Michael Trout

Michael Trout
The Infant-Parent Institute

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In the nuanced exchange between mother and baby-with its exquisite attunement, which we now know creates neurobiological changes in both parties-we see a metaphor for the therapeutic relationship in health care. To the extent that the mother is fully present, the infant is not only regulated in the moment, but also learns to self-regulate. What is...
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At a time when our guidance is increasingly sought by parents, courts, and social policy planners, it is critical that infant mental health professionals establish clearer standards for training, engage in more rigorous self‐monitoring of our clinical and our research efforts, and recognize the extraordinary risks for bias in all of our work. It is...
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Reports on the anxiety and depression experienced by 4 women, each of whom appears to have been the child of a borderline mother, on the birth of their babies. Characteristics of the families of origin, the story of each patient's struggle to announce her pain and to seek help (usually surreptitiously, by way of proclaiming worries about the baby),...
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The experience of bearing and caring for a sick or handicapped infant is described from the point of view of parents, whose responses were gathered from a clinical study. Implications for the child's development and ways of supporting the family are discussed.
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The authors suggest that infant mental health principles have practical applicability to the daily lives of families with babies, and they offer one approach to making such application in a private practice. It is suggested that combining psychiatry, family medicine, psychology and nursing may make for a particularly well integrated team that has g...
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The authors suggest that infant mental health principles have practical applicability to the daily lives of families with babies, and they offer one approach to making such application in a private practice. It is suggested that combining psychiatry, family medicine, psychology and nursing may make for a particularly well integrated team that has g...
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While it can reasonable be said that parents have been the leaders in infant mental health research for much longer, the literature traces our beginnings only to the early decades of this century. Early work focused on the astonishing developmental changes in infants deprived of maternal contact during hospitalization, and early questions arose abo...
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This paper describes the emergence and unfolding of an adolescent mother's unexpressed hunger for–and anger at–her birth father, and her use of her infant son as a transference object. A dyadic intervention failed to disrupt the transference in time to avoid mother's rather complete rejection of her baby. However, this mother created opportunities...
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Editor's note: The ILAIMH Board has asked Michael to write the cover articles for our Newsletter for 2009. This is the third in the series. Feedback is most heartily welcome, and can be directed to mtrout@infant-parent.com.] The early intervention worker arrives, asks permission to sit at the kitchen table (where, Fraiberg taught us, the mysteries...

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