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For more information, please contact the Program Director:

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

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Phone: (716) 375-2021


Program Overview

This 48-hour program, which is registered by New York state, is designed for individuals who wish to help people with physical, mental, emotional, or social disabilities at various stages in their lives.

Rehabilitation counselors help 

  • students to develop strategies to live with their disability and to move from school to work
  • veterans cope with the mental or physical effects of their military service
  • elderly people adapt to disabilities developed later in life due to illness or injury.

Students in the program develop skills in these areas: 

  • assessment
  • treatment planning
  • counseling
  • collaboration
  • referral
  • advocacy skills

This program is offered at the main campus in Allegany and at the Buffalo Center in Hamburg.

Certification and Licensure

Upon successful completion of this degree, and 12 months of acceptable employment experience supervised by a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), graduates may apply to take the CRC examination [Category B]. Specific details are located on the CRCC website, under eligibility requirements.

Students in this program wishing to also obtain a school or mental health counseling credential should consult with their adviser.

Field Requirement

  • First year: Students are expected to complete an initial practicum field experience (40 hours of direct counseling), which is non-track specific.
  • Second year: Students are required to complete two track-specific internships, each involving 300 clock hours.

Site supervisors of the internships must be certified rehabilitation counselors. The placement process is a collaborative effort between students and faculty members.

Exit Criteria

In order to be awarded the MSED in Counselor Education - Rehabilitation Counseling, a student will be evaluated on the following exit criteria:

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (working standard)
  2. Successful completion of the internship
  3. Submission of a portfolio showing professional growth and accomplishments
  4. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination and e-folio
For additional information, please consult out Counselor Education Program Handbook.


SBU's Dean's Scholarship can reduce tuition cost by 20%. Employees of Catholic organizations receive a 30% tuition reduction.

Student & Faculty Demographics

  Students  Full-Time Faculty 
Ethnic Background & Gender  2 African-American males

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

Not publicly reported

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Program Brochure

Learn more about the School of Education's Graduate Counseling programs in our electronic brochure.

Siuta, Christopher R.

ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Education
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 375-2114
OFFICE LOCATION B37 Plassmann Hall
  • CE 500. Research Methods
  • CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling
  • CE 530. Techniques of Counseling
  • CE 550. Group Counseling
  • CE 560. Psychological Testing and Assessment
  • CE 610. Practicum in Counseling
  • CE 625A. Internship 1 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CE 625B. Internship 2 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CE 634. Interventions for School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
  • CE 636. Seminar in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CE 637. Management of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs
  • CE 649. Family and Couples Counseling
  • CE 651. Assessment and Counseling for Children
  • CE 652. Brief Therapy
  • CE 660. Special Topics in Counseling and Psychology 
  • Provide the EDUC 599J DASA Anti-Bullying mandated workshops at the Buffalo Center every fall and spring semesters.
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Capella University, 2007
  • MSED, Counselor Education, St. Bonaventure University, 1997
  • B.A., Psychology, State University College at Buffalo, 1995


  • New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • New York State Permanent Certificate in School Counseling
  • New York State Trained Intensive In-Home Therapist-Home and Community Based Services Waiver
  • Approved Provider of Mandated Reporter Training on Child Abuse
  • Attended SAFE Schools and Violence Prevention Workshop
  • St. Bonaventure University, assistant professor, 2011-present 
  • Inspired Health Group, clinical mental health director, 2015-present
  • SportsMind Counseling, private psychotherapy practice, 2004-present
  • University at Buffalo, employee assistance program coordinator, December 2009-2013
  • University at Buffalo, senior trainer, 2007-2009
  • Medaille College, adjunct professor, 2006-2011
  • St. Bonaventure University, adjunct professor, 2005-2011
  • Canisius College, adjunct professor, 2004-2011
  • Stanley G. Falk School, school counselor/program coordinator, 2002-2006
  • Mid Erie Counseling and Treatment Services, child therapist, 1998-2000
  • Heritage Centers, recreation trainer, 1996-1997

Scholarly Works

  • Published book chapter on ASCA Delivery Systems as found in textbook, Working with Students with Disabilities: Preparing School Counselors.
  • Published book chapter on Behavior Theory as found in textbook, Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice.
  • Mental development coach to the Buffalo Bandits professional lacrosse team
  • Provide sport psychology services to high school, college, and professional athletes in the Western New York region.
  • Provide sport psychology services to athletes and teams for SBU Athletics
  • Liasion for Evergreen Health Services in Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Liasion and volunteer for PUNT Foundation in Orchard Park, N.Y.


  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)

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