Justin Henderson

Justin D. Henderson

Assistant Professor | Program Co-Director

Dr. Justin D. Henderson is co-director and assistant professor of Professional Mental Health Counseling - Addictions. He is also faculty in the Eating Disorders Certificate. He is a licensed psychologist and a National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Henderson’s scholarship focuses on improving individual and community wellbeing and advancing social justice. He is particularly interested in the application of compassion orientations and skills in counseling and systems change. His writing focuses on burnout, self-care, addiction, and mental health. 

Dr. Henderson has clinical expertise in mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion based therapeutic modalities (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Compassion Focused Therapy). Dr. Henderson is also a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)™ Teacher through the Compassion Institute and the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. He is a professional member of the Compassion Institute, Compassion Education Alliance, and Compassionate Mind Foundation.

Dr. Henderson has clinical experience in a wide array of contexts including: university counseling centers, hospitals, inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, high schools, and residential treatment programs. He has been a clinical supervisor for over twelve years. Additionally, Dr. Henderson has over a decade of experience as a clinical administrator in agency and training clinics. 

Locally, Dr. Henderson has served as a steering committee member of the Portland United Against Hate coalition and has been a consultant for a local municipal court concerning trauma-informed care, substance use, and mental health. Nationally, he is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Counselors for Social Justice, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.  He has been a mental health and organizational consultant to corporate, healthcare, and government agencies. 

Personal Statement

I see the process of counselor development as a journey toward integration. Our capacity to manage dynamic and complex contexts is strengthened when we can integrate the psychological, emotional, biological, behavioral, cultural, relational, systemic, and broader ecological factors that contribute toward our understanding of self and other. I attempt to offer a compassionate stance toward student’s growth, offering both support and challenge-toward-potential. In this way, education becomes a collaborative process whereby both teacher and student are transformed in the experience.

Areas of Expertise

Compassion, Acceptance, and Mindfulness-based Therapeutic Modalities and Interventions; Addiction Processes and Counseling; Burnout; Shame Dynamics in Power, Privilege, and Oppression; Compassion Training; Mindfulness Training; Trauma; Body Image; Training and Supervision; Clinical System Administration; Organizational Development and Consultation

Current Research

Dr. Henderson’s scholarship focuses on the engagement of individuals, communities, and systems toward greater wellbeing. In this pursuit, Dr. Henderson’s research explores processes that both facilitate and hinder individual and community wellbeing including hate/bias, burnout, compassion training, and leadership. Dr. Henderson is interested in the integration of social justice work in the field of addiction and other mental health care. 

Publications

General Audience Publications
Henderson, J. D. (2022). Self-care is actually self defense. Surviving contemporary work culture requires a firmer side of self-care. 

Henderson, J. D. (2022). Self-care is not the solution for burnout: We need to address the systemic and cultural dimensions of burnout. Index–a publication from Medium about work, digging into the most pressing issues surrounding the modern career.

Henderson, J. D. (2022). Self-care is not the solution for burnout. Syndicated article in The Beautiful Truth Magazine. London, England. 

Contributor to the publication Plan to Extinguish Organizational Burnout by McLean & Company. 

Henderson, J. D. (2020). The myths of white guilt: And other reasons white people take systemic racism too personal. An Injustice! Magazine.

Henderson, J. D. (2020). Why white people contribute to cruelty instead of compassion: How George Floyd’s death illuminates white socialization. 

Peer Reviewed Publications
DeLeon, A., & Henderson, J. D. (2020). Introducing a clinical hate response model for professional counselors. Counselors for Social Justice Newsletter.

Christensen, J., Henderson, J. D., & Dorn-Mederios, C. M. (2019). Bridging a connection with Rick: Navigating toxic masculinity as a beginning counselor. In King, B. C., & Stewart, T. A. (Eds). Cases on Cross-Cultural Counseling Strategies. Hershey, Pennsylvania: TGI Global.

Henderson, J. D., & DeLeon, A. (2019). Responding to hate: A guide for mental health professionals. Portland, OR: Authors.

Henderson, J. D. (2012). Promoting healthy body image in college men: An evaluation of a psychoeducation program. Published dissertation. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Scheel, M. J., Davis, C., & Henderson, J. D. (2012).Therapist use of client strengths: A qualitative study of positive processes. The Counseling Psychologist.

Presentations

Henderson, J. D. (Nov, 2022). Reducing burnout: Collaborative approaches to increasing wellbeing and resilience in the workplace. Keynote to be delivered to the 30th A View from All Sides Conference hosted by Children’s Trust Massachusetts. Boston, MA. 

Henderson, J. D. (Oct, 2022). Self care is not the solution to burnout. Oregon Counseling Association. Online training.

de Leon, A., & Henderson, J. D. (Oct, 2022). Resisting Hate: Fostering Resiliency and Healing Through a Social Justice Model. National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation: Minority Fellowship Program. Online Webinar.

Henderson, J. D. (2022). Self-care is not the (only) solution to burnout. Professional training presented to Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies 2022 Conference. Portland, Oregon.

