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Dr. James R. Henry

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Project Director

Southwestern Michigan University Children's Trauma Assessment Center

Employment History


  • bachelor's Degree
    Western Michigan University
  • master's degree
    Western Michigan University
  • doctorate , Social Science with a concentration in Social Work
    Michigan State University
39 Total References
Web References
James Henry Project ..., 12 Mar 2014 [cached]
James Henry Project Director
San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, Rady Children's San Diego Chadwick Center for Children and Families, 18 April 2012 [cached]
James Henry
James Henry, PhD
Director, Children's Trauma Assessment Center Professor, Western Michigan University School of Social Work
Jim Henry is a professor of Social Work with Western Michigan University and Director of the Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC). He has a professional history that includes over 18 years in child welfare, 12 years developing and providing trauma-informed instruction at WMU, and over ten years as director of CTAC, providing comprehensive trauma informed multidisciplinary assessments for traumatized children.
He has published several articles in professional journals and has coauthored Seeking Justice, a book exploring best models of system intervention in child sexual abuse.
Dr. Henry is a national and international presenter on child maltreatment, the impact of trauma, and trauma informed child welfare system change. He is the principal investigator in two SAMHSA NCTSN grants and a federal SAFESTART grant initiative for young children exposed to violence.
When Dr. Jim Henry, a ..., 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
When Dr. Jim Henry, a professor in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University, asked Vandervort to work with him on the Trauma Informed Child Welfare Systems project, he jumped at the chance.
"Jim is a passionate advocate for abused and neglected children, and a master at his craft of assessing children and their needs," Vandervort says.
Sacks called Dr. James ..., 2 Feb 2012 [cached]
Sacks called Dr. James Henry, a professor and director of the Child Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University, as an expert witness Thursday.
During questioning from Sacks, Henry explained dissociation as a phenomenon of the mind in which "life becomes like watching something happening to someone else and not yourself.
A series of traumatic events, including his biological mother giving up her parental rights, the death of his dog, the suicide of a close friend, breaking up with his girlfriend and his family losing its home, contributed to the symptoms, Henry said.
Henry said Eliason was experiencing "intrusive and racing thoughts," symptoms of dissociation, that led him to kill his step-grandfather, Jesse Miles.
"It's this feeling that it's not happening to me, like watching a movie of yourself," Henry said.
Wild and Henry were in disagreement on whether Dakotah's debating between suicide and homicide on the night of the shooting was premeditation or a series of "racing and intrusive thoughts," as Henry claimed.
After being questioned by Sacks and Wild, Schofield addressed Henry.
Henry said a defense attorney should "want to know why a boy who had never harmed anyone would kill someone who he loves."
"Those three reports didn't address the question. With a trauma lens, it makes complete sense," said Henry, who specializes in child trauma.
Conferences & Meetings | U. P. Childrens Coalition [cached]
James Henry, PhD is the keynote speaker. Dr. Henry joined Western Michigan University School of Social Work faculty after 17 years in child protective services. He is Program Director for Western Michigan University's Children's Trauma and Assessment Center, an interdisciplinary assessment clinic for abused/traumatized children. His keynote address will explore how previous traumatic experiences alter children's development. His break-out session" Building Resiliency in Foster Children" will identify primary resiliency factors necessary for children to overcome adverse experiences. He will examine how secondary traumatic stress of foster parents affects their ability to facilitate resiliency in the children in their care.
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