The Explosive Child

The explosive child

Understanding and Helping Kids with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges

A course with Dr. Ross Greene.

Our courses autumn 2022 will be held online via Zoom.


  • Module 1: 8th and 9th of September, 12:00 – 15:30 CET, Oslo time (GMT+1)
  • Module 2: 27th and 28th of October, 12:00 – 15:30 CET, Oslo time (GMT+1)
Ross Greene seminar

A training with Dr. Ross Greene

Ross Greene, Ph.D., is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of the bestselling books “The Explosive Child” and “Lost at School.”

Dr. Ross Greene is the originator of a model of psychosocial treatment called Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), as first described in his book, The Explosive Child, and subsequently in his most recent release, Lost at School.

Based on research in the neurosciences over the past 30 years, the CPS model posits that challenging behavior is the result of lagging cognitive skills, especially in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving.

CPS helps adults and kids solve the problems precipitating challenging behavior and simultaneously teach kids the skills they’re lacking.

Target Group

The CPS model, which represents a dramatic departure from conventional wisdom and practice, has been found to be highly effective in an array of settings, including:

  • Families.
  • Kindergardens.
  • General and special education schools.
  • Therapeutic group homes.
  • Inpatient, residential, and juvenile detention facilities.

Participants in this workshop will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the CPS model and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to and used in these diverse settings.

The training is relevant for both professionals as well as for parents.


At the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how different explanations for and interpretations of challenging behavior in kids can lead to dramatically different approaches to intervention, and why conventional reward and punishment procedures may not be effective for many challenging kids.
  • Identify and assess the various cognitive skills that are central to adaptively handling life’s social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
  • Identify and prioritize unsolved problems precipitating challenging behavior.
  • The three basic mechanisms by which adults handle unsolved problems and unmet expectations in kids (Plans A, B, and C) and what is accomplished by each.
  • The three steps or “ingredients” of Plan B.
  • How to effectively implement Plan B to develop a helping relationship, solve problems, teach lagging cognitive skills, and reduce the frequency and intensity of challenging behavior.

Course Dates


Module 1: Thursday and Friday, September 8th and 9th, 12:00 – 15:30.


Time: We open Zoom at 11.30 am for registration..Class start at 12:00. End at 3.30 pm. All times are GMT+1, Oslo, Norway.



Module 2: Thursday and Friday, October 27th and 28th, 12:00 – 15:30.



Time: We open Zoom at 11.30 am for registration.. Class start at 12:00. End at 3.30 pm. All times are GMT+1, Oslo, Norway.

Prices and discounts.


Prices are per module, so double the price for participation on both modules.

Early bird prices:

  • until 1st of July: 1500 NOK.
  • until 15th of August: 1900 NOK.

Full price online:  2400 NOK.


  • Early bird registration discount:
    Online: 1900 NOK , when registering before the 15th of August 2022.
  • Partner discount: 1500 NOK
    • If two parents sign up, the first pay full price (or relevant early bird price), the second pay the partner discount price.
  • Group discounts: For groups larger than 5 people, contact us for prices or see our Norwegian page.
  • For large groups, 50-100 or more, we have special prices. Please contact us in this case.

To sign up please go to the registration form.

If you have questions you can email us via our contact page.

Information in Norwegian is available on this page.

Outline of Module 1.

Moduel 1 covers the key themes of lagging skills and unsolved problems that are setting the stage for challenging behavior.

A model, the ALSUP, for assessment of lagging skills and unsolved problems is presented, and the limits of conventional motivational procedures are discussed.

The CPS model and plan B is presented both as an overview and the practial specifics is presented.

Video is shown to show examples of CPS and plan B in action.

Outline of Module 2.

Module 2 provide an in depth immersion in Plan B, and the practical aspects of the CPS model of Dr. Ross Greene.

Each practical element will be presented, discussed and exemplified.

Multiple videos of Dr. Ross Greene, teachers and parents using the CPS model with different children while supervised by Dr. Ross Greene will be shown.

There will also be time provided for participants to practice the different elements of the model.

Bio of Ross Greene.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. is the originator of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model described in his influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School.

He is also founding director of the non-profit organization Lives in the Balance which aims to disseminate the CPS model through no-cost web-based programming and provide support to and advocacy on behalf of caregivers of behaviorally challenging kids.

Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years and is now adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.

His research has been funded by the Stanley Research Institute, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.

He consults extensively to families, general and special education schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, and lectures widely throughout the world.

See our video interview with Dr. Ross Greene here.


If you have questions you can email us via our contact page.

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