Henderson, J. D.
(2022). Tending to the Fire - Collaborative Approaches to Burnout and Workplace Wellbeing. Presentation to HR100 - a Colorado coalition of Human Resources Professions. Online. 

Henderson, J. D.
(2022). Culture Change: Fostering a Resilient Workplace. Presented for Reach for Resilience North Dakota in association with North Dakota Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services of America (SAMHSA). Online.

Henderson, J. D.
, & DeLeon, A. (2020). Trauma-informed hate response: How to offer help to those who have been a target of hate. Continuing education training provided as part of Center for Community Engagement, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Portland, Oregon.

Henderson, J. D., & DeLeon, A. (2019). Disrupting hate: A mental health providers guide to helping clients who have experienced hate incidents. Continuing education training provided as part of Portland United Against Hate. Portland, Oregon.

Henderson, J. D., & DeLeon, A. (2019). Trauma-informed hate response: How to offer help to those who have been a target of hate. Continuing education training provided as part of Portland United Against Hate. Portland, Oregon.

Henderson, J. D. (2019). Shredded, Chiseled, & Swole: Understanding and Addressing Men’s Body Image Concerns. Continuing education training provided for Center for Community Engagement, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Portland, Oregon. 

Henderson, J. D., & Dorn-Medeiros, C. (2019). Disrupting Hate: Integrating Social Justice Advocacy and Counseling Services. Education Session to be presented at the 2019 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Henderson, J. D., & Christensen, J. (2018). Disrupting Hate: Integrating Training Clinics with Community Coalitions. Presentation for Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Santa Rosa, CA.

Henderson, J. D., & Christensen, J. (2018). Integrating compassion-focused approaches into counseling. Full-day workshop to be given for Center for Community Engagement, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling, Portland, Oregon. 

Henderson, J. D. (2018). Body image and body politics. Symposium discussion to be given for Social Justice Symposium and Alumni Awards Reception, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling, Portland, Oregon.

Henderson, J. D. (2018). Chiseled: Understanding, treating, and preventing men’s body image concerns. Presented at 2018 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo, Atlanta, Georgia.

Henderson, J. D. (2016). Compassion-Focused Therapy: Theory and Application. Professional training at Washington State University. Pullman, WA.

Kaivan, N. C., & Henderson, J. D. (2015). Cultivating Compassion in Our Diverse World. Keynote address for the WSU Black T.I.E. event. Washington State University. Pullman, WA.

Henderson. J. D. (2015). Suicide and suicidal risk on college campuses. Professional training for student affairs employees at Washington State University. Pullman, WA.

Wix, R., & Henderson, J. D. (2015). Managing suicidality in the residence halls. Professional training for residence life employees at Washington State University. Pullman, WA.

Schwartz, A., & Henderson, J. D. (2015). Distressed and distressing students on campus. Professional training for residence life employees at Washington State University.

Henderson,  J. D. (2014). Chillax: How to manage stress in our complex lives. Community outreach presentation for Pullman Regional Hospital, Pullman Washington. 

Henderson, J. D. & Beard, J. (2012). One size does not fit all: Gay men and body image. Community outreach program for Uniting Pride Center, Champaign, Illinois.

Henderson, J. D., & Beard, J. (2012). Love your body. Community outreach program LGBT Resource Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Henderson, J. D. (2012). Confronting Adonis: An authoethnography of gender consciousness and embodied masculinity.In Badiee, M, Creswell, J, Henderson, J. D., Baker, C., & Bastami, S. Autoethnographies of gender consciousness. Symposium presented at the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Henderson, J. D. (2011). Men’s body image: From prevention to clinical work. Two-day workshop. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Henderson, J. D. (2011). Work it out: Educating campus men about body image concerns. Presented at the American Men’s Studies Association Nineteenth Annual Men and Masculinity Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Henderson, J. D. (2010). Chiseled: Understanding men’s body image. Campus presentation for University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Chatters, L., Henderson, J. D., Wang, S., & Reznicek, J. (2009). Therapy outside the box: Working with ethnic minority males. Poster presented for Division 51, American Psychological Association conference, Toronto, Canada.

Henderson, J. D. (2009). Chiseled: Understanding men’s body image: Research and clinical implications. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Henderson, J. D. (2009). Men’s body image, exercise, and nutrition. Community presentation for department of athletics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Henderson, J. D. (2009). Men of color: Understanding masculinities, culture, and help seeking. Professional training for staff at University Health Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Henderson, J. D. & Klentz, C. (2009). Using qualitative methods in psychotherapy research. In Scheel, M. J. Innovative psychotherapy research. Symposium presented for Division 17, American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Henderson, J. D., Scheel, M. J., & Klentz, C. (2009). Strength-based psychotherapy: An investigation of the phenomenon. Poster presented for Division 17, American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada. 

Academic Credentials

PhD (Counseling Psychology) University of Nebraska-Lincoln          
Doctoral Residency: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
MS (Mental Health Counseling): University of Wyoming 
BA (Psychology & Criminal Justice): University of Wyoming 

Licensed Psychologist (Oregon)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Certified Teacher