Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Christopher Anderson named director of #Bonas Center for Student Wellness

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., May 4, 2016 — Christopher Anderson has been named director of St. Bonaventure University’s Center for Student Wellness. He begins works June 6. 
For the last nine years, Anderson has been the lead therapist and administrator of the Intensive Outpatient Addictions program at the Behavioral Health Services department of Bradford (Pa.) Regional Medical Center. He has also been a Crisis Prevention Institute-certified instructor at BRMC and Olean General Hospital since 2011.
“The college years are filled with both excitement and difficult challenges, and being able to help shape the lives of these amazing students is going to be a blessing for me as well,” Anderson said. “The staff of the Student Wellness Center is an amazing group of folks and I am very excited to work with them to provide support and encouragement to the SBU community.”  
A state-licensed mental health counselor, Anderson has: 
·         extensive experience in planning and implementation of group and individual addiction recovery and mental health therapy sessions.
·         been responsible for client assessment, therapy, and case management.
·         experience in collaborating with other medical areas of the hospital and social service agencies to provide comprehensive care for clients.
·         significant public speaking and teaching experience.
·         extensive multicultural experience through teaching and mission work while living in Jamaica. 
“We are extremely pleased that Chris is joining the SBU team,” said Rick Trietley, vice president for Student Affairs. “His extensive experience and expertise will be invaluable to our ongoing efforts to provide high quality counseling, health services and educational programming to the campus community.
“His collaborative leadership style, customer service focus and clinical skills make him uniquely qualified for this vitally important position,” he said. 
Anderson earned his master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from St. Bonaventure in 2007 and his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., in 1996. 
While at SBU, Anderson served as a counseling intern in SBU’s Counseling Center and was a graduate assistant for the Counselor Education program from 2004 to 2007. Anderson was an adjunct practicum instructor this spring in SBU’s Counselor Education program.
Anderson is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the AACC’s Addiction and Recovery Network.
Anderson replaces Dr. Tom Delaney, who served as interim director this semester. Delaney retired from St. Bonaventure in 2011 after 40 years with the School of Education.
“I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Tom for his exceptional service over the past five months, and to the search committee, led by chair Connie Whitcomb, for a job well done,” Trietley said.