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Arne Rubinstein

Arne Rubinstein

Best selling author 'The Making of Men' by Dr Arne Rubinstein is a useful handbook for teachers and parents with adolescent boys. With over 30 years experience as a doctor, counselor, mentor and speaker, his programs are designed to assist boys and girls in a healthy transition from adolescent to adulthood.

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Testimonials for Arne Rubinstein

We were blessed to have Arne run a provocative, warm and meaningful program for Father’s and Son’s at our school as part of our Year 10 Boys to Men program. As a facilitator Arne is bold, informed and experienced. The outcomes of this event were profound. We couldn’t wait to book him in again for this year!

Dr Steven Middleton, The King’s School, Sydney.

The engagement and learning from the experiences with Arne will be something that the boys will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Mark Morrissy, Director of Planning and Co-Curricular, Christ Church Grammar School, Perth.

Arne is a focused, natural and passionate speaker capable of tailoring his message to his audience and adapting to the needs of the occasion on the day with agility. Arne’s insights into parenting, family relationships and adolescent mental wellbeing are relevant to every Australian. His message is preventative and therefore relevant to even the most functional families. His insights for time poor corporate parents are practical and actionable. Dr Rubinstein also offers an inspirational personal story, which demonstrates he has walked his talk. He has forsaken the trimmings of a successful career in private medical practice to achieve real success in scaling programs to connect fathers and sons and mothers and daughters. Where so many others fail, he has built a successful national NGO from the ground up and understands the challenges of innovators and entrepreneurs. For these reasons, I would strongly endorse Dr Rubinstein as a professional speaker for a range of event styles.

Lion Nathan


I have had the great pleasure of hearing Dr Rubinstein speak on a number of occasions to large groups of parents at leading Sydney schools, to high level executive teams within a global investment bank and another corporate and to a group of men throughout their journey on a leadership camp. Dr Rubinstein has a powerful presence and a unique gift for inspiring people from all walks of life with his bold vision for the future of our community while at the same time being grounded and accessible enough to build immediate trust and rapport at every level. Dr Rubinstein’s message is a universal one whose time is definitely now. He speaks about what it takes to ensure the next generation are secure in the knowledge of who they are and what they are here to do, and to break the cycle of risk-taking and destructiveness that is the legacy some young people carry from a childhood lacking in strong role models and important rituals. I would recommend Dr Rubinstein as a speaker to any audience without hesitation. His will be the most talked about speech and will leave the greatest lasting impact.

Cant Associates


Arne Rubinstein Travels from VIC
Fee Range: POA

Arne Rubinstein's Biography

Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on adolescent development, with 30 years’ experience as a doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. His programs and seminars are designed to support boys and girls to successfully make a safe, healthy transition from children to young adults, with a particular focus on creating coming of age Rites of Passage. In 2008, he was nominated for Australian of the Year for his groundbreaking work with youth.


Dr Arne’s 2013 book , The Making of Men, has become a bestseller and is a practical handbook for parents and teachers of boys. It is the culmination of his years of experience in working with teens and their parents, in particular fathers and sons.


He was the Founding CEO of the Pathways Foundation, an organisation that creates contemporary Rites of Passage for adolescents. More recently, Dr Arne was the founder of Uplifting Australia, a not for profit set up to improve the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and their families around Australia. His work has also been informed by practising for 15 years as a GP specialising in adolescent health, and preventative and emergency medicine.


He is the passionate father of two wonderful young men, a mentor to many, a practising ER doctor, as well as being a keen surfer and musician.


Dr Arne’s spectacular bush property on the North Coast of New South Wales, YarraKoora, has been transformed into a camping and leadership training facility.  Young men and women come from around the world to participate in life-changing workshops and camps that offer support, celebration and direction for the passage to adulthood, and for the people who act as guides on this journey.


Speaking Topics Include

Global Rites of Passage (Leadership Training Program)

Clearly understand the elements of a Rite of Passage (Separation/Transformation/Return) and how they can be applied in multiple situations

  • Have personally experienced the elements of a Rite of Passage

  • Have basic group facilitation skills

  • Be aware of liminal space in transformational work

Student Keynote Presentation

Designed to leave students motivated and with the tools to help them successfully navigate this critical time in their lives.

Topics include:

  • Latest research around teenage health and wellbeing

  • How to determine the best life path

  • The critical importance of a healthy personal identity

  • Dealing with peer pressure and the stress of becoming an adult

  • The relevance of creating modern day Rites of Passage for teenagers.

    Best for Year 10 – Year 12.

Student Workshops

Interactive workshops to inspire students about their future. A half or full day program that will:

  • Assist students to create a personal vision

  • Enable students to identify their potential blocks and how to overcome them

  • Utilise creative and interactive processes to educate students about different ways of responding to situations that arise in their lives

  • Encourage students to share stories about what is working well for them and where they need support

  • Give students a chance to honour and recognise the gifts and talents of their peers.

    Best for Year 11 – Year 12.

Father and Son Breakfast/Dinner

A fun and powerful activity that will have a genuine impact on the relationship between a boy and his father (or father figure). Over a meal fathers will share their stories about when they were the same age, each boy is honoured by his father and they plan for further activities they can do together and their vision for the future.

Best for 8 – 17 year olds.


Parents and Teens Interactive Nights

An evening attended by both teens and parents that uses creative and fun techniques to highlight ways to facilitate healthy communication and manage the changing relationship between a teen and his/her parents.

This is a unique opportunity for parents to gain insight into the hopes, desires and issues currently faced by their teens. At the same time, teens become aware of the aspirations and concerns of their parents. Teens and parents will also engage in facilitated conversations around how they want their future relationship to evolve.

Best for teenagers aged 13 – 17 years.

Professional Development & Training for School Staff

Staff leave with tools to help them successfully support their students during their critical transition years (between 14 and 17) and create an optimal learning environment.

Topics covered:

  • Latest research around teenage health and wellbeing

  • The impact of technology on adolescent development

  • The difference between dealing with a teenager compared to a young child

  • The importance of recognising the individual gifts and talents of each student

  • The relevance of modern day Rites of Passage in the lives of teenagers

    Dr Arne also runs a Global Rites of Passage Leadership Training program at YarraKoora.