School of Arts

Bruce Hart

Position: Lecturer
Study area: Community and Human Services/Social Work
Location: Berwick Campus, Building 901, Room 130


  • Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment Selmar Institute of Education 2015
  • Masters of Science (Organisational Dynamics) RMIT Melbourne 2010
  • Masters of Science (Family Therapy) Brunel University/Tavistock Clinic London 1993
  • Bachelor of Social Work  University of Sydney 1986



  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying)


  • Integration Seminar Field Education 2 (MSWPG7208)


Bruce studied his B.Social Work at Sydney University in the1980’s. While in the UK he completed his M.Sc (Family Therapy) at Tavistock Clinic in conjunction with Brunel University in 1992. He returning to Melbourne from overseas in 2000. In 2012 he completed a M.Sc (Organisational Dynamics) at RMIT.

Bruce has worked as a social worker for 35 years overall and direct practice for 25 years. He has worked in youth residential care, child protection, family services, child and adolescent mental health, relationship counselling, Employee’s assistance program. Alongside this work Bruce delivered many courses for organisations on family therapy, working with children, organisational impact of trauma, attachment, supervision, assessment and case planning, teamwork and leadership.  Since 2012 he has been working on range of project with agencies including quality assurance, reflective practice, supervision, and program development.

Bruce has particularly expertise enjoys facilitating one to one and group supervision and interactive skills based training of students.

Areas of expertise

  • Child and family work, including mental health
  • Child protection
  • Attachment and child development
  • Relationship and family therapy
  • Interagency dynamics
  • Leadership, teamwork and organisation dynamics
  • Trauma informed practice
  • Trauma, individual and organisational stress in human service organisations.
  • Gender roles, sexual diversity and LGBTIQ+

Research interests

  • Gender Roles
  • Organizational dynamics and change
  • Reflective Practice and supervision


Managing Workload Transitions in Emergency Services State Emergency Services (2010) Report of an Action Research Project for Master of Applied Science in Organizational Dynamics RMIT.

Embracing Uncertainty in Family Therapy: The Role of Therapeutic Diversity Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy vol 21 (3) September 2000. A version of the conference paper below.

Breaking Down the Barriers: Treatment of Adolescents at Risk of Self-Harm and Suicide in A. Goslyn (ed) Mental Health – A Review of 1997, Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Auckland, 1998.

The Social Construction of the Gendered Self Journal of Family Therapy (1996) vol.18, pp. 43-63.  Reprinted in the NZAP Forum, vol. 2, June 1996

Re-authoring the Stories We Work By: Situating the narrative approach in the presence of the family of therapists. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 1995, vol.16, No.4, pp.181-189. Presented as a workshop at Association for Family Therapy Conference (UK) Sept 1996. Reprinted in Feedback - The Magazine of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1999, vol.8, no.3, pp. 25-32.

Gender Role Self Perceptions and Attitudes of Single Fathers: Implications for the Feminist Dialogues in Systemic Theory Dissertation for M.Sc in Family Therapy at Tavistock Clinic, 1993.

