Rapid and recent research gains in developmental neurobiology have made it clear that infants, even prenatal infants, and young children are predisposed by evolution to remember their experiences, adapt to them and learn from them. Some of these adaptations to early separation, loss and trauma—such as rejecting affection or the fidgetiness that accompanies hyper-vigilance—do not seem adaptive at all. These behaviors can be difficult for all parents (foster, adoptive and biological), as well as teachers and clinicians, to understand, much less respond to in empathic and effective ways. Through this daylong workshop, Mr. Trout will help strengthen participants’ skills in identifying the links between a child’s current affect and behavior and the earlier experiences that begat them. Such clarity and understanding will alter the goals for managing behavior at home and in preschool, and serve as an overall guide for a shift in the therapeutic work. In addition, Mr. Trout will discuss the therapeutic challenges to helping a child heal when a child has a garbled life narrative. He will present an extremely promising intervention approach for addressing this problem known as narrative family attachment therapy. Throughout the day, Mr. Trout will enliven the material through the use of a combination of lecture, group discussion and illustrative case studies on video.
Michael Trout has been in the mental health field since 1968. He completed his specialized training in infant psychiatry at the Child Development Project at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, under Professor Selma Fraiberg. He directs an institute engaged in research, clinical practice and clinical training related to problems of attachment. Mr. Trout was the founding president of the International Association for Infant Mental Health, was on the charter Editorial Board of the Infant Mental Health Journal, was vice president for the United States of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and on the Board of Directors for the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. In addition to publishing a number of book chapters and journal articles, Mr. Trout has produced 15 documentary films that are in use in universities and clinics around the world, including four films on the unique perspective of babies on divorce, adoption, loss and domestic violence. He developed a meditation CD for foster and adoptive parents entitled The Hope-Filled Parent. His newest book, See Me as a Person, was coauthored with Mary Koloroutis and published in 2012. It discusses the nature of the therapeutic relationship.
$115 (Early registration fee before April 12, 2013: $105)