Dr. J.R. Thicklin has been a trailblazer on the front line addressing domestic violence for over 23years. As President and CEO of Destiny By Choice, Inc. he is empowering lives and shaping destinies of those lives impacted by domestic violence and related abuse. Dr. Thicklin is considered a subject matter expert; his vast knowledge, passionate, charismatic delivery has made him a much sought after conference and inspirational speaker, seminar trainer, facilitator and consultant nationally in both the faith based and secular communities, addressing thousands of conference and seminar participants. Because of his expertise, he has received many accommodations To include an Honorary Doctorates Degree from Logos University and sits on the Florida State Wide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). He has been a trainer and presenter for the State of Florida Attorney General; recurring speaker at the Annual National Preventing Crime in the Black Community Conference and The National Faith Symposium.
Thicklin has collaborated with the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) out of the University of Minnesota addressing issues of Faith and Domestic Violence in the African American Community. He is the Lead Director of the African American Domestic Peace Project-West Palm Beach, Florida. and a contributing author to a National Curriculum “Speaking of Faith: Domestic Violence Programs and the African American Church and Dating & Domestic Violence Curriculum for Teens and Young Adults. Thicklin has appeared on many Television and Radio Shows including TBN-Praise the Lord and currently hosts a National Radio Show “Hope & Healing: A Journey To Wholeness” every Monday Night. He and has produced two, two part CD entitled: “Domestic Violence & The Silent Church” and “Building Bridges & Restoring Paths. Dr. Thicklin, received his Bachelor in Ministry from Southeastern Theological Seminary and is in pursuit of and received his Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Logos University. He has studied Psychology and Sociology at South University and the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Cultural Competency Trainer, Anger Management Specialist, and Domestic Violence Specialist. As well as a Certified 24/7 Dad Trainer and Dr. Dad and 7 Secrets of Effective Fathering with the National Fatherhood Initiative and National Center on Fathering and a Triple P Facilitator.