First Things First:

Supporting Reentry in Our Programs

Wednesday, January 27th

12:45 - 2:15 PM EST

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About This Session

As the challenges of the pandemic continue, there is no shortage of challenges to navigate. In this session, Dr. Harris will explore the potential impact of the pandemic on both afterschool professionals and the students they serve. Dr. Harris will pay specific attention to such topics as trauma, toxic stress, relational poverty, and regulatory fatigue. Dr. Harris will explore strategies to improve our own functioning as well as the “first things first” strategies to prepare for successful reentry.


This session aligns with the Core Knowledge and Competency content area Program Planning and Development.

Presenter Information

Jim Harris, Ed.D., MSW


Opportunities Consulting Services

Dr. Jim Harris is the owner of Opportunities Consulting Services and the Associate Director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University. He has had several roles in the health and human services field throughout his career as an early interventionist, parent educator, educational consultant, university professor, and behavioral health therapist. Dr. Harris has presented at a variety of conferences from the local to the international levels on such topics as behavioral intervention, parenting, positive behavior support, trauma-informed care, organizational change, and many more. He is the creator of “10 Things You Need to Know About Kids”, an audio program that helps parents and teachers be more effective in their work with children. He has also worked with a variety of public and private entities including the Fred Rogers Company, United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Justice, and many more.

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