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Ross Greene CPS

April 30, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Collaborative  & Proactive Solutions 

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









By Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.


DATE:          Thursday, April 30, 2020    

TIME:           9:00 (registration 8:30AM)-4:00 PM 

VENUE:        Tentative: Ramada Hotel Toms Toms River (2373 Route 9), NJ

FEE:               $285.  Early Bird (prior to 3/26/20  $250.)

Groups of 3 (additional $25 discount per registrant). Group of 10 (additional $50 discount per registrant). Please email us at NachasConsulting@gmail.com for directions on how to obtain these group discounts.

Includes refreshments, lunch, handouts,  Continuing Education credits and Certificate.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.


Target audience:  Mental Health Professionals, Speech & Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Regular & Special Education Teachers, Counselors, Case Mangers, School Administrators, Educational Paraprofessionals, Behavior Therapists, Parents

Level:  Beginner & Intermediate


About Collaborative  & Proactive Solutions 

This is the empirically supported model Dr. Ross Greene described his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Using Beings. The CPS model has transformed thinking and practices in countless families, schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world, and has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, challenging behaviors, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusions, and physical, chemical, and mechanical restraints.  The model represents a significant departure from discipline-as-usual:  it focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior, emphasizes collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasizes diagnostic categories, and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and intervention. Participants in this workshop will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the model, its refinements over the past 8-10 years, and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to and used in these diverse settings.’


Meet the Instructor:

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. is the originator of the innovative, research-based model of intervention now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School , Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. Dr. Greene served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and on the Faculty of Science at University of Technology Sydney in Australia.  He is also the Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance (www.livesinthebalance.org), which aims to disseminate the CPS model through no-cost web-based programming; advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents teachers, and other caregivers; takes a strong stand against the use of corporal punishment at home and school, the use of restraint and seclusion in schools and restrictive therapeutic facilities, and the use of detention, suspension, and expulsion in schools, preschools, and daycare settings; and encourages the use of non-punitive, non-adversarial interventions.  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 lectures and consults extensively to families, general and special education schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world.


CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit (5.5) is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions. Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors. Certificates of Attendance will be provided for all other professionals.


Outline for the day: 


9:00–10:15 First Segment

  • Key Themes/Key Questions
  • Why are challenging kids challenging? Explanations for challenging behavior
  • When are challenging kids challenging? The clash of two forces

10:15–10:30 Break

10:30–12:00 Second Segment

  • Identifying lagging skills and unsolved problems:  The ALSUP
  • Keeping track:  The Problem Solving Plan

12:00–1:00 Lunch

1:00–2:15 Third Segment

  • Overview of The Plans
  • Plan B:  The Empathy step:  Drilling for Information and Other Topics

2:15–2:30 Break


2:30–4:00 Fourth Segment

  • The Define Adult Concerns step: How is the Problem Affecting the Child and/or Others?
  • The Invitation step:  Reaching Realistic and Mutually Satisfactory Solutions
  • Special Topics
    • Implementation in Systems: Start Small
    • Plan B with Kids with Language Processing and Communication Delays
    • How are the Skills Trained?


Learning Outcomes

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
  • Describe 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
  • Describe how to effectively implement Plan B to solve problems, teach skills, and reduce the frequency and intensity of challenging behavior


Application Deadline

 April 28, 2020, or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

 Notification of Acceptance

 Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $30) until March 30th, 2020. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


 Conference site is an accessible, barrier-free location.  Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals with visual and/or hearing impairments if needed.

Grievance Policy

Nachas Consulting seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427. Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the disabled.

Nachas Consulting’s training facilities are not handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact:  nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427


Relevant books:









Greene, R. W. (1998, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2014).  The Explosive Child:  A new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, “chronically inflexible” children.  New York: HarperCollins.


Greene, R.W.  (2008, 2010, 2014). Lost at School:  Why our kids with behavioral challenges are falling through the cracks and how we can help them.  New York:  Scribner.


Greene, R.W. (2016). Lost & found: Helping behaviorally challenging students (and while you’re at it, all the rest). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Greene, R.W. (2016). Raising Human Beings: Creating a collaborative partnership with your child. New York: Scribner.





April 30, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm