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Coffee with Chris:

Wellness Series to Repair, Respond, and Renew


For: School Leaders, School Guidance, and Classroom Teachers


Wednesday, April 14, April 21, and April 28, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.




Grab your coffee, tea, or other beverage and join Dr. Chris Thurber, board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, and author for these 60-minute virtual meetings to repair student emotions, respond to parents in purposeful ways, and renew student motivation. Register for one, two, or all three sessions. See below for more details.


Sessions Include:

Six Ways Educators Can Repair COVID’s Social-Emotional Damage to Students

Wednesday, April 14, 2021; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Professional educators have struggled heroically for more than a year to modify their teaching techniques while simultaneously managing their own households. Students, too, have struggled to learn, grow, and succeed in their many pursuits while simultaneously coping with social and emotional isolation. Although the pandemic has had positive elements for some, its chronic unpredictability and polemical politics have worn many of our students down. Learn six ways you can boost students’ wellbeing without taking on any new responsibilities. By tapping into your character strengths, you can actually help other people recover from the pandemic’s social and emotional side effects.

Session completed; Recording Available



The Phone Call—2021 Edition

Wednesday, April 21, 2021; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

You know it when you get it—the angry, vituperative voice on the other end of the line who is calling for your head on a platter but still wants your help. In this updated classic, Chris will share the most effective methods for responding to caustic calls and enraged emails. Learn to create win-win outcomes by identifying the origins of other people’s strong emotions, using that information to fuel patience and empathy, and then engaging their collaboration. This entertaining and interactive workshop will leave you confident and prepared to deliver outstanding customer service.


How to Boost or Crush Students’ Motivation in One Sentence

Wednesday, April 28, 2021; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Our written and spoken words are constantly contributing to students’ inner monologue and self-concept. And, although we mostly boost students’ motivation, we can unintentionally crush it. In this challenging workshop, participants will analyze common, well-intentioned instances of hyperbole, minimization, dismissal, and other rhetorical devices that backfire. Whether speaking one-on-one with an advisee, supervising a club, coaching a sport, or teaching a class, all professional educators can gracefully harness their verbal influence in ways that promote positive youth development.



Program Fee

One Session: $50 per registrant, Member Schools; $100 per registrant, NonMember Schools

Two Sessions: $85 per registrant, Member Schools; $150 per registrant, NonMember Schools

Three Sessions: $100 per registrant, Member Schools; $200 per registrant, NonMember Schools





About the Presenter:

Dr. Christopher Thurber, Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Phillips Exeter Academy, is a board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, author, and father. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA. Chris has been a dedicated teacher from a young age, having taught elementary school French, undergraduate courses in psychology, and swimming and sailing to people between the ages of 8 and 80. As a learner, his favorites are woodworking and scuba diving. Chris has more than 30 years of experience working with schools and camps. He has written numerous book chapters and scholarly articles on leadership, homesickness, and youth development. An award-winning contributor to trade journals for independent schools and camps in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and China, Chris regularly shares his opinions and expertise on television, radio, and WeChat. Along with Dr. Szu-Hui Lee, Chris created Prep4School, an engaging collection of multilingual videos that teach students how to cope with stress, prevent homesickness, manage time efficiently, and transition to new schools and cultures with alacrity. His newest book, The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child to Be Their Best Self, hits the shelves in July. Learn more at DrChrisThurber.com.




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MEMBER INFORMATION: If your school is a member of NJAIS, upon receipt of your registration, we will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice.

NON-MEMBER INFORMATION: If you are an employee of an organization or school that is NOT a member of NJAIS and you are registering for this workshop, please provide the company/school address. We will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice. Thank you.

Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeksprior to the program. You may transfer your registration to a colleague in your school at no cost.