• Canisius College, BA and Certificate in Gerontology
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Masters of Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R)
  • Completed Level One Theraplay Training
  • Completed Basic Training in EMDR
  • Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S)
Director of Counseling

Maria Knickerbocker

Maria Knickerbocker, LCSW- R RPT-S is the Director of Social Work at the Rural Outreach Center in East Aurora, NY for the past 8 years. Maria worked with children, adults and families for the past 20 years in Washington DC, Hattiesburg, MS, and Buffalo, NY. Maria was instrumental in developing the play therapy program at the ROC. Maria also completed Level 1 training for Theraplay and completed EMDRIA approved training in EMDR. She is passionate about working with the team at the ROC, working with students and seeing families reach their goals and elevate out of poverty.


716-240-2220 ext. 102

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