David L. Farrugia, PhD Professor

David L. Farrugia, PhD

Phone: 888-2393 

Dr. Dave Farrugia has been a member of the faculty at Canisius College since 1981. He has taught the following courses in the counselor education program: Family Counseling, Career Counseling, Counseling Theory and Process, and the practica and internships. Dr. Farrugia has maintained a private practice in counseling throughout his tenure at Canisius. Due to his private work, he is able to ground his courses in the everyday practicality of experience. As a teacher he is guided by the following teaching maxim: "The mind can learn, only as long as the seat of the pants can endure." Therefore, he presents materials in a variety of teaching formats. 

Dr. Farrugia is a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.  He has worked in both school and agency settings. He also has experience in the field of deafness and hearing impairment. His publications have been quite eclectic reflecting his diverse interests in the field.  Some of the titles of works published include "Recognizing Emerging Borderline Personalities", " The Experience of the Family When a Child  Dies", "An Adlerian Perspective for Understanding Deafness", "Recognizing and Treating Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders", and "Exploring the Counselor's Role in 'Right to Die' Decisions." In 2008, the Canisius College Alumni Association presented Dr. Farrugia with the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award. 

Dr. Farrugia is a father of three and an active wind surfer, sailor, tennis player, skier, and soccer coach.