Using Dr Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model – how to effectively collaborate and problem solve with children and young people


Booking for this CareKnowledge Training is now closed. New dates TBA.

Duration: 2 days


CareKnowledge is thrilled to be able to offer an in-depth 2-day training course with Dr Ross Greene, which will provide a deeper understanding of how to adopt the CPS model in your practice. Those who participate in the training will leave with an understanding of the theory underpinning the model, knowledge of its evolution over the past 8-10 years, and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be used in practice.The CPS model has transformed thinking and practices worldwide in various services. It has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, concerning behaviours, school suspensions and exclusions, restraint use, and other harmful responses to children.The model represents a significant departure from discipline-as-usual: it focuses on solving problems rather than modifying behaviour, emphasises collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasises diagnostic categories, and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and intervention.

Anyone who has an interest in Dr Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model of care and is committed to adopting the model in their interactions with children

Learning outcomes:
  • Able to describe the five paradigm shifts of the CPS model, and how the model focuses on problems (and solving them) rather than on the behaviours that are being caused by those problems (and modifying them); the advantages of collaborative (rather than unilateral) problem solving; and the importance and feasibility of proactive (rather than reactive) intervention.
  • Develop on understanding of the lagging skills that are involved in solving problems, handling frustration, being flexible and adaptable, and regulating emotions, and the unsolved problems that are causing concerning behaviours
  • Able to describe the three basic mechanisms by which adults handle unsolved problems and unmet expectations in children (Plans A, B, and C) and what is accomplished by each
  • Able to describe the three steps of Plan B
  • Able to describe how to effectively implement Plan B and the various roadblocks that can occur in implementation (and how to overcome  them)

Training programme

Day One:
Part 1 – 9.15am to 10.45am (90 mins)
  • Five Paradigm Shifts
Break – 15 mins
Part 2 – 11am -12.30pm (90 mins)
  • Identifying lagging skills and unsolved problems:
  • The ALSUP
  • Video of an ALSUP Meeting
Lunch – 45 mins
Part 3 – 1.15pm – 2.45pm (90 mins)
  • Overview of The Plans
  • Plan B:  The Empathy step
  • Video example of the Empathy step
Break – 15 mins
Part 4 – 3pm to 4.30pm (90 mins)
  • The Define Adult Concerns step and Invitation step
  • Video example of Plan B
Day Two:
Part 1 – 9.15am to 10.45am (90 mins)
  • Practice using the ALSUP
  • Practice identifying unsolved problems (video example)
Break – 15 mins
Part 2 – 11am -12.30pm (90 mins)
  • Video examples of the Empathy Step and Discussion
Lunch – 45 mins
Part 3 – 1.15pm – 2.45pm (90 mins)
  • Video example of the Define Adult Concerns step and Invitation and Discussion
Break – 15 mins
Part 4 – 3pm to 4.30pm (90 mins)
  • Special Topics
  1. Video example of Plan B
  2. Implementation in systems
  3. How are the skills enhanced?


Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. is the originator of Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School , Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He also developed and executive produced the documentary film, The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance (, which aims to disseminate the CPS model and support caregivers through a vast array of free web-based resources; advocate on behalf of kids with concerning behaviors and their caregivers; and advocate for systemic changes to encourage the use of non-punitive, non-exclusionary interventions. He is currently adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Dr. Greene’s 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.

Who should attend?

  • Social workers (newly qualified to very experienced)
  • Senior leaders in health, education and social care services for children
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principal social workers
  • Youth offending team workers
  • Mental Health professionals
  • Occupational therapists
  • Health professionals
  • Teachers and others working in education
  • Police officers
  • Probation officers
  • Foster carers
  • Parents

Event Details

Terms and conditions:

  • All tickets are non-refundable, although they can be transferred to another person.

Date: 27 June, 2023

Start time: 09:15 a.m.

End time: 16:30 p.m.

Phone: +44 (0)1273 434 943

Email: [email protected]

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