John Yasenchak

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Yasenchak holds a doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Maine and has been teaching graduate counseling courses since 1996. His area of expertise is clinical mental health counseling. Dr. Yasenchak also holds a masters degree in philosophy which he also taught from 1982 to 1985. He has been a practicing clinical counselor and supervisor in a variety of clinical settings since 1985. His experience includes inner city work with co-occurring disorders, university student development, and twenty years as clinical supervisor for a Native American counseling facility. He currently provides consultation and training services, and is a contributing faculty member of Walden University. Dr. Yasenchak's primary areas of interest are in mental health and addictions counseling. He also has specific interests in spirituality and religion in the practice of counseling, as well as in digital ethics. As a member of the American Counseling Association, Dr. Yasenchak has served as the chair of the American Counseling Association North Atlantic Region and president of the Maine Counseling Association. He is a member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the Association for Ethical, Religious, and Values Issues in Counseling. He serves on the editorial board of Counseling and Values. Dr. Yasenchak is involved with various state organizations including the Co-occurring Collaborative Serving Maine and the State of Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission. Dr. Yasenchak has presented on his topics of interest at many regional and national conferences. He provides training and consultation services to counselors and various counseling organizations. In 2013, he traveled to India with a small delegation of counselor educators where he met with students and faculty at several counselor training programs and delivered presentations at several conferences.


EdD, University of Maine

MA, Fordham University

Public Service

State of Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission, Committee Member - Augusta

Journal of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Issues in Counseling, Board Member -

North Atlantic region of the American Counseling Association, Chair -

Maine Counseling Association, President -

Awards / Honors

Social Justice Award, The North Atlantic Region, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2014

Meritorious Service Award, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, Religious and Values Issues in Counseling, 2016

Distinguished Counselor Award, Maine Counseling Association, 2017

William H. Beardsley Award for Excellence in Teaching, Husson University, 2015


Yasenchak, J., Shuler, M. K., Keller-Dupree, E., Cook, K. (2017). Walk in humility: Lessons learned in Indian Country.


Yasenchak, J. (2013). “Addictions Counseling and Spirituality”, invited presentation at International Workshop on Counseling Skills in Health Profession and Schools, VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur (U.P.), India, October 2013.. VBS Purvanchal University

Yasenchak, J., Latourneau, J. (2018). Passing on the Torch: Professional Identity.

Yasenchak, J. (2018). Technology and Ethics.

Yasenchak, J. (2012). Arjuna’s Dilemma and the Yoga of Counseling.