The explosive child

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions
Understanding and Helping Kids with
Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges

Module 1 Oslo

Friday october 23. 2015.

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Collaborative and Proactive Solutions:

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

Ross Greene, Ph.D,. is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of the 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.

The 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, general and special education schools, therapeutic group homes, and 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.


First Segment

Key Themes
Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems Setting the Stage for Challenging Behavior

Second Segment

Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems
Limits of Conventional Motivational Procedures

Third Segment

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions: Overview of The Plans
Overview of Plan B

Fourth Segment

Specifics of Plan B
Special Topics


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, and 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.



OSLO: Friday october 23. 2015.

(Arrival and registration from 08.00. Classes start at 08:30)

Location: More info coming soon


Full price: 2100 kr.


Famlab member: 1850 kr.

Early registration discount

(requires registration and payment prior to discount date)

1. June 1700 kr. Famlab member: 1600 kr.

1, September 1900 kr. Famlab member: 1750 kr.

Group discounts: For groups larger than 5 people, contact us for prices.

About the early registration discount:
You will be sent an invoice when we receive your registration. The invoice should be paid prior to the discount date.This gives you a substantial discount, while we get the money earlier, which gives us the security we need to carry out larger events.

The course is held in English.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and on staff in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance. He is also adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, Senior Lecturer in the school psychology program in the Department of Education at Tufts University, and founder of the non-profit 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. 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.. Visit Dr. Greenes website at www.livesinthebalance.org

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