Director of CNPS PHD Program, and Director of Clinics
CNPS 363 Coordinator
Registered Psychologist
Scarfe Library Block 286


University of Alberta


Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association , 2018
Fellow of the International Association for Counselling , 2014
Canadian Career Development Foundation Stu Conger Award for Leadership in the area of career development , 2011
Honorary Life Membership, International Association for Counselling , 2006
Honorary Doctorate awarded by University of Umea, Umea, Sweden , 2005

Selected Publications:

Borgen, W. A., & Neault, R. A. (in press, 2019). Applications and careers for counsellors and counselling psychologists. In M. E. Norris (Ed.), The Canadian Handbook for Applied Psychological Science. Kingston, ON: eCampus Ontario. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Borgen, W. & Edwards, D. (2019) Context counts in career development. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 18(1), 59-72.

Borgen, W.A., & Butterfield, L.D. (2018) Job loss:  Outplacement programs.  In U-C. Klehe & E.A.J. van Hooft (Eds.), Handbook of job loss and job search.  Oxford University Press: Oxford, 547-560.

Nandini Maharaj, Arminee Kazanjian & William Borgen (2018) Investing in human–animal bonds: What is the psychological return on such investment?, Loisir et Société /Society and Leisure, DOI:10.1080/07053436.2018.1545417

Borgen, W.A., Becker, E.S. & Butterfield, L. D. (2016) Career counselling in Canada. In Gazzola, N., Buchanan, M., Sutherland, O. & Nuttgens, S. (Eds.) Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Canada. Ottawa: CCPA, 203-226. Handbook of Counselling.

Kivari, C. A ,  Oliffe, J. L., Borgen, W. A., & Westwood, M. J. (2016) No man left behind: Effectively engaging male military veterans in counseling. American Journal of Men’s Health, DOI:, 1-11.

Robertson, S. E. & Borgen W. A. (2016) CCPA accreditation of counsellor education programs in Canada: An historical perspective. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(3), 259-277.

Borgen, W. A., Butterfield, L. D., Gazzola, N. & Goyer, L. (2015) Towards a definition of Canadian career psychology. In Sinacore A. & Ginsberg F. (Eds.) Canadian Counselling Psychology. Montreal: McGill Queens University Press, 165-205.

Conn, S. E, Amundson N. E. , Borgen W. A., Butterfield, L. D. (2015) From hero to zero. The Canadian Journal of Career Development, 14(1), 48-57.

Howard, L. J., Butterfield, L. Borgen, W. A., & Amundson, N. E. (2014). Young women who are doing well with changes affecting their work: Helping and hindering factors. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 13, 36-48.

Borgen, W. & Hiebert, B. (2014) Orienting educators to contemporary ideas for career counseling: An illustrative example. In G. Arulmani (Ed.). Handbook of Career Development: International Perspectives, Springer: New York, 709-726.

Zheng, L., Amundson, N. E., Borgen, W. A. & Butterfield, L. (2013). The  experiences of mainland Chinese immigrant professionals who believe they have made a successful transition: Strategies that help or hinder. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 12(2), 48-57.

Theoretical Orientation:


Research Projects:

Cultural Infusions and Shifting Sands: How Indigenous and Immigrant Youth Make Career Decisions with Marla Buchanan, Lee Butterfield, Alanaise Goodwill and Ishu Ishiyama, SSHRC

After the Guns Have Stopped: Civilian Life Transitions for Canadian Forces Members with Tim Black, SSHRC

How Middle Managers and Non-retiring Workers Successfully Handle Change with Norm Amundson and Lee Butterfield, SSHRC

Towards a Flexible Workforce:  Workers and their Ability to Meet the Challenges of Ongoing Change with Norm Amundson, SSHRC

Courses Taught:

CNPS 362 Basic Interviewing Skills
CNPS 688 Supervision of Couselling Practice
CNPS 598 Field Experiences
CNPS 677 Theories of Vocational Development
CNPS 588 Supervised Clinical Experience in Counselling