Thriving Students

The Thriving Students program trains New Mexico educators in a new, and highly effective, way to respond to problematic and disruptive behavior in the classroom. Instead of penalizing, isolating, or punishing students for exhibiting anti-social or antagonistic behavior, learn to interpret these events in a more constructive, and meaningful way.

Kids do well when they are given the opportunity to do well. With enough support, and sensitive, intelligent engagement, even the most troubled students can show remarkable improvement. Learn how a student who is acting out is actually displaying their current stressors, fears, or traumatic history. Instead of judging and punishing, Thriving Students empowers educators to more fully embrace the situation, applying trauma-informed tools and techniques that do not reinforce the negative beliefs being exhibited. We adopt an optimistic stance, and create a positive feedback loop where students can gradually overcome chronic triggers, problematic beliefs, and negative self-perceptions.

Our goal is to shift students from a cycle of failure and exclusion to one of success and inclusion. The first, and most critical, step that educators must make is to stop reinforcing the student’s belief that they are bad, worthless, or unwanted. Going beyond conventional punishments of isolation and humiliation, Thriving Students advocates a patient, adaptive, whatever-it-takes attitude. Our trainings help educators to de-code problem behavior, understand the deeper significance of such events, and outline constructive ways to engage. We learn how to recognize the  meaning behind different types of disruptions, how to avoid becoming triggered oneself, and intervention strategies that actually work.

The Thriving Students program is tailored to the unique needs of each school, and is comprised of in-person trainings, telephone follow-ups, and ongoing consultations, as needed. To learn more about our program or to request services please contact:

Courtney Custer, Thriving Students Coordinator
(505) 301 3036