Why R.I.V.E.R. Consulting exists

“She finally let go of her fake smile and tears slowly ran down her face as she whispered to herself I don’t want to be me.”

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) and other negative coping strategies continue to be a growing concern among adolescents between the ages of 10 to 19 years old within our nation’s schools.  Unfortunately, youth’s social, emotional, and mental health needs remain fairly unaddressed across many fields of study, especially within Educational Leadership.  Even with the introduction of social emotional learning curriculum in many schools nationwide, the essential knowledge of how to address NSSI, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), non-compliant behaviors, signs of mental health distress, and addiction are not addressed in-depth. Considering recent tragic events around the United States, there is an urgent need for training among our educational leaders and school staff.

With little to almost zero training offered to educational leaders, many administrators are left to wonder how they are to recognize students in dysregulation, let alone instruct the school staff on how to recognize such students.  Even if school staff and administration are able to identify students in social, emotional, or mental needs, many do not know how to appropriately intervene, how to address students who are engaging in negative behaviors, and how they, as educators, can tend to students in need in their schools without rustling the contagion factor.

People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding.” – Deepika Padukone

With R.I.V.E.R. Educational Consulting, we will provide education in addressing the specific social, emotional, and mental needs of your individual school.  Using a specifically designed and targeted approach to addressing the negative behaviors you see within your school culture, our experts will be able to guide you through the process of meeting those needs.

“Look at your cuts. Or your burns. Or those bruises you gave yourself. Each one, is a battle with yourself, that you lost.”




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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 Health & learning needs of adolescents. She continues to conduct research on past, current, and emerging trends in education and social, emotional, and mental 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 and Mental 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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