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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

News, Publications & Research

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Education Hallmarks at St. Bonaventure

Program Brochure

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

Trolley, Barbara

Disability Committee Chair
ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Education
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 646-1500, ext. 24
OFFICE LOCATION 5200 South Park Ave., Bogel Hall, Hamburg, NY 14075
  • CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling 
  • CE 540. Abnormal Psychology 
  • CE 550. Group Counseling 
  • CE 610. Practicum 
  • CE 620A. Internship in School Counseling    
  • CE 621. Advanced Internship in School Counseling 
  • CE 631. Advanced Seminar: School Counseling 
  • CE 638. Multicultural Counseling 
  • CE 640. Introduction to Addictions 
  • CE 660G. Special Topics in Counseling (School Counseling & Special Education) 
  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 6/85
    • Dissertation title: "Suicide parents and sudden death parents: The grief process, the nature of help, the role of the professional and methodological issues." 
  • M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, State University of New York at Buffalo, 6/81
  • B.S., Biology, B.A., Psychology, St. John Fisher College, 6/78, summa cum laude
OTHER EDUCATION University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 9/78-5/79, one-year doctoral study in Pharmacology.

National Nomination 

  • Fall 2006, 2005 Nominated for the “American School Counselor Association’s Counselor Educator of the Year Award” by the New York State School Counselor Organization.


  • Trolley, B., (9/05). Created and editor of the first New York State School Counseling Professional Journal. Published by the New York State School Counselor Association.


  • Trolley, B., Hanel, C. & Shields, L. (2006). Demystifying and deescalating cyber bullying in the schools: A resource guide for counselors, educators, and parents.
  • Trolley, B., & Haas, H. (2004). School counseling resource manual: Practical tools of the
  • Trolley, B. & Hanel, C.. (2010). Cyberkids*, Cyberbullying and Cyberbalance*. Thousand Oaks CA: Corwin Press.
  • Trolley, B., Hanel, C. & Shields, L. (2010). Browser the mouse and his internet adventure. Youthlight.
  • Trolley, B., Haas, H. & Patti, D. (2009). The school counselor’s guide to special education. Thousands Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 
Invited Book Chapters 
  • Trolley, B. (in press). A photograph of women in academe: “Dr. mom.” In Women’s retreat: sharing voices of female faculty in counselor education. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
  • Trolley, B. & Breen, T. (Summer, 2011). SOSS: Save our students from suicide. In Counseling the Adolescent. Addison, TX: RonJon Publishers

Invited Cyber Bullying Presentation 

  • Trolley, B., Shields, L. & Hanel, C. (3/13/07). Safe Schools and Violence Prevention Conference, sponsored by the United States Secret Service and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  


  • Fall, 2012 Keenan Grant: Faculty & Student Training: Counseling Diverse Populations.
  • 2007-2008 Keenan Grant: "A Qualitative primer: Weighing perceptions of community needs and services for  school-based health education for at-risk youth." (Brawdy, Valeri, Trolley, Zuckerman) Received $3960.
  • 2007-2008 Keenan Grant: "Health promoting behaviors in children, teens and their families" (Trolley & Zuckerman). Received $2250.
  • 2007-2008 Keenan Grant: "Training counseling interns to work with autism spectrum disorders through the use of collaborative community partnerships" (Trolley & Zuckerman). Received $800.
  • 2006-2007 Keenan Grant: "Counseling Clinic Crossroads" (Trolley, Zuckerman).  Received $1900.
  • 2005-2006 Keenan Grant: "Counseling Clinic"  (Trolley, Zuckerman).  Received $3725.
  • Summer, 2005 State Funding Proposal: "Counseling clinic."  Received $25,000.
  • 2005-2006 Committee on Sponsored Research: Understanding the supervision process.  Received $450.
  • 2004-2005  WebCT Stipend: "Use of WebCt in field training courses." Received $500.
  • 2003-04 Keenan Grant: Counselor field training: "Collaborations, partnerships, and labs." Received more than $3,000.

Counseling Clinic 

  • Co-Founder & Director of Counseling Clinic. Involvement in all aspects of a multidisciplinary, university-based Counseling Clinic, which provides individual and group counseling services to underserved community population of children, youth and their families (grant writing, public relations, site visits, collaborations, form development).

Disability Committee 

  • Chair since spring of 2007; developed and ran disability awareness month events last 3 years.


  • Co authored self study.

Publications & Presentations 

  • See vita (link below) for full list.

A setting, such as SBU, whereby students are valued, professors are highly credentialed and supportive, and the educational environment is one in which mentoring, teamwork and service to others are appreciated and encouraged, is essential. This type of teaching environment gives students an opportunity to learn and grow, and enhances faculty professional development.

I firmly believe in an Active Learning Approach (Bonwell & Eison, 1991), teaching didactic material and developing course activities and requirements which foster critical thinking, creativity, digestion and application of the didactic material. I believe this to be true in general, and especially for a counselor in training, whose most important tool is him/herself.

Learning in my mind is an interactive process. At this level of study, I also feel that it important and beneficial for graduate students to have exposure to professional role models. I include colleague and community professional class presentations to foster this exposure. We teach what we best need to learn ("Jonathan Livingston Seagull").

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS My research across the decades has involved a theme of issues related to youth and their families: disability, grief, school counseling, special education and cyberbullying.
  • Holiday drives in collaboration with Hilbert ministries
  • Adoption fundraising
  • Spending time with my husband, who is a dentist, and my 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys, ranging in ages from elementary school to graduate school.
  • Reading, cooking; doing cross stitch.
WEBSITE LINKS Curriculum vita

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