The Founders of You Can Do It! Education

Dr Michael E. Bernard PhD

Founder, You Can Do It! Education

Emeritus Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Former Professor, Melbourne Graduate School for Education, Melbourne University
Doctorate of Educational Psychology

Dr Michael Bernard, PhD, is an international consultant to universities, businesses, not-for-profit organisations, educational authorities and governments. He is the founder of You Can Do It! Education, a program for promoting student social-emotional wellbeing and achievement that is being used in thousands of schools in Australia and overseas. He received his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Michael has worked closely with children of all ages and their families while counselling at one of Melbourne’s leading private schools. He was the first sports psychologist of the Collingwood Football Club.

Michael 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, Michael has focused on the design and conduct of high performance and professional development programs for resilience. He is the author of over 50 books, 20 book chapters, and 30 journal articles in areas associated with peak performance, resilience, parenting, mental health and school improvement.

Michael’s latest book, The High-Performance Mindset at Work, Home and Life, is now available.

Patricia C. Bernard, Managing Director of You Can Do It! InformationPatricia C. Bernard

Author & Managing Director, The Bernard Group

Patricia Bernard has worked closely together with her husband and business partner, Michael, on projects in education, parenting and business.

Patricia has contributed extensively to the many books, videos, curriculum programs, training programs, public workshops, parent talks and eLearning courses they have produced over the last 30 years.

Raising two fine human beings, her children with Michael (now young adults) – Jonathon and Alexandra, her most rewarding experience and success.

During her children’s schooling years, Patricia had the opportunity to serve on educational committees and work closely with educators in her children’s schools. 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 local community in Laguna Beach, California.

Patricia is the author of The You Can Do It! Little Book for Busy Students, co-author with Michael Bernard, The You Can Do It! Little Book for Parents and The Successful Mind at School, Work and Life.

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