The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining R.I.V.E.R Educational Consulting.  This ride will be a hard one, filled with rapids and ravines, but the other end of the course is one that is worthwhile.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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An urgent need remains unanswered for social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health instruction within our schools across the United States.  Most important, a growing number of administrators and staff members highlight the lack of training options designed specifically for educational arenas.  We, at R.I.V.E.R. Educational Consulting, seek to fill that void.

The primary goal  of R.I.V.E.R. Educational Consulting is to provide the essential training and practical knowledge to address the needs of all staff and students within an educational building.  During our sessions, staff will participate in several interactive seminars. The initial training session will assist all staff members in developing their own social-emotional, behavioral, and mental well being through reflection, highlighting the possible identification of negative thought processes,  harmful behavioral markers, and emotional escalation points.  To address these factors, our staff will provide effective, research-based strategies that will provide positive cognitive reinforcement, lessons in the avoidance of harmful engagements, and train staff in various deescalation skills.

The subsequent sessions will guide your staff members in the ways to identify students and other staff members who may suffer openly or silently from various social-emotional, behavioral, and/or mental concerns. We provide lessons on how to recognize the warning signs of self-harm, suicide, negative coping strategies, and much more.  R.I.V.E.R. Educational Consulting will guide your school community as you develop a personalized school-wide intervention plan, which may include the formation of a cohesive external web of safety within your community.

The next objective is to equip your staff members with the essential knowledge for them to feel confident and ready to contribute to the overall health and wellness of the individual school community.  We will help you and your staff to implement basic strategies within the existing curriculum and school routines that will result in significant development of student and staff social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health skills.

“Just as some teachers try to accommodate different learning styles, it’s helpful to remember there are different social styles.”  -Peter Greene

In addition, R.I.V.E.R. Educational Consulting will guide your school as you develop or review your reintegration and safety protocols for those who may be returning from outside treatment. This can include the thoughtful examination of inside factors that may possibly trigger a student or staff member in the future and the containment of school-wide contagion.

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In 2015, Tara M. Kfoury received her Doctorate of Educational Leadership after completing a public defense on the dissertation titled: "The Perceptions of Middle School Principals in Addressing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury among Adolescent Females ages 10-14 years old." Since then, Tara has continued to inquire and implement the latest research findings on educational best practices as well as address the Social Emotional and Mental learning needs of adolescents. She continues to conduct research on past, current, and emerging trends in education and social emotional health and wellness. She has honed her skills in addressing children who engage in harmful behaviors - including but not limited to self-harm, suicide, negative coping strategies, and addiction. Her SEL and conflict resolution techniques address children as young as 3 years old to those in their early 20s. Currently, Tara provides Social Emotional skill building among students, staff, and families within several school communities. Her expertise allows her to effectively collaborate with and mentor staff members on contemporary Social Emotional Health and Wellness needs. Her knowledge of how to reduce anxiety, address conflict in a safe and effective manner, and encourage self-advocacy are used when speaking with students, staff, and parents alike. Tara has also used several highly effective protocols to address students that may be at greater risk of harmful behaviors and negative coping strategies. As a former educator for more than 17 years, Tara is familiar with public and private school institutions, allowing her to navigate the requirements needed to be filled by SEL curriculum. Additionally, as an educator she is aware of federal and state curricula requirements for various health and wellness programs which allows her to coordinate and form partnerships with other private and public schools with flexibility and ease. As a consultant, Dr. Kfoury advises school principals and staff on the design and implementation of critical curriculum for the development of youth, ages 3 to 20. She serves as a primary contact of assistance for educators and families in resolving educational issues and grievances. During her career, Tara has executed outreach initiatives to public and private entities to support the students, families, staff, and the surrounding community. She continues to use her proficient skills in communication, interpersonal, relationship building, consulting, teamwork and leadership to positively impact change management within the educational arena. As a veteran teacher, Tara has assessed teacher development needs and designed and delivered targeted solutions, including strategic planning, visioning, classroom management and team building. She has delivered appropriate coaching and development feedback to principals, teacher leaders, and teacher candidates. Lastly, she has provided expertise in development and execution, planning, and facilitation of positive employee relations efforts.

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