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Michael Trout completed both his undergraduate studies in philosophy and his graduate studies in psychology in Michigan.  He completed specialized training in infant psychiatry at the Child Development Project, University of Michigan School of Medicine, under Prof. Selma Fraiberg.

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 Board of Directors (and as Editor of the Newsletter) for APPPAH (Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health).  He currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board for Attachment Parenting International.

In addition to publishing a number of book chapters and journal articles, Mr. Trout the co-authored with a foster/adopt mother the book, The Jonathon Letters, and authored the 2008 book, Baby Verses:  The Narrative Poetry of Infants and Toddlers. He has also 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 meditation CD for foster and adoptive parents is entitled The Hope-Filled Parent.  His newest book, co-authored with Mary Koloroutis, on the nature of the therapeutic relationship, is entitled See Me as a Person.  He is working, at present, on another book:  This Hallowed Ground:  Four Decades in Infant Mental Health. 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.”

The most important part of Mr. Trout’s 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.        

michael trout, director
the infant-parent institute, inc.
2808 concord road, urbana, il 61802
private clinical telephone: 217.377.4060
 – www.infant-parent.com