Mackie Honored for Leadership in School Counseling

Karen Mackie, assistant professor in counseling and human development, was awarded the 2008 Career Achievement Award by the New York State School Counseling Association (NYSSCA) in November. The Career Achievement Award recognizes a school counselor or counselor educator whose contributions to his or her students, place of employment, colleagues, and community have been substantial and ongoing. Mackie was honored for her high level of leadership, advocacy, and collaboration in her work with school districts and in training school counselors at the graduate level.

Bonnie Rubenstein, a 2005 recipient of the Career Achievement Award who serves as director of school counseling for the Rochester City School District and an associate professor at the Warner School, describes Mackie as a tireless leader in the school counseling field who challenges each Warner student to a high standard of bridging research and practice.

At the University level, Mackie has brought the latest in school counseling reform to the classroom. As a collaborator and consultant to various school districts, she has supported school counselors who have struggled with implementing comprehensive developmental counseling programs.

“Karen offers thoughtful and meaningful professional development to both emerging and practicing counselors,” says Tom Wiggins, past president of NYSSCA who also serves as a school counselor. “I’ve collaborated with her on presentations for a number of years, and I always find her insight to be inspirational. She also has helped me to be creative in my role as a practicing school counselor.”

In addition to her roles as a counselor educator and consultant, Mackie has filled several leadership positions, including counselor education liaison to the New York State School Counselor Association Executive Board, member of the Western New York School Counselors Consortium executive steering committee, and most recently president of the New York Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NYACES).

According to Wiggins, the state association looks for candidates who serve multiple roles as a counselor and who are committed to promoting the profession. “It is a rare candidate for this award who brings so much diverse experience to the profession,” adds Wiggins. “I supported her candidacy for this award because I don’t know anyone more deserving. She’s very humble about her accomplishments, but I have certainly recognized them.”

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