MARSCHAK-Interaktionsbeobachtung nach dem ”Dyadic-Emotional-Interaction-Style-Scoring (D-EIS)”


Online seminar: Analyze and evaluate parent-child interaction videos

The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM; Marschak, 1960) enables standardized observation of the quality of the relationship between a child and a
close caregiver, usually a parent.
On the parents’ side, the following is recorded: leadership, sensitive coordination, emotional attention and care. Regarding all these parental aspects, the
child’s behaviors and reactions are recorded separately. This allows an even more precise focus on the child. The aspects are assessed separately for parent and child on a scale, for which a detailed manual is available (Salo & Mäkelä, 2006/2010; Salo & Booth, 2018). This very precise and objective approach allows an assessment of parental education skills and the parent-child relationship. The video can also be excellent for parental advice and further help. Therapy planning can be used.

Certain groups of tasks allow use in four age groups (6 months to 18 years): babies, toddlers, kindergarten children, school children and

The learning objectives of the 4-day training are:

  • Knowledge of the application and interpretation of MIM both with the help of qualitative observation forms and with the help of D-EIS scoring. The training takes place using numerous videos that cover a wide range of emotions/behaviors and scoring results.
  • Introduction to the so-called reflective video feedback, ie how the videos and observation results
    can ideally be used for solution-oriented advice.


The following materials will be provided in electronic form before the training:

  • D-EIS Manual (Salo & Mäkelä, 2006; 2010) + scoring sheets
  • MIM interview for parents
  • Qualitative observation forms
  • RVF (Reflective Video Feedback) – material for parents
  • Handout of the lectures


target group

The training was developed for professional groups from the psychosocial field (e.g. family psychology assessors, social educators, child and adolescent psychiatrists, family therapists, psychotherapists, speech therapists) who want to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a parent-child relationship.


Maximum number of participants: 20


Dates of the 4-day training: Dates: December 18th – 19th, 2023 (part 1) and February 8th – 9th, 2024 (part 2), each from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m


Location: online training


Cost for all four days is 1050 €


If necessary, your individual test reliability can also be recorded online after the course. You will receive a certificate stating the interrater reliability.

The training takes place in English, but primarily videos are viewed that are less dependent on language. The materials are in English, the manual is available in German.


Saara Salo, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist (Family Therapy, and Parent-Infant Psychotherapy)
Theraplay trainer/supervisor, MBT-F (Mentalizing Based Treatment for Families)
Psykologi Saara Salo / Psykologitoimisto Salo
Y- 2778593-6
Temppelikatu. 11 a 17, 00100 HKI 10






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