MeAIMH Annual Training Conference


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May 10, 2019

32nd Annual Conference

Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown
Freeport, Maine

A New Look at Mindfulness in Our Work with Families

Featuring Michael Trout, M.A.

Is mindfulness a strategy, or a way of being with? This day-long presentation will focus on what actually happens with a family visit, and the centrality of the relationship between the intervener and the family. We will consider how we become present, how we attune, how we follow, how we hold. Examples will be offered of the key role played by mindfulness in learning about and supporting families as well as in diagnosis and treatment, and we will be reminded that the mindfulness we so wish for parents must first be found in ourselves.

About our Presenter Michael Trout:

Michael Trout MA at Maine Association for Infant Mental Health Conference 2019In the mental health field since 1968 and in private practice since 1979, Michael Trout directs The Infant-Parent Institute, which is engaged in research, clinical practice and clinical training related to problems of attachment.

Mr. Trout is the author of two books, Baby Verses: The Narrative Poetry of Infants and Toddlers and the forthcoming This Hallowed Ground: Four Decades in Infant Mental Health and co-author of two books, The Jonathan Letters and See Me As A Person. In addition he has published a number of book chapters and journal articles and has produced 16 documentary films that are in use in universities and clinics around the world.

In 1984, Mr. Trout won the Selma Fraiberg Award for “significant contributions to the needs of infants and their families,” and a Lifetime Achievement Award given by ATTACh, “for his decades of work with children of loss and trauma.”

Mr. Trout notes that “the most important part of his work was always in the quiet private practice where he saw families and children of all ages every week. After 46 years, he retired in the summer of 2014. He continues to be active in the field, conducting efficacy research in infant mental health, teaching, and writing.


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