2016 Fall Conference

  • The Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health

    2016 Fall Conference

    The Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Loss: Implications for Our Work and Our World

    Presented by Michael Trout

    Friday, October 21, 2016 8:00am-4:00pm at the Sharonville Convention Center

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    This day-long event will explore what we know about how things get passed down from one generation to another, and how trauma sticks. We will wonder how it is that young children develop ideas about themselves and their place in the world that are so obviously irrational, yet clung to as if the child’s very survival is at stake. Mr. Trout will employ a storytelling method to help us consider how narratives—both coherent and garbled—emerge in all of us, and to suggest how narratives can be disrupted in favor of optimal development. We will try to imagine a world in which children feel seen and heard and known, rather than diagnosed and abandoned. We will end by taking note of an uncommon idea in our field: that we human beings are as interdependent as are all the other creatures in nature.


    • Participants will be able to write 4 sentences describing the narrative of a child known to them in child welfare, the classroom, the home, or the consulting room.
    • Participants will be able to write a working definition of epigenetics, and describe how it works in child development.
    • Participants will be able to offer one example of cultural or historical trauma.
    • Participants will be able to describe how an incoherent narrative might influence a child’s behavior in care, in the classroom, or at home.

    Fee: $85 by 9/2/16 and $115 after 9/2/16

    CEUs 5.5: Pending approval for Ohio Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

    Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch

    View full agenda and register here

    Presenter: Mr. Trout graduated from Alma College (B.A., cum laude, honors in Philosophy) and Central Michigan University (M.A., Psychology), and did his specialized training in infant psychiatry at the Child Development Project, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, under Prof. Selma Fraiberg. He is the director of the Infant-Parent Institute in Urbana, Illinois, which engages in research, clinical practice and clinical training related to problems of attachment. He was the founding president of the International Association for Infant Mental Health, was on the charter Editorial Board of the Infant Mental Health Journal and served as Vice-President for the United States for the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

    Mr. Trout is co-author of See Me as a Person: Creating Therapeutic Relationships with Patients and Their Families, The Jonathon Letters, and Baby Verses: The Narrative Poetry of Infants and Toddlers. Mr. Trout has also 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.

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    Thank you to our Gold sponsors:
    Child Focus
    Positive Leaps
    Health Network at Cincinnati Children’s

    Thank you to our Silver sponsors:
    Young Child Institute
    Lighthouse Youth Services
    Association for Play Therapy

    Please contact Carol Hettel for sponsorship opportunities for this conference at clhettel@yahoo.com.

    June 29th, 2016 | Jim Fields | No Comments |

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