Stephen Javorski, MA PhD (ABD)

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. He has a master’s in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology with a Wilderness Therapy specialisation 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. He is a research associate for the Outdoor Behavioural Healthcare Centre and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and programs.

Stephen has always had a passion for the outdoors, and believes in the transformational power of intentional wilderness experiences for children youth and families. He is excited to offer this course and share experiences and techniques learned from the field and academia with the next generation of therapeutic wilderness practitioners.


Neil is looking forward to sharing and learning with everyone on this course.