Training & Partnership with CATS
St. Michael’s Fellowship and Middlesex University’s Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) have through a ‘memorandum of intent’ recently created a training and partnership link.
This partnership provides staff with the opportunity to receive an enhanced level of training from the CATS team. This includes training in the use of specific evidence based tools for staff to use in work with parents such as the Parenting Role Interview (PRI) and the Attachment style Interview (ASI).
Parenting Role Interview (PRI) The aim of the Parenting Role Interview is to obtain from the parent or carer information about their views of themselves as parents, and explore with them their attitudes and behaviour in their parenting role. It is based on their own report about attending to their children’s needs, and obtains their views about the quality of this interaction.
The PRI provides indicators that focus on a parent’s strengths and areas that need developing. It is an evidence based tool for social care practitioners and clinicians to use alongside other child, parenting and family assessment tools .
Attachment style Interview (ASI)
The PRI can be a standalone assessment measure of parenting, or a supplement to the Attachment style Interview (ASI) that staff are currently being trained in the use of. This is a tool that assesses characteristics of parents and carers in terms of their quality of close relationships, social support and security of attachment style.
The CATS team notes that the ASI is one of the few attachment style interviews which has a transparent method of questioning and scoring to assess both secure and insecure relating styles.
CATS states that;
"the ASI provides a categorisation of attachment style for individuals, as well as assesses their specific support context and quality of close relationships. The resulting attachment profile not only determines which style best characterises them (e.g. Secure, Enmeshed, Fearful, Angry-dismissive or Withdrawn), but also the extent to which the insecure styles are dysfunctional in terms of whether the person is ‘Markedly', ‘Moderately' or ‘Mildly' Insecure. This is important, given evidence that ‘Mildly Insecure' styles carry less risk of mental health problems."
St Michael’s is supporting a number of staff to become qualified in delivering these tools. We are also establishing opportunities for further research and an evaluation of the effectiveness of these tools as they translate to practice that involves researchers from Middlesex University CATS and St. Michael’s staff.