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Chicago | Program Director,
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online Modality)

Jennifer Bonino,



Within my own educational experience, the most impactful professors have been the ones who have encouraged and challenged me to become a critical thinker. When I reflect on my philosophy and pedagogical approach to teaching in counselor education, I first think of what has inspired me as a student. In the classroom, I value a collaborative approach between students and instructor as well as the engagement and use of literature to help develop the critical thinking skills necessary for the profession. I believe that modeling professionalism as a counselor educator is part of the necessary guidance students need and seek along their journey and demonstrate this within my teaching practice.

The students in counseling programs bring a multifaceted array of perspectives on the human experience. Their distinct and unique trajectory, combined with the classroom objectives and goals, offer a wealth of insight and opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate as professional counselors in training. I make every effort to create a constructivist learning environment both on ground and online. One that promotes safety, authenticity and holds students accountable and responsible to their work and their learning process. I believe the classroom to be a vehicle for change and a place where students can maximize their potential personally and professionally.



  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Adler University
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Adler University
  • B.A., Non-Profit Management & Psychological Studies, DePaul University
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Bonino J. L., & Hanna, F. J. (2018). Who owns psychopathology? The DSM, its flaws, its future, and the professional counselor. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 57(2), 118-137. DOI: 10.1002/johc.12071
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Bonino, J.L., (2019, November). Externalizing Client Suffering Through Imagery and Abstraction. Workshop Presentation at the Illinois Counseling Association annual conference, Skokie, IL.
  • Bonino, J.L., (2019, November). A Counselors’ Dilemma! Redefining psychopathology from multiple frameworks. Presentation at the Illinois Counseling Association annual conference, Skokie, IL.

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