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.”

 

 

 

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.