MIM Skills Development

Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) Skills Development
CEs:  13
Register on-line or download a brochure

Upcoming Dates at The Theraplay Institute: December 6-7, 2016



$350/$325 for members of The Theraplay Association



MIM Administration Manual and Card Set, including activities for Pre-Natal, Infant, Toddler, Pre-School/School Age and Adolescent Populations, a $60 value

The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) is a structured technique for observing and assessing the overall quality and nature of relationships between caregivers and child.  It consists of a series of simple tasks designed to elicit behaviors in four primary dimensions in order to evaluate the caregivers’ capacity to:


  • Set limits and provide an appropriately ordered environment (Structure)
  • Engage the child in interaction while being attuned to the child’s state (Engagement)
  • Meet the child’s needs for attention, soothing and care (Nurture)
  • Support and encourage the child’s efforts to achieve at a developmentally appropriate level (Challenge)
  • And the child’s ability to respond to the caregivers’ efforts


The MIM takes from 30 to 60 minutes and is usually videotaped.  There are sets of tasks designed to be used in each of four age groups: infant, toddler, pre-school/school age, and adolescent.  Materials needed to perform the tasks are simple and readily available (such as blocks, squeaky toys, drawing paper)

This two day training will prepare the participants to administer and interpret the MIM at a beginner level.  The learning objectives are:


  • Knowledge of how to administer/interpret the MIM
  • Knowledge of how to provide feedback to the parents/caregivers
  • Skill development in the interpretation of the MIM
  • Skill development in writing MIM reports.


 Who Should Attend:

This program is a “stand-alone” program for those who want to learn the MIM but don’t do Theraplay treatment, as well as those who have been trained in Theraplay and want to improve their skills at administering and interpreting the MIM. It is for:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Family Therapists
  • Play Therapists
  • Adoption Preservation Counselors

 Special Features of MIM Trainings:

  • You will see examples of a variety of MIM’s
  • You will leave the training with the materials and knowledge base to begin conducting MIM assessments
  • Supervision of your first MIM’s is available for an extra fee

Daily Schedule:

8:00 am. Check-in and coffee service available
8:30 – 4:30 Start and end times
A one-hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks will be offered each day


MIM Skills Development