James Henry, PhD

Dr. Jim Henry is a co-founder and project director of the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center. His professional history includes over 17 years as a child welfare/protective services worker. Since 1997 he has worked as a professor at Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work where his focus is developing and providing trauma-informed instruction in the Social Work curriculum. He has published over 22 articles in professional journals and presents at national and international conferences on the traumatic impact of child maltreatment. He is the principal investigator of three Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Child Traumatic Stress Network Initiative grants, an Administration for Children and Families grant and the principal investigator of two federal SAFE START Initiatives for children exposed to violence. He has served on two national committees of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that developed trauma informed curricula for child welfare workers and resource parents. He is co-chair of the NCTSN Child Welfare Committee and sits on the Steering Committee for the NCTSN. He is a coauthor of a book, Seeking Justice, which explores best models of system intervention in child sexual abuse. He has trained over 70,000 professionals, caregivers, and community members on child maltreatment and trauma-informed practices. He has developed a secondary trauma model as well as a critical response protocol for human service professionals working with traumatized children and families. Dr. Henry has received several awards including the 2012 Western Michigan University Health and Human Services Scholar Award, 2003 Michigan Child Advocate of the Year (Ray Helfer Award), Michigan Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (MiPSAC), 1991 Child Advocate of the Year, Kalamazoo Child Abuse and Neglect Council, and the 1990 Exemplary Child Welfare Worker of the Year, Michigan Chapter National Association of Social Workers.