On the 7th of September, Dr. Tara Kfoury attended a one hour televised round table discussion concerning firearms, laws regarding the right to bear arms, and the role youth play in recent tragedies involving guns. During this discussion, experts from various fields of study critically examined the current federal and state laws as they pertain to gun control, gun possession, and abuses of the laws by citizens. Mr. Jim Wallace, the Executive Director of Gun Owners Action League, explained the complexities of gun ownership and shared his thoughts about gun control in contemporary society. The panel was able to openly analyze the importance of addressing the psychological, emotional, behavioral and mental health of young adults, the roles that faith and religion play in our lives, and the critical need for all of us to have a nurturing and loving support system in place in our lives. Together, they examined if a lack of one or several of these important life factors can propel a citizen to break down and seek homicidal and/or suicidal results when a firearm is present in the home. Lastly, the panel proposed several comprehensive ideas and solutions on fire arms in america, how to reconnect with community, how to support current and future educators, coaches, and community members alike with mental/psychological/behavioral/emotional health strategies and practices, and worked to unveil the scapegoating of mental illness as the leading cause of gun massacres in the United States.
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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. View all posts by R.I.V.E.R. Educational Consulting