An experienced probation officer and national speaker, James E. Henderson Jr. MSW, CAC-R, is available to provide training on probation practice with domestic violence and stalking offenders.
From 1991-2008, Jim was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of Intensive Probation for Domestic Violence Offenders in Ann Arbor, MI. He was assigned to the Washtenaw County Domestic Violence Unit as part of the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative from 1999 to 2005, and works from a system perspective to enhance victim’s safety and defendant accountability. In addition, he has provided batterer intervention within the Detroit metropolitan area since 1995. Before joining the criminal justice system in 1993, he worked as the clinical director of Straight, Inc., a family-oriented substance abuse program for drug-using young people and their families.
In 1998, Jim was appointed by the Mayor of Ann Arbor to serve on the Ann Arbor Domestic Violence Coordinating Board. He has served two terms as a Regional Representative for the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan and has been active with them since 1997. He has also been an active member of the Arab American Domestic Violence Coalition from 2001-2006. In 2002, he received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service on behalf of crime victims from the Washtenaw County Prosecutors office.
Jim has designed and conducted trainings on the effective interviewing of domestic violence offenders and victims. He has endeavored to change the focus of the victim interview from that of “information gatherer” to that of “information provider.” Jim trains on the use of probation group reporting to gain better compliance among probationers, while using the community to assist in the monitoring of batterers, which enhanced the safety of those victimized by violence. Jim has been faculty for many diverse organizations including: The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, VERA Institute of Justice, the Michigan Judicial Institute, Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan, The American Probation & Parole Association, The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, The National College of District Court Attorneys Domestic Violence Conference, Praxis International, and The President’s Family Justice Centers.
Jim has been a Certified Addition Counselor II since 1987 and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1990. He received his Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1995.