Michael E. Bernard

Michael E. Bernard, Ph.D. is an international consultant to universities, organisations, educational authorities and governments as well as a Professor at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He is the Founder of You Can Do It! Education, a program for promoting student social-emotional well-being and achievement that is being used in over 6,000 schools in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Singapore, England, Romania and North America. After receiving his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he worked for 18 years in the College of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia.

In 1983, he was appointed as Reader and Coordinator of the Master of Educational Psychology Program. During this time, Dr. Bernard has worked closely with children of all ages and their families while counseling at one of Melbourne’s leading private schools. He was the first sport psychologist of the Collingwood Football Club and consulted with numbers of organisations including the AMP.

From 1995-2005, he was a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, College of Education, at California State University, Long Beach. Professor Bernard has worked as a consultant school psychologist helping families and schools address the educational and mental health needs of school-age children. Professor Bernard is a co-founder of the Australian Institute for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and is the author of many books on REBT. For eight years, he was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.

Over the past decade, he has focused on the design and conduct of high performance and resilience professional development programs. He is the author of over 50 books, 15 book chapters, and 30 journal articles in areas associated with peak performance, resilience, parenting, mental health and school improvement (see list below). Today, Professor Bernard consults with business and the public sector on principles of personal effectiveness, positive psychology and is Managing Director of The Bernard Group.


Patricia C. Bernard

Patricia C. Bernard has been supporting Michael Bernard’s work in all aspects of development.  Working closely together with her husband and business partner, Michael, on his projects in education, business and personal development, Patricia has contributed extensively to the many books, videos, curriculum programs, training programs, public workshops, parent talks, eLearning courses and media interviews they have produced over the last 30 years and on-going.

Her most rewarding experience and success has been helping raise two children (now young adults); Jonathon and Alexandra and encouraging them toward becoming fine human beings.

During her children’s schooling years, Patricia had the opportunity to serve on educational committees and work closely in the classroom with her children’s teachers. In 2001, she received the Advocacy for Youth Award from the Association of American University of Women for her achievement in running the highly successful monthly parent talks Coffee Break, for her community in Laguna Beach, California.

The talks given by renowned experts on a variety of child/youth related topics became a huge success and continue to this day. Her recent position as State Co-coordinator for You Can Do It! Education in Victoria and Tasmania further provided her with the opportunity to learn more about the needs of parents, teachers and students today.

Patricia is the author of, The You Can Do It! Little Book for Busy Students, and co-author of The You Can Do It! Little Book for Parents (with Michael Bernard), and You Can Do It! How to Be a Successful Young Person (with Michael Bernard).

This E-learning parenting website is built on over 30 years of work with parents by Professor Michael E. Bernard, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne; Emeritus Professor, College of Education, California State University, Long Beach. It is based on the latest research from the field of positive psychology and positive parenting education.It is also based on the first-hand knowledge and experience that Michael and Patricia Bernard, developers of this parenting website, have gained from raising their two wonderful children, Jonathon and Alexandra.

Over the years, Michael and Patricia Bernard have written the following books for parents:

Bernard, M.E., You Can Do It! How to Boost Your Child’s Achievement in School. New York: Warner Books, pp. 336.
Bernard, M.E., Parent Guide for Boosting Children’s Motivation, Self-Esteem and School Achievement., 2nd Ed. Oakleigh, VIC (AUS): Australian Scholarships Group, pp.77.
Bernard, M.E., The Compass Program: Directions to Take to Support Your Child’s Achievement. Oakleigh, VIC (AUS): Australian Scholarships Group, pp. 110.
Bernard, M.E., Investing in Parents: What Parents Need to Know and Do to Support Their Children’s Achievement and Social-Emotional Well-Being. Oakleigh, VIC (AUS): Australian Scholarships Group.
Bernard, P.C. & Bernard, M.E., The You Can Do It! Little Book for Parents. Melbourne, Vic. Australia: Collins-Dove, pp. 156.
Bernard, M.E. & Hajzler, D.J., You Can Do It! What Every Student (and Parent) Should Know About Achieving Success at School and in Life. Melbourne, Vic., Australia: Collins Dove, pp. 235.