News and Announcements

  • New film by Michael Trout

    While we have known for decades about the impact of separation and loss on infants and toddlers, there has been remarkably little research or discussion about what happens to very young children whose parent goes to prison.  To further this discussion, Mr. Trout has produced a new film in the "Transitions" series entitled, "They Took My Parent Away:  Little Ones Affected by Incarceration Speak".  This 17-minute DVD attempts to portray the perspective of those unable to use adult words to express themselves about being present for an arrest, and about the cascade of losses that typically follow parental incarceration--even when the incarcerated person is barely known to the child.

    In the introduction to the film, Mr. Trout reports:  "No matter how angry we are at those who commit crime, we must still face the fact that what happens next does not happen in a vacuum; the little ones at home are watching, listening, responding. We'll hear from those little ones again.  My hope is that we might decide to hear them now."   

    The public debut will occur in Auckland, New Zealand at the first conference of the International Coalition for Children of Incarcerated Parents, March 20-23, 2017. The final version of the film is now available through this website, as a free download.  DVD versions are available for free, with a nominal charge for shipping. To order a digital download, or a DVD copy, click here.      

  • The Soul's Cord: A Method for Encountering the Unborn

    Prenatal Bonding (Bindungs-Analyse by Raffai) opens a window to the womb and helps to create an intense bond between mother and  unborn baby. The method is at the same time an empowerment for the mother and the fetus and a great help for a full-term pregnancy and for giving birth much more easily. After birth the baby is easy to nurse and is in a solid attachment to his parents. 

    Based on extensive research in Psychoanalysis and Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine, the Hungarian Psychoanalyst Jenoe Raffai, PhD developed a ground-breaking strategy to support pregnant women from gestation to birth. More than 7,000 cases in Europe and the USA have been facilitated, researched and carefully evaluated since 1995 with outstanding results for physical as well as emotional maturity of the babies. 

    Before he died, Dr. Raffai gave approval for continued teaching of the method to practitioners around the world, including in the United States, to his German colleague, psychoanalyst Gerhard Schroth, MD and to his partner, Anne Goertz-Schroth.  For information about the method, or about training, contact Dr. Schroth via email:

    Gerhard Schroth, MD

    Anne Goertz-Schroth, PB(BA)

  • The Therapeutic Relationship: See me as a person

    It occurred to Mr. Trout that decades of clinical work with mothers and babies--using a model of assessment and intervention utterly dependent on the establishment of a therapeutic connection--might offer some insight into the ways doctors and nurses connect with (or fail to connect with) their own patients. What followed this insight was a collaboration with Mary Koloroutis, MSN, vice-president of Creative Health Care Management in Minneapolis and author of the 2003 text, Relationship-Based Care, to write See Me As A Person:  Creating Therapeutic Relationships with Patients and Their Families.

    Within the world of health care, the act of therapeutic connection is not owned by any one profession. The responsibility to offer authentic and compassionate care to another human being is something we all share. In our chaotic and time-constrained medical and nursing environments in which technical and complex demands prevail, clinicians struggle as they strive every day to connect with the patients and families in their care.

    The purpose of the therapeutic relationship is to facilitate the capacity of patients and their loved ones to cope with illness and to take ownership for their healing and health. The practices described in the book--and brought to life in the CD--are grounded in medical, nursing, and psychological research, and are also plainly built on the healing power of authentic connection.

    To purchase the book and/or CD and to learn more about our work, click here or call 800.728.7766.

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    Join Mary Koloroutis and Michael Trout as they lead a conversation on how to increase the patient experience through relationships.


    The See Me as a Person CD provides a diversemix of patient stories and caregiver reflections on therapeutic relationships. Each track is carefully crafted to inspire and deepen our experience of what it means to be fully present for those we care for. Includes a 36 page full color booklet with lyrics and track information. Compact Disc, 10 tracks. (2011) • $19.95 • A520CD

    The See Me as a Person CD provides a diverse mix of patient stories and caregiver refl ections on therapeutic relationships.

    Each track is carefully crafted to inspire and deepen our experience of what it means to be fully present for those we care for. Includes a 36 page full color booklet with lyrics and track information.

    Compact Disc, 10 tracks. (2011) • $19.95 • A520CD

    The See Me as a Person Book offers guiding principles and a practical methodology that facilitate the clinician’s ability to form authentic relationships which improve patient safety and the overall experience of care.

    Therapeutic relationships are the very heart of Relationship-Based Care.

