Evanston, IL (December 7-8, 2017) - Details

Where: The Theraplay Institute , 1840 Oak Ave. Suite 320, Evanston, IL 60201 (US).

Phone:  1-847-256-7334

Travel and Hotel Information

Date: Dec 07, 2017 - Dec 08, 2017
Time: 08:30 am - 04:30 am
Event description:

Marschak Interaction Method Skills Development

Evanston, IL: December 7-8, 2017

The Theraplay Institute

Check-in and coffee service begins at 8:00 a.m.; the training will begin at 8:30 and end at 4:30 each day.

Fees: $350 for non-members • $325 for Theraplay Association members

CE Credits: 13 hours

Included: Marschak Interaction Method Manual and Card Set, a $90 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:

  • Describe the basic attachment and theoretical concepts underlying the analysis of the MIM
  • Demonstrate how to set up and administer the MIM
  • Develop observational skills to assess the parent-child interaction using the four dimensions of Structure,Engagement, Nurture and Challenge; Theraplay is a modality of play therapy.
  • Apply a culturally sensitive perspective to the interpretation of the MIM
  • Describe 3 guiding principles for planning a feedback session
  • Utilize the MIM as a guide for treatment planning
  • List 3 elements of the MIM report.

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 Training

  • 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