Master Series in the Field of Early Childhood & Infant Mental Health

The Developmental, Behavioral and Affective Sequelae of Early Separation, Loss and Trauma and a Promising Intervention: Narrative Family Attachment Therapy Presented by Michael Trout

Friday, May 10, 2013
9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Adelphi University
Alumni House
Garden City Campus (Get Directions)


About the Program

Rapid and recent research gains in developmental neurobiology have made it clear that infants, even prenates, and young children are predisposed by evolution to remember their experiences, adapt to them, and learn from them. Some of these “adaptations” to early separation, loss and trauma—such as rejecting affection, or the fidgetiness that accompanies hypervigilance—do not seem adaptive at all. These behaviors can be difficult for all parents, i.e., foster, adoptive and biological, as well as teachers and clinicians to understand, much less respond to in empathic and effective ways.

Through this day-long workshop, the instructor will help strengthen participants skills in identifying the links between a child’s current affect and behavior and the earlier experiences that begat them. Such clarity and understanding will alter the goals for managing behavior at home and in pre-school and serve as an overall guide for a shift in the therapeutic work.

In addition, the instructor will discuss the therapeutic challenges to helping a child heal when a child has a garbled life narrative. He will present an extremely promising intervention approach for addressing this problem known as Narrative Family Attachment Therapy.

Throughout the day the instructor will enliven the material through the use of a combination of lecture, group discussion, and illustrative case studies on video.

About the Instructor

Michael Trout has been in the mental health field since 1968, and completed his specialized training in infant psychiatry at the Child Development Project, University of Michigan School of Medicine, under Professor Selma Fraiberg. He directs an institute engaged in research, clinical practice and clinical training related to problems of attachment. Mr. Trout was the founding president of 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 on the Board of Directors for APPPAH–the international society for prenatal and perinatal psychology. In addition to publishing a number of book chapters and journal articles–Mr. Trout has 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. He developed a meditation CD for foster and adoptive parents entitled The Hope-Filled Parent. His newest book, co-authored with Mary Koloroutis and published in 2012, is on the nature of the therapeutic relationship, and is entitled See Me as a Person.

Program Fees

Early Registration, by May 1, 2013, $105.00
Regular registration, May 2, 2013 or later. $115.00


Register and pay your program fee online.

Register by Mail Download the registration form (PDF 672KB) and mail along with appropriate registration fee. Please make your check payable to Adelphi University. If your employer is paying the fee and you cannot send the payment with your registration form, please include a letter guaranteeing payment. Payment must be received by day of the Conference.


Who Should Attend

Infant Mental Health Specialists, Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Providers, Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Midwifes, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Obstetricians, Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Child Life Specialists, Educators, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, students and others who professionally impact the lives of families and children.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marcy Safyer
Director Institute for Parenting
p - 516.877.3060
e - theinstituteforparenting@adelphi.edu

Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information visit tsg.suny.edu. You may also contact EIP at eip@tsg.suny.edu or 800.295.9616.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • ASHA
  • Psychology
  • NBCC
  • OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services)

This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 6 continuing education/training/contact hours or .6 ASHA Credits

Social work CEU’s are given through the New York State Chapter of the NASW.

CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted for approval to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for credits toward recredentialing.

Education Hours/credits: May be received at the discretion of your school. We are happy to provide any information you may need to help towards your approval.

NBCCNBCC Credits/Hours:
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting is an approved provider of the National Board for Certified Counselors- Approved Education Providers (NBCC-ACEP).


Continuing Education Certificates: Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the conference.

Psychology CE credits: Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists through the Adelphi University School of Social Work. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Attendance to the entire conference is required. No partial credit is given. To apply for CE credits, contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.237.8513.

Nursing Contact Hours: This activity has been submitted to the Arizona Nurses' Association for approval to award contact hours. The Arizona Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Confirmations: No confirmations will be issued due to the high volume of registrations.

Cancellation Policy: No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.


Should you require disability accommodations, please email the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@adelphi.edu, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, 7 days notice is required.

For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512

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