Anthony Bruner


School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I received my BA degree in Criminal Justice in 1998 and my Masters of Social Work in 2002. I attended the University of Washington in Seattle which is where I am from originally. I spent approximately 4 years in the UK from 2002-2006 working in a child safeguarding team. Since then, I have lived in New Zealand, and spent a further 10 years in the USA where I began my mental health training and I am a licensed psychotherapist in the state of California. I returned to the UK in 2016 where I furthered my mental health skills with the Priory Hospital and I have been with Staffordshire University since 2018.

My practice foci revolve around clinical mental health, particularly Post-Traumatic Stress with combat veterans, personality disorder ad childhood trauma/safeguarding and criminal pathology.  I had the opportunity to work directly with American Veterans at Travis Air Force Base in California and with military families in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These experiences inform my compassion with those who have experienced trauma in their lives. I like to bring these experiences to my teaching and provide real world examples of theory and practice.

I’ve been given the opportunity to pursue my PhD at Staffordshire University. My research pertains to the interaction of the social work and mental health professions and how social workers use mental health concepts in practice.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Member of the British Association of Social Work
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Register with the Board of Behavioural Sciences (California, USA)

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Candidate, Staffordshire University
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, Staffordshire University
  • Social Work Practice Education and Supervision, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Washington
  • Bachelor’s Degree of Science, Criminal Justice, Eastern Washington University


  • Clinical Mental Health
  • Psychodynamic and CBT Therapies
  • Veteran Studies


  • An Introduction to Study Skills for Social Work and Social Care
  • Values, Ethics and Multi-Dimensional Diversity
  • Social Work Practice Learning I
  • Understanding Organisations and Interprofessional Practice
  • Readiness for Supervised Practice
Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020