I am a consultant trained in community psychology, which means that I work with individuals in the community to make the community stronger. My proven expertise lies in family resilience and well-being. My primary goals are to assist others to build their strengths, which is important when working with families in these stressful times. I have developed expertise over many years in building resilience and teamwork among people who work with families to improve service delivery.
In order to call yourself an expert, I believe you need to demonstrate three things: a theoretical perspective, hands-on practice, and research. I continue to teach at a Perth university, where I have been a full time Senior Lecturer (Psychology) since 2008. I teach research methods and ethics, group processes and group management, and family systems theory.
Through the experiences of my own motherhood, my extensive volunteer work spanning more than 20 years, my professional memberships, and through the development, implementation, and evaluation of many workshops and programs like these, I am able to interact with and assist many groups and individuals. My research programs examine contemporary family issues, where I have worked with and interviewed thousands of people during my career.
I have had numerous journal articles published, and am quite often quoted in various national and international media outlets. My qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales (1986), Master of Arts from the University of Western Australia in 1994, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2001, and as well a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology (ECU) in 2002, and finally a Doctor of Psychology (ECU) in 2008.
I therefore bring a unique combination of research informed and practice based knowledge of resilience, how people can build it, and how they can maintain it over the life course. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and skills with you, and embrace the opportunity to hear your stories.
Dr Bronwyn Harman
BA(Hons) MA BA(Psych) PGradDipPsych DPsych