is funded by the Research Council of Norway and builds upon a collaboration of seven countries worldwide. The Rebecca Center is the USA site for this study. This study will include no-cost sessions and comprehensive diagnostic and cognitive assessments.

The main purpose of the study is to discover whether music therapy is an effective early intervention for children with ASD.

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New Program

The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College is proud to announce our newest program offering:

DIR©/Floortime™ Parent Coaching

We are an ICDL verified DIR©/Floortime™ center with certified floortime practitioners.

Services include:

  • Comprehensive developmental evaluation
  • Parent coaching
  • Skill maintenance and acquisition guidance


Upcoming Presentations

Following the Child's Lead: What is it and Why We do it.

Following the client’s musical-emotional lead is at the heart of relationship-based music therapy work. It involves creating music experiences based on the client’s emotionality (i.e., “being,” interests, etc.) as the basis and precursor for relationship and interaction. This presentation will provide rationale, current research, as well as practical clinical-musical techniques that pertain to “following the child’s lead” within in the context of working with autistic individuals. 

- John Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, MAR 2015 Conference

Break on Through… Overcoming Social Barriers in Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental and Anxiety Disorders.

This presentation will examine the use of instrumental improvisation, within a band-esque model, with adolescents with various social challenges, to address the core features of non-verbal interaction and relatedness. Individual case studies, accompanied with video and in-depth discussion will explore the therapeutic process of 3 adolescents with social impairments, anxiety, etc., within the developing therapeutic relationship.

- Mike Kelliher, MT-BC, MAR 2015 Conference

Social and Informational Support Group Counseling for Parents with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D. and Laura De Gennaro, M.S. will be presenting at the American Counseling Association (ACA) Convention. The ACA convention will take place in Orlando, Florida from March 12th to March 15th 2015. They will be presenting a 60 minute information session on Parent Support Groups for parents raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Researching Stress in Parents of
Children with Autism

handsIf you are a parent of a child who is diagnosed with A.S.D, and want to participate in this study, you will receive parent support group sessions at no cost. Our research is aimed to determine whether attendance in a parent support group decreases parenting stress.

To register or for more information, contact us:
Dr. Laura Kestemberg & Laura De Gennaro
516.323.3327 or;

You can download a brochure here

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Dr. John Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT will instruct a two-day IMCAP-ND CMTE Course for professionals at various locations in 2014

Molloy College, Long Island, NY, Aug 1st-2nd.

Radford University, Radford, VA, October 24th-25th.

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TRC recognized by iCDL as a dIR/Floortime Center

THIS JUST IN from Jeff Guenzel, CEO of ICDL (home of DIR/Floortime Model- founded by the late great Dr. Stanley Greenspan).

The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy is now recognized as a DIR/Floortime Center, making us ICDL's first EVER recognized music therapy program.

We are honored and privileged to be a part of ICDL's mission/vision and look forward to our continued work of carrying out the legacy of Dr. Greenspan. LET'S REACH EVERY CHILD!

For more information on Stanley Greenspan and DIR/Floortime, Click here.


Latest Publications








Dr. Carpente's latest publication, The Individualized Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND®): A Clinical Manual is Now Available for Ordering.

The IMCAP-ND is a developmental relationship-based assessment framework, that focuses on how clients perceive, interpret, and create music with the therapist as the first step in formulating clinical goals and strategies for working with individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

For more information and to order, Click here.

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