Dr. Ross Greene



Along with four school principals, Dr. Ross Greene -- originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach (now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions) and author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School -- helps teachers and parents better handle behaviorally challenging kids in the classroom and at home through implementation of his approach to solving problems collaboratively. This program airs on the first Monday of each month (September through May) at 3:30 pm Eastern time.


  • A Hodge Podge of CPS Help

    07/12/2021 Duration: 46min

    Lots of helpful topics covered today including adjusting the model for kids with language difficulties, drilling for information, wording unsolved problems, and more!

  • Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students

    20/11/2017 Duration: 46min

    On the first Monday of every month at 3:30 pm Eastern time, from September through May, Dr. Ross Greene and four principals from schools in the U.S. and Canada cover a wide range of topics related to behaviorally challenging students and school discipline in general and Dr. Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model in particular.  You can call into the program to get your questions answered or submit them via email here.  And, if you can't listen live, all the programs are archived in the Listening Library on the Lives in the Balance website or through i-Tunes.

  • The ALSUP Writes Your IEP For You

    10/10/2017 Duration: 45min

    Well, we finally had our first program of the school year, and our primary focal point -- led by our newest co-host, Heidi O'Leary, Special Education Director in Topsham, Maine -- was on how to write a CPS-flavored IEP, driven by the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP). This is big...

  • Are CPS and Applied Behavior Analysis Compatible?

    01/05/2017 Duration: 46min

    Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is very commonly applied for behaviorally challenging kids in schools these days...but is ABA compatible with CPS? Are we just talking different languages?

  • Rewards are "Working"? For Who?

    03/04/2017 Duration: 39min

    Lots of territory covered on today's program, including a discussion about school values...but at the end of the program we discussed whether reward programs work for anyone in the building. We thought not...

  • Can Traumatized Kids Participate in Plan B?

    06/03/2017 Duration: 46min

    Kids with trauma histories may need Plan B even more than most, as it's where their concerns are heard and addressed and they begin to feel that they can influence outcomes. Of course, all kids need to feel that way.

  • Best Thing to Do with Crises? Prevent Them!

    06/02/2017 Duration: 44min

    Pardon the repetition, but crisis prevention is far superior to crisis management, and there are lots of things about Collaborative & Proactive Solutions that make crisis prevention more feasible.

  • Help! This Student is Completely Out of Control!

    09/01/2017 Duration: 44min

    If a student is highly volatile, unstable, reactive, and unsafe, there are a few things to bear in mind: (1) s/he didn't get that way overnight; (2) there must be many expectations the student is having difficulty meeting; (3) reducing those expectations -- Plan C -- is a very good way to get things stabilized; and (4) even if takes a lot of time and energy to stabilize that student, it's a lot less time and energy than that student is consuming when s/he's unstable. 

  • When Good Teachers Are Asked to Do Too Much

    05/12/2016 Duration: 46min

    What happens when class size, systemic issues, and the overwhelming needs of students outstrip a teacher's capacity to respond adaptively? It can't be good...

  • CPS and the Three Tiers

    07/11/2016 Duration: 40min

    If your school is implementing PBIS, you may be wondering which "tier" is the best fit for Collaborative & Proactive Solutions. The truth is, CPS is relevant to all three tiers. If that's the case, how important are the tiers?

  • Waterville Junior High: Let's Roll

    12/09/2016 Duration: 43min

    Our first program of the new school year was recorded live at Waterville (Maine) Junior High School, which had massive numbers of disipline referrals, detentions, and suspensions during the 2015-2016 school year. This year, led by principal Carole Gilley and assistant principal Doug Frame, they'll be implementing Collaborative & Proactive Solutions, with the goal of dramatically reducing those numbers. On this program, they received some guidance from school leaders who've been there and done that.

  • Furious About Dysfunctional Discipline

    09/05/2016 Duration: 45min

    On the last program of the school year, we were able to respond to some callers and some emailers...including one teacher who's very frustrated by her school system's approach to students' challenging behaviors and is having difficulty changing the system on her own.  

  • Does "This is Boring" Mean "I'm Not Motivated"?

    04/04/2016 Duration: 45min

    "I'm bored" could mean many different things, all of which await discovery in the Empathy step of Plan B.  What are the odds that "I'm not motivated" is the student's concern? Slim and none.

  • School Values

    07/03/2016 Duration: 45min

    Many schools have mission statements, but not an explicit description of values. Many schools have delineated values but don't pay attention to them. But values are what should guide every decision and intervention, so it's a good idea to know what they are.

  • Something's the Matter with this Picture

    01/02/2016 Duration: 46min

    On today's program, our panel responded to an email from an anguished teacher who was looking for some guidance on what went wrong with one of her students and his parents.

  • Fight or Flight Students

    04/01/2016 Duration: 46min

    As always, we covered lots of territory on today's program...including how CPS can help students who are in fight or flight mode and how to help kids who have very tough lives outside of school.

  • That's Not CPS!

    09/11/2015 Duration: 45min

    Goodness, there sure are a lot of ways to stray from the CPS model...and we heard about a lot of them on this program!

  • Life Without Carrots and Sticks

    05/10/2015 Duration: 45min

    Those adult-imposed consequences that are so popular in schools these days...do we really need 'em? You can probably guess the answer...

  • A Classic Case of Dueling Solutions

    21/09/2015 Duration: 46min

    What happens when parents and teachers skip concerns and jump straight to solutions? Probably nothing good.  

  • What Next for This Challenging Student?

    04/05/2015 Duration: 46min

    On this final program of the school year, one of our principals told us about a student whose behavioral challenges have been making life very difficult...for himself and her.  How best to get things on track?

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