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APPPAH’s Symposium on Adoption Considerations with Michael Trout, MA

October 27 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Join us as we welcome Michael Trout and other experts in the field to discuss Adoption Considerations. During this 3-part Symposium, a variety of speakers will discuss topics including:

  • Mental life of the first mother
  • Possibility of dissociation defense to protect from impending grief
  • Impacts that emotional withdrawal may have on the prenate
  • Relationship with the adoptive parents
  • What can be done about these considerations?

 APPPAH Symposium for Adoption Considerations will be held on
3 consecutive Thursdays, 12:00- 2:00 pm Eastern time- October 27, November 3, November 10

Session 1 of 3: The Mental Life of the Intended Adoptee and the First Mother

October 27, 2022, 12-2 pm EDT (Check your Timezone here)

Presenters: Michael Trout MA and Tiffany Junker-Sudela

Recordings of all sessions will be available after the live class in the course page.

Michael Trout, MA

In the mental health field since 1968, and in private practice since 1979, Mr. Trout directs an institute engaged in research, clinical practice and clinical training related to problems of attachment. He was the founding president of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Association for Infant Mental Health, was on the charter Editorial Board of the Infant Mental Health Journal, served as Vice-President for the United States for the World Association for Infant Mental Health, and served on the Professional Advisory Council, the Board of Directors and as Editor of the Newsletter for APPPAH–Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health.

In addition to publishing a number of book chapters and journal articles, Mr. Trout has produced 16 documentary films that are in use in universities and clinics around the world, including five films on the unique perspective of babies on divorce, adoption, loss, domestic violence and parental incarceration. His final book, This Hallowed Ground: Four Decades in Infant Mental Health, was published as an audiobook in 2019; the print edition will be released by Cambridge Scholars in late 2021. Mr. Trout won the Selma Fraiberg Award in 1984, for “…significant contributions to the needs of infants and their families”, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by ATTACh, “for his decades of work with children of loss and trauma”. Michael Trout is currently on the Advisory Council for APPPAH.

Tiffany Junker-Sudela

Tiffany Junker-Sudela is a mother by adoption of two children with vastly different trauma-based special needs. Her award-winning documentary, My Name is Faith speaks to the family’s early journey as they came to terms with the impact of their daughter’s difficult beginning. She brings today her striking story of the relinquishment of her first two children, and her prenatal experiences with each.



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October 27
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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