    Softcover, 464 pages. (2012) • $39.95 • B650

  • New Book by Michael Trout

    Mr. Trout’s newest book (co-authored with Mary Koloroutis) was released at the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Magnet Conference in Los Angeles.

    See Me As a Person: Creating Therapeutic Relationships with Patients and Their Families draws on many years of attachment research and clinical practice with infants and their families to suggest a specific model for healthcare providers to connect with their patients—and, in the process, improve their efficacy, the patient’s sense of being seen, and patient satisfaction with the quality of care.

    The book rolled out at this 9,000-attendee (principally physicians, nurses and hospital administrators) national conference because of its importance in the healthcare delivery world. Mr. Trout and Ms. Koloroutis joined Stephen M.R. Covey and Mark Kelly (astronaut and husband of Representative Gabrielle Giffords) in a book-signing on October 11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    It is hoped that this new volume—clearly crossing disciplinary lines to name and encourage behavior that some nurses and physicians engage in intuitively—will make a significant contribution to the dramatically-changing world of healthcare delivery. For more information on this new title—or to place an order—see the website of Creative Health Care Management, Inc.: or click here.

    Other writings coming out this year (2017) include:

    Infant/Child-Parent Psychotherapy:  A Model of "Being With" Young Children and Their Parents in Trouble. In Buckwalter, K. and Reed, D. (2017), Attachment theory in Action:  Building connections between children and parents. Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield.

    A Relationship-Based Way of Being.  In Koloroutis, M. and Abelson, D. (2017).  Advancing relationship-based cultures.  Minneapolis:  Creative Health Care Management.

    Attunement as the Doorway to Human Connection.  In Koloroutis, M. and Abelson, D. (2017).  Advancing relationship-based cultures. Minneapolis:  Creative Health Care Management.

    They Took My Parent Away:  Little Ones Affected by IIncarceration Speak. In Gordon, L. Invisible children:  Contemporary research and analysis on the children of prisoners.  Cambridge Scholars (in press).


  • Special Study Program for Foster/Adopt Parent Groups

    We are now donating The Jonathon Letters by Michael Trout and Lori Thomas, which is published by the Infant-Parent Institute, to parent support groups around the United States for their use and study. To find out more about this offer, please contact Michael Trout.

  • "Salon" on Attachment in Urbana

    Michael Trout, Director of The Infant-Parent Institute in Champaign, opened his home to a “Salon on Attachment”.

    A "Salon", according to the meagre literature on the subject (see Manthey, M. “A talk for all times”, Nursing Forum 45(4), October-December, 2010), is a focused conversation among intelligent people with shared interests, usually with food, usually in someone's home. For two years, such a Salon, focused on attachment. We gathered in my home, in the evening, and shared some simple food (and dessert). The real point of the evening was to share ideas, worries, experiences, research and other thoughts elicited by the core question: "What is on your mind this evening about attachment?".

    I learned about the idea from an elderly nurse (the founder of primary care nursing in this country, whom I sought out over coffee in Minneapolis), who started a Salon on nursing in her home some years ago. It has remained robust, always inviting new ideas and new people, and has inspired the development of other salons on nursing around the country.

    Ours was not a case consultation. I was not the leader of the conversation. We did not give each other advice. It was not a book study. Everyone took responsibility to stay focused, keep whining to a minimum, keep talk about broken systems to a minimum, and keep the conversation real, elevated, and on-point. There was minimal structure (based on “circle” concepts) to help us get going, and to help us close the evening.

    Heterogeneity was encouraged; we did not wish to just be a choir, singing in one voice. We welcomed a few graduate students (since it seemed likely that youthful thought—even without the benefit of experience—could add greatly to the conversation), shrinks of all kinds, academics, and people in related professions (public health, occupational therapy, etc.).

    There was, of course, no cost. We never exceeded a dozen, in number. And it was open; if you happened to be passing through Urbana on the night of a Salon, you were invited.

    We tried this Salon for two academic years, with mixed success.  We had some remarkable conversations, with many attendees driving from the furthest western and southern parts of the state for the evening event.  Many of us found it scintillating to share soup and sophisticated-but-relaxed conversation about tough and intricate clinical/developmental ideas, around the fireplace or on the back porch. The problem was that it never seriously caught on with local clinicians and academics.  Mention of the Salon idea is being kept on the website only to inform--in case someone thinks the idea might be a viable one for your own community, or in case it becomes feasible to try again here in our own little town. Contact Mr. Trout at for information.