About CATS – Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies

  • Centre for Abuse & Trauma Studies (CATS) is a research and CPD training centre based at Middlesex University, London, UK. It combines expertise from the departments of Psychology and Criminology at Middlesex University, including physical abuse and domestic violence; stress, attachment, psychological abuse and sexual abuse/sexual assaults in children, adolescents and adults.
  • The centre is directed by Professors Antonia Bifulco, who has conducted a considerable amount of research, teaching and practitioner training.
  • CATS innovative approach takes high level of expertise from both academic research background, as well as from a range of practice partners. This enables us to generate courses of high quality, which are also amenable to frequent updating as research knowledge, policy and law change. Our approach is multi-disciplinary and academically rigorous, but with a view to practical application and to the needs and constraints of practitioners to increase their professional development.

Who are CATS courses suitable for?

  • Our CPD courses and workshops are directed towards: social workers (child protection; ‘looked after’ services; family support services, adoption and fostering), psychologists (clinicians in child and adolescent mental health and adult services) and academic researchers.

Practice Applications

  • We provide training in several evidence-based measures that offer invaluable assessment tools to workers in social practice, such as Adoption and Fostering and Child Care services, and clinical practice.

Individualised provision of courses

  • We run generic training for individuals and bespoke training for agencies.
  • Please contact us for more information.

Further information on CATs research

  • Please visit our research website for more information on our team and current and future projects.