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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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Program Overview

St. Bonaventure’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling is located within the NCATE-accredited School of Education.

The program, which leads to an MSED in Counselor Education, provides a sound theoretical foundation in counseling, as well as extended research-based knowledge in the areas of group and individual counseling, counseling techniques, testing and diagnosis.  Extensive hands-on field experiences are required.

This 48-credit 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
Class sizes are small, allowing for individualized attention and advisement in regard to your plan of study. Students are able to complete a 48-hour counseling program in two calendar years.

This program prepares individuals for careers in counseling (21-1019.00) which offers good and varied career opportunity, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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

Field Experiences

Students are expected to complete an initial Practicum field experience (40 hours of direct counseling) the first year. They are then required, in the second year, to complete two rehabilitation counseling (track specific) internships, each involving 300 clock hours. Site supervisors for the internships must be certified rehabilitation counselors (CRC). The placement process is a collaborative effort among the student, faculty, and field placement coordinator.


When you select SBU for your program of study, you are selecting a New York state registered program. 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 Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification's Eligibility Requirements website.

Formats and Locations

The Counselor Education Programs are offered in 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, N.Y. Students at the Buffalo Center are required to take one course on the main campus.

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Tuition and Fees

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 (30% tuition reduction, for employees of Catholic organizations).

*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.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse 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, visit the OASAS Credentialing website.

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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