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Clinical Applications of the Couples MIM

September 23, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT

$67.5 – $75
CEs Available: 3  (no APT or APA credit available)   |     One Day Training      |     Virtual

During this workshop the presenters will examine how the Couple MIM (Marschak Interaction Method) was developed and is used with couples to assess their relationship using structured play activities. They will use video to demonstrate the use of the Couple MIM with a real client couple –  including the MIM assessment and feedback to the couple. We will examine the various dimensions to consider when analyzing a Couple MIM. The presenters will also demonstrate how a Couple MIM and feedback can be used as an intervention or in conjunction with other couple therapy modalities for various kinds of couples (including high conflict couples).





Additional Information


This virtual program will take place from 9:00am-12:15pm CST on September 23, 2022.

Detailed Agenda

9:00-10:30 – Lecture about the history, theoretical basis of the Couple MIM. Presenters will discuss the dimensions measured by this assessment and the benefits of using the Couple MIM. Presenters will also discuss special considerations for working with couples.

10:30-10:45 – Break

10:45-12:00 – Video of a couple doing a Couple MIM will be shown . Presenter will discuss how to analyze the Couple MIM as well as how to debrief with couples.

12:00-12:15 – Questions and answers with the participants.


Phyllis Booth, M. A., LMFT, LCPC, RPT-S is the Clinical Director Emeritus of The Theraplay Institute in Chicago. She collaborated with Ann Jernberg in developing the Theraplay method for helping children and families with attachment, trauma and relationship problems. She is the author of the third edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, Jossey-Bass, 2010.

David L. Gates, Ph.D., LMFT, CSADC is an individual/marital/family therapist with 40 years of experience in the fields of family therapy, addiction, domestic violence, and mediation. Dr. Gates completed the two year postgraduate family therapy training program at the Family Institute in 1983 as well as the two year supervisor of family therapist training program in 1994. He is a licensed marital and family therapist; an Approved Supervisor and Clinical member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.

Robin Shannon, LCPC, NCC is a licensed clinical professional counselor and owner of Chicago Healing Connection, a private practice that specializes in couple relationships and adult attachment. Robin Shannon is trained in the Gottman Couple Method and also Perinatal Mental Health.


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Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the history of the Couple MIM and how it has been developed in couple work
  2. Describe the various dimensions measured through the Couple MIM
  3. Explain the benefits of using the Couple MIM in working with couples
  4. Identify the MIM activities that assess the various dimensions
  5. Conduct a Couple MIM assessment and debrief with couples  
  6. Analyze a Couple MIM at a beginning level and prepare for a couple feedback session
  7. Demonstrate how the Couple MIM assessment results can be utilized with other  couple modalities (i.e. Gottman Couple Method, etc)
  8. Determine how to use the Couple MIM in the context of high conflict couples (substance abuse, domestic violence)

Who Should Attend?

People who work with children and families in many different capacities will benefit from training programs offered by The Theraplay Institute. Visit our Who Should Attend page for more information. This course’s Content Level is Intermediate.


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Friedlander, M. L., Lee, M., & Escudero, V. (2019). What we do and do not know about the nature and analysis of couple interaction. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 8(1), 24–44.

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For information about our CE process, cancellation policy, and how to contact us with questions and concerns visit our FAQ page.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

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September 23, 2022
9:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT
$67.5 – $75
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