MSED IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

We're a Nationally Accredited Program

St. Bonaventure’s School Counselor Education program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Additionally, the university's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).   

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

St. Bonaventure University is also a certified education training provider for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). We offer two three-credit courses that meet the full 85-hour requirement of the Education & Training Compliance Protocols, Section One, for the Credentialing of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC) credential.

When you select SBU for your program of study, you are selecting a New York State registered program. Students who have successfully completed the School Counseling Track may apply for provisional certification in School Counseling. Students in the advanced certificate of study program can take the necessary courses en route to their permanent certification in School Counseling. Specific requirements for Permanent Certification in School Counseling post graduation are specified on the above website.

Traditional Afternoon or Weekend Formats and Two Locations

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. Buffalo Center students are required to take one course on the main campus. Note, the majority of fieldwork is completed almost exclusively during the weekday due to the availability of school training opportunities.

Class sizes on both campuses are small, allowing for individualized attention and advisement in regard to your plan of study. Students are able to complete the 48 hours within two years.

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 counseling (21-1019.00). 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.*  

Graduates in the School Track are employed in public, private and parochial schools in a plethora of locations. In addition to school counselor positions, alumni in the school track have been employed in administrative roles such as principals and superintendents. All roles are aimed at improving the academic, personal-social and career domains of students. Alumni positions and accolades are outlined in our program brochure.

Our Counselor Education Program Handbook provides additional information.


Contact Information

If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at (716) 375-2021 or gradsch@sbu.edu for graduate admission materials. 

For more information regarding the degree in counselor education - school, please contact 
Dr. Alan Silliker, Director 
Plassmann Hall, B36, St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2368

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Trolley, Barbara

Titles/Responsibilities Chair of Disability Committee
Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 646-1500, ext. 24
Email: btrolley@sbu.edu
Office Location/Hours 5200 South Park Ave., Bogel Hall, Hamburg, NY 14075
Courses Taught
  • 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) 
Academic Degrees
  • 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.
Professional Background
Accomplishments

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.

 Journal 

  • 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.

Books 

  • Trolley, B., Hanel, C. & Shields, L. (2006). Demystifying and deescalating cyber bullying in the schools: A resource guide for counselors, educators, and parents. Booklocker.com.
  • Trolley, B., & Haas, H. (2004). School counseling resource manual: Practical tools of the trade.Booklocker.com.
  • 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.  

Grants/Funding 

  • 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.

CACREP 

  • Co authored self study.

Publications & Presentations 

  • See vita (link below) for full list.
Teaching Philosophy

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.
Other Interests/Community Involvement
  • 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