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Ms Cathy James

Job title Service Manager and Social Worker

Area of Expertise

  • Multisystemic Therapy
  • Family and systemic interventions
  • Conduct disorder
  • Antisocial behaviour/ Offending in young people
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Implementation of Evidence Based Interventions
  • Health and social care policy



Cathy is a qualified social worker, registered with Social Work England. She initially worked in a community team, covering both child protection and adult mental health, including as an Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act.

Cathy moved into working in CAMHS in the early 1990s, with an interest in Children in Care and the interface between health and social care. Cathy then worked for the Department of Health and Department for Education as a professional advisor from 1999-2006, working on the Children’s National Service Framework and the Reform of the Mental Health Act.

She then led the development of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) in England, from the Department of Health and NHS England. Cathy moved to SLaM in 2016 to lead the MST-UK service, which is licensed to provide training and consultation for MST and MST Child Abuse and Neglect Teams across the UK and Ireland.


Education and Training

Masters in Collaborative Leadership in Health and Social Care (Thames Valley University)2005
Post Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy (Birkbeck College), University of London 1995
Approved Social Work Training (Croydon College) 1991
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (Goldsmith’s College) University of London 1987
BSc Social Science and Administration (London School of Economics and Political Science) University of London 1984



Kurtz Z and James C (2004) ‘What’s New : Learning from the CAMHS Innovation Projects.’ Department of Health HMSO

Kurtz Z and James C  (2005) Creative Practice and Innovation in CAMHS in Williams R & Kerfoot, M  CAMHS :Strategy, Planning, Delivery and Evaluation OUP.

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