St. Bonaventure’s Community Mental Health Counselor Education program is nationally accredited by CACREP and is located within the NCATE accredited School of Education. Several degrees are available in the growing field of counseling:
  • MSED/MS Counselor Education - Community Mental Health (60 hours)
  • MSED Counselor Education - School Counseling (48 hours)
  • Advanced Certificate of Study - School Counseling

Education & Training

St. Bonaventure University is also a certified education and training provider for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The 85 continuing education requirements in addictions is offered through SBU. Note, for the full extent of the additional requirements for this credential, click here.

When you select SBU for your program of study, you are selecting a New York State registered program. Students in the Community Mental Health Track may also pursue a thesis when they select the M.S. degree option. Students who have successfully completed the Community Mental Health Track are eligible to apply for their Mental Health Counselor license. Specific requirements for the Mental Health Counselor license post graduation are specified on the website linked above.

The Counseling Program offers a traditional late afternoon-night format on the Olean Campus, while the Buffalo Center offers a weekend program at the Hilbert campus. Students at the Buffalo Center are required to take one course on the main campus. Note, while some sites offer evening or weekend opportunities, the majority of fieldwork is completed during the weekday. 

The community mental health program is typically a three-year program. However, it is possible to complete the 60 hours in two and a half years. Some of the courses are offered in a hyrbid/online format. 

You are provided with a sound theoretical foundation in counseling, as well as extensive hands-on field experiences, which are further described in the Counselor Education Program Handbook.

This program prepares individuals for careers in mental health counseling (21-1014.00), which offers good  and varied career opportunity, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Information on program costs is available on our graduate program Tuition and Fees page, from which additional links are provided regarding information on financial aid, scholarships and assistantships, loans and other aid.*

Our Counselor Education Program Handbook provides additional information.

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Request information about counseling graduate programs.
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*Information provided in compliance with the federal government's Gainful Employment Program aimed at providing students with the information they need to make informed educational choices, including program costs and career outlooks.

Contact Information  You may apply to the counseling program here. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at (716) 375-2021 or for graduate admission materials or if you have questions.  For more information regarding the degree in counselor education - community mental health, please contact  Dr. Alan Silliker, Director 
Plassmann Hall, B36, St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2368

Student & Faculty Demographics

  Students  Full-Time Faculty 
Ethnic Background & Gender  1 African-American male

3 males & 1 female
are all Caucasian 
Disability Not publicly reported 

Not publicly reported

Program Demographics

 Community Mental Health
Current Enrollment  35 
Graduates, Summer 2013-Spring 2014  6
Completion Rate  95% 
Mental Health License Pass Rate/School Certification  100% 
Job Placement Rate  80% 

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Buckles, Thomas

Titles/Responsibilities Adjunct Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Phone: 716-373-8080 ext. 5301
Office Location
Courses Taught
  • Seminar in Community Mental Health Counseling 
Academic Degrees
  • Marymount University, M.A. in Psychological Services – Counseling, 1998
  • St. Bonaventure University, B.A. in History, 1996 
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
Professional Background Trained EMDR Therapist, Program Director for Foundations for Change – PROS Program in Olean
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects
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