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.
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
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.
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.