Marschak Interaction Method Skills Training with Dyadic Emotional Interaction Style scoring (D-EIS)

Course dates

January 25th – 27th 2021
From 2 pm to 6 pm CET (with breaks)


The course will be held through Zoom Video conference online.

Event price

Event price including course materials:

350,00 Eur (Including VAT)

MARSCHAK INTERACTION METHOD SKILLS TRAINING with Dyadic Emotional Interaction Style scoring (D-EIS)


The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM; Marschak, 1960) 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 interactive behaviors.The MIM takes from 30 to 60 minutes and is usually videotaped. Materials needed to perform the tasks are simple and readily available (such as blocks, squeaky toys, drawing paper). Obs. The copyright for the MIM is owned by the Theraplay Institute (TTI, Chicago).

D-EIS scoring system is a quantitative rating system developed specifically for scoring of the Dyadic Parent-Child MIM (Salo & Mäkelä, 2006; 2010; 2017). It consists of 9 variables rated on a Likert-Type 5-point scale tapping dimensions both from the caregiver and the child’s perspectives: Parental Guidance/Child Co-operation (Structure and Challenge, also scored separately), Engament, Nurture, Playfullness and Parental Representation.

Combined MIM/D-EIS training includes a short clinical recap how to use the MIM with diverse clinical cases including case examples from child psychiatric setting, family guidance centers, somatically/neurologically ill children. Learning how to use the D-EIS scales may help the clinican in making accurate (more objective) observations, and focusing on strenghts and difficulties in separate interaction dimensions. It may also help in Theraplay® treatment planning, assesment (relational ’diagnostics’) as well as monitoring change (pre- and post treatment evaluations). The principles of Reflective Video Feedback (RVF) – based on the parental mentalizing theory – are also presented in the training. Finally, the course includes an online reliability test after the course to be completed individually to check for one’s scoring reliability on the D-EIS.


The learning objectives of the 3-half day (Central European Time 14-18) training are:

  • Background theory for D-EIS scoring dimensions covering attachment, emotional regulation and parenting theories
  • Knowledge of how to administer/interpret the MIM using the D-EIS scoring with clinical training examples covering a wide range of examples of different emotional styles, and scoring points.
  • Participant will learn: How to use the D-EIS manual for scoring
  • Introduction to Reflective Video Feedback, i.e., how to discuss the results with the parents using a short, video based intervention. (Prereading 7-8)

Materials provided:

Course materials are sent to participants as Dropbox file sharing link 3 weeks before the course starts.

  • D-EIS manual (Salo & Mäkelä, 2006; 2010; 2017) + scoring sheets
  • MIM interview for Parents
  • Handouts from the slides
  • Prereading articles

Who should attend?

This special online training is designed for Theraplay® trained experienced clinicians who wish to learn more about using a structured assessment to observe strengths and weaknesses in parent-child relationships for purposes of both assesment as well as treatment planning (goal setting) and follow-up (effectiveness)

Course credentials:

12 teching hours
Pre readings (manual + articles), evening tasks 5 hours
Online reliability test (scoring of 4 dyads, 9 hours)
= 26 hours

Online Course details, Price and Payment:

  • The course will be held through Zoom video conference service with participants being invited into the meeting via their e-mails.
  • You can register for the course by filling out the form below.
  • Payment link via paypal is sent to participant before the course.
  • The course price is 350,00 e (including VAT).

Course dates:

January 25th – 27th 2021, from 2 pm to 6 pm Helsinki Time (with breaks). Obs. please note, the time is announced in Helsinki time, you will need to check what that is in your local time!


Saara Salo, PhD, licenced clinical psychologist and psychotherapist (Family/Couples, EFT) therapy, Parent-Infant Psychotherapy)

Theraplay-Trainer/Supervisor, MBT-F (Mentalizing Based Treatment for Families) Trainer


Psykologi Saara Salo / Psykologitoimisto Salo

Business ID: FI27785936
Temppelikatu 11 A 17
00100 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358 50 571 7699


International D-EIS reliability Test Online


International D-EIS reliability Test Online

After taking the Basic 4-day MIM/D-EIS course it is possible to sign up to an online reliability test with a separate cost. The test contains scoring of several MIM tapes using the D-EIS. You can join the reliability test program by emailing

D-EIS reliable coders¹


Katrine Einholm – Send email

Trine Frederiksen – Send email

Camilla Pedersen – Send email

Sanne Kirstine Holst – Send email


Monica Gunnerud – Send email

Hanne Thorberg – Send email


Dr Kraemer – Send email

Nina Zembold – Send email


Grace Bright –Send email

¹ These coders have passed their international D-EIS reiability test and given permission to publish their names and emails in Pilke-klinikka’s website. For reserach purposes (reliability) we recommend to contact the original developers ( For national clinical collaboration and ’blind’ scoring assistance it is advisable to contact D-EIS reliable experienced national coders.


Training: Marschak Interaction Method Skills Training with Dyadic Emotional Interaction Style scoring (D-EIS)
Time: January 25th – 27th 2021, from 2 pm to 6 pm CET (with brakes)
Price/person VAT
350,00 eur Included

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