Dr Anna Harvey

Anna has been a qualified social worker since 1997. She has mainly worked with chil-dren and families but she also trains and develops adult and mental health social workers.

Anna is currently employed by the Tavistock and Portman as a senior clinical lecturer in social work and social care. She works on the professional doctorate in social work, teaching on the integrated professional doctorate across different pathways (Social work, family therapy psychotherapy/systems, and organisational consultancy).

In her role as senior lecturer she has led the advanced practice module for the past 7 years. This module uses the Work Discussion group model to help social workers de-velop their therapeutic skills, apply psychoanalytic and systemic ideas to their prac-tice. 

Alongside her role as senior lecturer, she was the curriculum development lead for the practice supervisor development programme (PSDP), a DfE funded, national pro-gramme providing training and reflective supervision to practice supervisors in social work, across the UK. She  continues to provide reflective supervision to managers at different levels of the organisation, as part of the course.

Anna works as a consultant and trainer in a private capacity, providing reflective su-pervision and training on reflective practice groups/models to Local Authorities, psy-chologists in mental health hospitals and to schools across the UK. 

She is an expert in child protection work and worked as an expert witness in complex court proceedings for more than 10 years. Her professional doctorate was about the emotional and unconscious dynamics in child protection work. She has also published an article and a chapter in a book about reflective supervision for child protection practice. 

Harvey, Anna (2017) “The shadow falls”: Understanding the factors involved in deci-sion-making in local authority children’s services. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of East London. Full text available

Harvey, Anna and Henderson, Fiona (2014) Reflective supervision for child protection practice – Reaching beneath the surface. Journal of Social Work Practice, 28 (3). pp. 343-356. ISSN 0265-0533

Harvey, Anna (2010) Getting a grip on social work. Journal of Social Work Practice, 24 (2). pp. 139-153. ISSN 0265-0533