CATS external website: our team, projects and activities

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 is supported by Middlesex University London for the development of knowledge exchange between research and practice. Our 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.

Issues covered:

• Child neglect & abuse
• Attachment Style
• Parenting
• Domestic violence
• Bullying & victimisation in different contexts
• Internet abuse & Internet safety
• Psychological disorder related to abuse and trauma
• Social policy in relation to abuse issues
• Evaluating social and police services
• Conducting assessments with children, teenagers and adults and Achieving Best Practice in Interviewing for CJS services

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), criminal justice workers (solicitors, paralegals, police, probation, youth offending), and academic researchers.

Practice Applications

We provide training in several measures that offer invaluable assessment tools to workers in social practice, such as Adoption and Fostering and Child Care services, and clinical practice. Our courses cover issues of Assessment around abuse, trauma and risk; Research updates on abuse and trauma issues, including understanding conceptual and causal models of risk and resilience; and Basic principles of research and how to evaluate services in relation to assessment and evidence-based practice.

Individualised provision of courses

Coherent ‘menu’ of courses can be provided singly or in any combination to services on site, or held at our North London (Middlesex University Hendon campus) premises. Please contact us for more information.

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