About the Creator of R.I.V.E.R. Educational Consulting

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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, Behavioral, and Mental Health 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, Behavioral, and Mental Health 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, Dr. Tara M. Kfoury is a professionally certified bilingual educator who has taught and trained fellow educators within urban and suburban, private and public, domestic and international schools. With such experience, Tara is able to provide a broad range of teaching skills, clinical mental health counseling, de-escalation strategies, and core CACREP and MPCAC competencies to a school community.  Dr. Kfoury continues to share the latest techniques of stress and anxiety de-escalation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Thought Field Therapy (TFT), and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).  She is an expert in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) and negative co-occurring coping strategies, with an advanced knowledge of Neuroscience, Abnormal Psychology, and Adolescent Development. She continues to conduct research on NSSI and its co-occurring coping strategies among adolescent females, with an expansion into adolescent males. Her first-hand knowledge and career experiences allow her to successfully navigate the requirements needed to be filled by SEL curriculum in the classroom, while extending the benefits into the homes as well. 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 also serves as a primary contact of assistance for educators and families in resolving educational issues and grievances.

During her career, Dr. Kfoury has also 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, individual and group consulting skills, and team collaboration 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.  In addition, Dr. Kfoury has provided expertise in development and execution, planning, and facilitation of positive employee relations efforts.