Interested in a keynote and workshops at your school? Contact Dr. Thurber to discuss dates and rates.

Dr. Thurber has taught elementary school French, swimming and life guarding, and co-instructed undergraduate courses in linguistics and adolescent development. He has also coached swimming and archery. He now teaches the Introduction to Psychology course for seniors at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Dr. Thurber has inspired learning since 1985, when he began teaching swimming in South Portland, Maine. Today, he engages professional educators and youth leaders around the world in the exciting journey of their own professional development. “Learning sticks when we practice, fumble, and revise,” says Thurber. “That’s why I invite discussion, laughter, reflection, and role plays in my work with independent schools.”

Dr. Thurber is a favorite presenter at conferences such as TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools), NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), BSA ([British] Boarding Schools Association), and ABSA (Australian Boarding Schools Association) as well as at individual schools on five continents. Each year, his workshops on boundaries, mental health, communication, leadership, residential life, and acculturation are in high demand.
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“Chris Thurber delivers practical wisdom about the struggles that girls and boys encounter as they learn and grow in schools and camps. Our faculty appreciated hearing from someone who knows first-hand what it’s like to be in the classroom and who brings the insight of a highly trained psychologist to teaching and learning. Chris’s wonderfully precise vocabulary, humor and casual manner earned him a lot of big fans at Avenues!”

Ty Tingley Co-Founder, Avenues, The World School

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Topics in this category include professional boundaries, providing feedback, and running effective meetings.


Topics in this category include situational leadership, emotional intelligence, and collaborative problem-solving.

Youth Development

Topics in this category include residential life, cognitive and social development, and cross-cultural agility.

Mental Health

Topics in this category include student mental health, suicidality, self-harm, and evaluation of your school’s health center.


Topics in this category include physical and emotional safety,  bullying prevention, hazing, and evaluation of your aquatics program.

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