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Advanced Online MIM/D-EIS training– Working in Pregnancy, Infancy, and with Toddlers

June 20, 2022 @ 2:00 am - 8:00 am CDT

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The Theraplay Institute is not providing CEs for this program. Please contact Pilke Klinikka with any questions about continuing education.

Marschak Interaction Method Skills Training with Dyadic Emotional Interaction Style scoring (D-EIS) is a requirement for this course

This is a 2 day virtual training
June 20-21, 2022
2:00AM – 7:00AM CDT

Trainer: Saara Salo


Pregnancy is a period where emotional relationships (mother-fetal attachment, MFA) and prenatal reflective functioning are formed. They serve to prepare for the early caregiving, a system that overrides one’s own attachment needs to a certain extent. Parental attachment models are activated and re-worked during the psychological preparatory process of becoming a parent. MIM work may be especially helpful in enhancing the emotional availability and increasing both the attachment as well as reflectiveness (i.e., treating the baby as a separate person). 

Unique features of early emotional interaction, including the nurturing elements and rhythmic synchronizing, may be especially relevant when the pregnant parent has their own trauma history or suffers from depression/anxiety, which preclude the normal emotional sensitization towards the fetus. Prenatal MIM examples are presented, along with clinical case examples of a prevention model derived from Theraplay, called Nurture and Play, which can be implemented by non-Theraplay trained professionals.

Working with infants using the MIM requires developmental understanding in assessment. Normative socio-emotional development needs to be put into a context of normative versus harmful interaction patterns. Especially relevant is to assess parental emotional engaging and nurturing capabilities. Finally, toddlerhood brings out new demands for the parents, namely, structure and challenge. Case examples will be given from various age points, along with assessment practices and clinical case descriptions.  In this training the use of the DEIS scales with infants and toddlers will be practiced.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify two ways to apply the MIM prenatally 
  2. Identify when is the best time to apply the MIM prenatally
  3. Recognize in what situations to use the MIM with infant and parent dyads
  4. Recognize in what situations to use the MIM with toddler and parent dyads
  5. Interpret the MIM via the DEIS scoring system with infants
  6. Interpret the MIM via the DEIS scoring system with toddlers
  7. Identify the role parent trauma plays on the developing fetus
  8. Describe the basic tenants of the Nurture and Play Curriculum
  9. Describe how the four Theraplay dimensions are translated to assessing toddler-parent dyads





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Special Notes:
Our cancellation policies have been temporarily adjusted to reflect our response to the pandemic and local government and health department directives. Please review this policy before completing your registration. We urge all participants to put their health and that of members of their communities first.


June 20, 2022
2:00 am - 8:00 am CDT
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