Stephen Javorski


Cowichan Campus, Building 700, Room 326
Phone: 250.746-3564, Local 3564

PhD (ABD) Outdoor Experiential Education, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, MA Transpersonal Stephen JavorskiCounselling Psychology, Specialization in Wilderness Therapy, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, BSc Life Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, NOLS Whitewater Canoeing and Wilderness Instructor, Whitehorse, YT,

Stephen is currently a professor in the Child and Youth Care department at Vancouver Island University. He has over 20 years of experience working with youth and young adults as a facilitator, guide, program manager, and counsellor, offering educational and therapeutic programming in settings ranging from schools to challenge courses to multi-week canoe expeditions in Canada’s North. He has a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology with a Wilderness Therapy specialization from Naropa University. He is currently completing his PhD in Outdoor Experiential Education with a focus on Outdoor Behavioural Healthcare (OBH)at the University of New Hampshire. Stephen’s research interests include risk management and  predictors of clinical change in OBH programs and applications of adventure therapy/activity-based interventions in community settings. He is a research associate for the Outdoor Behavioural Healthcare Centre and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and programs, is a member of the Association for Experiential Education, and has served on the leadership council for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group.

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