EDUCATION • Master of Public Administration UW-Madison • M.S. in Clinical Mental Health/Substance Use Counseling UW-Madison • B.S. in Psychology Upper Iowa University ENROLLED • Cohort 5 LOCATION • Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Jason Harris is an interdisciplinary consultant currently working with rural communities throughout the United States to implement and enhance sustainable behavioural health and substance use disorder programming. This work includes providing training and assistance in developing strategies for the purpose of transforming the thoughts, values, biases and stigmas many have around mental health and substance use disorders. Jason delivers training to individuals and multidisciplinary teams in a variety of settings. Jason has worked with urban, rural and tribal communities throughout the United States. Jason is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has traveled to many different countries developing an appreciation for culture while also becoming motivated to help the world become a more equitable and sustainable place for all to thrive. After completing his military service he began to work in the behavioral health field while attending night classes in psychology. Throughout his career Jason has served as counselor, a director of inpatient and outpatient programs and has managed multiple projects while working in state government. Throughout his career he began to develop the philosophy that many of the disorders he has worked to address are symptoms of larger issues embedded within society. While embarking on his own journey of self-care and healing Jason realized the benefits associated with practices such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and other similar practices. Throughout both his graduate studies and career Jason began to research the potential impact of implementing mind-fulness based strategies into the workplace and educational settings. Jason comes to the educational sustainability program with the vision of developing effective ways of implementing mindfulness-based strategies and trauma informed practices into the educational and workplace settings and in combination with transformational leading, teaching and learning to enhance learner outcomes related to topics of sustainability.
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