David Farrugia



School Counseling Program Coordinator

Dr. Farrugia is a counselor educator with significant experience in school counseling and mental health counseling. He began his career as a special education teacher. He is a past chairperson of the Department of Counseling and Human Services and currently serves as the Coordinator of the School Counseling Program. His teaching is informed by his professional work as a counselor in private practice and as a consultant to mental health agencies and to schools. He is a recipient of the Koessler Outstanding Professor Award. Additional awards include twice being named as an outstanding contributor to the Journal for Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling. Dr. Farrugia coordinates accreditation activity for the Department related to the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. He also serves as a team chair for accreditation site visits to counselor education programs throughout the country.


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.