The Childhood Experience of Care and Abuse (CECA) interview is a retrospective
measure of childhood and adolescent experience. It has been developed
by the team at the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies at Middlesex University (formerly Lifespan Research Group, Royal Holloway University of London) to investigate lifetime risk
factors for mental health disorders.
for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
new Centre for research, practice and training, focussed on issues
of abuse and trauma, at Middlesex University London. The Centre provides research, consultancy, media
advice, practice training, continuing professional development, knowledge
transfer and learning in a broad range of abuse related topics across
the lifespan. The Centre is directed by Professor Antonia Bifulco and Prof Julia Davidson.
Child and Family Training
Child and Family Training is a not-for-profit organisation
which provides training on evidence-based approaches for assessing
children and their families.
Centre for Applied Childhood Studies (CACS)
The Centre for Applied Childhood Studies is based at the University of Huddersfield. It is renowned nationally andinternationally for producing research, policy and practice that promotes social equality and the well-being of children and families.
Data collected from 10 years of MRC programme funding with over 500
families in London, is currently in the process of being preserved
and archived by the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies at Middlesex University (formerly Lifespan Research Group, Royal Holloway University of London).
Parenting Role Interview (PRI)
PRI is a new parenting assessment measure that has been developed by the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies at Middlesex University (formerly Lifespan Research Group, Royal Holloway University of London).
The aim of the PRI is to gather information on the parent or carerís views of their parenting role. It can act as a standalone assessment measure of parenting, or as a supplement to the Attachment style Interview to help understand further the potential implications of their partner relationship and attachment style for the nature of the parenting they may provide for their children.
Lifespan is working with this voluntary organisation on the Specialist
Homes Action Research Project (SHARP), a new intervention for children
with complex needs living in residential care. Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies are providing
enhanced assessments of the young people’s risks and resiliences
and workshops for staff on attachment theory and implications for
Filial Therapy UK website
Information on Filial Therapy by Geraldine Thomas MSc, who has a specific interest and expertise in Attachment Theory, particularly as it is expressed in young children who have suffered neglect and abuse. Geraldine specialises in the use of play therapy, filial therapy, parent consultation and other interventions with children and families with a wide range of difficulties and a particular interest is facilitating attachment between adopted and foster children and their carers.
Professor Antonia Bifulco is a Chartered
Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society
Understanding Adult Attachment in Family Relationships: Research, Assessment and Intervention
Book by Antonia Bifulco and Geraldine Thomas
Published: Autumn 2012
Attachment theory has become a key focus of both research and practice in understanding and treating psychological and social risk for marital and relationship problems, parenting and clinical disorders. In particular, adult attachment style is a key explanatory factor for understanding problems in human relationships. This practical book introduces and explains an easily accessible assessment tool for adult attachment style, the Attachment Style Interview (ASI). Based on extensive research study, it then discusses appropriate interventions and case assessments that can be made to help families in need. Simpler than the Adult Attachment Interview, which requires expert administration, the ASI is an invaluable and evidence-based resource and is particularly useful for multiagency practitioners working with children and families, including those in adoption and fostering, child Safeguarding, ‘Looked After’ and therapeutic services. Presenting clear and concise descriptions of the measure and summaries of the attachment models developed, it provides discussions of its relevance for different practice contexts. This text uses a range of worked case studies to illustrate its principles and applications. It details attachment issues in different relationship domains to cover areas of risk and resilience relevant for practice such as: Adult depression and anxiety and stress models, Partner difficulties including domestic violence, Childhood neglect and abuse as a source of attachment problems, Parenting and intergenerational transmission of risk Resilience factors Interventions, service application and use in family therapy.
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