Dr. Farrugia is a full professor in the graduate counseling program at Canisius College. He has taught courses in counseling, marriage counseling, family counseling, supervision and career counseling. Teaching is his professional passion. His teaching style is highly engaging whether he is teaching a traditional course or a web-based course. He also has a private practice in counseling which allows him to bring real counseling experiences into the classroom. He ensures students are connected to the current movements within the profession through his memberships in relevant professional associations and his professional service as an accrediting team chair for the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs, which requires him to visit counseling programs throughout the country. Dr. Farrugia has published numerous articles in professional journals on the subjects of counseling techniques and human development. In addition, he has provided workshops to local, state and national audiences. He is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor.
Recipient of the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award (given to one faculty member at the College each year)
Most Outstanding Scholarly Contribution to the Journal of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling
(2009) Chronic pain: biological understanding and treatment suggestions for mental health counselors. Journal for Mental Health Counseling, 31(3) 189-200.
(2005). Grief, loss and trauma in school aged children. The Journal for the Professional Counselor, 20, 2, 63-73.
(2005). A new synergy: School counseling and positive psychology. The Journal for the Professional Counselor, 19, 2, 67-79.
(2001). Selfishness, greed and counseling. Counseling and Values: The Journal of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, 46, 118-126.