Rush Sabiston Frank
Director, SELected Sessions + Workshops
Frank, M.S., is a passionate SEL advocate whose work centers on equipping
students with the powerful social-emotional practices and increased
self-awareness that they instinctively want and need.
Her work at IFSEL is informed by
more than two decades of counseling practice, teaching experience, and social
work with youth and families.
Rush taught SEL in grades 5-8 at
Nueva School for eight years. In the
wake of the Columbine school shootings, she supervised the San Mateo
County/YMCA School Safety Advocate Program on all seven San Mateo Union High
School District campuses for four years.
She also served as Upper School
Counselor at Marin Country Day. And at
Odyssey Family Counseling Center, she helped treat and educate mandated and
at risk youth in an outpatient substance abuse program, ran anger
management groups, and ran a survivors of suicide group for children.
Rush has also coordinated and
led groups for Kids’ Turn, an educational program that offers hope and optimism
to children during divorce and separation.
As a lead SEL workshop designer,
Rush has helped develop programs that interface between SEL and—
body image and gender issues
psychological research on forgiveness
Rush specializes in working with
schools to create a Student Advisory curriculum, and in helping both students
and teachers learn the Open Session, a core IFSEL curricular component for upper
She is a thoughtful leader of
interactive information sessions about SEL for parents. She is also particularly skilled at providing
proactive support for students and parents new to SEL.
Rush holds a Masters of Science
in professional counseling, and a B.A. in psychology from the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
in Raleigh, North Carolina after 17 sunny years in Northern California, and exercises by trying to keep up with her two young