Anthony Bruner

Senior Lecturer

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

I am the Course Lead and Lecturer for the Social Work BA(Hons) course. I have been a Social Worker since 2002, having practiced in several states in America, the UK and New Zealand. I am a licensed Psychotherapist in the state of California and I try to bring some of that experience to my lectures.

After graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle, I spent about 5 years in the UK working in child safeguarding. I then moved to New Zealand for about 2 years, then returned to America for an additional 10 years during which I worked with children in foster care, military families, and veterans. I returned to the UK in 2016 where I worked for the Priory Hospital before coming to Staffordshire University in 2018.

I am completing my PhD at Staffordshire University, specifically researching the intersection of social work and mental health in practice. I am interested in several areas, but specifically PTSD and extreme or abnormal psychologic conditions.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Candidate “How Social Workers Engage with Mental Health Concepts in Practice”, Staffordshire University.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University.
  • Practice Education in Social Work, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Masters of Social Work, University of Washington
  • BA Criminal Justice, Eastern Washington University


  • PTSD
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Military Mental Health
  • Personality Disorders

Research interests

  • The intersection of Social Work/Mental Health
  • History of Psychiatry
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Power Dynamics in Health Care



  • Study Skills
  • Values and Ethics
  • Understanding Organisations
  • Readiness for Supervised Practice
  • Practice Learning I


  • Research

Health and Social Care

  • Professional Issues
  • Healthy Individual Through the Lifespan
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