BA in Leisure Studies
MA in Organizational Leadership (studied risk and judgement in outdoor adventure education)
PhD in Education (studied adolescent wilderness therapy)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC)
For more than 25 years I have been involved in the outdoor adventure and social service sectors. My work centers on ethical and effective outdoor therapy practice. I offer consulting services to individuals and organizations who want to improve, learn, and grow. I continue to learn and develop as a practitioner of outdoor therapies and provide education and training in child and youth care and counsellor training at the University of Victoria and with Human-Nature Counselling on Southern Vancouver Island.
We consider Dr. Harper the pre-eminent researcher in Canada focused on experiential education and adventure therapy. His extensive knowledge, experience and historical perspective has contributed to Take a Hike’s program, evidence base and theory of change.
~Gordon Matchett, MBA, CEO, Take a Hike Foundation