MIM/DEIS Assessment Skills Training (July 11-12, 2020)

July 11-12, 2020

Saara Salo

The Theraplay Institute
Evanston, IL

This special workshop is for professionals familiar with the MIM observation method. The goal is to teach a quantitative rating system – D-EIS – developed specifically to rate the MIM observation. The value of quantitative ratings in clincal practice is to give objectivity, coherence and systematic follow-up for clinical work. In learning a new scoring system a practice-based workshop is necessary (reading the descriptions from the manual will not ensure reliability of one’s ratings).

D-EIS:  D-EIS scoring system is a quantitative rating system developed specifically for scoring the Parent-Child MIM. 

It consists of 9 variables rated on a Likert-Type 5-point scale tapping the the main dimensions of Theraplay from both parental and child sides(Salo & Mäkelä, 2006/2010; Salo & Booth, 2019). 

The variables are:  Parental Guidance (comprising Structure and Challenge)/Child Co-operation; Parental/Child Engagement; Parental/Child Nurture; Parental/Child Playfullness; Parental Representation. 

Learning Objectives

  1.  Short recap to theory covering attachment, emotional regulation and parenting theories as they relate to the rationale for the operationalization of the D-EIS variables and different scoring points
  2. Covering theory and concepts of compulsive patterns, disorganized/trauma responses, avoidant patterns etc.
  3. Scoring practices with 7 MIM’s to teach the use of the D-EIS scoring manual, use of different scoring points (e.g., how to differentiate between a ’1’ and a ’2’) as well as different styles of emotional interaction (Tuned, Avoidant, Inconsistent, Disorganized). The clinical practice tapes cover different ages.
  4. Empiry how D-EIS relates to other validated scoring systems and parenting/child socio-emotional variables
  5. Clinical discussions how to relate the scoring findings into clinical work (such as Theraplay feedback/planning)

Saara Salo, PhD, has worked with infants and young children over 15 years at the University of Helsinki, Outpatient Psychiatric Unit for Small Children and their Families. She also works with pregnant couples and families at her private clinic over 10 years (www.pilkeklinikka.com). Saara has published articles in refereed psychological journals and written chapters in text-books about the significance of early emotional parent-child interaction and parental reflective functioning in especially high-risk samples (substance –abusing parents, depressed parents). She has supervised and trained professionals in social and mental health for parent-child interactional assessment, intervention and therapy (e.g., Theraplay) both in Finland and abroad (Denmark, Norway, UK). She as co-developed a preventive intervention model called the Nurture and Play which is derivative of Theraplay-therapy and mentalizing techniques with special emphasis in working already starting prenatally. She has co-written a handbook of the MIM (Marschak Interaction Method; Salo & Booth, 2019) as well as developed a rating system for the MIM procedure (D-EIS). Saara trains the MIM method, and Nurture and Play in Finland and internationally. She has extensive interest and knowledge on early parent.-child emotional relations, how to assess it, and improve it using various therapeutic modalities especially in high-risk populations, such as traumatized families.

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