MIM Skills Development

Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) Skills Development
CEs:  13
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$350/$300 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:

  • 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

According to the ASWB definitions this training is recommended for social workers as follows: Intermediate and Advanced practitioners and feature some Intermediate content.

Program Content:

  • Demonstration and review of how to administer the Marshack Interaction Method
  • Review of relevant attachment research as it applies to this observational tool
  • Adaptations and considerations for cultural sensitivity and developmental needs
  • Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) by Dimension: an in-depth review using case examples
  • Observation and analysis of MIM using case material
  • The Parent feedback session: preparation and implementation to enhance the therapeutic relationship with caregivers
  • Key components of the MIM report for documenting observations

Special Features of MIM Trainings:

You will leave this training with the materials and knowledge base to begin conducting MIM assessments to observe strengths and weaknesses in parent-child relationships

  • Utilize the assessment for the purposes of treatment planning
  • Assess the quality of the relationship between a child and biological parent for purposes of custody and reunification decision-making
  • Assess the quality of the relationship between a child and foster or adoptive parent

Supervision of your first MIM 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