Key Training Courses and Workshops Delivered

  • Reflective practice supervision - 4 courses 2 x ½ day sessions for managers and team leaders to implement the Reflective Practice Supervision framework Brotherhood of St Laurence (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Reflective practice mentoring course - Training of Div 1 and Div 2 nurses in residential care units on mentoring of students and staff, Brotherhood of St Laurence (2013/2014)
  • What is normal and Working with Children in Families - Yearly session on the Diploma program William Road Family Therapy Training Centre (2002-2012)
  • Supervision and Reflective Practice 1 day course - Mackillop Family Services (2010)
  • Connecting Together - Workshop for VICSES Managers ½ workshop following up the action research project for my M.Sc that helped build cohesion between different departments (2009)
  • Building Resilience in Your Team and Organisation - Team Day for Child Protection Team Box Hill (2008)
  • Foundation course for team leader 6 day session course - Anglicare delivered three courses (2007, 2008)
  • Leadership course for Parish Care Coordinators - 4 day course Anglicare (2008)
  • Working with Vulnerable Families Developing a Integrative Systems Approach to Family Centred Practice -  A one day workshop for  Knox Early Intervention Services Knox City Council (2007)
  • Advanced training in leading teams - 6 day sessions - Anglicare (2006)
    • Family Services City of Maroondah in partnership with Anglicare (2006)
    • Anglicare Yarra Ranges (2006)
    • Bendigo Health Care Group (2005)
    • Windamere Youth Services - 1 day version(2001)
    • Public courses Oct - Nov 2001, March/April 2001 May 2001 (on AASW CPE program)
  • Numerous sessions on HD&T’s Family Therapy Training Program – including Milan Family Therapy, Transference and Countertransference, Bowne Family Therapy, Systemic Approach to Working with Organisations Human Development and Training Auckland (1997-99)
  • Working with Families (30 week course) - Auckland College of Education, Department of Social Work (1999).
  • Family Therapy Foundation Course - 40 ½ day sessions, Child Psychotherapy Trainees Auckland University of Technology, (1998)
  • Family Therapy Foundation course - 40 ½ day sessions, Psychiatry Registrars Auckland University Hamilton campus, NZ (1998)
  • Understanding Family Dynamics - 3 day course for Children and Young Person’s Service Auckland NZ (1997, 1998, 1999)
  • Understanding Family Dynamics - 3 day training with numerous courses delivered with 2 versions of the course: (I) Families and Trauma and (ii) Illness and families

Key Presentations

AASW Credentialing Program AASW National Conference November 2016 Brisbane

Developing a Culture of Learning and Reflective Practice in a Not for Profit Agency Clinical Supervision Conference Sydney June 2013

Don’t let what you have learnt walk out the door – Creating the learning organization that builds capacity for reflective practice and action learning to capture knowledge and innovation FRSA Conference Gold Coast 8-10th November 2011

Leading, Managing and Supervising Foundation Course for Team Leaders – 6 day course for Anglicare team leaders run while employed at Lifeworks. 4 courses 2006, 2007, 2008 (2 times).

We have to talk – Managing the Dynamics of Crucial Conversations Anglicare Staff Conference 17th April 2008

A Clinical Social Work Specialty AASW Conference Melbourne August 2003

Trauma and Mental Health of Children Community Education Seminar auspice by the ECAMHS Mental Health Promotions Officer for a range of community agencies and schools - April 2003

Embracing Uncertainty in a Unity of Differences. Grappling with Therapeutic Diversity PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) Conference Melbourne August 2002

"How does every foster care turn out like my mother" - A systems approach to understanding and managing young people in care.  KIC START Conference Northern Region Services Melbourne 27th & 28th March 2001 - Repeated from the Family Reunification presentation below due to its popularity.

Moving Beyond Blame and Control to Empower Families: Developing positive therapeutic interventions for young people, families and child care systems in the process of reunification. Family Reunification Conference Northern Region Services, 1st February 2001, La Trobe University

Dilemmas of Love and Discipline in Therapy with Parents and Couples. Presentation to Victorian Branch AASW conference Melbourne 11th December 2001

Dialogues about Diversity – Embracing Uncertainty in family therapy Family Therapy Gathering Auckland April 1999 and Australian Family Therapy Conference in Sydney September 1999. This was accepted as a paper for 1999 Australian Family Therapy conference in Australia as part of a group of 4 papers being put together for the ANJFT vol 21 (3) September 2000.

How Professional Networks Mirror the Families We Work With - Implications for case management 1998 Australian Family Therapy Conference Brisbane September 23-26 1998.

Dilemmas of Love and Discipline in Therapy with Parents and Couples. Presentation to 7th AAMFC Conference Brisbane July 1995 and published in Conference Proceedings. Presented to 3rd ANZ Family Therapy Conference, Wellington, August 1995. A modified version of the above paper The Social Construction of the Gendered Self

The Child Protection Dilemma, Therapy Versus Statutory Control: Can a marriage be found. Workshop Presentation 5th World Family Therapy Congress, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 1993