The Explosive Child

The explosive child.

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

Now as a live online course!

Information regarding the coronavirus.

The course with Ross Greene will now be offered as an online course via Zoom on the original dates. We have extensive experience with web-based courses.

Due to travel and venue restrictions it will not be possible to complete the course with Ross Greene in Oslo and Bergen this year, the courses will therefore be offered online via Zoom, on the same dates.

Prices have been adjusted for the online versions, reduced in line with the price of the daypackage.

Online via Zoom:

Module 1: Friday 14th of may 2021.

Module 2: See below.

Venue: From your home or office.

Time: Arrival and registration from 08.00 am. Class start at 08:30 am. End at 4 pm.

Online via Zoom:

Module 1: Monday 9th of august 2021.

Module 2: Tuesday 10th of august 2021.

Venue: From your home or office.

Time: Arrival and registration from 08.00 am. Class start at 08:30 am. End at 4 pm.

To participate in module 2 it is necessary to have participated in the module 1 workshop, or a previous 1 day training with Dr. Ross Greene.

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.

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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.

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 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.

Prices and discounts.


Prices are per day, so double the price for participation on both days.

  • Full price: 2900 NOK.
  • Full price online: 2400 NOK.



  • Early registration discount: 1500 NOK , when registering before the 1st of january 2021.


  • Famlab member: 2600 NOK. (Membership is free. You can sign up here.)
  • Partner discount: 2000 NOK or 1500 NOK online (if two parents sign up, the first pay full price (or relevant discount price), the second get the partner discount).
  • Group discounts: For groups larger than 5 people, contact us for prices or see our Norwegian page.

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

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

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.

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