BLAIR JAMES

DIRECTOR OF COUNSELING SERVICES

 

As Director of Counseling Services, Blair oversees mental health services provided to ARC members, including individual and group therapy. Blair also teaches as a field instructor for USC, working with master level social work students in the field. Blair moved to Los Angeles in 2013 during the largest criminal justice reform in California’s history, the implementation of Proposition 36. For the next three years she worked to support men returning home from prison, most who had served life sentences. Seeing the great need for mental health services she worked with colleagues to start informing best practices for previously incarcerated individuals. She now uses her experience to bring supportive counseling services to the ARC community. Blair grew up in Charleston, West Virginia and graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from West Virginia University in 2011.