Collaborative and Proactive Solutions

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Session Dates

Wednesday March 01, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Based on research in the neurosciences over the past 30 years, the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (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 teaches kids the skills they’re lacking. 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.


Participants will be 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 behaviors 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.
  • 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.
  • Describe the three steps of Plan B.


Target Audience

General education and special education administrators and teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, professional development staff, and families of students with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

Topics Covered: Behavior

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Debra Jordan at

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Ross W. Greene Ph.D.

Event Contact:


Debra Jordan

Content Contact:

Dennis Cullen
800-441-3215 ext. 7232