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Bonnie Rubenstein

Bonnie Rubenstein

Professor (clinical), Chair Counseling & Human Development & Director Urban Teaching & Leadership Program
Counseling & Human Development
LeChase Hall 492
(585) 275-5163
EdD, University of Rochester (counseling and human development)
MS, The College at Brockport, State University of New York (guidance and pupil personnel services)
BS, The College at Brockport, State University of New York (psychology)
CAS, The College at Brockport, State University of New York (educational leadership)

Bonnie Rubenstein is a tireless leader in the counseling field. She previously served as director of counseling for the Rochester City School District (RCSD) for more than two decades before her full-time faculty position at the Warner School.  At RCSD, she implemented college- and career-readiness programs and comprehensive school counseling programs for 34,000 students district-wide and supervised 91 school counselors.  Prior to this district leadership position, she taught at the elementary, undergraduate, and graduate levels and was a counselor in elementary, middle, and high school. Rubenstein also worked as a high school assistant principal and acting principal in both urban and suburban districts. 
At Warner, Rubenstein trains the next generation of school counselors in the transformative school counseling model, based on national (ASCA) and state (NYSSCA) models, while emphasizing their role as agents of change and advocates for equity and access.  Her teaching focuses on urban education, which is particularly salient if counselors are to reduce the effects of environmental and institutional barriers that impede student academic success.  In her courses, students are asked to analyze and disaggregate data elements and subsequently explore issues of equity—the systemic barriers that restrict urban school students’ access to and acquisition of educational achievement, especially for traditionally underserved groups.
Rubenstein’s scholarship interests include the impact of grief and loss on students and families, the impact of divorce on teenagers’ home lives and school skill development, and college and career readiness.  She has published articles in all of these areas and developed teacher/counselor resource materials, including manuals, videos, and software.  Her interest in urban education has led to the creation of three school counseling laboratories, where cohorts of practicum and internship students are placed in urban settings.

In the News

4/25/2019 Bonnie Rubenstein Named 2019 SAANYS Region 11 Retiree of the Year 
12/05/2018 Bonnie Rubenstein on New School Counseling Scholarships on WROC-TV
3/22/2018 Harold L. Munson, Founder and Longtime Chair of the Counseling Department, Remembered
5/16/2017 Symposium Celebrates the Contributions, Achievements of Counseling Students
8/15/2016 Rubenstein, Donnelly on Dealing with Back-to-School Stress in Community Health Magazine
12/03/2014 Wednesday Lunch Talk - Bridging the Divide Between Academia and the Rest of the World: Using Social Media, Popular Press, Twitter, and Other Avenues to Inform Policy and Practice
12/30/2013 Celebrity Parents Magazine Features Rubenstein's Tips to Help Kids Cope with Grief
12/03/2013 Rubenstein Essay on Helping Kids Through the Bereavement Process Featured on Huffington Post
11/22/2013 DailyParent.com Q&A with Bonnie Rubenstein: Helping Grieving Children Through the Holidays
11/21/2013 Bonnie Rubenstein on Helping Kids Cope with Loss During the Holidays on WROC-TV
11/13/2013 School Counseling Expert Offers Tips to Help Kids Cope with Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season
2/13/2013 Rubenstein Receives 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from Western New York School Counselors Consortium
12/21/2012 Rubenstein Essay Published at Huffington Post
12/18/2012 Rubenstein Writes Essay for Education Week on Connecticut Tragedy
12/17/2012 Rubenstein Quoted in the Democrat and Chronicle on Connecticut School Shooting
8/24/2012 Bonnie Rubenstein Shares 7 Tips for Conquering a High School Transition in Huffington Post
7/29/2012 Bonnie Rubenstein on Easing the Transition to High School on FoxNews.com
5/07/2010 Three School Counseling Graduates Receive City School District's Award for First Year Excellence
11/27/2007 Five Warner Alumnae Honored with Statewide Counseling Award for Leadership

ED440 Urban Teaching & Leadership Seminar 1A
ED441 Urban Teaching and Leadership Seminar 1B
EDE446 Introduction to Urban Education
EDF450 Practicum in Counseling
EDU450 Introduction to School Counseling
EDF451 Supervised Internship in School Counseling I
EDF452 Supervised Internship in School Counseling II
EDU454 Career Counseling and Development