Contact Us

For more information regarding counseling programs, please contact the program director:

Dr. Alan Silliker
Plassmann B36
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2368

To Apply

For application instructions and materials, please visit our site:

 Or contact:

Phone: (716) 375-2021


St. Bonaventure’s program in Counselor Education, Community Mental Health Counseling 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 Counseling (60 hours)
  • MSED Counselor Education - School Counseling (48 hours)
  • MSED Counselor Education - Rehabilitation Counseling** (48 hours)
  • Advanced Certificate of Study - School Counseling (hours required varies)

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 Counseling track may also pursue a thesis when they select the M.S. degree option. Students who have successfully completed the Community Mental Health Counseling 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-evening format on the Olean Campus, while the Buffalo Center offers a weekend program at the Hilbert College campus in Hamburg, NY. 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 (practicums) is completed during the weekday. 

The Community Mental Health Counseling 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.*  Financial aid programs include the Dean's Scholarship (20% tuition reduction) and Franciscan Mission Grant (for employees of Catholic organizations - 30% tuition reduction).

*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.
** Rehabilitation Counseling is a new program and not yet CACREP reviewed. It is approved by and registered with the State of NY.

Our Counselor Education Program Handbook provides additional information.

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

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

News, Publications & Research

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Silliker, Alan

Associate Professor
School of Education
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: 716-375-2368
OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B36
  • CE 530. Techniques of Counseling 
  • CE 550. Group Counseling 
  • CE 570. Career Counseling 
  • CE 620A. Internship in School Counseling 
  • CE620B. Internship II in School Counseling 
  • CE 621. Advanced Internship in School Counseling 
  • CE 634. Interventions for School and Agency Counseling 
  • Ed.D., Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Boston College
    • Dissertation title: The Evaluation of Secondary School Career Education Strategies Using the Career Maturity Inventory. 
  • M.A., Guidance and Personnel, St. Bonaventure University
  • B.S., Psychology, Georgetown University
  • Silliker, S.A. & Quirk, J.T. (1997). The effect of extracurricular activity participation on the academic performance of male and female high school students.  The School Counselor, 44, 288-293.
  • Silliker, S.A. (1994). Videotaped presentations in the classroom.  Journal On Excellence in College Teaching, 5, 89-94.
  • Silliker, S.A. (1993). The role of social contacts in the successful job search.  Journal of Employment Counseling, 30, 25-34.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY “One way or another you need to explore a little to learn.”
  • Student Success Skills: Academic intervention programs to reduce the academic gap among students.
  • Balance between Technology and Personal Contact in Counselor Education.
  • Serendipity in Job Getting
  • Masters’ Swimming participation; running; piano playing;
  • Eucharistic Minister/Lector St. Bonaventure’s Church, Allegany
  • Board Member: Parent Education Program; Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County