Courtney James named Chief Clinical Officer at B&GH

February 24, 2021

Courtney JamesLake Waccamaw, NC – Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina President/CEO Ricky Creech has named Courtney James the Chief Clinical Officer for the nonprofit organization.

“I am pleased to announce that Courtney will be facilitating the new clinical model at Boys & Girls Homes,” said Creech. “The Waccamaw Way is a trauma-informed, evidence based, and outcomes driven model of care. Courtney has the skills we need to coordinate this transition.”

James is excited about this new model.

“This model will build on various practices that will be used to support whole-person development,” said James. “Some exciting components of this model include Equine Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Therapeutic Gardening, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and many more modalities that are geared towards each individual’s interest.”

In addition to facilitating the new clinical model, James oversees the residential and community-based clinical departments, the nursing/medical department and nutritional services.

James joined Boys & Girls Homes in 2012 to complete her internship while working on her Master’s of Social Work Degree.

“I recognized the agency as being the same place that I used to show my horses as a young girl,” said James. “At the time, I didn't know much more about B&GH but once I started my internship, it did not take me long to become part of the B&GH family. After graduating, I gladly accepted a full time position working as a Therapeutic Foster Care Consultant. I quickly learned that working at B&GH is not just a job, it's a way of life.”

James has taken on increasing levels of responsibilities with her positions within in the organization. She moved from Therapeutic Foster Care Consultant to Therapeutic Foster Care Supervisor to Director of Therapeutic Foster Care before moving to Clinical Director. She served as the Carolyn’s Kaleidoscope Child Advocacy Center Clinical Mental Health Director before accepting the Chief Clinical Officer position.

“This position means that I have the opportunity to help lead the agency into its next chapter,” said James. “Over the next year, I would like to see the expansion of our clinical services helping to offer our children additional hope, healing, support and growth.”

Throughout her service, the biggest inspiration for James has come from those served by B&GH.

“The children have been the best part of B&GH by far,” said James. “They have taught me some of life's most important and unforgettable lessons. Day in and day out, they continue to teach me the true meaning of resiliency and purpose.”

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.